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Dark Starr Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 382
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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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this on a trip to Maryland. Never heard of Starr Hill before, but thought it was worth trying a new local.

Poured into a shaker: Black body with barely perceptible, dark ruby highlights. Khaki, creamy head that leaves mega-lacing.

Aroma is moderate cocoa, roasty, with a very subtle fruitiness like peach. Fruitiness is almost a little hoppy & floral, but very restrained.

Chocolate is just there in the tip of the taste, but gets bowled over quickly by an assertive roast character, almost burnt or scorched. Chocolate shows up again toward the back, but is very light & accompanied by a slight sour-milk taste. Aftertaste is pure roasty bitterness with mildly spicy hoppiness.

Moderately full & creamy but dries out quickly & leaves a burnt taste/feel in finish.

Honestly, before reading the profile I thought this was an American stout -- I thought the hop profile was very assertive & the beer ended more bitter than I expect a stout to. The sour milk character brought me around, but the roastiness is still a little more than I need. I'm happy to finish the 6er I bought, but not in one sitting, & I probably wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:24:58 | More by OneDropSoup
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours exceedingly dark brown with a good head developing in the pint glass. Tan in color (the head) it dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a film behind and the promise of quite good lacing which does not turn out to be the case.
Smell is malt, hops, smoke, wood, wet cardboard and a hint of molasses.
Taste is malt, coffee, cigarette ashes (burnt malt I suspect), smoke, hops, slight alcohol.
Lighter in body, like a canned Guinness,relatively smooth, some dryness in the finish. The cigarette ash note fortunately fades pretty quickly. I suspect it is a combo of over-roasted/burnt malt and smoke combining less than favorably. The molasses note might also be at play here. Otherwise, quite good flavor-wise but weak in the body aspect. Effervescence is very light and all the aftertaste is in the back of the palate. A very slight warming is present as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 01:07:01 | More by PorterLambic
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque oily sable with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma is strong and spicy with a firm undertone of molasses and a hint of miso. Flavor is smoky with tones of coffee and molasses and just a trace of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 01:07:07 | More by Cyberkedi
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JamesS

Indiana

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

Poured a very nice deep deep brown, with some decent head and lacing. Semi-deep aroma, with some decent roasted grain attributes, but not much else to make it deeper. Nice taste, some decent roasted grains, but it had a very sweet, almost lactose, taste to it at the end, which also may account for the lighter aroma. Goes down well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 23:30:22 | More by JamesS
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srandycarter

California

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given as a much appreciated bonus.

A - Dark to black, not much head, ring to finish, tan in color. Some lace.

S - Chocolate, and a little 'barny'.

T - Bitter harsh. Not enough sweet to balance for me. Thin.

M - Off balance to the bitter, thin in general.

D - Nice to try. Average stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 04:59:26 | More by srandycarter
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very dark body...I'd say it's black in color with a rich and creamy brown head...the head settled into a nice cap and left some lace

S - A few faint notes of roasted malt...I could really pick up some nice floral hops

T - The flavors come out more as the beer warms up...the roasted characteristic is there...the malts are nicely roasted and give a decent flavor that gets mixed with a smokiness...the hops bring up the end of the beer and they linger nicely

M - Medium bodied...could use a touch more creaminess...a little too much carbonation

D - This wasn't a bad stout...the low ABV and lighter mouthfeel lead to nice session beer...let this one warm up a little as the flavors came out more towards the end of the beer

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 17:46:18 | More by thain709
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tedpeer

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint glass. Thanks to vtaudio for this beer.

A - Pours black with a huge tan head that subsided to a thin layer. Nice lacing.

S - Smoked/roasted malts.

T - Bitter, smoked/roasted malts. Slight coffee taste. Bitter finish.

M - Thin, moderate to light carbonation.

D - It's an okay session stout, but borders on the bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 00:53:24 | More by tedpeer
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Mora2000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 22:41:04 | More by Mora2000
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aubuc1

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours Black with a nice thick tan head.

Smell is a strong, burned roasty with some bitterness and coffee. Stronger than most dry stouts, but very rich and nice.

Taste is roasty, and sweet. Simple but nice.

