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Dark Star Sussex Extra Stout

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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Seasonal - January & February.
The Black and roasted barley malts are fermented to dryness to provide perfectly balanced full malt flavours. Golding varieties of Kentish hops are used early and late in the boil to add a fresh clean bitterness.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6717) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2013
Cask at the Claret, Addiscombe. It pours near black with a medium tan head. The nose is roasted malt, toast, salted caramel and cocoa. The taste is roasty, toasty sugars, coffee grinds, cocoa, some underlying caramel sweetness and charred earth with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A sold stout all-round and rather drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (1611) - WALES - APR 21, 2013
Draught Brixton. No head. Watery texture but doesn’t taste watery, some dark fruits and spice. Is drinkable and light but not too exciting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (8294) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
Cask at the Wenlock Arms, 21/02/13. Mid black with a thin bubbly tan head that retains well. Nose is a little thin, roast malt, light background hoppage, dusting of cocoa, metallic notes. Taste comprises roast malts, leather, molasses, light cocoa, sugars. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation - a little prickly, dry in the finish. Ok stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Cask @ CPK. The pour’s deep brown with a small, frothy off-white head. The nose is toasted nuts, some milk chocolate, brown bread, autumn leaves. The taste is strong chewy malts. Plenty of caramel, toffee, cocoa. Light milk chocolate and brown sugar sweetness. Nice balance, slightly dry and bitter on the finish. Medium body, smooth. Overall, a really solid effort. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2012
20th February 2012
On tap at CP&K. Opaque black - brown beer, small tan head. Light dry palate. Sweet dark malts. Minerals and subtle fruits underneath. Coffee streak. Whisper of bubblegum toward the semi dry finish. Fresh and quite complex and eminently suppable!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EdKing (1848) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
Cask in Craft Beer Co. Black with off white head. Nose is ale fruity, instant black coffee, caramel malt, bit of sulphur, possibly touch on the turn. Taste is cold black coffee, caramel, fruity hops. It’s a little too watery. Sweetish caramel fruity finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2441) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2012
Gravity at Battersea beer festival 2012, tawny black with a clingy off white head, malty nose with hints of coffee, demerara and red fruit on palate, dry yet fruity finish. Somewhere between a bitter and a porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (5037) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2011
Cask at The Harp, London. Very dark colour, nearly black, reddish in the highlights. Low tan head. Moderate roasty aroma, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. The flavour is roasty with coffee notes, medium dry. Decent enough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 14, 2011
Cask real Ale 0.5l GLASS. Mild coffeyish nose. Pale beige head (7mm). Dark black colour. No sweetness. Slightly coffeish. average hoppy taste. Nice colour. A good dry stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wollyBUG (5) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2011 does not count
Cask at the Gallowe Bird Public House. Fresh hops in the smell with a coffylike malty body. The off white head with big bubbbles lasts long. Refreshing mouthfeel and a good thirst quencher. One of the hoppiest stouts I’ve had. Brilliant.


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