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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5095) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Cask at Mug’s Split Thy Skull - dark brown, nearly black pour, with a thick off-white head - lightly woody aroma, with some roasty notes, a rather prominent spice profile, and carmelized brown sugar - somewhat sweet up front, with the roasted flavors one expects from the style - this is quickly undercut by a strong, spicy hop profile, and a touch of tartness - a little thin on the palate - I was expecting a lot more from this brewery, but it’s still nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4460) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2011
(Cask at Gallows Real Ale Festival 2011) The beer poured deep brown with red shading. Head was small. Aroma had soft fruit candies and chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and bit warming. Flavours were malts, sweetness, mildly roastedness and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty. Quite ok warming beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4312) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Cask @ CPK. The pour’s a deep reddish brown color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma’s plenty of cherry, fruit leather, christmas cake, some soft chocolate malt and light wood. The taste is smooth hot cocoa, nutmeg spice, sweet red berry jam. The finish is slightly hot and sweet, the only hint of the chunk(ish) ABV. The body’s medium, smooth, supple. Overall, nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
Cask, gravity, at Luton Beer Festival ’11. Brown with a small off white head.. Sweet vinous aroma and taste, immensely strong and very lovely. Some bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3716) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
Hand pulled at the Head of Steam, Euston, in the comapny of chris_o. Sweet coffee aroma. Very smooth cocoa, with a sweet, almost sickly finish. Very drinkable, but quite sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Deep red, bordering on black, thin but lasting beige head and good condition. Evolving aromas, starting with fruity vimto like berries, some orange citric notes, sweet malt and roast barley. A delicate hop aroma develops and a final hint of liquorice as it warms. In the mouth it is quite thick and malty with hints of fruity berries (blackberry, maybe) some roast barley and a background yeastiness. The roast and hops conspire in the finish to produce a good tingly bitterness that lingers well with traces of coconut at the end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wimpyjoe (3532) - 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.

4.2
   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!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (3195) - 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.


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