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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (14669) - , 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13851) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13559) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10674) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10474) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10123) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8627) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7347) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (7343) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6065) - 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.


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