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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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nickfl

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 05:29:04 | More by nickfl
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: deep dark black, pure ebony, tan head and creamy froth. great lacing left in the glass

smell: some coffee but noting dominating

taste: lacks complexity, some coffee and some raosted flavors. almost flavorless

mouthfeel: light bodied for a stout

drinkability: just an avergae stout, was not horrible by any means. I still would drink it again, but nothin to go crazy about.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 03:35:11 | More by CampusCrew
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redneckchugger

Florida

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

Pours a dark black, slightly opaque, tall lingering tan head.
The nose is dark chocolate, with a slight coffee note.
The taste is slightly sweeter, with some sweeter notes in teh chocolate, but not a lot. I get a bit more of the coffee as well, This is the first Irish dry stout i have had that was actually dry. Very good beer. I liked it a lot. Its a little thin on the mouth feel, and i could use a little less of the coffee notes, but still excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:29:55 | More by redneckchugger
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wahhmaster

Virginia

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee/cola color. Has a thick brown pillowy head that dissipates slowly leaving significant lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee and roasted malts. This smells pretty damn good. Smells exactly like Folgers.

Taste: Tastes like cold coffee. Normally, I pure, straight hate coffe but I won't let that get in the way of this review. Roasted malts come out behind the strong roasted coffee smell. Exceedingly dry as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not too bad.

Drinkability: If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. It's pretty good but seeing as I hate coffee, I probably won't get it again. This is one of the strongest coffee tastes I've met in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:15:23 | More by wahhmaster
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After seeing Star Hill at some festivals, and having once lived in Charlottesville, I looked forward to trying some Starr Hill beer during a recent visit to C-ville. Unfortunately, I didn't find this brewer to be well-distributed in the off-premise, and this was the only Starr Hill beer I brought home...and it wasn't great.

This beer pours black and thin, with a light but abundant head. Aroma is roasty and dry, appropriate for a dry stout I guess, but not tremendously interesting. Flavor was a little thin, and was primarily mild. Flavor was all dry roastiness, like a cold charred cigar. But, not greatly pleasant nor complex. Just a mild char flavor, which didn't really keep me interested. Mouthfeel was a little thin.

This beer was just OK. I bought it at Wine Warehouse in C-ville.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 14:54:54 | More by BeerBelcher
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DousedInStout

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours near black with an off-white head that hangs around a bit. The aroma is of roasted espresso with some dark, fruity esters. The taste is nice for the style - very roasty but not astringent, and finishes quite dry. The carbonation is a bit high, but other than that, very drinkable and nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 00:51:56 | More by DousedInStout
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cjgator3

Florida

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The guy at the beer store asked "really?" when he pulled this out of my mixed six pack to ring it up. I explained I'm always trying to try the local (this one is from the area of that other university in Virginia) brews. Here goes...

Appearance: Looks pretty darn good. Pours a deep chocolatey brown with a very nice creamy tan head that starts at 2 fingers and fades quickly to a bubbly skim. Lots of lacing trails down all sides of the glass.

Smell: Aroma is light, but the fragrances are slightly nutty and so toasty it's almost burnt and smoky.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Balanced is not a word that describes this beer. There's an overwhelming punch of roasty, burnt malts. There's a raw coffee bean flavor that's incredibly bitter and dry. It's accompanied by a strange bitter and sour lemony hop presence. The only thing that is really on style for this beer seems to by the dryness. The feel is smooth despite the sharp flavors, and the dry finish is pleasing.

Drinkability: Not so high. The flavors are not particularly enjoyable. If the malts were more roasty than burnt and the hops a little more balanced, I think it could be really pleasant thanks to the great body. I guess the beer guy was right.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 01:00:46 | More by kels
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 03:00:43 | More by Wasatch
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TLove

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to collins glass.

Deep, dark red/blue color that has a thin head and rounded body.

Overly sweet with strong red cherry and a syrupy, pungent black raspberry ice cream sourness. The strong smokey flavor throws things off a bit, but it is still a predominantly sweet stout. Pretty dry, with smells of nutmeg and clove.

A sweet sausage roasted, with a little creaminess in the mouth. Smooth and grainy on the back end. Tangy finish that strikes me as a bit awkward.

