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Brewer: Windsor & Eton Brewery
Beer: Conqueror 1075 Black IPA
Strength: Very full bodied 7.4%. Don’t get on the wrong side of it.
Conditioning: Has a soft carbonation but despite appearances this is not flabby in any way.
First impressions: Looks like a regular brew but first impressions can be very deceptive as it has lots of guile hidden away and complexity lurking.
After-taste: Packs an unexpected punch. This is a big, bold and ballsy proposition. Negotiate with care, it’s not Newcastle Brown Ale.
Label: Modest, nothing flashy. It doesn’t need to be. It’s all about what’s in the vessel.
Unique characteristics: When you think you’ve got the measure of it, it throws another bit of character at you – and doesn’t let go.
Style: Unconventional to say the least. How can it be black when it’s a pale ale – it’s a conundrum.
Ideal accompaniment: A hunk of British beef with rich gravy. None of that soft southern jus.
Cost: Compares comparatively well with a pair of running shoes at Sports Direct. Rightly so, this is a top notch product.