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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.


olie's rating

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olie (22) - Greater London, - NOV 5, 2012
Cask at The Craft Beer Co. Delicious. This was the first Dark Star beer I ever tried, the first time I drank it, and I’ve yet to find another of their beers quite this good. Toasty, biscuity, malty old ale. Aroma slightly berry-ish, flaour has hints of tobacco, digestive biscuits...


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (703) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2016
Cask at London Drinker Beer Festival. Tasted toasted malts with a bit of nuttiness. Hints of caramel and woody. Lovely beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9240) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 9, 2016
Cask at tap East, as original. Pours deep brown, nose is toffee, chocolate, taste is sweet, caramel, liquorice, toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (1465) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
Cask @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Very dark, small tanned head. Sweet aroma, sticky dried fruit, caramel. Really smooth and soft mouthfeel. Chocolate and caramel notes with vanilla, dark dried fruit, figs and prunes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (5677) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2016
Cask at the Prince Arthur (JDW), Fleet. A deep mahogany colour with a loose tan head; aroma of richly roasted malts, with some vanilla; milky body with a burnt caramel taste; then a drier finish with hints of tobacco and smoke. Rather good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (1594) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (19434) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClubGonzo (5070) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Smithld1 (113) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjsint (1956) - Cambridge, 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 Star’s stratospheric standards.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leafs93 (2018) - 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.


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