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Dark Star Dark Star

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gary (1476) - Boosting beer @ London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
cask @ The Magpie ,Brentford . An excellent dark ale , pretty tepid - you’re meant to drink this type of beer while playing chess and smoking a pipe . I didn’t 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
wimpyjoe (4637) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnRMurdoch (3453) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2014
Cask @ Drygate. Very dark brown, not much head. Milky treacle malt aroma. Malt flavour. Smooth but a bit bland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Aroma: brad and caramel malts, prunes. Appearance: dark brown, clear, hardly any head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: malty sweetness continues, some bitterness coming up, average to long-finish, bitter and dry. Overall: very nice, lovely taste. Pint at the London Drinker Beer & Cider Festival.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2170) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Cask at The Land of Liberty Peace and Plenty, Chorleywood, Herts. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small off white head on top. Fruity, malty aroma. Tastes fruity, malty, some caramel and a hint of chocolate. Quite thin but not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
6th December 2013
Pigs Ear. Clear deep red- amber beer. Small bubbly pale tan head. Light dry palate, light fine carbonation. Light sweet malt whisper of toffee. Whisper of bubblegum ester. Light dried fruits. Light semi dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (7618) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
Cask gravity at Pigs Ear 2013. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is earth, toast, wood, earth, spice and charred wood. The taste is earth, wood, candy, dark fruit, candy, alcohol warmth, toast and toffee with a very dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A solid beer all round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1787) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2013
På fat @ Akkurat, Stockholm. Smutsvitt gräddigt skum ovan den mörkbruna vätskan. Både doft och smak av lakrits, röda frukter, karamell och en viss rökighet. Mjuk beska. Gräddig munkänsla.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (623) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Black with deep amber tints, thick white creamy head; roasted malt aroma; taste is also restrained dark malts, dark fruit, a hint of liquorice; soft and supple; delightfully mellow, all told.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Comfy dark malts develop raisins and roast while leafy hops and their bitterness take care of the finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There isn’t much foam atop the dark brown-hued darkness.
-The flavour profile is balanced but could be better defined. Flavors were a bit muddled, if I compare with the best of the Dark Star brews I’ve had.
-This wasn’t as drinkable as their other offerings. In the same ‘category’, I preferred their Old Chestnut. Then again, it might simply have been a question of cask tendering.
-The malt flavours have a great personality.

On cask at The Evening Star, Brighton.

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