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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Local Distribution

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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
fonefan (51072) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2010

Cask (gravity) @ NWAF 10, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear dark brown color with a average, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, licorice, dried fruit, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100120]

3.6
JohnRMurdoch (5049) - 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.

3.6
DruncanVeasey (8283) - Nr 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.

3.6
Scopey (15704) - 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.

3.6
prawlie (1675) - Berkshire, 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.

3.6
MrTipple (6446) - 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
allmyvinyl (11019) - 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.

3.5
larsga (7656) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
Small beige head over opaque black body. Light milky burnt licorice aroma. Soft, sweet earthy licorice taste with light burnt aftertaste. Some alcohol heat. Fruity, with banana flavours and notes of milky chocolate. Dry aftertaste. Nice! A beer to savour. (0.5pt on cask.)

3.5
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 15, 2010
Cask. Deep rubyish black colour with small brown head. Aroma is chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, some red berries and mild notes of coffee. Flavour is quite much the same, but the alcohol is a bit too strong.

3.5
SaintMatty (7522) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2011
Cask (Bitter Virtue, Southampton) - Dark brown in colour. Fruity and slightly roasted aroma with vinous fruits, caramel and alcohol detected. Rich and full-bodied taste with fruit cake, caramel, raisins and nuts standing out. The finish is warming and fruity.


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