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Cryptical Imperial Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

Cryptical Imperial StoutCryptical Imperial Stout

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82
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%


Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: on 11-05-2010)
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Reviews by dvmin98:
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dvmin98

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-12-2013 22:14:54 | More by dvmin98
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hops202

District of Columbia

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into stone snifter.

Appearence is decent - might be the best thing about this beer. Nose has some good roast, char, and some coffee. Taste unfortunately is not as good and is seriously lacking. Lots of IBU but not done well. I'd be curious to see if the BBA version is any better.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 02:41:09 | More by hops202
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GTB

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

04-12-2014 03:00:21 | More by GTB
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devilfluff

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-02-2014 22:32:38 | More by devilfluff
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-11-2014 10:09:37 | More by ramblinwreck101
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seavercm

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.1%

03-03-2014 15:04:10 | More by seavercm
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jaymo18

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-25-2014 03:23:19 | More by jaymo18
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In true "Russian Impaerial" style, the common roast flavor of stout is met with subtle fruit and spice elements. Starr Hill doesn't mess with the recipe too much as its these finesse elements that provide its own complexity and charm.

Cryptical pours with the darkest of dark brown hues and even black though its center. Its certain tar-like appearance allows for a slow and frothy lather to build upon the beer, lasting half the session. Its broken lace is somewhat sparse but only halts when does its delicate creme.

Bold roast aromas leap out immediately, bringing with it the scent of molasses and burnt toffee to balance the char. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and an earthy walnut note keeps the charred scent relegated to campfire; and so do the fruity aromas of plumb, grape and licorice spice.

Its taste is lead by the burnt sugar and charred toast flavor as molasses and toffee offer the counterpart to burnt embers, dark-roast coffee and cocoa powder. As the beer crosses middle palate, a fruit-filled center of plumbs, grapes, cherries and blackberries weave into a fennel-type spice for the culmination of licorice and then trailing with a spiced rum alcoholic finish.

Its full and creamy body is assisted by ample malt sweetness and stern carbonation. But once the carbonation lifts and the bulk of sweetness subsides, the beer lightens considerably late. As the beer closes with spicy rum-like alcohol, fruit acidity and mild; it lingers long and indefinite.

Its becoming rare to find truly "roasty" Imperial Stout with those subtle nuances of fruit, spice, earth and rounded sweetness. But with Starr Hill's dedication, the style is in good hands!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 17:09:40 | More by BEERchitect
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MrDarcy

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-05-2014 02:01:07 | More by MrDarcy
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 23:26:41 | More by KYGunner
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-03-2014 03:40:18 | More by LoveStout
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-03-2014 01:14:37 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-03-2014 01:00:42 | More by acurtis
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jlivings757

Virginia

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-13-2013 01:03:12 | More by jlivings757
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ZinFanDave

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2013 17:35:28 | More by ZinFanDave
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-01-2013 21:56:09 | More by Dave_Treat
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of chocolate and slight candy like caramel. Tastes of very rich chocolate with the taste of aging being present, nice balance. Beer is carbonated lightly, full bodied, definitely more of a sipper than a sessionable. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 01:24:10 | More by cyclonece09
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-31-2013 23:02:57 | More by mendvicdog
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-27-2013 02:29:30 | More by Hessian257
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-21-2013 15:34:32 | More by ZachKelly
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-20-2013 21:15:49 | More by Gatordaddy
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-19-2013 01:57:34 | More by cjgiant
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-12-2013 18:08:30 | More by Gww1864
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Xandrose

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

10-12-2013 05:13:22 | More by Xandrose
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

10-07-2013 02:20:39 | More by oglmcdgl
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Cryptical Imperial Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.