berkshirejohn (5090) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings. Pitch black with a ring of tan head leaving light lacing on the glass; rich toffee aroma; rather thin and milky in the mouth with bitter chocolate malts and some purple fruit; then a dry finish. A very pleasant, easy drinking, mild.
Scopey (8790) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at CP&K. It pours dark brown, with a ruby tinge and beige head. The nose is floral, perfumed, sweet caramel, green hop and wood. The taste is dry roasted malt, green oily hop, floral, wood, leather, earth and chocolate, with a bitter-dry finish. Thin body and soft carbonation. Decent flavour, but it’s just too watery.
esox (1177) - Oulu, FINLAND - OCT 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask. Very dark ruby/brown beer, thin head. Really fresh, hop oriented aroma. Sweet citrusfruits, mandarin, peach, slight sticky lemon. Nice malt body with taste of porridge, toast and some roasty chocolate. Slightly raisiny yeast flavor. Slightly sour, slightly bitter and very well balanced flavor. Medium body, slick texture. Good stuff.
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask Real Ale 0.25L at Angleterre. Mild nose. Pale beige head. Well lasting. Dark reddish colour (rubiney). Fullfilled malty and roasty taste. At the end hoppy bite. Nice!
AleManTom (195) - Chapel en le Frith, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another top beer from Dark Star. Unlike other milds, it had a huge hoppy character, roast malt and bitter aftertaste. Hints of fruit in it, chocolate. I’ve not drunk a mild like it. Definite a brewery I’ll be hunting out more of.
Leighton (13809) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Crosse Keys, JDW. Pours a clear, ruby-brown with a creamy, tan head. Aroma holds some floral, piney hops. Lightly roasted malt flavor, lightly sweet, some toasty bread, floral bitterness, a little soap, plenty of earth. Light in body with soft carbonation. Finishes a little dry, some stickiness, mild wood, grass and floral hops some more. Pretty nice beer.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Harp. Pours a clear brown, with a small beige head. Thin, not as malty as i thought it would be, slight piney hop, caramel and toffee
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at The Harp, London) For a Mild this beer had quite strong hoppiness. The hops did fit in and made drinking this beer quite a pleasant experience. During the aftertaste the hops faded out and gave room to bit roasty maltiness and medium bitterness. Another nice brew from Dark Star.
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Harp, Covent Garden. Dark brown. Nice head. Fresh leafy hops, touch of chocolate malt. Complex, appetizing aroma. Very leafy character with fresh American hop bitterness. Resiny, with tasty chocolate malts - the English make black IPA now? And it’s sessionable?
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Harp, London. Dark reddish-brown with frothy cask head. Big complex aroma. Hops upfront and in the depths are rich dark malts. Sweetness throughout is perfectly balanced by the hops. Chug chug. Excellent palate. Seems thin at first so the complexity is subtle and quite astounding. Very nice.