A little thin, but not too bad.

A little roasty for a dry stout, but pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 19:22:20 | More by aubuc1
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DosBeerigos

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

C. Who knows, cause this is blackkk.
H. Black, with the head being really brown.
N. Coffee, pretty plain coffee though, a little smokey

Well I expected a bigger beer with lots of coffee and maybe a hint of chocolate. In fact this was something I was looking forward to since it was the closing of out tasting session today and we save the darker beers for last. Keep in mind I don't like big stouts, but since Ten Fidy I have kept an open mind. Aroma was coffee, this sorta got my lips wet, as for taste....wow SMOKEY. I feel like a chain smoker just exhaled a pack of 305's in my mouth. Though it calms down it was a bit too smoky for my taste. Good beer if you like stouts but I don't.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 20:02:33 | More by DosBeerigos
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goldbot

District of Columbia

2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, notched on the label as best by November. Of what year? Who knows.

Pours black with a thin tan to brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice haze. A bit of lacing.

Some sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee in the nose. Some raisin and licorice as well, with a touch of cinnamon. A surprisingly complex aroma but a bit oddly put together I thought.

A bit of some burnt/roasted malt at first, with a touch of coffee. A small bit of oxidation as well. Lightly sweet at the end with a chocolate aftertaste.

Thin and watery mouthfeel, a bit off-putting. This beer looks and smells pretty good, but otherwise is average at best.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 02:13:04 | More by goldbot
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Lerxst

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours almost black with a creamy mocha head that hangs around a bit and leaves some nice lacing.

S-Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, molasses. Smells good.

T-A surprising bitter start. Getting some charred malt, cocoa powder, a bit of coffee. Not bad, but somewhat bland.

M-A bit thin, doesn't coat the palate, dry finish.

D-The physical characteristics of this beer lend it to being a drinkable stout, but the thin mouthfeel makes me not want more than one.

Overall, its decent. But nothing I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 18:56:11 | More by Lerxst
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I wish I could give this extra credit for the label, and the song that it references.

A – Ultra-impressive out of the bottle. Huge ruby-tan head, ridiculous lacing. It almost looks like a Coke float, except its too dark to be Coke.

S – Phenomenal smell. Smoky, with pumpernickel, and spicy herbal hops.

T – Compared to the aroma, it still seems like the flavor has been sucked out; like decaf coffee or diet soda. When viewed in the spectrum of something like Guinness Draught, it holds up pretty well. Interesting flavors emanate from the aromatic elements in the nose, but they range between subdued to very subdued tones of them.

M – Too thin, not creamy enough.

D – It is not my favorite, but I do love looking at the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 19:44:07 | More by ktrillionaire
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 16:03:37 | More by mikesgroove
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chaz410

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Found" this bottle after a party.
Pours coal black with a thick tan head.
Smells pretty faint of coffee and burnt malt. Slight caramel and pretty heavy roasted barley.
Not much more in taste. Mostly roasted barley with cocoa flavoring and burnt coffee. Little hop finish, but not much. This is a good dry stout but not very full bodied to me.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean for style.
Very easy to drink, once again, style considered. I personally wouldn't want another right after but I could see fans of the style order two or three in a night

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 02:34:17 | More by chaz410
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jonziefle

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a black color, completely opaque. Two finger pillowy brown/tan head. Good, dimpled retention. Moderate lacing down the glass.

Smell: Nose is of dark roasted malts and a above average sweetness. There is also a sharpness to the nose.

Taste: Bitter roasted malts to start, with some sweetness in the middle, and a long after taste or the roasted, almost burnt malts. Good amount of bitterness and moderate sweetness. A slight dark fruit taste, but not overpowering the malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and a nice bitter bite. Not much carbonation.

Drinkability: A good stout, but definitely high on the roasted and smoky malts. Some sweetness to balance, but definitely toasty. Not a bad thing at all, just don’t expect a creamy or smooth stout. Easy to drink, though.

Buy Again? Yes, but there are better stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 05:21:15 | More by jonziefle
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.43/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle best by December (presumably of 2009).

