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

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unknown

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available

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
ABV varies between 7.4 - 7.8 ABV.
Cask; Sesaonal - Winter. Also available bottled.
Strong, dark roasted flavoured winter ale.

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3.5
Niall73 (2432) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Cask at The Willow Walk 'spoon, Victoria. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, a bit of funk, malt loaf. Medium body, mild carbonation. Sticky, with dark fruits, rum, coke, wood, a bit of choc and a hint of coffee. Finish is decent bitter and dry considering the sweetness factor. A boozy warmth too. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
mR_fr0g (12110) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2014
Cask at Euston tap. Dark caramel brown pour with a fleeting off cream head. Aromas are earthy roast, tea leave tanin and toffee apple. Flavour is caramel toffee apple earthy tough bitterness. Finish is fairly sweet. Fullish palate and light carbonation. Some hot alcohols. Middle of the road for me.

3
ManVsBeer (10464) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
Cask @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Very dark red with a creamy head. Has a dry grain taste with a slight sweetness and a more sweet aroma. It’s strength is most evident in its aftertaste.

3.3
Fin (10541) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2013
Cask, handpump at The Grapes, Sunday 1st December 2013 whilst watching Mabel Gubbins (Morris Rapper side) and their entourage of 6-7 other sides dance in this and other pubs. Dark chestnut brown, with a small film of bubbles across the top. Rich, warming and perfect for the time of year. Fruity, as in Christmas pudding type fruits and very malty. There is a spiciness with this as well and whilst not too harsh the alcohol does show, perhaps served just a tiny bit warm, however I was still just a tad underwhelmed by this, its fine. A6 A4 T7 P3 Ov13 3.3

3.6
prawlie (1592) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
Half pint at the Nags Head in Reading. Bitter, slightly sweet, chocolatey and light roast, with a bit of raisin. Very dark brown, with a short-lived head. Lovely light chocolate aroma. Tasty.

3.5
jackl (8071) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Cask @ CPK. The pour’s a deep reddish brown color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma’s plenty of cherry, fruit leather, christmas cake, some soft chocolate malt and light wood. The taste is smooth hot cocoa, nutmeg spice, sweet red berry jam. The finish is slightly hot and sweet, the only hint of the chunk(ish) ABV. The body’s medium, smooth, supple. Overall, nice.

3.7
RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Cask at @IndyManBeerCon dark brown roast malts some coffee a bit of toffee warming alcohol. Great beer

3.2
Theydon_Bois (19506) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
On cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green - 28/01/12. Dark brown in colour, verging on black with a little ruby hue around the edges when held to the light, topped with a small white/off white head. On the nose a whiff of chocolate, liqourice and berry fruits. On the palate a complex series of tastes, alcohol, malt, sugars, burnt sugar/malt flavours, faint chocolate notes dried berries, liquorice, maybe other spices thrown in, a little aniseed? Full bodied beer, smooth on the palate. Overall I was a little disappointed by Critical Mass, too much of a ’pure’ alochol flavour in the taste that wasn’t disguised and built into the beer well enough in my opinion!

2.8
madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
4th December 2009
Pigs Ear. Opaque dark brown beer. Dry palate. Rich dark malt. Unsweet dark toffee and dark fruits in the undertone. Warming bitterish dry finish.

4.2
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 7, 2012
Red-black, nice foamy layer of head. Nose of banana, marzipan, touch of coffee roastiness. Flavours similar, but with more mocha, vanilla, pine, raisins and warming boozeyness. Very good indeed.


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