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. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Rating #1049. Cask conditioned at the Wenlock Arms, London. With Duff and Chris_o. Dark, full bodied and chocolately porter. Fairly fruity and sweet and tangy. Fruity, thick and slightly roasty. Best beer of the night. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2005
Cask gravity at Notts BF 05. Dark chestnut with dark malt flavours and choc/coffee. Intense flavours in mouth. Nice richness with some acid to balance. Finish is good too with more choc and some liquorice. Hops on nose and finish. Yet another good beer from Dark Star duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2005Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2008
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.
Cask @ Croydon BF ’07. Dark amber beer with white head. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, liquorice, toffee. Taste is chocolate, sweet caramel, dark fruits. A truly nice beer!!
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. cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2009
cask at cloisters edinburgh ... deep brown ... small tight tan head ... juicy and sweet toiffee roast malts nose... juicy fruit roast malt... good depth and balnce. Alphadelic (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2010
Thick, light but with a dryness from the flowery hops. Sweet malt lovely really very floral.
Leighton (21295) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2010
Cask at the Rake. Pours an almost clear, amber-brown with a foamy, white head. A mild dark malt aroma with some ripe fruits, roasted cocoa beans and bark. Flavor holds modest sweetness, with some caramel malts, lightly toasted bread, and mild bitterness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Faintly roasty in the finish, with some more caramel, light cocoa and fruit. Exceedingly drinkable. Wonderful beer. SaintMatty (7365) - 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.