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Cryptical Imperial Stout - Starr Hill Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: on 11-05-2010)
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

bigbutter, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dvmin98, Mar 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

jjd315, Mar 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ChadA83, Mar 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

speedvagen, Feb 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

IdrinkGas, Feb 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

trc77, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Ryanm1, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

avisong, Dec 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

TheRougeBastard, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a snifter, dark brown-black pour, with a small, tan head; moderate retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, hints of anise. Roasty dark malts, pretty typical stout material, ntoes of coffee and anise detected in the aroma, with a slight earthy hop presence. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, soft carbonation, fairly smooth, but not quite as rich as many of its peers. Pretty solid basic stout overall.

Rifugium, Dec 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birthday gift from "bro" Artied2... 750ml bottle, with no freshness dating visible...

Using a small DT tulip, this bier has an opaque, dark brown color. Head is frothy and rocky, nicely beige colored, and lasts well at about 1/2"... Lacing? Quite nice and lasting well... Aroma has some bitter, burnt notes, plus some licorice and a little florality. The bier passes rather smoothly down the hatch, and the body is medium at best. With this style, I'd like to see more "oomph" and heft bodywise.

Flavor is malty and roasty, with dark choco, cocoa and some espresso notes. A little bitter coffee is also present, plus licorice and floral, flowery hopping in the dry finish. Verry similar, imo, to Smutty RIS.... Thnx Bro!! Prosit!

4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1550

Bierman9, Dec 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

GinDC, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a absolute black and produced a light brown creamy finger high head that actually left good lacing.
The smell is of roasted malt, some coffee and has some hop notes in the nose.
The taste is roasted malts, coffee and dark bitter chocolate. In the finish there are quite a lot of hop flavors, which I find I characteristic for an imperial Stout.
Otherwise a nice drinkable Stout.

Hopfenpeter, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Beer_Runner
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Beer_Runner, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

hockeyfighter19, Nov 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

jp312, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

EFR94, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm actually impressed they brewed this one.

Served in a snifter.

A: Black as night, with a slightly off-white head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: I got slight coffee notes, but overall this was pretty subdued on the nose. Also, there was a good bit of roast in there, much like a nice porter.

T: Lots of CO2-like qualities which I personally dig. Not chocolatey, not sweet, but very tasty. There was a bit of a "vegetable" quality in this beer. Very unique.

M: Like I stated, not sweet in the least bit. The lacing was absolutely ridiculous.

O: I was very surprised by how good this was. Kudos, Starr Hill!

Chaney, Nov 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

odualum13, Nov 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.2%

tripelz, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

jsh5771, Oct 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

keanlacrosse, Oct 22, 2012
Cryptical Imperial Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.