DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask in Blackfriars for my Dark Star fest. Intresting one this, i was standing at the end of the bar ratings this, while working, chattin with Derek the Kelburn brewer. Some fellow camra memebers come in and startchattin to me and are like aye thats a great pint, how long you vented that for then. I say 1 1/2 - 2 days. They start giving me some nonsence about how beers taste better the longer you vent them, so they leave saying they’ll be back tomorrow when it’ll be better. Im like come now you think the super cad winner of pub of the year last year has no idea how to cellar beers ya bloody novice, its a 4.5% bitter its ment to be drunk fresh and fast, but whats more why say the beers great then head off because you find how long its been vented for. The beer itself as they said was great. Alround rating: Citrus(slight), floural, biscuity, grassy, balanced, vanilla grainy pale malts, a very nice bitter indeed.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Gold with a small white head. Faint hoppy aroma. Taste has a sweet almost vinous maltiness. Some bitterness. Didn’t quite work for me.
oh6gdx (25451) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Amber colour with tiny bubbly head. Aroma is malts, fruity and flowery hops along with some hints of wood and mild notes of nectar. Flavour is quite much the same with the flowery bitter hopping being in domination. Wellbalanced. Aftertaste is bitter hops and slightly grassy and wooden.
FatPhil (14021) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Cask (St. Urho’s, Helsinki)
Full bitterness, but with a taste refreshing enough to be a session beer. Combines fruit, bread, and bitter in all stages of drinking.
Rating is compromise between a 7-4-8-4-14=3.7 and a 6-3-7-3-13=3.2
Fukito (1019) - Santiago, CHILE - MAR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Proeflokaal, march 07, shared with Jbrus. Pleasant, bitter and bready malts taste, very mild, highly drinkable and satisfying, fruity touch too. Dry, moreish finnish. Beatifull, shinny golden color, with a white rim, lace leaving all pint long. Mild, light to medium MF, with a nice lingering bitter finnish. Biscuity, light caramel, malt aroma. Beatifull, sessionable special bitter.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@Proeflokaal. Nice hoppy grassy aroma with a hint of citrus. Hazy, yellow color, off-white head, good lace. Light malty, pretty bitter and very grassy. Very refreshing and easy drinkable.
omhper (23710) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Amber colour. Hoppy aroma of hay and orange. Sweet with softly malt covered in salt and layers of English hops. Lingering really bitter finish. Good!
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Hazy golden with orange edges. Fresh hoppy aroma of orange-peels and grass with light notes of honey and peaches. Dryish flavour of minerals, orange-peels and flowers with subtle notes of crackers and honey Medium, leaning body. Long grassy and orangey bitter finish with notes of flowers and minerals. Great stuff.
harrisoni (17337) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask handpull at The Chambers, Folkestone. I was so excited to get a new Dark Star beer. Made with Challenger and East Kent Goldings hops added late to the boil and Maris Otter malt. Copper colour with lasting thin off white head. Earthy hop aroma, some late citrus. Earthy in mouth. Interestingly simple yet good quality pale ale/bitter? Reasonably full in the mouth with some pear drop. Then a drying finish with earthy hops. If only all British beer could be this good. Such a cut above your average 4.x% beer. The subtle malt flavour in mouth, followed by dryness in amazing. Like licking a calf skin glove worn by the woman you love. Classy. Subtle bitterness on finish. Not huge not intense but brilliant for its subtlety, quality and the way it makes you feel. Some biscuit on aroma. Moderate juicy malt in mouth. Amazing.
JorisPPattyn (9505) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask Quite pale orangey beer with a white rim, proving quite persistent. Flowery, greenery UK hops. A bit of dishwater (beer or the glass?). Nice, dry, bittery flavour, hoppy character, ending on some serious bitterness. A bit like tired, even oxydized, but seriously α-laden hops. In the aftertaste, however, I get some honey. Light bodyy, but just on the right side of watery. Why all the water - one has to loose it afterwards, no?