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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Cask; Regular. Also available nitrokeg and filtered bottle for which we have a separate entry.
Specially blended and ground espresso coffee beans are added to the copper along with the late hops to produce this dark, rich stout.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (9239) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 3, 2012
Cask, half-pint served in a mug at Southampton Arms. Jet black body. Shiny black surface. Slightly roasted coffee malts to the nose. Taste of cold coffee grounds supported by hints of chocolate. Thin bodied. Ok, a little disappointing, though (London, 06.11.2012).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2006
Cask Stillage at the GBBF, Kensington Olympia 05/08/2004 Black and slightly rich on the palate. Bitter lasting coffee roast finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2010
Cask at Rattle N Hum. Deep black pour. The nose is absolutely loaded with coffee character. There is a little bit of light roasted malt as well. The flavour is of coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Very, very bitter and very thin-bodied as well. It has a thin, fairly acidic character as well. I can’t say I’m really a fan of this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (8822) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2012
Cask at CP&K. It pours deep ruby, with a medium beige head. The nose is roasted malt, coffee, light smoke, leather and a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, light acidity, leather and some bitter chocolate, with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Alright.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8804) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2007
Cask, Newark Fest 07. Very dark with a small head. Aromas are roast coffee with dry, earthy notes. Flavours are fresh black coffee with some grainy aspects. Some hints of sulphur with a bitter, bitter finish. No better than the bottled version.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Evening Star Brighton. A black beer with an off-white head. Loads of coffee in this. Roasty flavours. Some chocolate in the nose too. I can recognise the quality but there might just be too much coffee in this for me. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating scored 3.7. Average becomes 3.8

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (8434) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2010
Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki, Finland.
Black colour with foamy tan head. Mild roasted malt and lots of coffee in aroma. Some goes with flavour plus some hops added. I’m not huge fan of coffee but I tried. Couldn’t finish. Sorry.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
2010-08-01. Very dark brown black body with a small beige head. Aroma of cold espresso or coffee, and and odd note of mushy peas, muted dusty malt. Flavour has similar cold coffee/espresso character, roast with light ashen character, light bitterness throughout. Muted malts below. 5+ Average palate. Not awful but very much not to my tastes. Cask at Market Porter, London

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (8270) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2006
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Festival Sat 18th Feb. Definately smells like espresso and those coffee beans were very much in evidence with each slurp but in some casesgetting things right ’less is more’ and I personally think that they had ovedone it a bit on the coffee front and it had taken over a bit too much, a litle bit less would have seen a marked improvement. Although it was very dark it did lack a little something in the appearance that a can’t quite put my finger on but that you get with some stouts. Its small head didn’t hang around for long but the burnt roasted coffee taste did. Not at all bad but could have been so much better with a bit of tweaking on those coffee beans.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (7744) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
Cask. Fluffy light brown lasting head. Pitch black body.l Distinct coffee roasted malt aroma. Coffee hops mild flaovr. Low hops bitterness and carbonation but a long aftertaste.


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