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

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unknown

on tap
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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3.5
Niall73 (2434) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Cask at The Willow Walk 'spoon, Victoria. Pours a dark reddy brown with an off white head. Aroma is dark fruit, a bit of funk, malt loaf. Medium body, mild carbonation. Sticky, with dark fruits, rum, coke, wood, a bit of choc and a hint of coffee. Finish is decent bitter and dry considering the sweetness factor. A boozy warmth too. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
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 isn’t 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.

3.4
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Hui - nice one. Wonderful nearly black color, small frothy head. Malt, chocolate and coffee nose. Kind of flat roasted coffee bean and malt taste - medium lasting.

3.4
notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 10, 2007
Cask at Mug’s Split Thy Skull - dark brown, nearly black pour, with a thick off-white head - lightly woody aroma, with some roasty notes, a rather prominent spice profile, and carmelized brown sugar - somewhat sweet up front, with the roasted flavors one expects from the style - this is quickly undercut by a strong, spicy hop profile, and a touch of tartness - a little thin on the palate - I was expecting a lot more from this brewery, but it’s still 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.

3.4
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.

3.4
nihtila (3670) - 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.

3.3
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Gravity, Dover BF. Dark rich brown with a small layer of fine creamy off-white. Coffee, dark honey and maple syrup aroma. Palate is sugary and sticky, yet still somehow manages to feel kind of thin. Dark honey sweetness, just enough roast and bitterness to keep from being a total sugar bomb. I can imagine this being better late in the day as a nightcap or something. Even with a little more carbonation. It does improve quite a bit as it warms up, the edge of the sweetness softening and the flavor mellowing. Overall, a very anticipated beer that didn’t quite live up to my hopes.

3.3
rosenbergh (11613) - 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.

3.3
mjs (7470) - 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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