All in all, not bad. A sweet stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 01:33:06 | More by TLove
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Norfawkers

Virginia

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

Average (forgettable) stout that's suited for food pairings vs. a stand alone

Appearance: Deep dark brown, little head, fizzy

Smell: Smokey, coffee, chocolate

Taste: Faint smokey

Mouthfeel: Little punch in the beginning but otherwise smooth

Drinkability: Not very robust but a passable virginian stout

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 23:59:24 | More by Norfawkers
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle was notched purchase by October.

Black pour. Two fingers of tan head fade away fairly quickly, but leave behind some nice lacing.

Dry, bitter, smoky, roasty nose. Some mocha sneaks through the roast.

Smoke dominates the flavor. Is this a rauchbier? All of the other flavors, like the mocha and dark chocolate, get completely lost underneath the smoke. Comes close to being unpleasant.

Medium body, appropriate carbonation. Very dry finish. Kind of watery.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:25:01 | More by Gyle41386
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a perfect pitch black with 1/4 inch of tan foam

S - roasted malt, coffee and chocolate aromas

T - roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a bit of bitter hops in the finish

M/D - medium bodied, slightly oily, the roasted flavor is almost a burnt taste. pretty good overall but doubtful i'd seek out another

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 16:13:42 | More by mikereaser
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ckeegan04

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Flat black body with a solid light brown head, about one finger. Head remains through most the drink and leaves thick light brown rings on the glass.

S - Strong smokey aroma. Hints of chocoalte and roasted grains. Surprised at how smokey the beer is.

T - The smokiness comes through too strong in the taste, somewhat acrid and burnt chocolate. Hints of beer jerkey. Floral hops linger under the roastiness and smokiness and provide just a hint of balance.

M/D - Medium bodied with a light creaminess. Nice roastiness in the aftertaste. Easy drinking but the smokiness is a little overwhelming. I have enjoyed smoked beers in the past, but this one was just a little too rough around the edges.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 21:09:41 | More by ckeegan04
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4" light brown head. The retention isn't slow, but a little bit of lace remains. I don't notice any carbonation. Swirling does create some spotty lace.

Smell: Toasted chocolate malt, coffee, cocoa powder and almond oil. All aromas point to deep, roasty flavors.

Taste: Roasted barley is very chocolate-esque and full of espresso flavor. I'm surprised how roasted the flavors are, without being sweet at all. This is what a small stout should be. Tons of flavor without cloying sugar. There is also some deep, original, licorice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, cacao, roasty and coffee-like. Medium body and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A great small stout, that I could enjoy many of. All flavor that doesn't linger around as an aftertaste. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 17:40:41 | More by Risser09
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: A deep, nearly opaque reddish-black. The brown head is tall, dense, and foamy, becoming slightly chunky as it fades. Retention is solid, with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts and cocoa powder, mainly. Considerable vanilla notes as well, along with some faint coffee and mineral characteristics.

T: Roasted, slightly burnt/smoky malt flavor. Strong coffee notes, less chocolatey than I expected. Definite notes of vanilla. A dry, herbal/mineral hop character is also present.

M: Medium/light body, with moderate carbonation. Dry, as expected.

D: A pretty nice, coffee-heavy, Irish dry stout from Starr Hill. I need to start delving into some of these local beers more often. This is promising.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 00:04:06 | More by Clydesdale
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chaz over on realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The stout appears a deep dark brown color with about two fingers of pillowy ecru foam. The head settles to a thin layer within a few minutes. Nose and flavor are of medium roasted grains, milk chocolate, fresh mild roasted coffee, a bit of vanilla. Smooth throughout and finishing dry. Adequate amount of carbonation. Any fan of the style needs to give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:24:01 | More by ClockworkOrange
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everetends

Alabama

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

12 oz bottle thanks to IBUnit63. Served up in a standard shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a straight up black body. Held to the light, not getting any difference or intensity of black. Just an all around nice matte black finih. The pour got about a finger of medium brown head. Retention is ok, falling somewhat slowly to a chunky collar and pretty solid top cap. Lace is spotty with a light webbing left behind on the glass. Good looking brew.

S: What up! Getting a nice aroma coming out here. Light chocolate malts that have a nice roast to them, an almost smoke quality coming out. Got a nice dark, black coffee quality coming out. Some milk is present as well. Light earthy hops translates in some grassy notes. Subtle and mild, but still good to get a whiff of.

