overall
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78
style
Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Old Ale
Horsham, England

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Also known as Original.
The brewery's eponymous CAMRA champion (won when Dark Star was brewed at Pitfield). A dark strong bitter with a hint of rich malt flavour from the caramalt. Brewed with crystal malt, caramalt and roasted barley.
See Pitfield Black Eagle.

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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
finol (3250) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Cask as Dark Star Original at Akkurat. Pours dirt brown with a gray brown head. A dull rosted malt dominated brew. Not a nice smooth cask ale and not a sweet old ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hirigalzkar (3036) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
Cask @ Akkurat. Pours black with a small grey head. Heavy on the malts. Salty rather than sweet. Dry finish. A bit too thin.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1944) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Cask in The Horseshoe, NW3. Dark brown in colour with a bubbly white head. Splendidly complex dark wintry ale, with fruit, burned caramel, earthy hop bitterness at the finish. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olie (22) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2012
Cask at The Craft Beer Co. Delicious. This was the first Dark Star beer I ever tried, the first time I drank it, and Ive yet to find another of their beers quite this good. Toasty, biscuity, malty old ale. Aroma slightly berry-ish, flaour has hints of tobacco, digestive biscuits...

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Pour is dark brown, almost black, with a creamy tan head. Nose has a light note of smoke with a McD grilled chicken aroma dominating. Light dark grapes in back but faint. Taste is thin and stale, light smoke with notes of dark malt, cardboard and moderate sweetness. Body is thin and light with low carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
laiti (8217) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2012
Cask @ Salhojankadun Pub
Forms a small, beige disappearing head. Aroma is rather strong on milk chocolate. Also some cocoa powder.Flavour has essence-like milk chocolate, some licorice and soy sauce. A bit harsh, bitter and sour finish. The sour notes get stronger towards the end of the glass and make this feel a bit contaminated. Quite rich for a real ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9773) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2012
Cask @ Salhojankadun Pub, Tampere.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Aroma of fruits, rye, grain and some dark berry notes. Flavour of dark berries, rye, mild burnt malts and some caramel. Slick palate, decent body.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6381) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
Handpull at Southampton Arms. Deep, deep ruby, small foamy offwhite head. Sweet aroma of raisin and wildflowers. Taste follows, some black tea. Light body, dry, mild carbonation, sweet to start, tart in a quick finish. Interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18260) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Via cask dispense at the Half Moon, Windlesham as Dark Star - Original. Pours a dark brown with a small white head which didnt hang around too long. Fruity nose from which I get prunes/dates/cherries and a hint of spice. Roasted malts in the taste allied to the fruits and spices Ive touched on above. Also get a nice toffee/biscuit flavour from this beer. A bitter dry aftertaste follows but in a mellow way as there is some sweetness here also. My only complaint was that it was a little thin in the body, None the less one of the more enjoyable old ales Ive had in recent years!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7355) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Cask @ The Fox, Haggerston. Deep brown in color with a tiny tan head. The nose is deep roasted chocolate and soft toffee. Rich wood poish and and sweet nuts. The taste iis much the same. Notes of hazelnut chocolate and bruised berry. Woody and rich. Soft body, very easy drinking. Velvety mouthfeel. Overall, pretty good!


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