Theydon_Bois (5278) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at the Half Moon, Windlesham (Jan ’12) .Golden/amber in colour with a small ’off’ white head .
Hop, fruit and a touch of sulphur on the nose, not unpleasent, but not alluring!
Slightly sweet in taste for a bitter, with a small amount of hop biterness in the aftertaste. A hint of caramel and fruit in the background.
Fairly thin in body and leading to a dry-ish finish.
Not a bad beer, but the most disappointing I’ve sampled to date from Dark Star - they set high standards!
Simply ’whelming’ !
lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ O’Hara’s, Tampere.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour with a small foamy head on the edges. Aroma of grassy hops and dark chocolate. Flavour of grassy hops, grapefruit, dark chocolate, caramel and floral notes. Light bodied with a dry, bitter, nutty finish. Chocolate actually surprised me and it suits here quite well.
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Dean Swift. It pours deep amber, with a thick, bubbly off-white head. The nose is quite subtle notes of wood, malt, dust, smoke and nut. The taste is wood, dust, leather, malt, dried fruit, nut and a bit of orange pith, with a dry finish. Lightish body and soft carbonation. Ok, but nothing special.
laiti (4546) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 19, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ St. Urho’s Pub
Aroma is quite light with cocoa and nuts. Flavour is a bit odd with berries, toffee, hints of mint and nuts. Also some caramel character exists. Palate is a bit light. Decent.
Sigmund (4503) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at The Harp, London, as Dark Star Partridge Best Bitter. Amber to copper colour, low white head. Minimal aroma, some malts and nuts. The flavour is malty but not very sweet, with a fruity and slightly acidic finish, some bitterness.
Camons (4493) - Hasselager, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, London. Pours amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, nuts, grass. Flavor is malt, caramel, grass. Medium body, soft carbonation. 160913
SaintMatty (4279) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Copper coloured. Malty and fruity aroma with hints of hops and dried fruit. The taste is nicely balanced with malt, hops and notes of dried fruit and nuts combining nicely.
mjs (3998) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki, 2011-03-14) The beer poured amber and clear. Its head was long lasting, white and small. Aroma had malts, hops and mildly toffee. Palate was medium bodied with lowish carbonation. Flavours were malts, toffee, hops, mildly fruitiness, biscuits, bitterness and hint of home brew. Aftertaste was bitter. A tasty bitter but not anything special.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Wellington Arms, Bedford. Amber with a white head. Sweet fruity aroma with some cereal. Malty taste with a sharp, leathery bitter finish. Hot day. Very acceptable.
berkshirejohn (3964) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Bird-in-Hand, Knowl Hill. Light copper in colour with a tight white head; fruity malt aroma; soft and fruity in the mouth with some burnt caramel and fruity hops giving a gentle but sustained bitterness and a lingering grassy caramel finish.