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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: 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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3.3
Fin (10699) - 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

3.3
The_Osprey (8432) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2015
Cask at the Harp, Covent Garden. Black, small bubbly tan head. Body is light, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is tangy toffee, plummy, not really bitter at all.

3.2
Theydon_Bois (20158) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
On cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green - 28/01/12. Dark brown in colour, verging on black with a little ruby hue around the edges when held to the light, topped with a small white/off white head. On the nose a whiff of chocolate, liqourice and berry fruits. On the palate a complex series of tastes, alcohol, malt, sugars, burnt sugar/malt flavours, faint chocolate notes dried berries, liquorice, maybe other spices thrown in, a little aniseed? Full bodied beer, smooth on the palate. Overall I was a little disappointed by Critical Mass, too much of a ’pure’ alochol flavour in the taste that wasn’t disguised and built into the beer well enough in my opinion!

3.2
minutemat (5787) - 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.

3.2
s_hartshorne (2784) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2015
Cask tapped Leeds. Black thin head. Aroma dark fruits malts taste same some sweetness alcohol roasted malts ok bitter finish. Medium body. Decent stuff was expecting more!

3.1
DanielBrown (4527) - 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.

3.1
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask @ Planet Thanet. Black red colour. Chocolate malt aroma with nice alcohol notes and a little coffee. Sadly after what is a very pleasant nose its all down hill from there. Lots of nice stuff in there it just doesnt sit right and the alcohol is just too much. Palate is almost biting probably mainly due to the harsh alcohol. Each time I buy it I say this about it, now it’s finally rated I’ll proabably leave it alone. Turn it off mum I don’t like it.

3.1
Erasmus_ro (3106) - Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2011
250ml cask. Pours dark, almost black, with an off-white head. Aroma is of roasted malts, caramel and liquorice. Taste is sweet malts with some caramel and raisins. Palate is oily and medium with little carbonation.

3
ManVsBeer (10795) - 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.

2.9
mR_fr0g (12914) - 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.


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