Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Cask, Summer Festival at Far From The Madding Crowd, Oxford. Ultra-pale gold, small layer of fine white. Fresh hay and bubblegum aroma. Fine textured cedar bitterness, a little pollen, very light grainy malt. Clean, refreshing and well-crafted. A really pleasant beer. But it suffers by comparison: for the average brewery, this would be a good effort. For Dark Star, it’s fairly average. FatPhil (16930) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 30, 2007
Cask (Pullman’s, Helsinki)
Almost green to light gold, white frothy head. Citrus aroma, and some mild grassiness. As you take your first mouthful, you’ll first get some hoppy bitterness, then a huge wash of malt will cover your whole mouth, and finally a second wave of bitterness comes and stays. Perhaps a bit astringent. Many mouthfuls tasted like stuffing - sage and some rosemary. TBone (18099) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 28, 2007
[email protected]’slarsga (7630) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2007
Slightly hazy yellow, small white head. Ginger and honey in the nose. Similar flavor: ginger in the sweetish honeyish base. Not so spicey than their other spicey summer real ale. Some hops in the finish otherwise not much going on in the aftertaste.
Thin white head. Hazy opaque yellow body. Faint hay aroma. Watery strawberrry and resin taste, kind of earthy, kind of dry. Taste just fades out. Mealy, floral notes. Soft, mild mouthfeel. Subtle hoppy character grew on me as I drank. Nice. (0.4l cask at Oliver Twist.) DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2007
Blackfriers. Aroma has hints of thistle, finger really floral, and some woodyness. Taste is similar beast, hints of sweaty pale malts, honey sweetness balances, a bit of a raw pine forest going on here really.
Svesse (8742) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2006
(Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm) Colour is golden with hints of orange, frothy head. Nose is floral with spicy notes of honey, elderflowers and cardamom. Taste is fruity and floral with the same spices (honey, elderberries or -flowers, cardamom). A bit on the thin side, but very summery and refreshing. omhper (25565) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2006
[Cask at Akkurat, Stockholm] Deep golden. Eviden spicy cardamom aroma. Medium sweet with soft, rounded mouthfeel. A touch of old english marmelade adds an interesting twist to the spicy flavour. Finishes with low bitterness. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2006
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Dark golden with a firm white head. Spicy ginger aroma with notes of mint, bread and flowers. Dry flavour of ginger and mint with a grapefruity undertone. Spicy finish. Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
On tap in the Evening Star, Brighton. Misty yellowish appearance with no head. Nice fruity aroma. A flat ale but has a pleasant flavour, very fruity with maybe a hint of ginger. Overall easy to drink brew, however nothing special but I liked it. ESBman (53) - Andover, Hampshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
(transcribed from notes) On cask at the Evening Star, Brighton, on 24/06/05. It seems to be their new brew, as the beer did not even have its own designed beer clip~~
Dark yellowish-straw colour, with an off-white, rimmed beerhead and almost no carbonation is detected. Light floral scent plus some aromatic, herbal note... can’t really identify what spice is added but later on I was told that coriander seed made all the difference. Refreshing taste of aromatic floral and pollen (?!) hoppy flavour is underlined by a very mild grapefruit-peel’s bitterness plus peach blossom’s faint floral sweetness... leading to a mildly-dry bitterness lingering at the back of my throat. Being a light-bodied and mild-flavoured beer, its mouthfeel is very lively, especially with some tangy feel in the aftertaste. As quaffable as Dark Star’s Hophead and Sunburst, but lacks a fuller flavour which is apparent in the latter two brews.