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

bottling
unknown

on tap
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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3.2
minutemat (5529) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Keg @ Euston Tap. Fairly sweet with caramel and sultanas and an earthy bitter influence. Slick mouthfeel, not bad at all.

3.9
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2004
Bottle. Very tasty indeed. Spicy Christmasy sort of flavour. Raisiny, cakey, caramel/choc. With a nice dry acidic, salty, orange rindy, bitter finish, a fantastic beer, very tasty.

3.6
MrTipple (4968) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, winter spices, some dark berries, hints of alcohol. Appearance: dark brown/black, hardly any head. Taste: medium to heavy sweet. Palate: long dri-ish finish, some alcohol, strong sweet malts, dark berries again, more is hidden. Overall: nice English Strong Ale, palate is quite complex. Pint at Willow Walk, Victoria.

3.6
JohnRMurdoch (4875) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 17, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 Cask @ Blackfriars. Mild flowery aroma. Very dark brown colour (almost black) colour with reasonable head. Big sweet creamy flavour. Very smooth. Unusual one. Good but a bit strong for me.

3.1
DanielBrown (4502) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2004
Hand pulled at the Head of Steam, Euston, in the comapny of chris_o. Sweet coffee aroma. Very smooth cocoa, with a sweet, almost sickly finish. Very drinkable, but quite sweet.

4
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.

3.6
beastiefan2k (3981) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Cask-Mugs-Split They Skull-4 oz snifter. Second Western Hemisphere rater (only beaten out by Notalush who did not even realize, way to keep your eye on the ball Brandon). This is a weird ESA, poured very dark with a foamy light tan head. Overall there is a novel kind of cookie texture and flavor to it. Not sweet but take a nice cookie, get rid of any of the sweetness and leave the baked essence. A very cool maltiness. There is some detectable alcohol. Its not a heavy beer and easy drinking but I woud say the the mouthfeel feel very nice with the reduced carbonation on the cask, pillowy on the cheeks. There is a flavor at the end of the flavor which does not follow the flow of the beer, one coud say tartness but its really just something on the opposite end of the spectrum from the baked essence. At times cool... at times weird.

3.8
rauchbier (3891) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Deep red, bordering on black, thin but lasting beige head and good condition. Evolving aromas, starting with fruity vimto like berries, some orange citric notes, sweet malt and roast barley. A delicate hop aroma develops and a final hint of liquorice as it warms. In the mouth it is quite thick and malty with hints of fruity berries (blackberry, maybe) some roast barley and a background yeastiness. The roast and hops conspire in the finish to produce a good tingly bitterness that lingers well with traces of coconut at the end.

3.4
nihtila (3639) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 1, 2016
Bottle. Brown with beige head. Nose is mostly whisky, sweet malts, dark fruits, toffeeish. Taste is mellow but somewhat thin bodied, sweet malts, whisky, dark fruits and berries. A bit unbalanced.

4.2
ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2005
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Dark brown with red tones. Small tan head. Nice and deep aroma of black chocolate, anise, hops and alcohol. Rich, chewy and deep flavour of caramel, dark chocolate, cocoa, raspberries, sea salt and brown sugar. Full bodied. Long full aftertaste of of licorice, bitter black chocolate, cocoa and alcohol. Awesome stuff from an excellent brewery!


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