madsberg (9310) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Red brown coloured. Light brown head. Malt, sugar and roast in the aroma. Coffee, roast and some hops in the flavour. Medium bitter in the end. Thanks for sharing, Jens.
imdownthepub (9161) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at The New Inn, Witney, Oxon. Black with off white head. Darkly roasted malts, bitterness, coffee with a dry black chocolate flavour. Plenty of mouthfeel and depth on the palate. Very decent.
Leighton (8648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Rake. Pours an almost clear, amber-brown with a foamy, white head. A mild dark malt aroma with some ripe fruits, roasted cocoa beans and bark. Flavor holds modest sweetness, with some caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, and mild bitterness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Faintly roasty in the finish, with some more caramel, light cocoa and fruit. Exceedingly drinkable. Wonderful beer.
pivnizub (8367) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (@Market Porter, Southwark): Deep amber coloured, lacy off-white layer; roasted malt and solid hops in the nose; solid dry bitter flavour, light bodied, quite soft; lingering bitter-sweet, fruity finish with an endless hoppy aftertaste. Great, satisfying stuff.........
FatPhil (8105) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask - - Gallows Bird, Espoo
Deep reddy brown, healthy head. Rich roasty nose, some light coffee. Fairly full palate, both burnt malts and slight hoppy presence, pleasant carbonation. Taste well balanced, keeping with the traditional English porter style, but perhaps a touch hoppier than canon. Roasty finish, but long hops too. Retronasal esters very pleasant. What Mes said - excellent stuff as always from Dark Star.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Cask (St. Urho’s, Helsinki, Porter and Stout Days 2008)
Very dark, ruby red, large loose head. Burnt and malty aroma. Good refreshing porter taste, brown and bitter and burnt. Finish is mellow and a little burnt.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Milton Keynes BF A black beer with an off-white wispy head. The aroma is slightly smoky, but actually quite thin. Some chocolate and light roast in the reasonably fruity mouthfeel. Decent enough
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Handpump at the Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1. I note that the previous comments related to the bottled version. The character seemed somewhat different from cask. In fact, I found it a rather curious beer. The colour was not very dark - a deepish amber that struck me as rather light for a stout or a porter, and rather light bodied too. But rather dense for a mild. Spicy nose, but with noticeable musty and muddy tones. Slight medicinal hints on the palate. The finish seemed rather soft for a porter. Perhaps, as Silk Tork surmises, this is just a bit different to what we have come to regard as a porter. For all that, and whatever you want to call it (incidentally, the brewery seems to have dropped the "City" part of the name), this was quite a pleasant beer without being in any way exciting.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Rake. Awesome mahogany colour with a good off white head. Glorious balance of chocolate malt, slight earth and some delicious resinous hops. A lovely hint of tobacco and fresh coffee. Fantastic creamy malt finish with late bitterness. Excellent stuff as always from Dark Star.
Fin (6637) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, handpump at The Royal Blenheim, Oxford 04.12.10 Pour’s very, very dark brown with a reddy glint. This is nutty with some coffee, creamy with a nice bitterness it’s a tasty beer. [b> A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 28, 2013. Hand-pull cask at Southampton Arms. Dark black, small head. Proper oily/toasty aroma, a little treacle and a hint of iodine. Taste follows. Light body, slick, nice acidic oily finish. Well done.