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

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 125   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olie (22) - Greater London, - 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...


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hohops (896) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Cask. Appearance is very dark brown, with a small beige head. Treacly malty aroma, with hints of brown bread. Taste- more treacle, burnt malt, brown sugar, toffee.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
saxo (17588) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ The Fat Cat, Norwich. Medium head with medium duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits and hops. Sweet finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (18747) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ Fat Cat, Norwich. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and roasted moderate bitter finish. 180217

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (11281) - Hasselager, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2017
Cask @ Fat Cat, as Dark Star Original. Norwich. Pours black with an offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, light bread. Flavor is light sweet, malt, caramel, bread, liitle dark fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation. Medium body, soft carbonation, sweet finish. 180217

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (2630) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in July 2011 - Very dark ruby colour. Very Malty; roast malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, liquorice. Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; earthy and grassy hops. Sweet roast malty with a slightly sour hop/fruit edge. Fantastic dark ale. Great pint! (2011-07-28)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (10585) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2016
Cask gravity at the St Albans BEER festival 2016. A nutty brown coloured pour with small loose light tan head . Aroma is nutty, earthy malts, hints of choc, berry. Flavour is composed of dried fruits, raisin, berry, nutty, light toasted mats. Palate is semi sweet, woody, moderate condition. Rustic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThirstyBird (2755) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2016
On cask @ Evening Star, Brighton. Pours a very dark brown with tan head. The smell is dark roasted malt and molasses. The taste is molasses, fruit, roasted malt ending slightly sweet and dry. The body is light+ with fine carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamesie1857 (1972) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
On cask at The Curfew in Berwick upon Tweed - Cracking condition deep ruby black body with a cream head that laces all the way down. Nose of mature malt and fruit almost Soreen like. Thick body helps with the robust dark cake fruits from start to finish. Excellent

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (6055) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2016 On cask at the Guildford Arms. Appearance - deep black with an olive like sheen and some red chinks around the bottom of the glass. Nose - treacle, biscuits and nuts. Taste - big treacle and booze notes. Liquorice and general liqueur thing going on. Nuts hanging outin the background. Palate - medium bodied or more. Rich tangy if a bit gnarly, middle section. Dry, long lean finish. Overall - great palate. The notes are big and in some parts challenging but the challenge is definitely worth it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Erzengel (8224) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2016
On cask @ Evening Star, Brighton. Smooth fresh and malty beginning. Slightly sweetish with a nice malty ale characteristic. Great smooth aftertaste, round and rich.


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