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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16989) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7932) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22509) - , 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (17351) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (13282) - 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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
prawlie (1501) - 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.

   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.

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