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

bottling
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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
Bottled. Dark, dark brown with a thin, creamy head. Strong malt aroma, molasses, and more raw malt. Alcohol isnt over baring on the aroma but through the flavour it a bit strong. This beer leaves the warm feeling of scotch down the back of your throat. You have to wait some time between tastes to let everything settle down. This particular brew, was 7.4%ABV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2007
Half pint pulled at The Rake at Borough Market (London), a dark brown with a bubbly beige head. A warming roasted aroma with a touch of chocolate. The palate is very smooth with some finishing tang and easy biscuity malt flavours. Drinks much easier than its 7.8%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (2054) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2010
Cask - Planet Thanet Festival 2010, Margate. Poured a dark brown with a mid-sized bubbly beige head. Blackcurrant and liquorice all over the aroma with lovely spice notes and toasty malts. Warming and toasty again on the palate with dark berry tones and liquorice towards the end finishing with a lasting dry bitterness. Medium to full in body with a soft, coating & lingering mouthfeel. Missed this one last so but it was worth the wait, another corker from DS. Can they do any wrong?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Now 7.8% ABV. Cask Conditioned at The Wenlock Arms, London. Black. Sweet, fruity (almost syrupy beer) coffee and a little chocolate, notes of liquorice. Alcohol is well hidden.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2004
Cask: Clear dark brown with red lightlights. Lasting tan head and good lace. Light oak and chocolate in nose, along with a little coffee. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavours start with plum and orange? in the mid. Dry finish. Very big meaty mouthfeel, quite silky smooth. Very moreish and warming, top ale.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nocturne (1951) - 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 couldve been a porter, a black IPA, a Belgian strong ale or anything in between. Really nice.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
tlind2 (1684) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1672) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1602) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2011
Cask at Gallows Bird RAF 2011.Mild nose with some roastiness. Pale low head. Dark reddish black colour. Fullfilled malty taste with hints of coffee and prunes. Some alcohol too. Mild hoppiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1567) - East Yorkshire, 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.


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