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Dark Star Winter Meltdown

Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Horsham, England
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Cask; Seasonal - Autumn and Winter.
Brewed with Chocolate and Crystal malts to produce this deep bronze coloured beer with a hint of malty flavour, bittered by the traditional Golding hop varieties, this is a classic strong bitter complimented by the aromatic warmth of Chinese stem ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jookos (2638) - FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Cask@5p. Red amber. Amber yeasty malts, slight raisiny caramels, sort of red berry. Bitterish, slight husky. Bit messy.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (15177) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2014
Cask at the Stockbridge tap... Amber... Thin white lacing... Soft dry fruit.. Big spice nose... Soft fruits.. Dry toffee.. Dry roast... Light mellow spice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sic1314 (3818) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Poured reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma of dark fruit and caramel malt. Light to medium body, flavour of nuts and ginger, sweet berries and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (2061) - WALES - NOV 15, 2014
Cask at Kings Tun JDW. Hazy dark amber orange, still, small white head, full lacing. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy ginger, resin, nice enduring soft bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshRaburn (48) - - NOV 3, 2014
Cask @ King’s Head, Waterloo. Seasonal bitter - low hopping for a Dark Star beer, dominated by malt flavours and the added spices, especially ginger. Very mellow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyrmir (3559) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2014
Cask at Horse & Stable on London vacation. Copper color with small off white head. Aroma of gingerbread, cardamom, pumpkin and toast. Taste is similar, spicy, pumpkin, cardamom, slight burnt notes and faint ginger. Too spicy for me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niall73 (1873) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Cask at Cock Tavern, Hackney. Pours a dark amber with a thin head. Mild aroma with a hint of sweet malt. Light to medium body, mild carbonation. Light cloves, all spice, gingerbread. A hint of berries too. OK. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (1560) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Aroma: massive spice explosion, clove and other winter/Christmas spices. Appearance: dark amber, frothy small head. Taste: light to medium sweet. Palate: the spices again, sweetness, light bitters only, low carbonation. Overall: a very special Premium Bitter - not for every day, but on a cold evening not bad! Pint at the Cock Tavern, London.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wimpyjoe (4424) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. A bright bronze coloured ale with a creamy head. Has a mid-ginger character throughout with an easy to drink nature.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_cross (623) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2013
Dark brown, amber tints, thin loose head; nutty, malty aroma; taste is gently toasted malts; struggled to detect much else at first, but over time it revealed a pleasant smokiness and some festive spice (cinnamon in particular); initially found it watery and gave it a 2.7, but enjoyed it increasingly and had a second half; but not enough of a grower to propel it above 3.3.

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