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Dark Star Festival

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Regular.
Brewed in homage to ’Festive’ from the former King & Barnes brewery. A chestnut bronze coloured bitter which is full of freshness and smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DIBBLE (45) - Worthing, West Sussex, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2015
Smooth mouth watering bitter. Poured without any head (?) Clear reddish brown colour. Cereal malt and bitter hop flavour. Well balanced. Thick mouth feel to dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlackerMads (1896) - DENMARK - JAN 24, 2015
Cask. Clear chestnut brown with a small tan head. Nutty and wooden at first, some fruity notes then dark bread lasting into the finish. Some dark dried fruit and brown sugar along the way. Filling mouthfeel with a long light bitter and dry finish. Medium sweet, very light acidic. By the book.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (3080) - FINLAND - DEC 4, 2014
Cask@blackdoor. Amber. Malty, bready slight sweet malty nutty nose, feels rather bockish. Bready malty, more of that light nuttyness in flavour. Smooth ok balanced. Pale malty drink.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 5/20
webba (1) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014 does not count
This has a good tough chewy body to it and a nice warming malty sweetness. Excellent balance of zesty tangy hops. As near a perfect pint as youd be happy to drink!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (188) - SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Keg at Glasgow Real Ale Festival. Deep brown colour with a wonderful sweet, vanilla aroma. Taste is sweet with some nuttiness. A bit like a beer milkshake. Very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2014
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Sept 2012 - Chestnut brown in colour. Malty; toasty malts, caramel. Fruity; orange citrus, hint of dark fruits. Hoppy; floral hops. Sweetish. Sweet-bitter malty fruity throughout. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mad_Ferret (707) - SWEDEN - JAN 21, 2014
Cask @ Akkurat, 21/1-14.
App: Clear dark amber/chestnut with some bubbles on top.
Aroma: Rye bread, caramel/burnt sugar, licorice root, ripened oranges and apples, a whiff of rusty tap water.
Taste: Malty with caramel and some toffee, dark rye bread, grapefruit, a hint of red berries, licorice root stretching out in the aftertaste with a soft bitterness.
Palate: Medium bodied, low to no carbonation, soft rounded texture.
Overall: Pretty nice round malty and flat bitter. Classic stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (2113) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
Cask at Hagen and Hyde, Balham. Pours a fairly dark amber colour with an off white head. Aroma is malty, bready with a hint of yeast. Light to medium body, a touch thin. It's got caramel, toasted rye bread and grapefruit bitterness to finish. Not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11146) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2013
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 26/10/13. Lightly hazed dark amber with a thin light beige head. Nose is bready malts, dark fruit tones, biscuit crumble. Taste comprises orchard fruits, bitter fruit notes, biscuit malt. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bitter fruity tang in the close. Solid ESB affair.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Osprey (2608) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013

Aug 2013 - Dirty sewagey, murky brown with a small bubbly head. Looks a bit rubbish. Smells slightly of toffee. Body medium, carbonation low. Taste is more slight toffee with a mild bitterness. Quite soapy. Below average. (2.8)

Nov 2013 I should keep a better record of what beers I’ve had, because I really shouldn’t be coming back to this sort of beer! Cask. Amber brown with a decent bubbly white head. Looks better than last time. Smell - chemical. Body medium carbonation low. Taste - watery and astringent, chemical, slight yeast. Wow, this is even worse than last time. This one needs to be retired so that I don’t accidentally stumble across it again. (2.5 is kind)

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