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Dark Star Oktoberfest

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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Horsham, England
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A cask version of the classic Oktoberfest-Märzen brewed with specially imported German malts, including Carahell and Cara-Munich for depth of colour and flavour. Noble hop varieties are added at three stages during the boil.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20274) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2012
Cask@Akkurat, Stockholm (backlog, thanks K.B.!). Deep golden colour, small white head. Aroma is grass, some sweet and bready malts along with my caramel and toffee. Flavour is rather similar with some slight bitterness coming in the end.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3598) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
The third real ale at the beginning of a session in the Cask Pub and Kitchen, London; Oct 2011: The hand pulled pint looked interesting, bronze in colour, so a bit darker than a traditional Oktoberfest/Marzen usually looks: the head being full and lasting. I believe both Carahell and Cara-Munich malts amongst others; are used in the brew. The smell was a mix of hop pines and malty molasses, grains also. The taste was a good healthy blend of maltiness and fruity hops, difficult to compare it to the taste of a true Oktoberfest bier, but as a UK brewed cask version I certainly enjoyed it. Didn’t have that lager/pilsner/helles base to start from, this is an ale based brew and it shows in all aspects. It did however lead to a change of tack during my drinking session, I moved onto German bottled beers leaving the cask selection alone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2011
On cask at Cloisters. I’d been looking for this one. Pours a lovely dark golden colour with a fair white head. Aroma of grassy hops, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with yeast fairly prominent. Nicely bitter with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Not bad at all.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EdKing (1831) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
Cask in Draft House. Colour looks like a nice toasty marzen: orangey amber. Nose immediately marks this as an ale, not a lager, which I guess makes sense for a ’cask’ marzen. Smells like a golden ale. Bit of cereal grain, sweet barley, tangerine. Very little carbonation. Taste is sweet golden ale, tangerine and lemon citrous and honey.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2010
Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm. Bronze colour. Spicy hop aroma. Dry and fruity with medium body. Crisp and grainy. Spicy hpos leads to aresiny bitter finish. I’d be very surprised if this indeed was a lager, to me it seems like a reasonably good amber ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dynamiteninja (1487) - Richmond, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2010
Cask. The Criterion, Leicester. Thin fluffy white head, slightly hazy amber body. Hoppy, good juicy biscuity malt base. Bitter, with sweet notes. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14174) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2010
cask at cloisters...copper ... thin light tan ... soft fruity nose.. juicy fruity ... big toffeee malts ... light bitter linger ... nice

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4134) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2010
Cask på Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico 6 Okt 10. Gyldenbrun. Lavt luftig skum. Svakt fruktig aroma. Smaken brukbart fyldig. Litt frukt og med en tung fruktig bitter ettersmak.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
madmitch76 (14711) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2010
28h October 2010
On tap at the White Horse, Parsons Green. Clear amber beer, residual white head. Fairly dry palate. Bittering hops - orange and grapefruit. Loads of bitterness. Dry finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. Not for me - another Dark Star dissapointment this evening! :(

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hermod (3126) - Vantaa, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2010
Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Poured dark orange color with a typical soapylooking white head. Aroma was grapefruits and malt. Very bitter flavor with some fruity notes. Not a märzen at all. Nonetheless, very drinkable, well hopped beer.


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