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

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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
On cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green - 28/01/12. Dark brown in colour, verging on black with a little ruby hue around the edges when held to the light, topped with a small white/off white head. On the nose a whiff of chocolate, liqourice and berry fruits. On the palate a complex series of tastes, alcohol, malt, sugars, burnt sugar/malt flavours, faint chocolate notes dried berries, liquorice, maybe other spices thrown in, a little aniseed? Full bodied beer, smooth on the palate. Overall I was a little disappointed by Critical Mass, too much of a ’pure’ alochol flavour in the taste that wasn’t disguised and built into the beer well enough in my opinion!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
4th December 2009
Pigs Ear. Opaque dark brown beer. Dry palate. Rich dark malt. Unsweet dark toffee and dark fruits in the undertone. Warming bitterish dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
Red-black, nice foamy layer of head. Nose of banana, marzipan, touch of coffee roastiness. Flavours similar, but with more mocha, vanilla, pine, raisins and warming boozeyness. Very good indeed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2057) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask @ Red Squirrel, Edinburgh 270312
Black, ruby edges, tan head, good lacing
Aroma of rich dark soft roasted malts...liquorice..rich dark fruits..dark caramel malts
Taste of rich dark malts, very soft roasted malts, some liquorice, soft chocolate, dark fruits, tiny hint of aniseed, alcohol very well hidden
Palate - soft carb, medium body, quite sticky texture, very soft, smooth. Finish - more roast comes through then cleans off...hint of vanilla in the tail...slight saltiness
Overall - great tasting stout/old ale hybrid - reminds me a bit of Durham’s Temptation

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at Holyrood 9A. Dark reddish mahogany black pour, thin bubbly off-white head. Big rich nose, dark chocolate, treacle, marzipan even. Similar flavours, velvety smooth mouthfeel with some strong roasted malt notes and aa warm sticky finish. Yum!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
deep black ... thin light tan head... dark chocolate malts ... sweet dark toffee malts ...light treacle nose ... chewy chocolate ... dark malts ... heavy body ... little treacle ... dark sugers... great... wonderfully sold roast malts

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
On cask at The Holyrood 9A. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick tan head. A lovely Christmas pudding aroma with chocolate, roasty malt, alcohol and a little yeast also. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Quite dry and tasty!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (1824) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
21 Jan 2012. Cola color, raisin aroma. Sweet, minimal flavor with brown sugar. Alcohol on the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (752) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2012
Cask at Port St. Beer House, Manchester. Pours a deep brown with an off-white head. Really explodes on the tongue with hops, sugar. dark fruits... this seems to have it all. Sticky and a bit viscous. It could’ve been a porter, a black IPA, a Belgian strong ale or anything in between. Really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6242) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Cask Gravity at the Green Dragon, Croydon. It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige lace. The nose is coffee liqueur, liquorice, sweet pear and vanilla. The taste is liquorice, clove, roasted malt, tire, tar, alcohol warmth, burnt fruit cake, menthol aspect, spice, coffee, salted caramel and charcoal, with a dry finish. Full body, soft/low carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. An interesting winter brew.


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