Cryptical Imperial Stout - Starr Hill Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nice looking stout, good and black with a nice light brown head that left a bit of a foamy cap and left sticky lace.
The smell and taste are of really pronounced burnt and deeply roasted malts, lots of espresso and french roast coffee, some smokiness, and a bit of bitterness that can only come from hops. GREAT combinations of flavors, this is one excellent beer!
Great mouthfeel too, wonderfully thick and rich with a roasty, lightly coffee/chocolate bitter aftertaste and just a bit of sweetness to finish.
Great job, I want more from this brewer and more of this beer.
Oddly, this particular American double/imperial stout isn't of the precise variety that I most prefer, but I still find myself extremely drawn to this beer. I usually like the more vanilla/sweet stouts and milk stouts better, but again, this one is the exception. The rather pronounced bitterness really accents the coffee and chocolate to an extent I hadn't quite anticipated and much enjoyed. Someone obviously put a lot of time and effort into this one, and I do appreciate it.
I would like more of this brewery and definitely want the barrel aged stuff. Great job!
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2011 23:57:56 | More by AlCaponeJunior
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5
Served in a ten ounce snifter at Brixx in Charlotteville. From notes. Reviewed 20 June 2011.
A: Dark black with a big head. Completely opaque.
S: Roasted malts. Sweet; vanilla beans or bourbon-soaked oak? Ensorcelling.
T: Mmm...Sweet-bitter coffee beans soaked in bourbon. The maintaste is full of dry hops, huge malts, and fantastic stout flavours. Though the main body is sadly short, the bitterer endtaste lingers.
M:A lightly drying beer, bitter so, and rather substantial.
O: I was sufficiently impressed by this beer that my (sober) review is full of modifying expletives, eliminated here for propriety's sake. It has all the flavours a double stout should and is obscenely drinkable. I will definitely have it again; highly recommended.
Serving type: on-tap
10-09-2011 19:49:45 | More by AgentMunky
4.68/5 rDev +30.4%
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!
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 16:55:46 | More by willabys
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Purchases fresh at the Starr Hill Brewery in a 2 liter growler.
Pours extremely dark with a fat tan head, easy to manipulate depending on how aggressively you pour. Leaves the stickiest lacing I've ever seen. Smells largely of hops, cascade? Very nice on the nose with some roasty aromas mixed in. The taste is extremely bitter while still maintaining a smooth mouthfeel with chocolate undertones.
This is an incredible beer, which is why I got 2 liters of it. Starr Hill gets beef because they get AB distribution, but damn this beer is good. Give it a shot if you're in the Crozet/Charlottesville, VA area
Serving type: growler
05-25-2011 20:00:34 | More by engagechad
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured a deep black with a massive large dark tan head with very long retention and light lacing.
Aroma of roasty malts and burnt grain and smoke.
Taste was dominated by burnt roasted malt, some dark chocolate and a hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel was medium body and smooth with a slight bitter finish.
Overall this was lacking the big heavy body beer taste that I like with an Imperial stout. I would place this as a slightly above average stout.
Serving type: cask
05-13-2011 23:43:36 | More by dtivp
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served on-tap in a 10oz goblet at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Black with cap of off-white head with some thin lace.
S: Strong toasted malt aroma with a moderately acrid edge, soft berry alcohol, and earthy hops
T: The burnt, toasted character is even stronger in the flavor and unfortunately overwhelms any subtleties that might be lurking under the surface. The black malt is accompanied by a little bitter dark chocolate and earthy hops.
M: A nice full feel accentuated by the cask delivery. Carbonation is low (duh) and makes for a very smooth experience.
D: A liked but didn't love this brew -- the harsh burned edge seems a little out of place and over the tops and doesn't let some of the finer qualities to come through.
Serving type: cask
11-19-2010 03:48:52 | More by argock
Cryptical Imperial Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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