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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Porter
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Cask; Seasonal - October to December.
Formerly known as City Porter.
Dark Star Porter uses an old established recipe of fully roasted barley malts and robust Target hops to produce a most traditional and full flavoured beer.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (5896) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2008
On gravity at the Portcullis, Bristol 11/12/08. Extremely dark brown with next to no head. Roasty aroma with some dark chocolate, liquorice and molasses. Flavour started slightly sweet, with some coffee, more chocolate and long, dry finish. The alcohol was well hidden in this very enjoyable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (5845) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2009
(Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm) Very dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, dark chocolate and hints of dark fruit. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and a bittersweet finish in brilliant balance. A very nice and well balanced example of a traditional porter. Great beer!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2007
Cask in Blackfriars. OMG this beer! Iv been feeling like iv had a pain in the ass cold for about 3 weeks now and was wanting to stay off the booze for as long as possible, however friday nite off so out we go. P and I decided to hit west as they may have there xmas beer on(i was wrong they didnt) and its only a short walk away anyway from the flat. Thier helles had a far fuller flavour than the last time i had it, perhaps somethign to do with the ratebeer croud slating it at RBESG07. We were chatting away and getting slated in texts from Duff and Mesandsim about how they were unsuare which vintage of gueuze to have, while im stuck with bloody lager. Anyway as the nite goes on we get into some good chat and get jolly, so decide to hit a new french 60’s pop nite in Blackfriars. We arrive after 12 and its not too busy, the bar downstairs in the club only has the shitest lager avalible to man in it. so i grab 2 pint glasses and get into the cellar. The ale we do is on stillage so i just undid the hose and got a pint of crompton two pints then i see dark star porter is on. Im always excited about dark star beers, so grabbed a pint of it. Even as it was pouring from the cask i could smell the chcolate. I take a large swig and im like, OMG, my exact words were "holy bloody fuck" i take another large swig just to make sure. Then top my glass up. I run through and force everyone while they are serving an already busy bar to taste. They’re all lager frecks in my work and think sugar comes from hops. I then force it upon everyone else that im there with and get a few thumbs up and a few whatevers, but these guyz are on smack, this is one of the finest beverages ever made. The aroma is just bursting with chocolate malts, noteable grassy bittering hop also. The taste is just soo good, its like eating on of those hot metled choc centred cakes you get, so comforting, oh its just amazing, such an experiance. I think this is what all other beers to the style should be aiming for, but they’ll doubtfully ever get it right. I punished about 5 pints of the stuff and was a real mess by the end of it, no idea what happened towards th end of the nite. There was some serious dancing going on, i managed to move my feet quicker than anyone ever has done in the past. What a nite and what a f*ckin beer to go with it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005 Bottle. Loved it. Toasty, subtle raisin and roast, some chocolate and caramel, a light balanced acidity is also noticed. Mouthfeel is full, and everything appears to be in its right place, soft mouthfeel. Textbook porter, very tasty. Great brewer. This beer is really well made. RERATE: Cask@The Wenlock Arms, London. Smooth with some light acidity, some roastyness and caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Nice mouthfeel, soft, with a long flavour. There are differences of course with the cask and bottled versions, but overall i did socre them much the same. This is almost a textbook porter for me.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Bought at the Pig's Ear Fest. This is my 1,000th rate for the year. Roasty flavour which slowly builds as Spiesy suggests, leading to a darkly bitter finish more in line with Guinness or other classic dry stouts. There is a softer, juicier initial feel than a Guinness, and this is much more pleasant than that tired old product, but I can't really warm to it. I mean, it even looks like a Guinness - well, not as dark... there is the reddish brown quality to it that porters are supposed to have. The head is so frothy that little aroma rises up other than natural beer gas. There's nothing wrong with this - it's a quality product, and of interest to Guinness and porter lovers alike, bridging, as it does, the gap between the two. But that of course is conjecture - we don't really know the full history of porter and stout - but this is a good surmise of that transitional period. A history lesson perhaps.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
Dark brown coloured. Roasty and malty aroma. Very hoppy for a porter. Very fresh and well balanced. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Cast at Rattle n Hum. Listed just as DS porter. Pours a nice deep brown slight haze and a thinning head. aroma is ncie lgith doughy chocolate and nuts, slight fruity raisin esters and some sweet caramel. Nutty and toffee-like flavor with light dry bittersweet choclate and a slight minty character in there as well with an earthy dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (4677) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2013
Cask (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Dark brown in colour. Chocolate, malt, roasted nuts and coffee in the aroma. Smooth and delightful taste with notes of smooth milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt standing out. Superb.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2008
(Cask@St.Urho) Clear, dark amber with a small, tanned head. Mild, sourish aroma with licorice and honey hints. Toffee-malty, slightly sweet flavor with burnedness only coming in the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, neutral, quite low-carbonated palate. A quite pleasant mix of oktoberfest and porter - but still overrated here, IMO.


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