I’m guessing that this is a take on Purity’s Saddle Black, as it is brewed by them but certainly isn’t anywhere near the quality of their own Black IPA.
This isn’t a bad beer by any means, but it has a rather weird gassy petroleum aroma which is slightly off-putting.
When you take a swig you find some quite nice blackberry and toffee malts, wafers and honey and a little treacle tart, and you get a reasonable hoppy green herbal hedgerow hit that leads you to a dry pithy finish.
But that smell lingers and it’s weird and a bit unpleasant and I can’t put my finger on what it is exactly, except that it’s not right.
Source: Marks & Spencer