It is not uncommon these days for breweries to collaborate to produce beer, in recent times I have come across Marble, Ramsgate and Brew Dog, doing so, to name but three. This week the collaboration between Dark Star and Magic Rock, aptly named 'Rock Star' was launched. I had chance to sample some at The Grove, so how was it.
The blurb on the website says it is a 'American Brown Ale' both malty and hoppy giving aromas of lemongrass, strawberry and pine giving a background flavour of hazelnut, caramel and summer berries, 'balanced, moreish and crisply classy'. It is certainly not a beer for the faint hearted, being 7%, but I was, to be frank, a little disappointed. I got some of the flavours mentioned above, but I did not think they worked together, I found the hops and fruitiness overshadowed by the maltiness in the brew, and the predominant taste for my pallette was that of the hazelnut. I expected far more of a hop background and this failed to materialise.
To be honest, I was not thrilled by it, which was a shame for the two breweries are two of my favourites. If you want to try ,t, it is on cask, and key keg at The Grove, to give you a chance to compare and contrast the two different types of dispense. I admit, I have based my opinion on the cask version, so may be the key keg version does bring out all the flavour but that will have to wait for another day,.