1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Star Porter - Bluegrass Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Dark Star Porter
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.

30 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A rich and robust blend of light, caramel, and dark malts sets the stage for BBC Dark Star Porter’s robust presence on the palate. This smooth but robust porter has complex notes of chocolate and roasted grains balanced by additions of traditional English hops, creating a delicious chocolaty and smooth ale.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: nasty15108 on 08-28-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RickS95:
Photo of RickS95


4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Practically no head and what's there is gone quickly. Dark cola in color. With the ever so slight head, it looks like root beer in the glass.

Roasted malts, a little chocolate and coffee in the nose...smells great. As it warms, the coffee smell grows stronger.

Very creamy in the mouth. There is a lot of coffee flavor to this, it's not subtle., and the malt does nothing to hide or offset the bitter flavor. Most porters I've had have some hint of sweet somewhere in the finish, but not this one. It starts bitter and stays that way.

This tastes a little too much like coffee for my liking, but it's still a very good beer; I'd drink more if I had to.

I'd like a little more sweetness somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:16:27 | More by RickS95
More User Reviews:
Photo of RBorsato


2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

10-16-2013 22:10:11 | More by RBorsato
Photo of jaxon53


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

06-25-2013 08:25:10 | More by jaxon53
Photo of Durge


3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This obsolete brew has been "bottled up" in my fridge for at least two years so let's give it a try. Poured cold into a pint glass the color is a dark black-brown with a skimpy island of grey-tan head and little signs of lacing. The aroma brings a fairly decent heavy coffee-malt combo with dark chocolate liqueur sort of elements. Not bad. The taste brings out a much more washed out version of the aforementioned combination, resulting in more of a cardboard malt with coffee grinds at the finish, almost a bit smoky but overall weak and unexciting. The body is medium-light at best with a mildly frizzy carbonation, for a watery-fizzy feel. It's not horrible at all, but it's highly forgettable. I suppose the incubation period did it no special favors but I'm pretty confident that this wasn't the problem here. There's a reason it's an archived brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:46:18 | More by Durge
Photo of cliff1066


3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

12-17-2012 01:42:18 | More by cliff1066
Photo of schoun


4/5  rDev +19%

01-07-2012 13:42:41 | More by schoun
Photo of dreamlaugh


2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell- smells like hints of coffe, choclate, and pineapple.

laceing- not very lacy, average spaced splashing.

Appearance- dark brown/black with a foaming ring that follows the drink to the end of the glass.

Taste- very very slight hints of nuts, coffee, and choclate. leaving bitter aftertaste

Overall very average dark porter with not much strength in the flavor notes to be enjoyable. I feel I wasted my money.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 06:03:29 | More by dreamlaugh
Photo of dmfrench


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin, weak, forgettable porter.

A: Dark but still clear body with ruby highlights and just a thin film of head

S: Typical porter on roasty coffee, cocoa and spice

T: Thin. Earthy hops with a light malt backdrop of general roastiness. Finish is longish, however.

M: On the thin side, but not quite watery.

O: Not exactly memorable, but no exactly bad either.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 14:41:37 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Morey


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown...borderline black in color. Lots of reddish hues when you hold it up to the light. One finger beige colored head has settled to a thin lace after about 5 minutes. Little in the way of head retention.

Smell is roasty and clean. Not a very big aroma.

Smooth roasted malt taste. A touch of hop bitterness in there as well.

Rather thin mouthfeel for the style. Nice low level carbonation.

I could easily drink a couple of these, but there are other beers within the style that I'd go for first.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad beer by any means. It's a touch watery, but it actually taste pretty good. Would gladly drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:38:10 | More by Morey
Photo of WoodBrew


3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a long and somewhat chilly day. I have ben putting some intense hours in at work and I just got two kids to bed and working on spelling with the last one...and I just needed a beer that has some body to it. So I chose the Dark Star Porter from BBC. The color is dark dark amber almost opaque. the head is very thin almost non-exsistent....there is some lacing...but not much. The aroma is powered by roast with hints of coffee and malt. The smell gives way to a very good and creamy tasting porter. The mouthfeel is decent and I could drink the crap out of this tasty libation. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 02:51:59 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Shrews629


3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very dark brownish/black with ruby showing when held to the light. A tan head that was virtually non-existant. Left only a trace of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Subdued coffee notes and only small amounts of chocolate. Some roasted and toasty malts are present, but again, they seem to be rather light on the nose. Just a small, minute hint of some dark fruit.

