Dark Starr Stout - Starr Hill Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: Pours a nearly black color with a nice tan head that retains and laces well
Smell: Mild coffee aroma with a hint of mocha
Taste: Starts out with a mild coffee flavor that doesn't develop significantly; after the swallow, there is a touch of drying bitterness and then a nice coffee finish, but also an odd phenolic touch of plastic
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly memorable
10-31-2007 00:00:42 | More by brentk56
3.1/5 rDev -12.2%
Look the name alone would be enough to draw me in right? Just had to be and thats really what I had hoped. Served cold and I used this as a nightcap in a pint glass last night. Consumed on 01/29/2010.
The pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.
Overall it was ok, nothing really great. Maybe it was me but it just falls in line with a bunch of other average stouts.
01-30-2010 16:03:37 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
A: single finger tan head on a jet black body with no light passing through.
S: bready with roasted malts, toffee and a light pumpkin note.
T: roasted malts dominate with a nice coffeenote which is mild but enough. Dark chocolate flavors are subtle.
M: lighter body than expected for the style, a little thin. Moderate carbonation.
Overall: the beer is decent for the style. Highly drinkable but it appears this one sacrifices some flavoring for drinkability. typical of most irish stouts.
07-25-2012 23:17:24 | More by kylehay2004
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
3.13/5 rDev -11.3%
Served in a Guinness 250th Anniversary tulip pint glass.
This was the first real local brew I had when I moved here to the Commonwealth. Now's as good a time as any to have it again. It pours an opaque black-brown topped by a finger of thick tan foam that, unfortunately, dies away pretty quickly. The nose is kinda faint, comprising some dark wheat and light coffee. It's not a bad smell, just a weak one. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, burnt wheat, coffee, and a hint of mild sulfuric sour. I know that may sound pretty damn bad, but it's like a more bad-milk-y version of the Guinness sour, as though SH tried to mimic the classic flavor and kinda failed. The body is kinda light, with a fairly high bite of carbonation and sonewhat watery feel. Overall, I assume this was meant as a nice, light, sessionable Irish stout, but it comes off as too light and can't quite nail the Irish qualities it aspires to. It's still not bad, per se, but definitely not all that good, either.
06-23-2010 14:59:28 | More by TMoney2591
3.93/5 rDev +11.3%
A - One and a half fingers of light brown foam tops an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace.
S - Roast malt, a light, mocha aroma. Toffee, a hint of smoke, and some bittersweet chocolate.
T - Light roasted grain up front with some weak coffee. Some toffee and light caramel in the middle. Acidic malt bitterness with a darker roast finish; black coffee and dry caramel with light, citrus hops in the finish. Lingering coffee flavors with a little bit of smoke.
M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.
D - A nice Dry Stout. The malt is suitably acidic and not too complex with perhaps a touch more caramel depth and less acidic roast character than more traditional examples of the style. While this is not my favorite style, it is a nice interpretation and I could drink a couple more.
10-23-2009 05:29:04 | More by nickfl
3.95/5 rDev +11.9%
Pours chestnut with 3 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Rings of lacing cling to the glass, plus primo head retention
S: Molasess & roasty malt
T: Roasty malt, slight coffee grouns flavor, molasess, plus dryness up front. Chicory & dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes roasty, dry & with a touch of mocha sweetness
MF: Medium bodoed, low carbonation, nice balance, carbonation picks back & sadly thins out as it warms
Drinks easy, delivers plenty of flavor for the ABV, nice take on the style
07-01-2010 02:36:25 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +13.3%
Served from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is black with a brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.
Aroma is coffee and roast with a mild bitterness and some ash.
Beer is medium in body and quite bitter on the end, leaving an aftertaste of ash and roasted coffee, some nuts, forward minimal sweetness and a light yeastiness / biscuit feeling. It was fine.
01-14-2012 01:33:33 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev +5.7%
This would be my first Starr Hill beer thanks to tmoney2591.
A screw on top... The beer pours a nice almost 2 finger head that is darker in color but fades semi quickly with lots of big bubbles popping creating pot-marks all over. The beer is almost pitch black in color with basically no light getting through, but not thick. THe head leaves a little lacing as it fades.
My nose discovers some nice coffee and roast aromas, with caramel and dark malts, a little chocolate, seems to be somewhat dry. A little toffee finds its way in there.
The taste comes a little more subtle but has plenty more dark malts. More coffee and roasted malts, a little caramel malt and very light chocolate. It is actually somewhat juicy and a little Irish yeast fruit, but maintains mostly dry. A little toffee and hints of a spicy hop character. It has a slight bitterness.
The mouth is medium to lighter bodied with good carbonation.
It finishes pretty dry, but no drier than it started. It has a mouth smacking dry and sticky quality though. A little bit more of that fruit from the yeast coming out, with a slight lingering malty quality. Most of the dark malts are gone now, no roast or chocolate, but a little bitterness coming from a slight bit of the roasted malt and some more from some hidden spicy and grassy hops.