T: Taste is almost exactly like the aroma. The chocolate malt has that nice roast to it, but the smoke is bit more muted here. Light dark coffee mingles nicely in the middle. Little bit of milk as well here, but its not a turn off. Its more of a slightly sweet cream. Grassy hops mingle just enough to let you know there is some dryness here. This is what I want from a simple dry stout.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a nice light creaminess to it. The brew comes through just dry enough to keep you pulling from it. For the beer to be so low on the ABV, it does have a nice light warmth quality on back of the palate. Aftertaste is all light and dry hops with a touch of coffee lingering.

D: This is a mighty fine and simple Irish Dry Stout. This is exactly what I expect from a standard Irish Stout. Easily consumed and sit nice and light. Easy to down a couple of these at any given time. This is basically a nicely amped up Guinness to tell the truth. Just better and not as mass produced. Just a good all around brew that I would absolutely have again. Thanks again, Larry. This is oh so nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 04:38:59 | More by everetends
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hungerfordj

Virginia

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

12 oz bottle poured into narrow pint glass.

Strong tan head with good retention and nice lacing. Very dark, with glimpses of deep red around the edges.

Nice aroma of chocolate malts with hint of smoke.

Dry with a very subdued flavor. Slight slight sweetness which is overtaken by a burst of hops bitterness at very end. Some sourness there at the end as well. Faint smokey coffee and chocolate notes in there as well, but really very faint.

It is dry but watery, if that makes sense.

Not too drinkable. Despite low alcohol content, the sour and bitter finish aren't balanced with anything to make a lot of this possible.

Not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 21:18:45 | More by hungerfordj
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black-small tan head and leaves some decent lacing on down. Mellow roasted aroma and a slight espresso tinge to it. Decent roasted flavors. Lingering bittersweetness to it. Somewhat grainy. Nice body-really does come off as a "dry" stout. Overall a nice stout. Very sessionable at 4.8%. I could see this being good on draft as well. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 00:36:46 | More by lackenhauser
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czfreeman

Michigan

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

In a fit of rage to support anything craft brewed after watching Beer Wars last night, I picked this one up out of a super-shoddy selection at the local late night supermarket.
Pours out a nice blackish licorice color, capped by a lovely foamy creamy tan head. light lacing, looks a good nito-stout.
Smells of espresso, some bitter cocoas, molasses, heavily toasted malt, light fruitiness,. This smells the way I would have expected my frst glass of Guiness to smell.
Taste follows suit. Upfront bitter cocoas, espresso, coffee, some molasses, but definatley stays on the dry light side. I appreciate the higher level of carbonation exibited rather than then sometimes "flat" taste of nitro stouts.
Overall quite easy on the palate, easy to drink, and at 4.8%ABV an easy drinking beer for sessionability.
Loved the logo, and the brewery has an interesting story as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 19:49:36 | More by czfreeman
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Ragingbull

California

4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had this while visiting relatives in Charlottesville, VA and it was in their refrigerator. The beer poured a black color with very little head. The nose was a pleasant odor of malt and coffee. If you sniffed it I would go so far as to say it is what a "dark beer" should smell like. The attack is clean and smooth as is the flavor. The finish is really where you get most of the flavors to come out. The coffee flavor is consistent with the nose and the smoke flavors are a not a surprise, but pleasant and unexpected based on the nose. Overall I would call it clean and smooth. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 18:59:53 | More by Ragingbull
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shivtim

Georgia

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

From a bottle ordered at RFD. Poured into the pint glass.

Deep dark black/brown, with a small head floating on top. Nose is slightly roasted, crisp and malty. Gentle chocolate. Very mild. Taste is like an average stout. Slight hints of cream. Boring but unoffensive. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Still, overall a very drinkable beer thanks to the low ABV and it's gentle qualities.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 02:51:25 | More by shivtim
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wizzle

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could not resist the name. Poured a tarry-black color. Surprisingly lighter in body than I would have expected, great drinkability. Was a bit too cold, so the flavors took awhile to reveal themselves - a solid core of rich roasted malt and some nutty carob-like flavors. Smooth and silky. A very fine stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 19:30:57 | More by wizzle
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BringusKilkenney

Virginia

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured very dark looked nice with just a little bit of head.

Had this at a restaurant and couldnt really pull much of a smell out of it. Maybe toasted malt but not much to be had here.

This was also kinda dull dont know if i got a bad batch or what but just didnt have much of a flavor past the usually malts and toasty flavors.

The mouthfeel was good it was very smooth and drinkable. The drinkability was good but couldnt handle more than two just fills you up without the buzz but it is ok.

I wouldnt recommend trying this if you are looking for anything new just kind of an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 02:21:46 | More by BringusKilkenney
Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.