omhper (18320) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Transparently black, thick beige creamy head. Rich roasty coffee aroma. Dry, soft and rounded with lots of coffee and licorice. Salty bitter finish. Excellent combination of soft gentle malt and poerful espresso tones.
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. ABV is 4.2%. Black colour, decent brown head. Distinct aroma of fresh coffee, hints of liquorice and dark chocolate, maybe some prunes, old leather and cigarbox too (but not as noticeable as in the cask version). Coffee in the flavour too (as expected), but not overdone, the beer is quite balanced and fairly smooth to drink. A moderate sweetness carries notes of dark chocolate, with a hint of prunes. Bitter finish and aftertaste, both from the roasted malts, the espresso coffee and Challenger hops. The cask version was maybe a tad better, but the bottled version is still excellent!
berkshirejohn (3962) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The coffee aroma leaps out as soon as the bottle is opened, rather reminiscent of Kahlua than of "proper" coffee though. Very dark chestnut, almost black, with a coffee coloured head. Bitter taste, initially with the malts predominanting and a hint of coffee grounds, but then the coffee seems to launch itself forward. Unsurprisingly the aftertaste is dry, and similar to a good espresso.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear very dark ruby with a small creamy head, excellent lacing. Aroma is one-dimensional, showing some very strong brewed coffee and ashed wood. More coffee in the flavour which is otherwise very dry and quite thin. The finish finally gives some crystal malt, and chocolate. Probably a bit too much coffee for me.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2008 Black body with a large tan head. As expected nose is mainly coffee. In mouth, coffee is surprisingly best second behind a mountain of creamy cacao. Nice full creamy body. Then comes the dry and bitter finish similar to eating a teaspoon of cacao powder. Very tasty and pleasant mouthfeel despite the low abv. Nice one. This Dark Star is a dark star.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best before Feb 2007 bottle from Duff, shared with SuIIy on 8/22/06.
Copious amounts of latté colored head, foamy and well-aerated, pile atop a deep brown, near-black body, with some blood-red highlights on the edges, when held to the light. Medium-high clarity, due, unfortunately, to the filtration and lack of bottle conditioning. Head recedes slowly to cover, leaving light lacing behind.
Clear, clean coffee nose, is full of chalky-smooth, dry, but not hard/bitter coffee notes. Light ashiness on the very end, with a hint of hops. Very dry, silky chocolate is dotted throughout, with hints of light vanilla and pale malt sugars. The coffee is strong, assertive, certainly at the front of the aroma, but not over-the-top in any way. You certainly must enjoy coffee to appreciate it. Clean, other than that, with little/no yeast apparency, no alcohol, perhaps just a dab of vinousness and/or dark fruits, as an afterthought.
Not as much coffee in the flavor, though it is still one of the main flavors. It allows room for more crunchy barley, nuttiness and more dry, lean, bitter roasted notes. Some acidity is present on the end, but there is also a pleasant amount of residual sugar to soften/mitigate things. Vinousness, though light, helps stretch the flavors out, on the finish, and coffee runs from start to end, smooth and lightly chocolatey (not sweet though). Minor hop notes can barely be perceived, yeast is extremely clean. Texture, not being bottle conditioned, is a bit problematic, as is bound to happen, but still being a very fresh bottle, it dosent loosen too severely on the end. But a rounder, firmer texture and tighter carbonation, would of course, work wonders.
SilkTork (5013) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
<b >Jan, 2005: Nitrokeg. <a href=http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/19/198 Star, Brighton - with joet. Espresso aroma - espresso flavour - softened with a pleasant crema by the nitro. Nice. The nitro works. [3.8]
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown beer with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma with anotes of coffee and tobacco. Coffee bitter flavor with a vague malty sweetness.
duff (5484) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Quite nice. Espresso coffee beans are instantly recognisable in the nose and then in the flavour. taste is mostly bitter roasted coffee and with some hint of chocolate. Quite bitter and dry throughout.
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Almost black colour with a small brown head. Roasted malt, coffee aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry coffee finish.