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Dark Star Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)

PubAddressLast Visit Seen
Blythe Hill TavernForest Hill, Greater London10 Jan 2013
The HopeCarshalton, Greater London18 Dec 2012
The Evening StarBrighton, East Sussex19 Nov 2012
The PartridgePartridge Green, West Sussex13 Oct 2012
The HarpCharing Cross, Central London06 Oct 2012
Crate BreweryHackney, Greater London06 Sep 2012
The SwanCrawley, West Sussex01 Sep 2012
Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill)Willesborough, Kent05 May 2012
Leyton Orient Supporters ClubLeyton, Greater London20 Apr 2012
Black HorseLewes, East Sussex09 Apr 2012
The White Rock HotelHastings, East Sussex01 Mar 2012
Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew; Duke's (Brew & Que))Hackney, Greater London23 Feb 2012
Craft Beer Co.Clerkenwell, Central London22 Dec 2011
Lobster Shack (formerly The Whitstable Brewery Bar)Whitstable, Kent22 Jul 2011
Old FountainOld Street, Central London07 Dec 2010
Sissinghurst Castle Smallholders FairSissinghurst, Kent22 Aug 2010
The Bree LouiseEuston, Central London23 Jun 2010
The Flower PotMaidstone, Kent28 Dec 2009
The PhoenixCanterbury, Kent30 Oct 2009
The Churchill TavernRamsgate, Kent10 Oct 2009
The BullHorton Kirby, Kent20 Aug 2009
The CriterionLeicester, Leicestershire22 May 2009
The English RoseLuton, Bedfordshire08 May 2009
The Butchers ArmsHerne, Kent27 Feb 2009
The RakeSouthwark, Central London27 Nov 2007
Reading Beer Festival 2007Reading, Berkshire04 May 2007

Tasting Summary

These comments are the opinion of the individual reviewer and represent what they thought of the beer on a particular day in a particular pub. If a review is less favourable, it may be because the beer suffered somewhere in the supply chain between them and the brewery.

Blythe Hill Tavern, Forest Hill, Greater London

Philip PirripNot Tried10 Jan 2013

The Hope, Carshalton, Greater London

ChrisEExcellent18 Dec 2012

The Evening Star, Brighton, East Sussex

Philip PirripNot Tried19 Nov 2012
Philip PirripNot Tried19 Nov 2012
Philip PirripNot Tried23 May 2012

The Partridge, Partridge Green, West Sussex

AlenomoreExcellent13 Oct 2012 Top class. Nice to sample this seasonal LocAle again.

The Harp, Charing Cross, Central London

Philip PirripNot Tried06 Oct 2012

Crate Brewery, Hackney, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried06 Sep 2012

The Swan, Crawley, West Sussex

Stephen HarrisNot Tried01 Sep 2012

Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar (formerly Hooden on the Hill), Willesborough, Kent

AndrewNot Tried05 May 2012

Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Leyton, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried20 Apr 2012

Black Horse, Lewes, East Sussex

PedroExcellent09 Apr 2012

The White Rock Hotel, Hastings, East Sussex

thebrewingmanExcellent01 Mar 2012

Duke of York (formerly Beef & Brew; Duke's (Brew & Que)), Hackney, Greater London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried23 Feb 2012 Branded as Old Chestnut.

Craft Beer Co., Clerkenwell, Central London

Stephen HarrisNot Tried22 Dec 2011

Lobster Shack (formerly The Whitstable Brewery Bar), Whitstable, Kent

PedroNot Tried22 Jul 2011

Old Fountain, Old Street, Central London

Martin the MildmanGood07 Dec 2010 Quite bitter with a definite hop presence but also some toffee maltiness. My score 15/20.

Sissinghurst Castle Smallholders Fair, Sissinghurst, Kent

WittendenExcellent22 Aug 2010 It was raining, sales were slack:what better than a warming rich glass of what could become my favourite old ale. Roll on winter!

The Bree Louise, Euston, Central London

AndrewNot Tried23 Jun 2010

The Flower Pot, Maidstone, Kent

PedroExcellent28 Dec 2009
PedroNot Tried25 Dec 2009
PedroExcellent24 Dec 2009

The Phoenix, Canterbury, Kent

AndrewNot Tried30 Oct 2009
AndrewExcellent23 Oct 2009 Proper old fashioned beer. Light, gravelly, mellow. Dark-dark brown-black in colour. Good stuff

The Churchill Tavern, Ramsgate, Kent

BlairExcellent10 Oct 2009 Really smooth ale, chocolatey with a bit of fruity. Can't detect any chestnut, but a lovely beer nonetheless.
BlairGood13 Feb 2009 Dark and relatively thin in the mouth. A little smoky with some chestnuts and malt. Good beer, but I was mildly disappointed if I'm honest.
BlairGood05 Jun 2008 A little cold so the flavours weren't as pronounced as I'd like. Still a nice pint though.
BlairGood04 Jun 2008 Very pleasant with s strong roasted malt flavour. Good stuff.

The Bull, Horton Kirby, Kent

PedroNot Tried20 Aug 2009
BlairGood06 Mar 2009 Once again, a good beer but disappointing considering how good Dark Star can be. Little roasted malt with some chestnuts and toffee.
DubbelGood06 Mar 2009 A restrained dark ale with some roasted bitterness. Preferable to the Best for me though.

The Criterion, Leicester, Leicestershire

StuNot Tried22 May 2009

The English Rose, Luton, Bedfordshire

RoseExcellent08 May 2009 Fantastic dark beer, which didn't last long.

The Butchers Arms, Herne, Kent

IanGood27 Feb 2009 Deep, deep ruby. Another in the run of dark ales that I’ve had. It’s very good, rather good smoothness. Aroma is of dark malts, not over dominated by anything, some dark fruits. Bit of a sting on the finish. Some Turkish Delight with the choc. Bit of lasting sourness. Good

The Rake, Southwark, Central London

IanGood27 Nov 2007 Deep ruby with thin beige head. Slightly sour dark fruity aroma. Nice liquorice and choc finish. Decent old ale. Choccy malty old ale.

Reading Beer Festival 2007, Reading, Berkshire

IanGood04 May 2007 Deep ruby colour with lasting beige head. Choccy aroma. Not overly sour, bit grainy, quite dry, lovely flavour, some charcoal towards end. Not really an old ale, more a strong mild. Nice though. Little bit of smoked ham aroma pointed out by Duff, but I didn’t get any sourness on finish.

Dark Star Old Ale (aka Old Chestnut)

4.00% ABV.

We have tried this beer 19 times.

We have given this beer an average score of Good to Excellent.

Other Dark Star beers.