Taste - Like the smell in a lot of ways. Coffee and chocolate with some toastiness, however they are, once more, rather tame. It's not bad, but just not enough "oomph" for me. As it warmed, the dark fruits came throug a bit more and it got a bit chalky.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that was smooth and crisp on the palate. Mostly dry, but I would have liked for it to be a bit dryer. Left a little on the palate, but it wasn't as good as some others I've had. As it warmed it became more thin.

Drinkability - This is another Porter that I think would be great for introducing someone to the style. It's not overpowering. It has all the flavors, but they are just toned down. It's easily drinkable and it's sessionable. It's just ok for me. I wouldn't turn it down, but it's mostly average.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 21:02:25 | More by Shrews629
Photo of witster18


1.45/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

purchased at Taco Mac in Chatt Tn.

It's bad...

wow... that's the first truly spoiled beer I've had in a long, long time. I've had some that were just not that fresh, but it's been a while since I've had a 'turned' beer.

couldn't drink another beer all-night. The first time I've asked for my money back on a beer... they obliged after realizing it was indeed spoiled. The real issue I have is that this is a HIGH VOLUME establishment where the beer turnover is very quick... that concerns me.

probably not a fair review as I'm POSITIVE this was a 'bad' beer. BUt, you serve it to me, you get the negative review... needless to say I won't revisit unless I'm at the brewery, tell them about the experience, and get one for free.

maybe I'll give them that chance if I'm in Ky... but after an experience like this - you don't ever buy it in the bottle again.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 17:18:03 | More by witster18
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown pour. Fluffy, rich dark cream head. Decent retention and nice lace.

Chocolate, understated coffee and roast malt define the nose. More cocoa than anything else.

Fairly thin flavorless hit. Roasted malt kicks in way towards the back. Definite tart flavor in the finish, like dark coffee. Nice lingering flavors in the finish, but just not enough intensity.

Light body, even for a porter.

Drinkable, but really just need one.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 01:24:14 | More by beer2day
Photo of kbutler1


2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color not unlike rootbeer. A HUGE fluffy tan head that is way bigger than it should be is produced from a normal pour, kind of odd. Dark roasted malt aroma along with a leather smell. Slight coffee notes. Way to light of a mouthfeel. Makes it almost hard to drink. The taste is dark malt and coffee notes and dark chocolate. Very slight hops presence at the end. The taste actually isn't too bad once you get passed the carb. Again, the carbonation on this is way too much and makes it hard to enjoy this beer at all.
I'm sorry, this beer is just not put together well.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:53:31 | More by kbutler1
Photo of biggred1


3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coffee colored with a whipped mocha milkshake head that melts slowly, leaving crusty rings of lace on the glass. Roasty coffee and fudge with a twinge of anise in the aroma. Charred malty flavors with a tea like bitterness, kind of one note. A little bit on the thin side for the style. Nothing really off with the flavors but nothing really on either.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:54:33 | More by biggred1
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a dark brown but lets a fair amount of light through. Barely any carbonation and no lacing.

S- Robust toasted malts and some dark chocolate. Some faint hops and maybe a little bit of caramel.

T- The malt is a little more tame than in the nose. Some more dark chocolate and some ground coffee.

M- Medium bodied that is a little on the watery side. Not much carbonation and feels just a little flat.

D- A good smell but the taste falls flat. Felt a little flat but the bottle had no dating code so it could have been past it's prime. I wouldn't seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 16:56:25 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of Nicadeamis


3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful mohogany color when held to a bright light. Soft off tan head, with great lacing. Tastes of chocolate roasty raisins. Very complex. A truely robust porter with maltiness to spare. Classic example in my opinion.

I highly recommend grabbing a 6er if you see one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 16:49:15 | More by Nicadeamis
Photo of cnjohn19

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed with gus and byers at bbc in st. matthews...my second selection of the evening (after a disappointing response from the bar tender they did not have the bourbon smoked porter)...

maybe my let down influenced me, but overall not too impressed by this one...presented a dark almost black-brown color with a non-existent cream colored head...

smells not too complex...mostly stale malts, sweet licorice, and almost fruity...

a thick and balanced porter but overall kind of boring...nothing really stands out, but you will get some malty domination and little to nothing else...

the nice thing here is this thick beer is drinkable for a porter...maybe i just got a bad brew, which is possible, but maybe next time...props on the sweet brew name and to one of my fave local breweries...

