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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 20, 2012
[cask, The Drapers Arms, London][as Dark Star Original] Pours a deep reddish black with a very thin head due to the southern style. Aroma is fruity – dark stone fruit – roasted malt and some toffee. Flavours are similar. It’s fantastically drinkable, I knocked back three pints in a sitting before I realised what had happened. Long, woody, bitter finish – really recommended (as is the Drapers Arms) [16032012]

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PotjeBier (2421) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2011
Gravity cask @ In De Wildeman (as Original). Dark brown color, soapy head (not much). Aroma is full of red fruit, with some sweet fruit & some malty sweetness. Flavor is only lightly sweet, very fruity. Low carb. Finishes with roast and eventually bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2305) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Cask in Craft Beer Co. Colour is dark ruby red. Nose is fruity English hops, caramel, black treacle, roasted malts and a distinctive farmyard smell. Taste is sweet and bitter, with some dark fruitiness, low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10503) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 19, 2011
Half, cask as Dark Star Original at Mason & Taylor, Bethnal Green. Shiny dark ruby body, naked surface. Inviting smell of chocolate and coffee. Fine blended taste profile of honeyed dark malts followed by bitter liquorice. Medium bodied. Nice (London, 31.07.2011).

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 21, 2011
Eccellente old ale, molto leggera a dire la verità, e secondo me è più una porter. Malti tostato e luppolo in un connubio di rara perfezione!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 5, 2011
05/06/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (cask). Spillata a pompa. Bel colore ambrato intenso, quasi marrone, con riflessi color miele di castagna, buona schiuma morbida poco persistente. In bocca ha un aroma luppolato e maltato molto soft ma ben bilanciato. In bocca è molto interessante, malto, caramello, con un finale amaro e luppolato. Carbonazione soft, consistenza oleosa, acquosa e molto beverina.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2011
Cask at the Pembury. Pours a dark brown, with a small beige head. Light caramel malt and light hop aroma. Taste is mostly roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and a light pine. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - FEB 27, 2011
Cask at Akkurat. Dark brown color, almost no head. Very fruity, caramely aroma with some roasted coffee notes. Flavour is lightly roasted, yet a bit sweet with caramel and light coffee. A bit fruity. Carbonation is flat, body is light to medium.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5038) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 19, 2011
Cask (as Dark Star Original) at Angleterre, Helsinki. Bright dark reddish brown color. The aromas of toffee, chocolate, licorice and mellow fruitiness. More toffee, chocolate and vinous fruitiness in the taste along with dark caramel and bitter chocolate in finish. Very smooth, drinkable and tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 Bevuta a pompa alla Brasserie 4:20 (Roma) - Rubino scuro, con schiuma morbida poco persistente. Naso quasi assente. In bocca dolciastra, si percepisce il malto, caramello, sentori di caffè e un finale amarognolo. Molto equilibrata. Al palato piatta, oleosa, acquosa, corpo medio. Davvero ottima.


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