Out pours a very attractive stout with a near-opaque, seal brown body and a towering head of brown sugar-colored bubbles that take on a mottled appearance as it slowly retreats, all the while draping a thin sheet of foamy lace along the inside of the glass. Almost Export Stout-ness (Guinness-like) in the nose, as notes of cocoa and sour lactose meet the olfactory bulbs. Too light of an aroma overall, with hints of toasted caramel malt and earthy hops.

Thankfully, Dark Starr Stout packs more flavor than the aroma suggested, as black patent & chocolate malts add a roasted bitterness to the palate. Dry cocoa and soil on the finish. A little lighter in body that I would like for an irish stout, but the tight carbonation is on-target and adds a subtle creaminess that pairs nicely with the bitter roastedness of the finish. Good, not great, although in its defense, this was a beer nearing the end of its shelf life. Still, a tasty Irish Stout to have within arm's reach on a cold night in the West Virginia hills.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:22:40 | More by wagenvolks
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whtguitarguy

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was a bit much for me, hard to drink. Poured to a black color with a good tan head. Nose is of coffee and chocolate. Taste at first sip is like a black olive. But as you continue to drink coffee, chocolate and nuts are the stars of the show along with that unmistakable alcoholic flavor. Very good when it is cold, but when it starts getting warm....well, we'll just say not very appetizing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2009 22:47:43 | More by whtguitarguy
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tanousa

Virginia

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

A- Pour a dark color, coffee like with a thin tan lace that quickly vanished.
S- Smell like coffee , expresso like , maybe a hint of chocolate, roasted malt.
T- Again, expesso dominates this beer , good flavor but nothing spectacular about it.
M- good , weak carbonation.
D- Good, can have more than one as long a s you dont get bored with it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 13:30:18 | More by tanousa
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another draft pint at the Flying Saucer in Nashville.
Dark black coffee colored with a thin tan foam. Not as thick of head as expected, and disappeared quickly. Aromas of roasted barley, coffee and some chocolate. Nothing spectacular, but all the expected smells and flavors are there. Mainly roasted barley, some coffee and cocoa notes. The finish is very dry, as expected, thin mouthfeel that keeps it easy to drink. A solid beer, but nothing that blew me away.

Note: Looked up the Dark Starr website and see it has won a ton of awards. Maybe I didn't give it enough credit, but it was bang on for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2009 05:14:52 | More by BigBry
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Blitzstyle

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a SA glass. Nice and pitch black, good looking head.

Faint aromas of coffee and chocolate, nothing really pops out.

Thin feel some hints of chocolate and coffee some faint roasted malts. Little bit of lingering on the back of the tounge.

Medium light body very thin could have used so thicking. Very drinkable a good gateway stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 02:02:41 | More by Blitzstyle
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witster18

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good stout.... now I have no clue how it won the gold, but good none-the-less. This stout pours pitch black with a nice head. missing that nice oily lacing, but there is some. Would have been even better if there was some oatmeal used to thicken this up. Nose is bitter choco with a hint of berry. Tastes good. Nice hoppy bitterness... a bit more pronounced than most in this style...even for a dry... a bit too carbonated... fig.... berry... chocolate... a little bit of a soapiness... unpleasant... but only seems to be there on occasion... needs some chalkiness in taste and mouthfeel... other than that this is pretty solid. A Step below Shakespeare from rogue but a step above Northcoasts Dry #38... nah..make it even with northcoast... more complex, but less overall flavor than old #38
.. this is a safe, but good stout. While it's complex - it's not really original by any means.... if that makes any sense... like hints of a lot but deliverance of a little...

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 20:19:23 | More by witster18
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Starr Stout
Starr Hill Brewery
Style: Irish Dry Stout
ABV: 4.81 %

reviewed 11/13/09 c/o SR from AB Craft

This beer was a decent example of a stout in my opinion. It's not the best I have had to date, but I enjoyed it for an appropriatte appearance, taste and drinkability. It was dark in color, roasty/toasty malts and coffee hints in taste. Decent price and a good new addition to out local craft selection here in JB, FL.

I plan to create a more detaied review in the future pending my next opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 15:56:53 | More by unclejimbay
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madmanjf

New York

3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 19:24:59 | More by madmanjf
Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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