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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Bitter
Horsham, England
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 132   ABV: 4.4%
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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2011
From cask. Pours pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and mild yeasty. Crisp hoppy. Peachy, crisp fruity and hoppy. Bitter, yet with a slight sweet impression. Lingering peachy to citrusy fruity. Bitter, mild fruity and crisp hoppy. Ends bitter and medium dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2008
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2007
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!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrisoni (13215) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2007
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

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7796) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2007
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?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2008
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2006
Cask@The Wenlock Arms, London. Typical English bitter, and better than most. Grainy malt characters, and citric hop bitterness, leafy, and lightly floral hop characters aswell. Nice, dry hoppy bitter, good session drinker.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2007
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.

2.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjs (4438) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2008
(Cast at St. Urho’s on 2008-02-16) Pale orange colour. Nice head. Fruitiness and hops in nose. Hops and little malts in nose. Detergent-like flavour, too.


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