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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8726) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8720) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2012
Gravity dispense at the twelfth Twickenham Beer Festival - 18/10/12. Mid black in appearance with a frothy tan head. Big roast nose backed up with a great espresso aroma and a little smoke. Rich roast malt taste with espresso in the background, caramelised sugar. Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation lending towards a dry and bitter finish. Excellent cask coffee stout, so much more life than the bottled version!

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8092) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (8065) - 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).

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (7812) - 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 (7421) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2007 Beer #3 at Chelmsford Beer Festival, with Duff. What did I write in my notes? "Mmm Starbucks". Then I come to put my comments on the site and find that SilkTork has used the Starbucks line before me. There is certainly coffee galore here - not surprising as the brewer actually puts coffee in it. And it comes over as a good quality Mocha or Arabica, not yer Nescaff. No great complexity. Very brash and upfront, but I like it. A touch sweet, and a bit thin bodied but, otherwise, excellent. Cask (gravity dispense).

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2007
Headless pitch half at The Merchant, Rugby. Slightly vinegary chocolate snout opening up as it warms. A sniff of Young’s Double Choc Stout. More bitter cocoa than coffee bean. But follows through with a deeply roasty bitterness, as you’d expect. Some late chewy hoppiness emerging. A tastily bittersweet and hoppy stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask @ Planet Thanet. Milky coffee and not much else going on in the aroma but damn its good. Black body with a well behaved tan head that is clearly enhanced by the coffee. More milky roasted beans in the mouth with plenty of dark roasted malt and lots of yeasty bready notes. In fact it’s like well done toast rather than bread. Lovely. Excellent smooth creamy palate. You need to like coffee but if you do, it’s great.


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