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Cryptical Imperial Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%

phishfoolme, Oct 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

seanchai, Oct 10, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev +10%

SHerninko, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of gestyr
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass

A: Pours a very deep brown/black with ruby highlights when held to a strong light. The head is beige and fades quickly leaving lots of lacing.

S: Dark roast grains, coffee, caramelized molasses, raisins, very subtle aroma of hops.

T: first off, malty and roasted grains. Some hints of dark fruit and caramelized molasses, definite hops bitterness on the back of the tongue/throat. Slight alcohol taste.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Slight alcohol sting.

O: A good solid example of American RIS. Gos down smooth, lots of flavor.

gestyr, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Mantooth, May 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of hops202
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.

hops202, Apr 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

GTB, Apr 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

devilfluff, Apr 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ramblinwreck101, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

seavercm, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

jaymo18, Feb 25, 2014
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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!

BEERchitect, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

MrDarcy, Feb 05, 2014
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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.

KYGunner, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

LoveStout, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

djrn2, Feb 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

jlivings757, Dec 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ZinFanDave, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Dave_Treat, Nov 01, 2013
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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.

cyclonece09, Nov 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

mendvicdog, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Hessian257, Oct 27, 2013
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Cryptical Imperial Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.