09-04-2010 00:13:57 | More by jlindros
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
3.58/5 rDev +1.4%
Part of a mixed sampler pack:
Pours jet black with a nice, slightly tan frothy head. Roasty smell to it. Taste is medium bodied, some nice roasted malts come through with a decent hop presence as well. Taste finishes a bit dry, but overall this is a pretty good stout. Not my favorite of styles, but it's a notch above a Guinness that's for sure.
04-11-2012 00:12:05 | More by oriolesfan4
3.9/5 rDev +10.5%
I was down in DC between Christmas and New Year's to visit my aunt and uncle and to take in a pair of Andy Warhol exhibits as well as some movies plus buy and drink beer. It is a double-plus bonus when a theatre sells you beer to drink during the movies (as opposed to sneaking it in, ahem) and both times that I went, both theatres offered good beer. It was a toss-up between this one or The Gift and I went with the latter. This is my opportunity to catch up.
My pour resulted in two fingers of deep-brown head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights and allowing light to penetrate only at the edges. Nose had a rich chocolatiness to accompany the roastiness of the malt. My mouth was watering by the time I took my first sip. Mouthfeel was medium with a unexpected smokiness initially, followed by a black coffee bitterness, ending with a wash of dark chocolate. Wow! Finish was dry, a little smoky and quite bitter. I really dig this sort of thing, but I may not be for everyone. Once more, worth a try.
01-08-2012 17:00:23 | More by woodychandler
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
3.5/5 rDev -0.8%
A 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills, NC.
A: The stout is a dark black color with an off-white head. Both attributes are decent for the style.
S: The nose has some elements of an Irish dry stout, namely the roasted aroma that lacks boozy warmth. Surprisingly, the stout packs a rauchbier-style smokiness that is the mose memorable aspect.
T: The smokiness rules the stout, coating the tastebuds with curehouse flavors. The smoke is dominant but not overwhelming, this is no rauchbier. Stout flavors do emerge, roasted and dark but they never quite assert themselves like the smoke.
M: The stout is unlike any dry stout that I've had. The toasted chocolate is gone, replaced by a meaty profile.
D: The stout hits some notes and misses on others. The smoke profile is interesting but it needs to be supporting a bigger stout body.
11-02-2008 22:20:09 | More by akorsak
3.85/5 rDev +9.1%
Thanks goes out to cvstrickland for this brew.
Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, with some vanilla notes. The taste is malty, sweet, with some chocolate/toffee, nice touch of vanilla. Medium body. Drinkable, this brew surprised me, pretty tasty.
09-25-2009 03:00:43 | More by Wasatch
3.65/5 rDev +3.4%
Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.
Enjoyed on tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, Glen Allen, VA
14oz glass presentation. After the nitro effect settled down, there was a pleasing 3/4" mocha/latte head over the dark brown/black opaque brew. Aroma of dark malts and coffee, and the flavor follows along these lines, with a somewhat sedate coffee character. Mouthfeel okay, albeit a bit thin, and the drinkability acceptable as well.
07-09-2004 12:26:34 | More by ppoitras
District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev -2.3%
The beer is not especially dark. Brown hued with a thin cap that leaves faint traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists primarily of roast, and is subdued. The flavor is very roasty, with a subtle chocolate and smoke presence. The feel is thin and watery, with low carbonation. I wasn't particularly impressed, but I would be willing to try this again. Overall, an OK brew.
08-20-2011 22:31:17 | More by Huhzubendah
3.83/5 rDev +8.5%
A splash of lacing is contrasted against a black and all but bare surface. Swirling results in tattered patches of webs that branch out from its defining outer trim. The colour is dark and impenetrable but underlined by flashes of raspberry.
The roast is a little rough around the edges. The aroma is dry, bitter, and charred. The smell of fresh kindling on the fire is nice, but overrun not by roasted, but flaming and burnt malts. Ashtray and soot seem to hit the sinuses right between the eyes.
A light blend of grinded spent coffee beans and dark cocoa crumbs make up the meat of this lean flavour profile. It is a roasty bitterness that soon fades. Hints of dark chocolate chip and smoky soot last for a slight time longer.
I'm not so sure Dark Starr Stout is "the gift of great beer" like its label promises. I would definitely say though it was a gift of good beer; there certainly was nothing wrong about this dry stout. I could certainly have a couple if I ever find myself in Charlottesville. Thanks Mary!
10-04-2008 20:17:36 | More by biegaman
3.68/5 rDev +4.2%
On tap at the Judge's Bench the other day.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing considerable licorise, coffee, dark chocolate and cola. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the licorise tended to dominate a bit more than I would normally like. The beer also has something of a roasty malt sweetness, but that quickly dries out on the finish. Mouthfeel is light and fairly smooth. Drinkabilty is not bad.... you can definitely tell the alcohol is dialed down in this one.
Nothing extraordinairy, but I thought this beer otherwise nice enough. Not sure it's something I'd ever want to order again though.
09-23-2010 15:39:40 | More by John_M
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
Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.