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Dark Star Mai Bock

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Heller Bock
Horsham, England
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask; Special - April 2011.
A traditional style German Helles bier. Created using specially imported Pilsner, Vienna and Cara hell malt. Hopped with Hallertau Magnum, Spalt Select and Motueka hops. As usual, we like to give our beers the ‘Dark Star’ treatment – adding crushed green peppercorns at the end of the boil to accentuate the spiciness of the Nobel hop varieties. The beer was then subject to long, cold fermentation with a traditional lager yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24919) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask@Angleterre, Helsinki. Golden colour, small white head, which leaves some lace. Aroma is bready and earthy with mild spicy and herbal notes. Flavour is quite similar, but also has some fruity and flotal notes to it. Not very bock like, but still a pleasant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerManic (21) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2011
My notes indicate this was April, but must have been May as it’s a Mai Bock! Southampton Arms, Kentish Town. Pours a pale gold with a loose head. Wonderful noble hop aroma, pleasant bitterness. Crisp and refreshing. We thought we could just about detect the peppercorns as described. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2011
Keg at Craft Beer Co. It pours hazy straw yellow with a very thin foamy white head and soft carbonation. The nose is sweet manadrin, tanegrine, mango red apple and pineapple. The taste is orange zest, tangerine, lemon, lime, bread, spice and grass, witha tangy citrus finish. I didn’t expect to like this at all, but I did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7725) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2011
(Cask at Southampton Arms, Kentish Town, London, 19 May 2011) Golden colour with brief, white head. Malty, slightly fruity nose with citrus, peaches, honey and fresh grassy hops. Malty, hoppy taste with notes of citrus, peaches, pineapple, a hint of honey and a generous grassy bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with some malt sweetness. Didn’t think they could brew this kind of beer on the British isles, but apparently Dark Star can. Lovely bock!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2898) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2011
Cask at Cask pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London. A golden coloured pour with a small white head. Nice malty, spice, hoppy aroma. Tastes malty, spice, sweet, hoppy. Quite an interesting beer, nice stuff from Dark Star.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2011
Cask conditioned handpump Prince Albert Brighton. A blonde beer with lots of lace and whitish head. A zesty peppery beer with biscuity malts and lamony hops. Peppery especially in the nose with sweetish flavours in the mouth. Not really my idea of a bock but an interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (9356) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2011
Cask, handpump at The Shoulder of Mutton, (Peter Fowlers pub) Wantage, Oxon, 28.04.11 Pours amber with white to off-white head. Aroma giving a little sweet biscuityness and also some hop but not nearly as good in that department as The Dark Star American Pale Ale. Sweet also in the mouth, but taste is good and hops do show but are struggling a little with the sweetness. Its ok, but after this I tended to alternate between the Durham White Magic, Dark Star American Pale Ale and the Dark Star Espresso all of which were much better. A6 A3 T7 P3 Ov13 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
wheresthepath (2068) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2011
[Cask at Reading beerfest] Amber, with grassy hops up front. Rather sweet and syrupy, a vague dusty bitterness and a spicy tingle in the throat. Didn’t taste as good as it smelled.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16928) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2011
Cask gravity at Planet Thanet BF 2011. Gold slight haze not much head. Some butter and hop on aroma. Bit better in mouth. Decent lager in mouth with good hops on finish. Yes flowery may blossom on finish but the diacetyl is not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2011
Cask (handpump) at Southampton Arms on 19 April 2011. Bright, old gold colour. Strong bready malt aroma. Some noble hop presence. The pump clip proclaims this beer to be "dry and aromatic". I’m not sure I’d quite call it that. Certainly more aromatic than the norm for a Bock. But I found it distinctly sweet on the palate. Flavours again dominated by bready, slightly biscuity, malt. Moderate, tangy balancing hop presence on the finish, lasting into the aftertaste. A little spicy, which I guess comes from the peppercorn, although I wouldn’t have specifically picked that out as an ingredient. I can’t pretend this is a style I generally enjoy too much but I found this a very pleasant example. Certainly one of the best British Bocks I’ve tried, not that there have been too many. And kudos to Dark Star for giving it a go.

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