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98
style
Brewed by Dark Star
Style: English Strong Ale
Horsham, England

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unknown

on tap
available

Local Distribution

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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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (12372) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2011
Cask @ the Rake, London.
Pours nice ruby-red with a fine, staying, creamy beige head. Aroma has toasted caramel, chocolate, mildly vinious, blackberries, figs. Low carbonation, fine oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour is pleasant, chocolate, light tar, blackberries (the sweet ones). Fat maltiness, vinious and warming. Lovely, staying malty bitterness. Yum.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tlind2 (1682) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2011
[email protected] Bird, Espoo (Real ale version). Brown color, tan head. Roasted malt flavor with an unpleasant home-brew note. Full body, very low carbonation. I dont get this beer at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8225) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2011
Gravity, Leicester 2011. Mahogany with a thin tan head. Bertie Bassett and Black Jack aroma. Sweet with roasted undercurrents; bit of a Belgian, black cherry and marzipan feel, burnt aniseed backdrop, confectionery. Slick and sugared, slightly decadent. Belgian body, English roast. Winner.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (10400) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
Cask, Leicester Fest 10. Very dark brown with copper and a fluffy beige foam. Aromas are very earthy and rich with dark berries and caramel. Floral with liquorice and chocolate. Flavours are boozy and vinous with dark chocolate and roast malts. Marzipan with leather and some smoky notes. Sweetened grapefruit with peppery notes on the finish. Smooth on the palate, warming alcohol. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 6, 2011
Cask at Cask Pub and Kitchen, Pimlico, London last November. Dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top, Pleasing malty, spiced aroma, Tastes roasty, rich, dark fruit, caramel. Rich and warming Christmas beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6960) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2011
Cask at The Rake, London Dark brown with a small, bubbly, tan head. Roasted chocolate and warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
Cask, gravity, at Luton Beer Festival 11. Brown with a small off white head.. Sweet vinous aroma and taste, immensely strong and very lovely. Some bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erasmus_ro (2820) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
250ml cask. Pours dark, almost black, with an off-white head. Aroma is of roasted malts, caramel and liquorice. Taste is sweet malts with some caramel and raisins. Palate is oily and medium with little carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36459) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
Cask. A dark brown beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol and brown sugar as well as a light note of prunes. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, prunes, and brown sugar.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (7046) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2011
(Cask at Gallows Real Ale Festival 2011) The beer poured deep brown with red shading. Head was small. Aroma had soft fruit candies and chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and bit warming. Flavours were malts, sweetness, mildly roastedness and mild bitterness. Aftertaste was malty. Quite ok warming beer.


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