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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Schwarzbier
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2012
Draught @ Craft Beer Co, London. Black coloured beer with a short off white head. Strong coffee and toffee roasted malty hinted aroma. Medium to full palate. Finish is strong roasted, clear coffee beans (Java?) bitter roasted malty. Very good brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1175) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2012
Pint at the Nags Head in Reading. Black beer with a lively, frothy head. Light coffee taste, lighter than a porter or a stout, a little chocolatey too. Light coffee aroma, but not that good a coffee! Overall its drinkable but their espresso beer is better.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15850) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
20th February 2012
On tap at CP&K. Clear dark red-brown beer. Little pale tan head. Light dry palate, fresh. Smooth coffee, not bitter. Decent and fresh but really comes over as coffeeish porter than anything unusual. Good try though!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10579) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
Cask conditioned at Far From the Madding Crowd, Oxford. Black with cream head. This has quite a powerful cold coffee note, roast & ground notes, like the coffee left in the filter machine when left for an hour, sharp crispish background, bitter and full. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7618) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 Cask, handpump at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell, London in company of Loz, Ian, Jackie, Emma, Tom & Edking 25.02.12 Incredible coffee bean nose like thrusting ones head into a sack of freshly roasted coffee beans. I found the taste a little less exciting, sure the coffee was there and along with some light milk chocolate touches it was pleasant but the aroma was the thing for me. A8 A4 T6 P3 Ov14 3.5 I had this again on Cask handpump at the Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, Oxon 25.04.12 Black in colour with small head. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee, taste similar to with a distinctive roasty tang. Lovely beer. A7 A5 T7 P4 Ov14 3.7

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (2643) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
Cask at CASK. Looks like a very large espresso but smells more like coffee beans. Fascinating coffee and roast malt body with hints of red wine, then a bitter coffee and faintly herb-hop finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2012
Hand pulled cask at the Harp. Deep ruby brown with a beige head. Coffee certainly snuffs out any subtle bottom fermentation characturistics but gorgeous all the same!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
Cask at CBC, London. Pours clear, dark brown with a small, creamy foam head. Pure filter coffee aroma. Yes, black. Nice flavor, medium sweet, true and rich coffee flavor. Sweet, lightly sticky finish, filter coffee, light roast. Very nice beer. I’d never guess this is a pilsner. There is a very pleasant, mild bitterness that hints of earth, dirt and grass. Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14020) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2012
At Nates leaving do. Dark brown. Lasting beige head. Coffee aroma no doubt. Its got choc some coffee lots of drinkability. Bit too camp coffee

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Cask @ CPK. Black color with faint red highlights. Small, frothy tan head. The nose is sweet brown sugar, some milk chocolate plenty of coffee. The taste is initially lightly sweet creamed coffee, some raspberry fruits. The finish is clean with a slight edge of acid bitterness. Medium body, slightly watery. Light carbonation. Overall, a nice beer, quite unique and hard to categorize. A few found it to be a bit heavy on the coffee, but I thought the bitterness nicely balanced out some of the sweeter flavors.


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