Brewed by Dark Star
Style: Stout
Horsham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Cask; Regular. Also available nitrokeg and filtered bottle for which we have a separate entry.
Specially blended and ground espresso coffee beans are added to the copper along with the late hops to produce this dark, rich stout.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11655) - Sborg, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
Cask @ GBBF 2005: Dark brownish red colour. Brown dense head. Distinct coffee, caramel and roast in the aroma. Flavour is a little thin and watery. Coffeebeans, malt and light roast is notable. Ends on a light roasted note. Nice one, eventhougt I find the flaovur a little disappointing compared to the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rosenbergh (11379) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2010
Cask at Kittys, Helsinki, Finland.
Black colour with foamy tan head. Mild roasted malt and lots of coffee in aroma. Some goes with flavour plus some hops added. Im not huge fan of coffee but I tried. Couldnt finish. Sorry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (11005) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2004
On cask at David Copperfield's in NYC... Pitch black with emerald highlights. Sure there's a touch of vanilla and chocolate in the nose, but overall, the aroma is of second run espresso grounds. Well-balanced flavor. Tastes just like it smells... coffee grounds. A touch bland. Medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and light carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Really good stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (10549) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2013
[email protected] Bridge Tavern, SE London - Dark brown to black in colour with medium to thin head. Aroma and taste is prominent roasted coffee and malts, hints of vanilla and chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10489) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with loads of coffee and roasted malt. Flavor likewise with bitter chocolate and dry bitter end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (10401) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2007
Cask, Newark Fest 07. Very dark with a small head. Aromas are roast coffee with dry, earthy notes. Flavours are fresh black coffee with some grainy aspects. Some hints of sulphur with a bitter, bitter finish. No better than the bottled version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fin (10310) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2006
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Festival Sat 18th Feb. Definately smells like espresso and those coffee beans were very much in evidence with each slurp but in some casesgetting things right less is more and I personally think that they had ovedone it a bit on the coffee front and it had taken over a bit too much, a litle bit less would have seen a marked improvement. Although it was very dark it did lack a little something in the appearance that a cant quite put my finger on but that you get with some stouts. Its small head didnt hang around for long but the burnt roasted coffee taste did. Not at all bad but could have been so much better with a bit of tweaking on those coffee beans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (10285) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 25, 2014
Cask at Brigantes, York. Near-black pour, thin tan head. Nice coffee aroma, good coffee taste. Clean finish, decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2010
2010-08-01. Very dark brown black body with a small beige head. Aroma of cold espresso or coffee, and and odd note of mushy peas, muted dusty malt. Flavour has similar cold coffee/espresso character, roast with light ashen character, light bitterness throughout. Muted malts below. 5+ Average palate. Not awful but very much not to my tastes. Cask at Market Porter, London

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ManVsBeer (9759) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
Cask @ Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge. Black, medium to full-bodied with a thick frothy head. Has a fuller roasted malt aroma with coffees abundant here and in its taste.

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