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Dark Starr Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: karst on 04-17-2006)
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Reviews by madmanjf:
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madmanjf

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottled poured into a Sam Adams Lager Glass

Pours a dark coffee colored brew with a thin ribbon of head that's toffee colored. The head disappeared quickly. Despite the low level of visible action in the glass, the beer itself was heavily carbonated when in the mouth. It's not flat or smooth like you may expect from it's visual appearance. Some swirling agitation for aroma lift magically forces the head to reappear with some minimal lacing.

Mellow aromas of roasted barley, coffee and some minimal chocolate go across the nose after a deep whiff. Nothing extraordinary comes across; however, the expected aromas are present. Perhaps the tease of cinnamon, but it's faint and quick.

Roasted flavors are up front and quick; the finish is quite dry, which one would expect for this style. The flavor is predominately roasted barley, but it's quite thin in the mouth.

The glass is a quick drink, and a second would be easy to do.

11-08-2009 19:24:59 | More by madmanjf
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a Guinness pint glass a near opaque black but for a bit of ruby tint when held to the light a thinner light mocha colored head is gone quickly leaving no tace of lace.The roastiness is more subdued in the nose than the palate it shows thru with some vanilla,char, and cocoa.Highly roasted on the palate like dark French roast coffee and bitter unsweetened chocolate with a hint of molasses the only sweetness this brew shows.This is one style of beer I like on nitro it rounds the beer out better,Iam sure this would be very good on nitro as is pretty good.

03-20-2008 22:17:50 | More by oberon
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.89/5  rDev -18.1%

Pours a nearly black, super-deep brown on the top, with a pretty thick, beige head that left a respectable amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma has some toasted malts and also includes a sharp sweetness that hints at some fruits such as white grapes and raisins. First sip, the roasted malt character is there, followed up by a slight tangy sweetness, brown sugar and toffee-like, even a little sweetness on the grape-raisin side. Aftertaste rushes on with a little hint of coffee beans and a burnt wood-chip taste that I'm not too sure if I absolutely enjoy. Very slight hop bitterness hits at the end, but it definitely isn't very relevant. Thin bodied for a stout, with heavy carbonation.

Middle of the road stout, here. Not bad, but nothing special. It is definitely okay for only being 4.2% ABV, but it's not the first thing I would reach for.

11-02-2012 00:32:24 | More by tectactoe
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

09-25-2013 03:40:43 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle pours a dark mahogany body with a tall khaki head. Retention is good and lacing generously coats the side of the Duck-Rabbit pint glass. Weak aroma has hints of cocoa and dark fruits. Light medium body is moderately carbonated. The taste has some dark roasty bitterness that contains elements of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Powdered cocoa is the dominant flavor and is joined by faint notes of nuttiness and dark fruits. Dark roasty finish. Pleasantly drinkable if not very memorable.

12-31-2009 00:20:05 | More by merlin48
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

01-18-2014 11:30:27 | More by KolbMarley
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Mora2000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%

Thanks to travita for sharing this beer.

This is my first beer from the state of Virginia. Pours dark brown with a white head. The aroma is pretty faint with some dark malts and dark chocolate. The flavor is bitter malts with some chocolate. Light-medium, slightly watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-19-2010 22:41:04 | More by Mora2000
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

On-tap at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook location.

Color is an inky blackness. Single-finger thick layer of dense tan-colored head. Thick lacing of the glass with distinct rings. Aromas are yummy, with all sorts of chocolate and espresso with a toasty malt base to it. Flavor is classic dry irish stout. Great mix of roasty, toasty malt base with a dash of bitter baking chocolate. Smoky middle, followed by a long-lasting and slightly bitter finish. On the thick side in terms of mouthfeel, with a decent creamy factor. Quite drinkable and one I'd not hesitate to ask for again.

04-29-2004 01:14:55 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +17.6%

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark inky black with a very small light brown head nose is malty and smokey, nice.

Taste is a bit watery, but crisp and sharp. It's fairly smokey and sharp very creamy and nice. Mouthfeel is really light and smooth.

10-24-2010 01:33:36 | More by kingcrowing
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Bike2work


4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

04-19-2012 19:47:04 | More by Bike2work
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dwren89

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: jet black, dark tan head, opaque

Aroma: roasty, bold dark coffee, slight dark chocolate aroma

Taste: dark, roasty, coffee, a little dark chocolate, dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, not as thick or mouth coating as you might imagine for a stout, medium finish

Overall: Not bad overall. Good roasty and coffee flavors, a slightly thinner mouthfeel that dries out in the finish to make the beer quite drinkable. Light in body than a Guinness, a beer of same style.

3.4/5

08-19-2013 00:01:58 | More by dwren89
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%

12 oz bottle dated best by Jan. 2012 served in a pint glass.

A - (near) black and opaque with a 1 1/2 finger medium-dense tan head. The head reduces to large ring too soon, but leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Aroma - Sweet medium and dark roasted malt, marred by hints of sour milk and way more alcohol esters than should emanate from a 4.8% beer.

