Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (10696) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2010
Cask at Kittyís, 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. Iím not huge fan of coffee but I tried. Couldnít finish. Sorry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10657) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
On cask at David Copperfield's in NYC... Pitch black with emerald highlights. Sure there's a touch of vanilla and chocolate in the nose, but overall, the aroma is of second run espresso grounds. Well-balanced flavor. Tastes just like it smells... coffee grounds. A touch bland. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and light carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Really good stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (10468) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2013
Cask @ Southampton Arms, London. Pours very dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, espresso. Flavor is malts, dry roasted espresso, coffee beans. Thin to medium body, soft carbonation. 180913

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with loads of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor likewise with bitter chocolate and dry bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (9949) - Wigston, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (9877) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9689) - 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 íless is moreí 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 canít quite put my finger on but that you get with some stouts. Its small head didnít 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Cask at Brigantes, York. Near-black pour, thin tan head. Nice coffee aroma, good coffee taste. Clean finish, decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - 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 canít say Iím really a fan of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - 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.

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