Dark Star Critical Mass Brewer's Reserve 2015

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Brewed by Dark Star
Style: English Strong Ale
Horsham, England

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"Brewed with dark roasted barley malts, balanced by the use of Challenger and East Kent Golding hops, then aged in oak whisky casks".

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3.7
Beerhunter111 (22513) - P´Castle, GERMANY - APR 21, 2017
33cl bottle. Pours dark reddish brown colour with a huge most good lasting beige head. Aroma of smoked dark malt, wood, some bourbon, peat. Taste of peated dark malt, smoke, ash, some coffee, bitter roasted malt.

3.5
MelvinKalksma (1722) - NETHERLANDS - APR 11, 2017

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, wood, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and smoke.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque ruby/black beer with a slight/medium beige head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, wood, vanilla and chocolate; ends slightly bitter and dry with roasted malts and smoke.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. That whiskey it aged on surely is the most intense flavour present in this beer. Honestly the rest feels a bit thin in comparison. Great appearance and a good palate, while the aroma and taste fall somewhere in between.

3
witthatsbier (584) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2017
33cl bottle pours a dark brown with thin beige head Aroma is whiskey bit chemical strange Taste is vinious malty and that chemical note is in the taste long spirit finish ,really thin beer for its abv sorry pretty poor

3.3
andrepintado (3663) - Porto, PORTUGAL - DEC 22, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2016 Bottle. Appearance is dark copper, brown, black. Head is thin and beige. Medium sweetness, light bitterness. Medium thin body. Low medium carbonation. Aroma and flavour is smoke, peated, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, phenolic, liquorice, pepper. A bit unbalanced.

3.5
rosenbergh (11799) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2016
330 ml bottle. BB 31/12/2016. Courtesy of Euphemos.
Dark reddish brown color with a small tan head. Really strong peaty aroma with some charcoal and smoke. Peat, smoke, licorice, charcoal and malt in the flavor. Thin.

3.5
pivnizub (10811) - Bochum, Por�ř�, GERMANY - DEC 8, 2016
Bottle: Deep amber coloured with a ruby sheen, presumably clear, small lacy off-white foamy layer; moderate to solid fruity-vinous nose, roasted malt, even hints of smoke, wood and vanilla underneath, hops in the background;moderate to solid bitter-sweet nose, medium to full bodied, not really soft; lingering bitter-sweet raisiny and woody-hoppy finish. A pleasant winter-warmer...

3.2
Sigmund (7917) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 30, 2016
330 ml bottle from Ales by Mail, shared at local tasting. Dark brown colour, small beige head. Aroma of oak, peated malts and peated whisky. Medium sweet flavour, full of peated malts.

3.3
gunnar (9695) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2016
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours dark/red brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, weak roasty with distinct peat. Taste is light sweet peated malts, bitter finsh with herbs and peat, maybe a bit much.

3.8
Holmen1 (6473) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2016
Flaske delt på RBHD-treff hos Odd Gunnar nov-16: klar brunlig rav med kort skum. Skogbunn, furunål, overmodne mørke bær, urter, brent sukker, torvmyr og mørk karamell både i aroma og smak. Fin bitterhet med røyk og vanilje i ettersmaken. Lett å helle innpå!

3.9
Holmen2 (4036) - NORWAY - NOV 29, 2016
Share bottle at RB/HD at Gunnar´s 29.11.16. Brown. Diminishing pale brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, peated malt and burnt circuit boards. Similar taste, with dark malt sourness. Rather good.


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