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Dark Star Critical Mass

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: English Strong Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2015
Cask at tapped Leeds. Pours dark brown, thin beige head. Aromas of stone fruit, cooked plums. Taste is rich, sweet, spicy. Sticky finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
s_hartshorne (2530) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Cask tapped Leeds. Black thin head. Aroma dark fruits malts taste same some sweetness alcohol roasted malts ok bitter finish. Medium body. Decent stuff was expecting more!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4208) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Cask at the Harp, Covent Garden. Black, small bubbly tan head. Body is light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy toffee, plummy, not really bitter at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (2911) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Keg @ Euston Tap. Fairly sweet with caramel and sultanas and an earthy bitter influence. Slick mouthfeel, not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (436) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Cask at Euston Tap. Lovely dark tan with creamy lacing. Plenty dark fruit and spicing. Good temperature here for cask. Blackcurrant, some alcohol, cherry. Incredibly smooth and rounded. Damn fine in any season!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (2414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, winter spices, some dark berries, hints of alcohol. Appearance: dark brown/black, hardly any head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: long dri-ish finish, some alcohol, strong sweet malts, dark berries again, more is hidden. Overall: nice English Strong Ale, palate is quite complex. Pint at Willow Walk, Victoria.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (2291) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Cask at The Willow Walk 'spoon, Victoria. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, a bit of funk, malt loaf. Medium body, mild carbonation. Sticky, with dark fruits, rum, coke, wood, a bit of choc and a hint of coffee. Finish is decent bitter and dry considering the sweetness factor. A boozy warmth too. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (6517) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Cask at Euston tap. Dark caramel brown pour with a fleeting off cream head. Aromas are earthy roast, tea leave tanin and toffee apple. Flavour is caramel toffee apple earthy tough bitterness. Finish is fairly sweet. Fullish palate and light carbonation. Some hot alcohols. Middle of the road for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Very dark red with a creamy head. Has a dry grain taste with a slight sweetness and a more sweet aroma. It’s strength is most evident in its aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8702) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2013
Cask, handpump at The Grapes, Sunday 1st December 2013 whilst watching Mabel Gubbins (Morris Rapper side) and their entourage of 6-7 other sides dance in this and other pubs. Dark chestnut brown, with a small film of bubbles across the top. Rich, warming and perfect for the time of year. Fruity, as in Christmas pudding type fruits and very malty. There is a spiciness with this as well and whilst not too harsh the alcohol does show, perhaps served just a tiny bit warm, however I was still just a tad underwhelmed by this, its fine. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.3

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