Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 107   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.

mr_h's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mr_h (3473) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (1840) - 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 (210) - 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 (2937) - 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 (1543) - west London and, Somerset, 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
ManVsBeer (5494) - 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 (3688) - 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 (1917) - 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 (2297) - 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 (17487) - , 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 (8544) - 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.

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