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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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ladnewton (1439) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2009
HP Cask at the Pembury Tavern, London, on 17th July 2009, during the pub’s summer festival. Very dark brown and clear with a lasting light brown head. Initial aroma brings notes of cinnamon. Exquisite roasted/toasted malt notes joined by a borderline savoury smokiness. Very slightly salty, for me another plus. The drinker is then further satisfied by a long bitter finish. Good conditioning affords a textured mouthfeel. This stout is absolutely exquisite and is definitely worth seeking out!

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (9421) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 2, 2008
Cask (Kitty’s, Helsinki)
Black, massive head - persistent right to the end of the pint! Rich roasty taste. Pleasant burnt edge, but more a porter than a stout. Very well balanced, maybe a little thin on the palate, but that makes it more quaffable and refreshing. Exceptionally tasty. 1 pint was not enough - went back for more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (14715) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imdownthepub (10488) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13884) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
Cask handpull at The Evening Star, Brighton. Very good dry stout. Very drinkable, lots of fruit as well as dry dark roasted malts. Good dryness, charcoal, touch of hop on the finish. I really like it. I’m not much of a dark beer drinker, but this was extremely good I thought. Good carbonation and the dark fruits really make it. What an Irish dry stout should be I guess. Very likeable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
A Mes rate. Cask handpull from the Evening Star.
Adorable stuff. Black as night with a good tan head. Faint roast coffee, loads of chocolate, delicate sourness and fruit. Soft and delicate but with lots of character. Very Dark Star. Totally downable. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 8, 2009
Cask at Old Bank, Turku. Black color. The aromas of chocolate, coffee, leather and nuts. Smooth chocolate taste with nutty aromatic maltiness. Coffeish and bitter finish. Nice smooth and aromatic stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
Cask conditioned Gravity Dispense Peterborough BF. A black beer with a good off-white coloured head. The aroma is slightly smoky with fruity notes. The taste is very mellow with roasty and fruity notes. Dry and malty and slips down very easily. Some burnt notes but otherwise drinkably friendly.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (6391) - 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.


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