Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Schwarzbier
Horsham, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Inspired by a trip to the Czech Republic, this beer plays upon the intrinsic coffee flavour in the unfiltered dark Budvar. A dark lager, brewed with imported Czech malt, hops from the Zatec region and a traditional Czech yeast strain. The natural coffee flavours characteristic of these malts are enhanced by the addition of coffee beans after fermentation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2012
Cask (handpump) at the Evening Star, Brighton, on 1 March 2012. Dark brown/chestnut colour. Thin beige head. Strong groundy coffee in the aroma. Dry and coffeeish on the palate. Moderately burnt/roast mouthfeel. The coffee ratherdominated over any pilsner elements. Decent but not the most exciting Dark Star. Not sure this combination works perfectly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7847) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2012
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 20 April 2012) Black colour with foamy, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark bread and roasted malt. Malty, roasted taste with fresh black coffee, dark rye bread, roasted grain and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, mainly dry. I wouldn’t really call it a pilsner, but it’s a nice dark lager with quite an impressive coffee character. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2012
[cask at the Caley Sample Room, Edinburgh] Black beer, thin off-white head. Nice mix of aromas – cold coffee and roasty porter. Starts right away like a coffee stout, before the pilsner’s lack of relative body arrives pretty quickly. That rapid finish is (by design) thin, yet also sweet, creamy mocha. Interesting stuff, and really rather nice [12042012]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CraftBeerNick (1917) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
Cask at PSBH, 29th March 2012. Dark brown ale, good aroma, you get the cofee and malt. Follows though in the taste. Good beer, tried this next to the Dark Star Imperial, this in my view was far superior.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1945) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2012
Cask - The Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, London. Poured with a foamy lasting one finger beige to light tan head. Somewhat like a lighter version of their espresso stout but crisper & firmer, no doubt due to the pils element. Nice filter coffee profile with good choccy, roasted maltiness on the tongue. Light to medium body, firm & spritzy mouthfeel with a lingering dry coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2012
Aromas dominated by coffee. It tastes entirely of the coffee too (in no way a bad thing) but leaves a sour and sticky finish that vaguely ruins it... A mixed bag really, but an interesting concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2012
Cask conditioned handpump Old Fountain London. A black beer with a whitish head. Obviously coffee in this. A good body. Low levels of hop flavour. A bit of grassy hop in the nose. Just tastes like a coffee porter rather than based on a Czech style. But whatever it is, it’s tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13142) - Randers, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Cask. Frothy lightbrown good mostly deminishing head. Black colour. Heavy malty and light hoppy aroma. Burnt and roasted notes. Moderate bitter very roasted flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ladnewton (1803) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2012
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen (London branch) on 9th March 2012. Clear dark brown with pale brown to off white foam quickly decaying to ring and film and leaving partial lacing. Roast, fresh coffee beans in aroma. Main taste is of rich roastiness - bitter with coffee beans, smokiness and chicory. Finish is richly malty with fresh-ground coffee and strong bitterness yet rounded and delicate. Engaging texture, thickish body. Outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16771) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2012
Tap @ Craft Beer co., London. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich coffee, roast malt, chocolate and hops. Oily palate.

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