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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: 81   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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3.6
Scopey (14977) - 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.

3.8
imdownthepub (14745) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2017
Bottled, 330ml, aged 7.5yrs from the now closed Bellinger’s Garage, Grove, Oxon. Dark chestnut with cream head. This is a big, fruity, smooth beer, prunes in a silky way. The alcohol is well melded into the malt fruitiness, as are the hops. It has aged rather well imo. Late caramel note. Very decent indeed.

3.8
thewolf (12631) - 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.

2.9
mR_fr0g (12567) - 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.

3.3
rosenbergh (11610) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2011
Cask at the Gallows Bird, Espoo, Finland. XIV Real Ale Festival.
Dark reddish brown colour with small off-white head. Caramel, toffee and lots of dark malt in aroma. Strong vinous flavour with caramel, some bitterness and dark malt. Strong, rich and full.

3.6
allmyvinyl (10694) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2015
Cask at tapped Leeds. Pours dark brown, thin beige head. Aromas of stone fruit, cooked plums. Taste is rich, sweet, spicy. Sticky finish. Good.

3
ManVsBeer (10654) - 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 (10609) - 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

3.9
leaparsons (10606) - 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.

3.4
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2010
Cask Stillage at NWAF The Venue, Miles Platting 22/01/2010 Spicy malt aroma. Dark coloured very strong in alcohol bitter malty and fruity with a little dryness in a liquorice flavoured finish.


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