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Dark Star Dark Star

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Cask; Regular.
Also known as Original.
The brewery's eponymous CAMRA champion (won when Dark Star was brewed at Pitfield). A dark strong bitter with a hint of rich malt flavour from the caramalt. Brewed with crystal malt, caramalt and roasted barley.
See Pitfield Black Eagle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2015
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Clerkenwell. Dark brown/black with a hint of red. Thin off-white cap. Lots of red and dark fruit notes plus a helping of coffee maltiness. Very smooth and drinkable on cask. A nice old-fashioned dark ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (17708) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2015
Cask at Craft Beer Clerkenwell. Clear deep maroon color, flat. Aroma of caramel and prunes. Taste has plums, prunes. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (4901) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2015
On tap @ The William Morris, Hammersmith, London. Pours a deep ruby-hued brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is molasses, nuts, coca-cola, nougat and hints of caramel, chocolate and grains. Taste is caramel, molasses, nougat, nuts and hints of chocolate and grains. Light, near-watery body, soft carbonation. Pretty decent old ale, although it virtually begs for a couple of more percentages of ABV in my opinion, ensuring fullness of body and taste volume.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Smithld1 (72) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
Pint of cask. Pleasant, easy drinking and inoffensive. It prefer it were offensive. Non deScript but nice. Perhaps my taste buds have given up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1661) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2015
Cask from the West End, Ely. Black and opaque with a decent tan head. Scent of liquorice and blackberries, hints of gasoline and sage. Sweet taste, slightly herby and medicinal. Somewhat bitter/sour finish. Long black cherry and liquorice taste. Good, at the medium-to-low end of Dark Starís stratospheric standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1945) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2015
On cask at Coopers. Pours deep dark brown with a medium tan head that quickly dissipated to a trace film. Aroma is earthy, caramel and toast. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
triskaideka (265) - Killarney, IRELAND - FEB 23, 2015
Cask at Dolphin, Eastbourne. Pours dark amber with a short-lived off-white head. Aroma - dried fruits, fruit cake.Taste - woody, caramel, dried fruits.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (4208) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Cask at a Wetherspoons. Pretty much black with a red tinge, small scummy light brown head, full lacing. Nothing in aroma. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is pretty thin, lots of liquorice allsorts, not bitter but tangy in the finish, gluey resin, a touch meaty. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1733) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
cask @ The Magpie ,Brentford . An excellent dark ale , pretty tepid - youíre meant to drink this type of beer while playing chess and smoking a pipe . I didnít do either but this beer was fucken good. Deep rich malt texture. chocolate, red wine, berries , coffee roast, burnt toast, dry roast - just a kick in the ass of floral resiny hops . A good beer to reflect the season .

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Practically black with a creamy off-white head. Has a very light milky roasted flavour, but not much aroma. Sessionable.

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