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 23:54:43 | More by cnjohn19
Photo of JohnQVegas


3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours dark ruby brown, moving towards black at the thickest part of the glass. Big, dense, rocky head that takes forever and ever to settle down and leaves some big, chunky lacing.

Nose is has some coarse roasted grain, quite a bit of chocolate, a little soapy which is odd, but all in all pretty promising.

Taste is a mixed bag. Roasted grains, dark (but not too dark) chocolate, and coffee grounds all make an appearance, but there are some weird things going on too - soapy at times, and the graininess comes off a bit coarse and raw as well. Finish is long, roasty, raw. All in all pretty nice, but not perfect. Not quite a 4, but close enough.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a slightly coarse carbonation. Between a 3 and a 3.5, not the best part of the beer.

Drinkability is pretty good - finish is a little raw, and the mouthfeel as well, but a pretty good beer over all.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 22:21:59 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bubbly, translucent hazelnut creamer color with some copper twinges and a rimming of thin/medium head.
Smell is malted well with some barley and grain, with some small rind or spice.
Taste had some good malt presence, that turns a bit bitter on the end with some grains present.
Finishes wet with a small lingering of bittered malt taste.
Drinks ok, the body is fairly thin, but there are some hang-ups in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 22:45:56 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of mynie


4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Friend 'a mine bought this and left it in my fridge. You know I figured that moving to a new, comparatively robust beer district would coincide with a spike of reviews but that has simply not materialized. Better get to work.

Nice pour. Solid, deep dark brown with an exceptionally tight and well-sized chocolate milk head.

Smells roasted and raw and surprisingly hoppy. Hops are dry, malt is caramel, biscuit, and firescorched chocolate.

Tastes good, but a little unevenly raw. Little too sweet on the front end, moving into more traditionally dry roasted grain nodes, a bit of nice electric malt mashup near the back and the aftertaste's a battle between sour grain and dry english hops.

A solid entry for sure. Not mindblowing but it's not supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 04:59:52 | More by mynie
Photo of huguey


4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving 12 oz. Bottle, Poured out into a pint glass.

First Impressions: true Porter, small head despite vigorous pour.

A: Black, maybe MAYBE a very dark brown or red when held up to the sun.

S: Mild smell gives aromas of bitter chocolate, roasted grains.

T: First comes the sweetness. As it washes down, a certain roasted maltyness and hoppy bitterness come to the forefront. Finishes with a smokiness, almost bourbon. Of course, for that, we'd have to go to the BBC Bourbon Imperial Stout, but that is a different review.

M: Very oily, to be expected in a stout. On par.

D: This porter always gets finished fast.

Overall, solid selection, for less than 2 dollars a bottle, I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 04:01:37 | More by huguey
Photo of beerhobo22


3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good roasty aroma with hints of chocolate. Dark brown, almost black, in color. Good tan head with decent retention. Good malt flavors, a mild roastiness with some roasted nut and mild chocolate flavor. Well balanced dark malt astringency; not to bitter. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, with a good aftertaste. A good session porter. I've had this in bottle and on tap, both are consistently good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 19:27:19 | More by beerhobo22
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown to near black colour with a mid sized to smallish head that dissolves fairly quickly. Head is semi-creamy in appearance and leaves tiny spots of residue on the glass after each sip.

Aroma is a nice blend of sweet caramel, chocolate and slightly roasted malt. Simple, but it gets the job done.

Flavour is very similar to the aroma but leads with much more of a roasted or burnt malt flavour over the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel. The finish of each sip is fairly bitter here as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perhaps a slight touch thin, but still not bad.

Overall this is a good, solid but simple beer. No inherent flaws or concerns and a good amount of flavour. A nice first step into the Bluegrass family of beers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2009 20:42:39 | More by guinness33
Photo of hopdog


3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a darker reddish / brown color with an averaged sized of white head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel, and had some roastiness, and nuttiness. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, and lighter roastiness.

Notes from 08/24/08.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 15:21:12 | More by hopdog
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Dark Star Porter from Bluegrass Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.