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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2038) - 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.

4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (2011) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London last November. Dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top, Pleasing malty, spiced aroma, Tastes roasty, rich, dark fruit, caramel. Rich and warming Christmas beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markas101 (1843) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 23, 2012
21 Jan 2012. Cola color, raisin aroma. Sweet, minimal flavor with brown sugar. Alcohol on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1774) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Cask at The Willow Walk 'spoon, Victoria. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, a bit of funk, malt loaf. Medium body, mild carbonation. Sticky, with dark fruits, rum, coke, wood, a bit of choc and a hint of coffee. Finish is decent bitter and dry considering the sweetness factor. A boozy warmth too. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1755) - Northern Beaches, 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?

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1627) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Keg @ Euston Tap. Fairly sweet with caramel and sultanas and an earthy bitter influence. Slick mouthfeel, not bad at all.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
Cask at Gallows Bird RAF 2011.Mild nose with some roastiness. Pale low head. Dark reddish black colour. Fullfilled malty taste with hints of coffee and prunes. Some alcohol too. Mild hoppiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Gravity, Dover BF. Dark rich brown with a small layer of fine creamy off-white. Coffee, dark honey and maple syrup aroma. Palate is sugary and sticky, yet still somehow manages to feel kind of thin. Dark honey sweetness, just enough roast and bitterness to keep from being a total sugar bomb. I can imagine this being better late in the day as a nightcap or something. Even with a little more carbonation. It does improve quite a bit as it warms up, the edge of the sweetness softening and the flavor mellowing. Overall, a very anticipated beer that didn’t quite live up to my hopes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at Holyrood 9A. Dark reddish mahogany black pour, thin bubbly off-white head. Big rich nose, dark chocolate, treacle, marzipan even. Similar flavours, velvety smooth mouthfeel with some strong roasted malt notes and aa warm sticky finish. Yum!


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