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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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Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch (3412) - 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.

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!

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!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2592) - GERMANY - OCT 31, 2004
Complex, strong nose - nutty, woody and some molasses. Dark dark brown color with a low frothy head. Full warm sweet malt body with raisin and honey tastes. Tones of chocolate and toast all emerge in the background. Think with a very present alcohol component. Finishes like brandy, then turns a little spicy. Hey - this is a good British beer!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2526) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Cask-Mugs-Split They Skull-4 oz snifter. Second Western Hemisphere rater (only beaten out by Notalush who did not even realize, way to keep your eye on the ball Brandon). This is a weird ESA, poured very dark with a foamy light tan head. Overall there is a novel kind of cookie texture and flavor to it. Not sweet but take a nice cookie, get rid of any of the sweetness and leave the baked essence. A very cool maltiness. There is some detectable alcohol. Its not a heavy beer and easy drinking but I woud say the the mouthfeel feel very nice with the reduced carbonation on the cask, pillowy on the cheeks. There is a flavor at the end of the flavor which does not follow the flow of the beer, one coud say tartness but its really just something on the opposite end of the spectrum from the baked essence. At times cool... at times weird.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2500) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Hui - nice one. Wonderful nearly black color, small frothy head. Malt, chocolate and coffee nose. Kind of flat roasted coffee bean and malt taste - medium lasting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen, 1st Nov 2010. Deep russet brown with little head. Nose of caramel with alcoholic undertones. Lots of licorice in the mouth. Very smooth, slightly oily. Reminds me of Woodforde’s Norfolk Nip.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
Bottled. Dark, dark brown with a thin, creamy head. Strong malt aroma, molasses, and more raw malt. Alcohol isn’t over baring on the aroma but through the flavour it a bit strong. This beer leaves the warm feeling of scotch down the back of your throat. You have to wait some time between tastes to let everything settle down. This particular brew, was 7.4%ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2007
Half pint pulled at The Rake at Borough Market (London), a dark brown with a bubbly beige head. A warming roasted aroma with a touch of chocolate. The palate is very smooth with some finishing tang and easy biscuity malt flavours. Drinks much easier than its 7.8%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stravale (2280) - 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


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