Cryptical Imperial Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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Cryptical Imperial StoutCryptical Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

17 Reviews
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Reviews: 17
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 4.39%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.52% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: on 11-05-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Hads: 93
Reviews by Beer_Runner:
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 09/07/12, and aged about five weeks before opening.

A: A fairly aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced about an eighth of a finger of dark mocha colored head that dissipated to a collar in about two minutes. It did not leave any lacing. The brew is a black hole type of black - absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is primarily hops - a strong pine and citrus hops combined with an earthy hops that smells a little like wet leaves. And, there is just a small hint of coffee and grain.

T: The taste follows the aroma very closely. There is pine and citrus, and earthy wet leaves hops. There is not much of a malt backbone. At best there is a hint of coffee and grain.

M: The body is light and a little thin with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: Somehow this beer really misses the mark. It is surprisingly mild for a Russian imperial stout. It does have an interesting hops profile with the pine and citrus combined with something that smells like wet leaves composting on a forest floor (but, not in a bad way). But, the lack of a malt backbone to provide balance and complexity, and make it a Russian imperial stout, really hurts this beer. The brewery might be onto something with the leaf-like hops, but there is still a lot of room for improvement with this beer. (1,297 characters)

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1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Jsonta
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ChadA83
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this straight out of the bottle. This is labeled as am Imperial Stout/Americal Double. I'm sure black in color. I thinkBeer Advocate got it wrong calling it 7.52% abv while on the label of the bottle it says only a flat 7%. My first impression by reading the label is that "this is a bit on the lower side of ABV" for an imperial beer. I thought this beer didn't really have a lot to offer. I thought for an imperial stout it was overly hoppy. Sky high 70 IBU rating. You hop heads will enjoy it. Upon checking the Starr Hill site it states that this beer uses Simcoe hops which are thought to have a cult following. Doesn't stack up against the really good imperial stouts such as Old Ras and Yeti.

All and all, if you're a hop head you'll like it, if not, I'd pass on this one. (784 characters)

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Hessian257
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KMcG
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of willabys
4.68/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at the brewery in a 750 ml bottle.

Pours Black, no light passing through the glass, Smells of a Heavy roast but not char, chocolate and nice hoppy aroma.

Taste is very rich and robust. Deep dark roast with out the carbonization of some over-roasted stouts. Nice hoppy flavors erupting, I am liking this one!

Lacing is very heavy running the full length of the glass.

Starr Hill knocks it out of the park with this one. Do check it out! (447 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This had a deep dark ebony hue that had a trace of white film on top for a head.

The aroma was very light but it had some coffee, chocolate and smokey char.

The flavor was also considerably light, tasty but at times hard to detect. Chocolate fudge brownies with some charred coffee and light hoppiness.

The feel is dry and even a tad watery, in line with the light complexion of this stout.

At 8.8 ABV I would have thought that this would have had more malts and therefore more flavor but it is simply too weak to get a higher score. (537 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Cryptical Imperial Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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