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Dark Star / Thornbridge Thornstar

Formerly brewed at Dark Star
Style: Black IPA
Horsham, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 141   ABV: 4.7%
Cask; Special. Collaboration between Dark Star and Thornbridge.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2012
Pours mahogany, with red highlights. Aroma is rich malt, wood, and toffee; the taste follows this route but adds more roast and burnt notes along with something medicinal and almost ginger/cough drop esque. A little too slick and cloying, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Several pints on draught at the CASK in Pimlico, 23rd Nov 2010. Rich clear brown with a diminishing head. A lovely mix of fresh resin from the hops and a full bodied caramel background. Fruitcake flavours mixed with a long lasting resin finish. I really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2011

Cask (handpump) @ CASK Pub & Kitchen, 6 Charlwood Street, London, Greater London, England SW1V 2EE.

Clear medium to dark red brown colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, light grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, pine - grapefruit, hoppy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101231]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2011
Cask (handpump) at the Cask Pub & Kitchen 23 November 2011. Deep red colour. Quite hoppy, with the emphasis on herbal, grassy notes. A little malty twist - somewhere between roasty and toasty - at the end. Moderate bitterness. Well balanced, easy-drinking and very satisfying but not quite the knockout I was hoping for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2980) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London last November. A dark brown coloured pour with a smallish beige head. Malty, fruity aroma. Tastes fruity, malty, hoppy, chocolate, slight bitterness. An interesting collaborative effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7778) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 8, 2011
(Cask at Harp, Covent Garden, London, 26 Nov 2010) Dark brown colour, almost black, with foamy beige head. Roasted, hoppy nose with notes of chocolate, coffee and pine needles. Roasted, malty taste with coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, pine needles and a hoppy finish with a generous, piney bitterness. Medium body, with balanced sweetness. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Handpump at Cask Pub and Kitchen. Dark brown with a small head. a bit fruity and floral in the aroma coming from the hops and a nice roasty, almost coffee maltiness as well. Light and roasty in the flavor, with a lot of porter character but an above average hop level. Light to medium in body and pretty smooth. A nice beer, but I would never call this a black IPA. Porter would be just fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (21802) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
9th December 2010
A cellar run in the Rake thanks to Mario! Cheers Mario - much appreciated! Clear dark red brown beer with a little white head. Light semi dry palate. Smooth dark malt with a little dark chocolate and a trace of coffee. Piney grassy hops, fresh. Finishes smooth and slightly bitter. Unusual. The malt and hops elements are nice in their own right but the whole doesn’t equal the sum of the parts for me. Perfectly okay drinkable beer but not a knockout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (4112) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2010
Pours a deep red-brown with a big fine white head, aromas of hop, honey and green herbs give way to a clean crisp green-hoppy body with a big chewy malt and toffee flavour, then a bitter burnt caramel finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9481) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2010
Cask at the Cask & Kitchen, Victoria/Pimlico, London 01.12.10. Pours dark brown with an off-white head some malt on the nose but there is a light burst of fresh hops skipping through. Taste is showing more of those fresh green hops, some maltiness, a little velvety chocolate, and a dab of spice, quite lovely. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

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