motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2006
bottle, thanks duff. dark purple with a modest head. apple skin aroma. some oatmeal and coffee and reasonably bitter chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2004
Handpump at the Head of Steam, Euston, London NW1. I note that the previous comments related to the bottled version. The character seemed somewhat different from cask. In fact, I found it a rather curious beer. The colour was not very dark - a deepish amber that struck me as rather light for a stout or a porter, and rather light bodied too. But rather dense for a mild. Spicy nose, but with noticeable musty and muddy tones. Slight medicinal hints on the palate. The finish seemed rather soft for a porter. Perhaps, as Silk Tork surmises, this is just a bit different to what we have come to regard as a porter. For all that, and whatever you want to call it (incidentally, the brewery seems to have dropped the "City" part of the name), this was quite a pleasant beer without being in any way exciting.
SaintMatty (7362) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2013
Cask (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Dark brown in colour. Chocolate, malt, roasted nuts and coffee in the aroma. Smooth and delightful taste with notes of smooth milk chocolate, coffee and roasted malt standing out. Superb. mjs (7259) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2010
(Cask at Angleterre, Helsinki) Aroma was good with its roastedness and chocolate. Flavour was too burnt for my taste. Balance was good. Not a bad brew but less burntness and I would have given this one better score. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2008
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.
HogTownHarry (6823) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
August 28, 2013. Hand-pull cask at Southampton Arms. Dark black, small head. Proper oily/toasty aroma, a little treacle and a hint of iodine. Taste follows. Light body, slick, nice acidic oily finish. Well done. SilkTork (5737) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. Bought at the Pig's Ear Fest. This is my 1,000th rate for the year. Roasty flavour which slowly builds as Spiesy suggests, leading to a darkly bitter finish more in line with Guinness or other classic dry stouts. There is a softer, juicier initial feel than a Guinness, and this is much more pleasant than that tired old product, but I can't really warm to it. I mean, it even looks like a Guinness - well, not as dark... there is the reddish brown quality to it that porters are supposed to have. The head is so frothy that little aroma rises up other than natural beer gas. There's nothing wrong with this - it's a quality product, and of interest to Guinness and porter lovers alike, bridging, as it does, the gap between the two. But that of course is conjecture - we don't really know the full history of porter and stout - but this is a good surmise of that transitional period. A history lesson perhaps. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2007
Cask in Blackfriars. OMG this beer! Iv been feeling like iv had a pain in the ass cold for about 3 weeks now and was wanting to stay off the booze for as long as possible, however friday nite off so out we go. P and I decided to hit west as they may have there xmas beer on(i was wrong they didnt) and its only a short walk away anyway from the flat. Thier helles had a far fuller flavour than the last time i had it, perhaps somethign to do with the ratebeer croud slating it at RBESG07. We were chatting away and getting slated in texts from Duff and Mesandsim about how they were unsuare which vintage of gueuze to have, while im stuck with bloody lager. Anyway as the nite goes on we get into some good chat and get jolly, so decide to hit a new french 60’s pop nite in Blackfriars. We arrive after 12 and its not too busy, the bar downstairs in the club only has the shitest lager avalible to man in it. so i grab 2 pint glasses and get into the cellar. The ale we do is on stillage so i just undid the hose and got a pint of crompton two pints then i see dark star porter is on. Im always excited about dark star beers, so grabbed a pint of it. Even as it was pouring from the cask i could smell the chcolate. I take a large swig and im like, OMG, my exact words were "holy bloody fuck" i take another large swig just to make sure. Then top my glass up. I run through and force everyone while they are serving an already busy bar to taste. They’re all lager frecks in my work and think sugar comes from hops. I then force it upon everyone else that im there with and get a few thumbs up and a few whatevers, but these guyz are on smack, this is one of the finest beverages ever made. The aroma is just bursting with chocolate malts, noteable grassy bittering hop also. The taste is just soo good, its like eating on of those hot metled choc centred cakes you get, so comforting, oh its just amazing, such an experiance. I think this is what all other beers to the style should be aiming for, but they’ll doubtfully ever get it right. I punished about 5 pints of the stuff and was a real mess by the end of it, no idea what happened towards th end of the nite. There was some serious dancing going on, i managed to move my feet quicker than anyone ever has done in the past. What a nite and what a f*ckin beer to go with it. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
Bottle. Loved it. Toasty, subtle raisin and roast, some chocolate and caramel, a light balanced acidity is also noticed. Mouthfeel is full, and everything appears to be in its right place, soft mouthfeel. Textbook porter, very tasty. Great brewer. This beer is really well made. RERATE: [email protected]
Wenlock Arms, London. Smooth with some light acidity, some roastyness and caramel and a touch of dark fruit. Nice mouthfeel, soft, with a long flavour. There are differences of course with the cask and bottled versions, but overall i did socre them much the same. This is almost a textbook porter for me.
Dark brown coloured. Roasty and malty aroma. Very hoppy for a porter. Very fresh and well balanced. Very good.