Conqueror Black IPA
Windsor & Eton Brewery

Conqueror Black IPAConqueror Black IPA
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American Black Ale
Ranked #136
Ranked #16,597
4.11 | pDev: 7.79%
Windsor & Eton Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
Conqueror Black IPAConqueror Black IPA
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Effectively black with a 3mm ultra fine bubble tan head. Lacing forms down sides of glass as I work through it.
S- Mild toastiness.
T- Very toasty, coffee notes, hints of smoke, overall a punchy flavour. (Nothing out of place noticed).
F- The notably dry edge if anything makes this feel higher than 5%.
O- Well 'black IPA', it has the toasty/roasty/smoke and coffee of a good stout/porter, together with some punchy hopping of an IPA; it's an interesting combo.

Bottle conditioned - there is sediment in the bottle, you might wish to decant with care.
500ml bottle, £2.29 from the Waitrose beneath John Lewis dept store on Oxford St, London. BB: 01-12-20

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Photo of Sigmund
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cask (hand pump) at the Bree Louise, London. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. Low creamy tan head. Nice aroma of fruity New World hops. Lovely hoppy flavour with fruity and piney notes, on a background of moderately roasted malts, with notes of chocolate and mild coffee.

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Photo of Spike
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 500ml bottle.

Very dark, almost black, with reddish edging. Opaque when held to the light. Two fingers of off-white head that recedes quickly but leaves plenty of lacing.

Not getting much nose. Some hops...but not a lot. Some malt sweetness...but not a lot. May be drinking this a little too cold.

Chocolate malts. A little smokiness. Summit and Cascade hops are very understated.

Light body. Good level of bitterness gives it an edge.

This is not a black IPA in the usual sense. The American hops are very much in the background. This is as much English Porter as it is American Black Ale. I suspect the 1075 is more the black IPA style that I was expecting. All that said, this is a very pleasant beer and one I will drink again. Would like to try it on draught.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Pours very, very dark brown with a light beige medium head. Coffee and hops combine in the mouth to great effect, its a different beast when compared to the Kernel and Magic Rock offerings but no less impressive. Perhaps a bit more coffee and hops showing straight away,
Nice softness in mouth with a real juicy burst and then the coffee and malts take over before a bitter pithy but softening finish. Spent coffee grains remain and hoppy burps are aplenty. Roasty and with some unsweetened liquorice , nice example for the style !

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark black colour with a small off white head, quite decent lacing though.

Smells quite faintly of hops, quite refreshing scent in general, me likey.

Tastes very hoppy, kind of like it should be very very hoppy but isn't. Basically it's well balanced but still hoppy, just close to being too hoppy but cleverly staying held back by nice refreshing malts.

Overall quite a lovely beer, on the border seemingly between stout and ipa, very interesting, and i'd like to try more!

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Photo of Ruds
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black IPA at 5%, so not as strong as the Cascadian Darks you find in the US in terms of ABV, but still packs a punch in the flavour department!

Dark Brown to Black in appearance served into an imperial pint glass with the correct type of head (2 to 3 mm so the consumer isn't losing out on beer!) at the Horse and Groom in Windsor, some 900 metres from the brewery !

Very hoppy for a 5% beer, tan flavours, slightly burnt, very mild smoke going on, verging on a burnt nut/oil combo

Great tasting beer and a great first effort at a black IPA from a small English brewer

I immediately followed up with a 2nd pint - it made me want to go back for more!

Look out for Conquerer 1075 (7.4% hopped up version of this same beer - not yet listed !)

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the GBBF, 2011.

Ruby brown with a beige film that laces. Smoke, orange oil, and soil on the nose.
Raisin, earth and dark malts up front, then orange peel, light sap and cough drop hops.
Baker's chocolate finish and lingering bitterness. Chewy, medium, and dry.

A light version of a CDA. Not enough hops (Summit and Cascade, according to the blurb). Having said that, still clingy, lovely and drinkable.

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Photo of drperm
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the 2011 Cambridge Beer Festival. Note this is a "Black IPA" (Cascadian Dark Ale) with typical English strength ( <6%) and brewed with English ale yeasts.

An all-around excellent brew. Dark, malty, with rich fresh hop aromas and flavour (Cascades are in the mix), and an incredibly smooth finish. Perfect with a steak Cornish pasty. Highly recommended.
Also available in bottle.

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Conqueror Black IPA from Windsor & Eton Brewery
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