Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


on tap


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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2011
Cask at CPK. Pours light brown with a subtle, off-white head. Mild dark malts on the nose, some roast. Flavor is lightly sweet with faint sugars and moderate roasted malts. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Dry finish with touches of burnt wood and charred malts. Alright beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2010
Cask at Ealing beer festival. Black/deep brown pour with a medium sized beige head. Roasty aroma with hint of coffee. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, malty. Smooth and easy drinking. Nice stout from Dark Star.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (13374) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2010
Cask conditioned at The Rake, Borough. Black with slight head. Deeply bitter stout with heavy lashings of chocolate malts, burnt, coal then overlaid with a fruity, plummy note. Great beer to end the day on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2010
Gravity at Cambridge Beer Festival 2010. Red-brown with a medium-sized foamy head. Hops and lots of roasted malts in the scent, with some cherry there too. Dry. Some carbonation. White chocolate, milk and rhubarb in the mouth with some sulphur on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 22, 2010
cask at white horse parson green ... nice deep black thin tan lacing ... soft coffee roast ... rich deep chocolate roast ... little toff malts ... nice ... little charcoal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25464) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 1, 2010
Cask. Quite much a pitch black coloured beer with beigeish brown foamy head, that leaves some lace. Aroma is roasted malts, along with some mild liquorice, fruits and berries. Flavour is roasted malts, some slight smoked wet wood, liquorice and mild berryish notes. Semidry palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1292) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Hand pulled cask at The Speaker, Westminster. Almost black with a thick beige creamy collar. Dry flavour profile with roasted grains, subtle coffee, dark chocolate and just enough bittering hops in the finish. An extremely quaffable stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Cask, can’t remember where, 26th Nov 09, with tashi. Dark brown body with a diminishing off-white head. Moderately malty aroma with hints of plum. Reasonably sweet on the tongue, definite chocolate malt. Slightly oily finish. Rather one-dimensional and I would expect better from Dark Star.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (7958) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2009
Cask-conditioned at the Old Fountain, Old Street, London 17/12/09. Jet black with a thin but tight, off-white head. Roasty aroma with a touch of chocolate. Flavour had more of the same, plus some liquorice and long bitter finish. Great drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
Cask Stillage at the Community Centre, Frodsham 02/05/2009 Rich fruit aroma. Black and fruity with some alcohol present. A little dryness and bitterness in a crisp roast finish.

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