Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Schwarzbier
Horsham, England


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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 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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18522) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1288) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (4140) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9575) - 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

   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (13226) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - 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.

   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.

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