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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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stravale (3065) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - MAR 29, 2012
Cask @ Red Squirrel, Edinburgh 270312
Black, ruby edges, tan head, good lacing
Aroma of rich dark soft roasted malts...liquorice..rich dark fruits..dark caramel malts
Taste of rich dark malts, very soft roasted malts, some liquorice, soft chocolate, dark fruits, tiny hint of aniseed, alcohol very well hidden
Palate - soft carb, medium body, quite sticky texture, very soft, smooth. Finish - more roast comes through then cleans off...hint of vanilla in the tail...slight saltiness
Overall - great tasting stout/old ale hybrid - reminds me a bit of Durham’s Temptation

4.2
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2012
Cask at Holyrood 9A. Dark reddish mahogany black pour, thin bubbly off-white head. Big rich nose, dark chocolate, treacle, marzipan even. Similar flavours, velvety smooth mouthfeel with some strong roasted malt notes and aa warm sticky finish. Yum!

4.1
cgarvieuk (24465) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
deep black ... thin light tan head... dark chocolate malts ... sweet dark toffee malts ...light treacle nose ... chewy chocolate ... dark malts ... heavy body ... little treacle ... dark sugers... great... wonderfully sold roast malts

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Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 24, 2012
On cask at The Holyrood 9A. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick tan head. A lovely Christmas pudding aroma with chocolate, roasty malt, alcohol and a little yeast also. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Quite dry and tasty!

3.7
markas101 (2451) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2012
21 Jan 2012. Cola color, raisin aroma. Sweet, minimal flavor with brown sugar. Alcohol on the finish.

3.9
Nocturne (1992) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2012
Cask at Port St. Beer House, Manchester. Pours a deep brown with an off-white head. Really explodes on the tongue with hops, sugar. dark fruits... this seems to have it all. Sticky and a bit viscous. It could’ve been a porter, a black IPA, a Belgian strong ale or anything in between. Really nice.

3.6
Scopey (14723) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Cask Gravity at the Green Dragon, Croydon. It pours very dark brown, with a thin beige lace. The nose is coffee liqueur, liquorice, sweet pear and vanilla. The taste is liquorice, clove, roasted malt, tire, tar, alcohol warmth, burnt fruit cake, menthol aspect, spice, coffee, salted caramel and charcoal, with a dry finish. Full body, soft/low carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. An interesting winter brew.

4
tombyars (1702) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 26, 2011
Tasted this barley wine in Blackfriers, Glasgow in December 2007. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a hint of ruby around the edges and a poor creamy buff head which quickly disappeared. Strong seductive whiff of plain chocolate in the long aroma. Smooth velvety mouthfeel and no lacing. Complex dark malts give a strong initial roast grain flavour which leads to a intense rich mocha and Belgian chocolate truffle notes. There is hardly a sign of hop resins being in this as sweetness prevails throughout in a smooth warming chocolate liqueur flavour. An interesting barley wine but might be too sweet for some - two pints over three hours was enough for me. Worth seeking out if your a barley wine aficionado.

4.8
craigjbass (6) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2011 does not count
One of the best beers I’ve had. Such an explosion of taste that work so well together. Smells of liquorish... it’s there in the taste. Very obvious roasted malts. Looks oily on the surface and goes down very thick. Very strong only at christmas.

3.9
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Cask at the CASK Pub & Kitchen, 1st Nov 2010. Deep russet brown with little head. Nose of caramel with alcoholic undertones. Lots of licorice in the mouth. Very smooth, slightly oily. Reminds me of Woodforde’s Norfolk Nip.


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