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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Cask at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Fine aroma of roasted malt, some fruit, too. Dry aftertaste with alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7262) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2006
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov) Dark brown, almost black, with ruby notes. Small beige head. Malty, roasted nose with prunes, raisins, chocolate and hints of blueberries. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit (prunes, raisins), chocolate, spicy hops and liquorice. Slightly sweet and vinous. Well balanced and warming. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2006
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2006, Ramsgate. Very dark brown colour with lasting dark beige head. Hoppy coffee aroma. Some liquorice. Intense aromas. Syrupy in mouth with dark treacle flavours. Unctious oily feel in mouth, thick but with only some alcohol burn. This really woke me up. Finish has dryness and more dark treacle. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TomSpears (65) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2005
Bottled with live yeast. A strong winter warmer with roasted chestnuts and all manner of chocolate insects crawling down the gulliver to bounce around the head singing like heavenly angles. A critical mass indeed. Send up the rockets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark brown with red tones. Small tan head. Nice and deep aroma of black chocolate, anise, hops and alcohol. Rich, chewy and deep flavour of caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, raspberries, sea salt and brown sugar. Full bodied. Long full aftertaste of of licorice, bitter black chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Awesome stuff from an excellent brewery!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2005
Cask @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Salmiak aroma. Strange but not unpleasant plasic glue taste/aroma. A teeny weeny oxidized, turned into a wet cardboard tast in the far background (neglectable). Raosed notes and slightly fat palate. Chewy finish with salty burnt bread on the top. Senses tell me this is stronger than the ardvertised 7.8% on the pump clip. Guesstimate 9.5% abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2005
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Very dark ruby - almost black. Aroma of dark chocolate. Full bodied and packed with flavours. Despite it’s rich maltiness it’s surprisingly dry. There’s wood and licorice there as well as whiskey. It’s carefully hopped, but some grassy hops shine through in the salty finish. Superb!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 20, 2004
thanks to duff for bringing a bottle of this to czecholand. pretty dark, nice aroma of sherbet lollies and cocoa powder, nice cocoa bitterness with some strawberry jam, whipped cream and light bitterness. chewy texture, a little cough syrup in the finish was the only slight flaw

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
Cask: Clear dark brown with red lightlights. Lasting tan head and good lace. Light oak and chocolate in nose, along with a little coffee. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavours start with plum and orange? in the mid. Dry finish. Very big meaty mouthfeel, quite silky smooth. Very moreish and warming, top ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Now 7.8% ABV. Cask Conditioned at The Wenlock Arms, London. Black. Sweet, fruity (almost syrupy beer) coffee and a little chocolate, notes of liquorice. Alcohol is well hidden.

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