T - A modest amount of dark roasted malt flavor with some chocolate notes. Balanced a bit towards sweet despite being slightly sour and bitter as well. There is a hint of coffee in the lightly dry finish.

M - smooth, with a rather light body (like Guinness) and a touch of dryness.

O - a decent Irish stout, despite the nose. Nearly on par with Guinness but certainly not up with the best versions of this style.

09-06-2011 01:28:09 | More by chinchill
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SPRichard

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

09-05-2012 00:02:38 | More by SPRichard
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mocktm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.3%

11-14-2011 17:48:10 | More by mocktm
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rivalrome

Florida

2.88/5  rDev -18.4%

I bought a sixer of this at a random ABC because I was on the hunt for a good stout. Poured into a pint glass at 52ºF. The head seemed form a lot quicker than other stouts that I've poured for myself even before I started to raise the glass upright. Dark brown with hints of Amber make it difficult to see through; only small flecks of light will be visible at best. Mocha tan head makes the glass look extremely appetizing; lacing is very mouthwatering as well.

Smells pretty damn good, chocolate malts and has a refreshing roast scent to it.

A mouthful of this beer almost tastes like water, which is strange considering it's thick and delicious appearance. I'm almost immediately barraged by carbonation that kills most of the flavor that the beer has. Any chocolate flavors fade quickly and is overtaken quickly by bitterness. There was virtually no chew to this beer; I'm pretty disappointed.

These are somewhat drinkable, but the lack of prominent flavor makes you want to venture to other darker beers. After one of these I can't imagine wanting to stick with them; I'd leave it in pursuit of a thicker and tastier stout.

01-04-2011 23:54:14 | More by rivalrome
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%

Yeah, we all know: stouts are pitch-black, stouts are impenetrable to light, stouts are completely obsidian, ebony and opaque, et al. Well, this one really is all that. Damn. A huge, fluffy light-tan head lasts a good few minutes in its initial state before halving...and leaving a nice bit of lace wallpaper in its wake.

Mild lactic sweetness dominates the aroma; not a whole lot else getting in, other than faint dark berry and even fainter espresso.

Despite ample carbonation, this hits the mouth with a softness that, while probably true to style, seems even a tad too watery. Predominant flavor is that of charred coffee grounds, with a nice milky sweetness for balance. Finish keeps an ashy, burnt flavor in the mouth.

I've had Starr Hill stuff on two other occasions, once at a festival (Microfestivus, Roanoke, VA) and once on tap (Depot, Charlottesville, VA). Neither were this Dark Star Stout, and neither were that impressive. If Irish dry stouts are your thing, this probably won't qualify as an all-time favorite but it'll probably be worth trying once or twice. It's really not to my tastes, and it's got some good traits, but amongst others in the style I've had better. It sure looks hot though.

02-18-2008 23:48:39 | More by Metalmonk
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

A - pitch black; short, soft cap of brown head that fades to a thin lacing

S - roasty, faint coffee

T - roasted malts dominate this flavor with some underlying coffee, faint caramel, and faint burnt sugar notes; there's a nice, clean hop bitterness in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a very robust stout to be an Irish Dry Stout. It drinks more like an American Stout. It has big, roasty notes throughout. It's highly drinkable and very flavorful. It's worth a try but you'll be disappointed if you're looking for a Guinness-type stout.

06-22-2012 20:30:51 | More by tdm168
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dirtylou

Washington

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%

12oz bottle of this hippie-brew shipped at me by a man of extreme darkness

appearance: poured into a guinness pint glass - very dark body, black in fact...foamy chocolate cap with light retention

smell: dry chocolate, a bit roasty, touch of toffee and espresso

taste: this stout doesnt boast anything very bold flavourwise...dry chocolate, no hop profile, very little flavor

mouthfeel: light bitterness

drinkability: ok

12-14-2008 20:45:55 | More by dirtylou
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hyoung41

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

11-29-2011 01:30:22 | More by hyoung41
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cjgator3

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and chocolate.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with so e coffee and bittersweet chocolate. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied.

D- Overall, a pretty decent stout that is worth a try.

10-09-2009 04:05:27 | More by cjgator3
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%

I've had this a couple times now and it's nice to have another Irish stout around, but I'm turned off by it being thick for the style. Really, it comes off like an English stout to me, but styles aside, this is a tasty beer. There's a tall tan head over the pitch black body. The aroma was heavy with roasted grain and coffee bean notes while the flavored followed those same characteristics, but added a bitter bakers chocolate flavor. Definitiely check this out if you dig stouts of any kind.

06-22-2010 22:18:44 | More by tempest
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VAbrookiechaser

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

07-17-2014 23:47:45 | More by VAbrookiechaser
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-17-2012 04:48:11 | More by cliff1066
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HuntDaddy540

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

04-28-2014 19:11:39 | More by HuntDaddy540
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yammy

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

06-16-2014 15:41:43 | More by yammy
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Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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