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Dark Starr Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, $1.49 from the Village Pump. I've seen this brewers beers on tap in the DMV, but never intrigued enough to pay $6+/pint for it. This seemed like a much better deal. Best by August 2012.

In my Founders 10th anniversary tulip pint, this beer is black with a dense, brown head with pretty good retention and lacing. The nose is pretty good! A nice, dry, roasted barley character is present up front, with coffee and dark chocolate. There is, however, what is perceived as a mild lactose sweetness, making this rounder than most dry stouts. Some earthy hops are also present, lending a mild resiny hop character in the back end. Pretty solid IMO.

The palate is where this suffers IMO. The roasted barley bitterness is a little too high in the mix, making this grainy, acidic and almost burnt, with stale coffee. None of the sweetness of the nose is present here, exacerbating the one-dimensional nature of this beer. Some hop bitterness is perceived as well, especially on the finish. While I know that dry stouts are, by definition, dry, they needn't be watery, which this one is. Moderately carbonated, this beer is too watery for its own good. I can't recommend it, but if it were cold and it were a hot day out, I might pound a couple.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 03:28:31 | More by DefenCorps
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Bike2work


4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

04-14-2012 12:48:15 | More by GTB
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marshmeli

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

04-11-2012 20:01:45 | More by marshmeli
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

04-11-2012 01:00:53 | More by lccrunchy
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 00:12:05 | More by oriolesfan4
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keithwalk

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-04-2012 01:55:21 | More by keithwalk
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DCon

Missouri

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Added a 12 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this to my Mix-A-Six Pack from Ingles in Asheville, NC for $8.88. Poured from the Black Labeled bottle w/ a Purple Start surrounded by Flames into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- The aroma is very nutty and has a ton of malt present. Not much coffee or roast like I would normally want...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, dark brown head that dies quickly. Has a semi-clear body that is a deep brown color as well. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Light roast and tons of malt starts this one out. Almost no hops and the lightest bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, tons of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- A light black ale at most... Missed the mark for a Stout, even a dry version. Wish there was more body and character. However, I did go after this beer because of its label. I will most definitely be keeping it for a souvenir.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 20:49:27 | More by DCon
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skyturnedgrey

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.3%

04-01-2012 22:07:51 | More by skyturnedgrey
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Mappies

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

03-30-2012 03:03:23 | More by Mappies
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Not a bad looking stout--pitch black, with a light mocha two-finger head, and spotty lacing--but I hold it up to the true beauty of the style, Guinness Draught, which isn't the tastiest, but may be the best looking beer out there.

S: Slightly sweet roasted malts, backed by a touch of grassy hops.

T: Soapy, muted malts lead into a grassy hop body, and ending with a bitter roasted malt finish.

M: Low carb, dry. Thin.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:04:35 | More by Heavenisbeer
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mpyle

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber in color, clear. Pours a nice creamy tan head with good retention.

Slightly roasty, almost metallic aroma initially. A bit of smoke character.

Big malt flavor at the start, fleeting sweetness before the roast and bitterness get going. Transitions to a gentle roasty bitterness. Very flavorful for an Irish Dry Stout, and for a 4.2% ABV beer.

Fairly light body, and moderate carbonation. A bit heavily carbonated for the style, but might just be the CO2 rather than the N2 gas. No astringency or warming.

Not my favorite style of beer, but really liked this flavorful interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 00:21:46 | More by mpyle
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

03-11-2012 22:00:10 | More by thegerm87
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Crazyale

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

03-01-2012 04:37:59 | More by Crazyale
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

4/5  rDev +13.3%

02-12-2012 01:20:15 | More by dugly2ugly
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-05-2012 20:09:58 | More by jfcaa193
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-03-2012 02:21:32 | More by AndrewMichael
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bubseymour

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours dark brown/black with small brown/white head

Smell - roasted / burnt and malty

Taste - Tastes exactly like it smells. Light and malty with roasted flavors

Mouthfeel - a little watery for a stout

Overall - A decent stout but nothing really noteworthy. Easy to drink and could easily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:49:30 | More by bubseymour
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jskennedy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-27-2012 04:15:44 | More by jskennedy
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hopsandstouts

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%

01-22-2012 12:02:33 | More by hopsandstouts
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Duff27

Illinois

2/5  rDev -43.3%

01-15-2012 15:34:18 | More by Duff27
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -15%

01-15-2012 04:41:39 | More by whartontallboy
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:33:33 | More by drabmuh
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-09-2012
Freshness: Best by 01-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is black and mostly opaque, except for slight garnet showing on the edges of the glass. The head is frothy and tan, about a finger's height, but doesn't last very long. Lacing is good.

Aromas are crisp and mainly of roasted malts, with some chocolate as well.

The taste follows the aroma, with roasted malts and a coffee-like bitterness. Dry, not sweet, as expected, with also a slight sourdough breadiness.

Fairly thin body, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very dry finish, with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate.

An Irish dry stout is not a style I care much for, but overall I think Starr Hill did a good job on this interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 05:19:29 | More by sommersb
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 17:00:23 | More by woodychandler
Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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