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

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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
ABV varies between 7.4 - 7.8 ABV.
Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2011
Cask Conditioned handpump The Rake Borough Market. A near black coloured beer with an off-white head. A warming, sweet boozy beer. Deep fruits, vinuous, tobacco notes. Strong and carpetty. There are banana notes also. Tends towards heaviness a little but it’s a decent beer for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (4364) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Cask @ Blackfriars. Mild flowery aroma. Very dark brown colour (almost black) colour with reasonable head. Big sweet creamy flavour. Very smooth. Unusual one. Good but a bit strong for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7925) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2011
Cask-conditioned at the Sussex beer festival, Seven Stars, Bristol 6/1/11. Near black with a decent, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, nuts and liquorice. Sweet, black treacle flavour with fruit cake and a decent bitter finish. Enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6804) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2011
Cask (Bitter Virtue, Southampton) - Dark brown in colour. Fruity and slightly roasted aroma with vinous fruits, caramel and alcohol detected. Rich and full-bodied taste with fruit cake, caramel, raisins and nuts standing out. The finish is warming and fruity.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18520) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2010
Cask at CPK. Pours a dark, ruby-brown with a tan, cream head. Nose holds dark malts, plums and toffee. Very sweet flavor, with strong caramel, lightly breay malts, more toffee, dark fruits, licorice and earthy bitterness. Medium in body with fine carbonation. Finishes has lots more sweetness, more ripe, dark fruit like plum and cherry, light bread and toasted malts that linger. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2010

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 10, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear dark brown color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, licorice, dried fruit, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100120]

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2010
Cask. Deep rubyish black colour with small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, some red berries and mild notes of coffee. Flavour is quite much the same, but the alcohol is a bit too strong.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2010
Cask. Pours a cloudy and opaque dark brown with an orange hue and a small, rough off-white head. Nutty nose, as well as plenty of dried fruit and alcohol up there. Fairly solid body, loads of licorice, dried fruit, a little cough syrup and a warming alcohol in the finish. Lovely. 200110

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1945) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2010
Cask - Planet Thanet Festival 2010, Margate. Poured a dark brown with a mid-sized bubbly beige head. Blackcurrant and liquorice all over the aroma with lovely spice notes and toasty malts. Warming and toasty again on the palate with dark berry tones and liquorice towards the end finishing with a lasting dry bitterness. Medium to full in body with a soft, coating & lingering mouthfeel. Missed this one last so but it was worth the wait, another corker from DS. Can they do any wrong?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
Cask Stillage at NWAF The Venue, Miles Platting 22/01/2010 Spicy malt aroma. Dark coloured very strong in alcohol bitter malty and fruity with a little dryness in a liquorice flavoured finish.


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