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


on tap

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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

nate2g's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, - JUN 2, 2010
Cask at Brasserie 4:20, Roma. Copper colour with a minimal white head. Aroma and flavour of biscuit malt, caramel, tangerine, apricot and stonefruits. Smooth mouthfeel. Hoppy finish. Sessionable but tends to fade away in the finish to keep interest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1962) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2016
Gravity Cask at the St Neots Booze on the Ouse Beer Festival, 2016. Reddish brown, translucent. Woody, toffee aroma. Taste is sweet and malty. Very clean with a lip-smacking finish of caramel, chocolate and red berry. Medium body. Well executed but unbelievably unexciting for a Dark Star beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (6902) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Cask at Oliver Twist. Amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of malt, some dried fruit, caramel and hops. The finish was quite bitter. A descent one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (8754) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 10, 2015
Cask at Evening Star. Deep brpnze-brown, clear, fine, frothy head. Malty nose, bread, caramel, grassy and earthy hops. Very earthy flavor, grass, peaches, caramel and bread. A bit boring but decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (2871) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel and bread malts, grain and cereals, light nutty. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small, frothy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: sweets continue, very malty with caramel, bread and grains, flat carbonation. Overall: nice ESB, sweet and malty. Pint at Cat and Canary, Canary Wharf.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DIBBLE (102) - 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 (2615) - 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 (4621) - 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.

-- bb

   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 (465) - Hamilton, 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.

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