puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Cask at Rattle n Hum. Roasty, slick nose, grapevine, clove. Body is a bit thin, a bit roasty, sweet, wheaty. Pretty active, clean yeast. Easy drinking. FatPhil (17333) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
Cask - - Gallows Bird, EspooMesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
Deep reddy brown, healthy head. Rich roasty nose, some light coffee. Fairly full palate, both burnt malts and slight hoppy presence, pleasant carbonation. Taste well balanced, keeping with the traditional English porter style, but perhaps a touch hoppier than canon. Roasty finish, but long hops too. Retronasal esters very pleasant. What Mes said - excellent stuff as always from Dark Star.
Earlier Rating: 2/14/2008 Total Score: 3.3
Cask (St. Urho’s, Helsinki, Porter and Stout Days 2008)
Very dark, ruby red, large loose head. Burnt and malty aroma. Good refreshing porter taste, brown and bitter and burnt. Finish is mellow and a little burnt.
A Mes rate. Cask at the Rake. Awesome mahogany colour with a good off white head. Glorious balance of chocolate malt, slight earth and some delicious resinous hops. A lovely hint of tobacco and fresh coffee. Fantastic creamy malt finish with late bitterness. Excellent stuff as always from Dark Star. downender (9003) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2008
On gravity at the Portcullis, Bristol 11/12/08. Extremely dark brown with next to no head. Roasty aroma with some dark chocolate, liquorice and molasses. Flavour started slightly sweet, with some coffee, more chocolate and long, dry finish. The alcohol was well hidden in this very enjoyable beer. wheresthepath (2424) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2008
[Gravity cask at Milton Keynes beerfest] Smokey, dry, comforting, but lacks depth for something of this ABV
yespr (48876) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
From cask the Rake. Pours dark brown with a light golden orange glare and a small bubbly white head. Hard roasted malty aroma with a mild liqourice note. Light acidic and annis seed spiced initial flavour. Dark and roasted too. Acidic and roasted finish, smooth and nice.7-3-7-3-14=3.4maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
From cask at Cloisters. Pours dark brown to black with a dense creamy and tan head. Aroma is hardroasted malt and dark chocolate. Smooth malty flavoured with a distinct acidic note to the hard roasted malt. Bitter finish with a lasting roasted dark malt flavour. Lovely.8-3-8-4-16=3.9
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Milton Keynes BF A black beer with an off-white wispy head. The aroma is slightly smoky, but actually quite thin. Some chocolate and light roast in the reasonably fruity mouthfeel. Decent enough hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2008
Cask, gravity, at Milton Keynes BF ’08. Very dark brown. Sweet ashy, vegetal aroma. Chocolate in the taste, some sourness, a little bitterness. Quite a decent porter. bobinlondon (1297) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Handpulled cask at the Old Fountain near Old Street, London. Black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee. Sweet maltty roasted flavour with crisp hoppy finnish. Fine beer! pivnizub (10904) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 24, 2008
Cask (@Market Porter, Southwark): Deep amber coloured, lacy off-white layer; roasted malt and solid hops in the nose; solid dry bitter flavour, light bodied, quite soft; lingering bitter-sweet, fruity finish with an endless hoppy aftertaste. Great, satisfying stuff.........