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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


mr_h's rating

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (2434) - Ayr, - FEB 6, 2013
Cask by handpump at Hengler’s Circus, Glasgow - clear dark brown, medium bubbly beige head, good lacing, mild fruity and sweet malty aroma, toffee, fruity flavour, very sweet, easy to drink


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (591) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (1810) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (13350) - , 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5511) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (1366) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
a_cross (525) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuartyboy (433) - SCOTLAND - JUN 28, 2013
On tap At henglers circus jdw Glasgow a deep Brown. Beer with a distinct malty sweetness typical daily dark ale with strong malts and dark chocolate type taste

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Pint on draught at the Nags Head in Reading. Hoppy, dry, bitter. Dark red, in a Dark Star glass, good bubbly head. Sweet aroma, with a hint of chocolate. Smooth and fairly tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (2175) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki. Originally rated 10122011. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness and malts


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