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Dark Starr Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-27-2012 11:10:59 | More by nwatson
Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 23:17:24 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of seth_paul

1/5  rDev -71.6%

07-11-2012 16:04:00 | More by seth_paul
Photo of bbclegend


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-10-2012 21:01:07 | More by bbclegend
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

06-18-2012 05:10:20 | More by CarolinaKev
Photo of BryanCarey


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black in color, this stout emits a nice, fresh aroma of light roasted malt and a touch of coffee and nuts. The body is very dark with no transparency and a small head of foam that disintegrates in due time.

This beer has an appearance that demands some respect, but the flavor is not as ferocious as the appearance would lead you to believe. The flavors present include roasted malt, some coffee, and a touch of chocolate. The beer has a bitter finish, but not too bitter, and it is lighter than expected.

I love stout and Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout is certainly not a bad stout, but it isn’t as rich and flavorful as I expected. It seems like a good session stout and a nice option for beginners, but I found it somewhat of a letdown based on initial appearance. It seems like it is going to be something much greater, but it is still not a bad beer at all and is certainly deserving of a taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 01:40:55 | More by BryanCarey
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

06-03-2012 20:58:04 | More by Gww1864
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

06-02-2012 00:36:51 | More by pagardner
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those "bridge the gap between macro-muck and craft beer" to me, so I'm a bit emotional.

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured pretty much black as night, but the liquid moved pretty fast when I jiggled it, which led me to believe that it was kinda thin in texture. The head was massive, mocha-colored, and retentative.

S: I got more porter-esque char than anything, which wasn't in the "Irish Dry Stout" realm to my mind. Still, the aroma was quite good and fresh.

T: I like the char on the back side of this one. Man, this would go great with BBQ and a dark sauce! The flavor profile is definitely there for an Irish Stout overall though: Fresh cake batter, a hint of coffee, and prunes.

M: Pretty thin.... this was in desperate need of maltodexrin for sure, along with a bit less carbonation. The lacing was substantial, but this wasn't sweet in any way.

O: I will say this this would make a great summer, "around the pool" stout. Not many I would say that about.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 03:13:17 | More by Chaney
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

05-16-2012 00:51:01 | More by cheapswiller
Photo of Jadjunk


2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Dr. Ho's Humble Pie in Virginia. Poured from a 12oz bottle dated APR 13 to a pint glass.

(Appearance) Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't last long. Appearance is average. 3

(Smell) Aroma consists of Sweet malts, dark caramel, earthy hop bitterness. Lacks in chocolate and coffee flavors. Aroma is slightly below average potency. A bit less aromatic than I had expected. 3

(Taste) Black bitter malts are plentiful and with a lesser brewed coffee essence, there's a lot of bitterness in this beer. A bit too much, It shadows the flavors of anything else in the beer. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Perky and crisp stout, far too much for its style. It needs to tone down significantly in carbonation. Body is a medium, alcohol is a light presence. 3

(Overall) Not the finest representation of an Irish Dry Stout I've ever had but it's a decent take on the style. 3

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 02:17:56 | More by Jadjunk
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-22-2012 23:53:39 | More by gregu2
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

04-22-2012 01:40:02 | More by yaksurf
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3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at RFD, Washington, D.C. - March 2012:

The beer appeared a nice black color with a nice, 1 finger oatmeal colored head that receded into a very thin cap. Some lacing, bit overall less impressive than some others that I have had of this style.

The aroma was toasted malt, as expected, but overall, the aroma was lighter than expected.

The taste of the beer follows the aroma, with an ever so slight hop presence noted. The beer finishes with a nice, as expected, dry finish.

The beer had a lighter feel to it, which is typical for the style. The beer was very easy to drink and had low carbonation. Overall, not a bad attempt at the style, but I would still prefer a Beamish or even a Murphy's.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2012 16:50:20 | More by PhillyStyle
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2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
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
Photo of Bike2work

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

04-19-2012 19:47:04 | More by Bike2work
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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

3/5  rDev -14.8%

04-11-2012 20:01:45 | More by marshmeli
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Photo of keithwalk

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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


2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
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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4/5  rDev +13.6%

04-01-2012 22:07:51 | More by skyturnedgrey
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

03-30-2012 03:03:23 | More by Mappies
Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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