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


on tap


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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 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
downender (7253) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask @ Planet Thanet. Black red colour. Chocolate malt aroma with nice alcohol notes and a little coffee. Sadly after what is a very pleasant nose its all down hill from there. Lots of nice stuff in there it just doesnt sit right and the alcohol is just too much. Palate is almost biting probably mainly due to the harsh alcohol. Each time I buy it I say this about it, now it’s finally rated I’ll proabably leave it alone. Turn it off mum I don’t like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6924) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Small beige head over opaque black body. Light milky burnt licorice aroma. Soft, sweet earthy licorice taste with light burnt aftertaste. Some alcohol heat. Fruity, with banana flavours and notes of milky chocolate. Dry aftertaste. Nice! A beer to savour. (0.5pt on cask.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mR_fr0g (6504) - 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 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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6245) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2011
Cask at The Rake, London Dark brown with a small, bubbly, tan head. Roasted chocolate and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (6139) - 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.

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