Old Chestnut (Dark Star Old Ale)
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited

Old Chestnut (Dark Star Old Ale)Old Chestnut (Dark Star Old Ale)
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English Old Ale
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3.61 | pDev: 4.43%
Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Old Chestnut (Dark Star Old Ale)Old Chestnut (Dark Star Old Ale)
Notes: Formerly Dark Star Old Ale
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is wine red-brown, the liquid is clear. The low head is pale brown.

The mild smell got notes of nuts, fresh and roasted. Earthy hints as well as a touch of butterscotch.

The taste starts with a billowing dry malty flavour. Some soapy-hoppy notes and a hint of roasted nuts (especially dry-roasted peanuts). The aftertaste is dry with earthy-yeasty hints and notes of almonds, hazelnuts and a mild soft bitterness. The finish got a touch of coffe grounds.

The carbonation is very mild; the very small bubbles tickle in the mouth.

This one is a bit too earthy for me...

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3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Brazen Head, Brooklyn.

Poured a deep mahogany hue with a wisp of foam.

The smell featured caramel, light molasses and an initial coconut.

The taste consisted of some dark fruit, burnt caramel and a faint green apple.

The mouthfeel was certainly light for the style.

Overall a complex and malty suprise at 4%.

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3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted by a half-pint at the Evening Star, Brighton, in May 2007; handpulled w/o a sparkler.

A: dark russet brown with ruby glows, with a cob-web-like beige foam and very low carbonation.
S: smells so... deep... it's quite muted at first, denoting faint hints of sour pears and apples, while some mustiness and roasted-nuttiness lag behind. Not quite pronounced, but interesting all the same.
T: lots of grapes land on the palate, ensued by a deeper flow of plum-jam, leather, woodiness, and roasted walnuts with an assertive edge of dryish hoppiness; the superbly lingering bitter finish is muddy/earthy as well as slightly spicy. Like Dark Star's "Over the Moon" - a Dark Mild - the bitterness from hops lends a very deep impact overall, esp. in the aftertaste.
M&D: refreshing enough, with all the goodies necessary to make a fresh cask ale. A fairly drinkable ale this is, although it didn't blow me away.

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Old Chestnut (Dark Star Old Ale) from Dark Star Brewing Company Limited
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 3 ratings