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Starkweather Stout - Liberty Street Brewing Company

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83
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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Liberty Street Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as LS Foreign Extra Stout.

(Beer added by: nickadams2 on 07-11-2010)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%

Enjoyed on tap at the Liberty Street brewery. Pours a deep, black color - very dark, only showing some dark brown and ruby highlights at the edges. Identical to the Berry Vanilla version in appearance. The tan, fine-bubbled head perches softly on top of the brew. Again, based off of the Berry Vanilla version, the nice lacing left behind was no surprise.

The aroma is largely roasted; thick and malty, and quite surprisingly robust up front for only a 5.9% ABV stout. Light cocoa powder is dashed around the edges with a mild stamping of fudge that creeps in. The chocolate aspect is more of a sweet and milky, rather than a dark and bitter type. The tail end actually contains a faint saltiness. Not as unpleasant as it sounds, though - it actually adds a slight element of complexity. Not picking up much coffee, if any, but there is a small helping of hops that lend a tiny herbal essence to the aroma.

A nice river of roasted malts lead the pack of the flavor profile - no surprise given their commanding efforts in the aroma. Starkweather Stout actually packs a solid bitter punch from the heaviness of the roast. Burnt coffee beans join the flavor profile pretty quickly; kind of shocking how I wasn't getting much coffee in the aroma, but it seems to be such a large proponent of the taste. Some light cocoa powder and chocolate nibs sit in the background and remain pretty far from the forefront. The aftertaste leaves your mouth with the taste of spent coffee beans and a decadent, yet aggressive, roasted malt flavor with a mild, lasting bitterness. Medium bodied, but a bit thinner than I like my stouts; decent carbonation and a silky, wet mouth feel.

Pretty good stout - I like the heavy roast, although a little bit more sweetness to balance wouldn't have hurt it. I think I liked the Berry Vanilla take on this one just a touch more, but then again, I'm a blueberry and vanilla whore, so maybe it's not a fair comparison. I'd really like to see Liberty Street bottle this one, I think it would do well as one of their "staples".

tectactoe, Apr 22, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DanGeo, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of nickadams2
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

A_Pours black with reddish brow highlights around the edges. Thick khaki colored head that quickly dissipates into a thick ring.

S_Roasted barley,coffee,bitter chocolate.

T_Roasty. Nice bitter coffee and chocolaty finish. Bold flavor.

M_Full bodied but not overly thick.Very smooth with a dry finish.Creamy

D_ Great session stout.

Surprised there isn't more reviews. They don't have a lot on tap (like eight beers) but they all seem to be quality brews. The bartender was very helpful. He let me sample four beers without me even asking. Two IPAs, a red and a stout. All were very good. Check it out.

nickadams2, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

warnerry, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%

The looks seems to fluctuate a bit. It looks thin on the pour but settles with a good strength and is almost as dark as it gets. It appears spritzy but ends up growing quite a large medium brown head that settles to a creamy and thick finger, resting at that height for the rest of the session. It leaves some good patching behind.
The first whiff is something odd, almost vegetal. That seems to disappear with a little time, then I get tang and a somewhat nondescript malt. A hint of roast or char show up initially, but every sniff after gives off a strange note almost of burnt apples. It almost works, but it's off a bit.
The taste works pretty well. It's pretty much straight up roasty malt, dry with a hint of woodiness, just a little char to it. There may be just a slight floral bitterness, which adds a touch of balance. There's a vague note of tang, but it's not strong.
The body is firm, and the carbonation isn't too terribly heavy, but it's too strongly crisp overall, nearly spritzy. It runs fairly dry all the way through.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

DruC4, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

mzeld, Mar 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

ianpstephens, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

bobbyr5, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

metter98, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of bob_d_j
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

bob_d_j, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of carlborch
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a sold dark, near black, with hints of mahogany red at the edge. Pillows of head form; off-white and persistent.. Initially at 2.5 inches., but settling to 1/8 inch. The nose suggests dark-roasted malts, cooked milk, and chocolate. Medium body, with nice lingering, although the body is lighter than expected for a stout. The palate suggests cacao nibs, malt and distinct bitter notes, with a very pleasant lingering. Belgian lace did form. Carbonation is pleasant and the ABV is not noticeable. Very pleasant and appealing, but not noticeably unique.

carlborch, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of StoutHunter
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%

I picked up a bottle of Liberty Street's Starkweather Stout a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I've tried this beer a couple times, but since this is the first time that Liberty Street has distributed bottles of it I thought I would give it another try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, but it isn't that eye catching. It poured a dark brown color that took on a crimson hue when held to the light with three and a half fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left a slight amount of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but the lacing wasn't that great.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight lactose like aroma to it followed by some dark roasted malts that impart a pretty big chocolate aroma with a stale malt aroma in the background. Up next comes some light cardboard like aromas followed by some light plastic like aromas. The malty aromas were decent, but there were too many off aromas.

T- The taste seems to be not real similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a loads of dark malts that impart a really chocolate and cocoa powder like aroma. Up next comes some fruity yeast that works surprisingly well with the other flavors and on the finish there's a slightly higher amount of low bitterness with a chocolate and slightly nutty aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, I liked the chocolate like aspect.

M- Smooth, a little dry, crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation that was prickly. The mouthfeel that great, it's needs to be a little thicker and a lot less carbonated.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and it's a pretty average example of the style, underneath all those unwanted aspects this beer was nice beer, but it could be much better. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was smooth and the flavor held me attention for the time being, but i think the mouthfeel would really start to wear on me if I drank multiples, so one is enough for me. What I liked the most about this beer was taste, it was nice and thankfully it didn't have any off aspects that the aroma had. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, they really hurt this beer. I might get this again if I knew it was really fresh, it would be nice to know what if it still has those off aspects if it's really fresh. I'm not sure if I would recommend this beer, but I don't see myself telling my friends to pick it up anytime soon. All in all I thought this was decent, it tasted nice but the aroma and mouthfeel still need some major work. Better lunk next time guys.

StoutHunter, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Gryphon69
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%

12oz bottle

A- Very dark mahogany near black, not much light getting though this one. Not many bubbles.

S- Chocolate and Espresso BAM right in the face, some brown sugar, smells wonderful.

T- Dark roasted malt, a bitter dark chocolate and slightly burnt coffee. Has almost a whiskey flavor finish. Unusual and odd mixture and with a strange balance to it all.

M- Thick with more carbonation coming through than the appearance.

O- Pretty good stout, I like the combination and will have it again. We plan on going over to the Brewery and having it on tap and seeing if it has the same voodoo going on, cant wait.

Gryphon69, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Zaphog, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Drk93TT, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Morakaton, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

leadahmer, Dec 12, 2013
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2/5  rDev -45.7%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +23.1%

An excellent center-line stout. Almost a textbook example. With a balanced nose and good evidence of malt and roasted grain. Good balance of dark malt and chocolate malt and does not taste too roasted/smokey. Mouthfeel was quite good and texture of beer was not thin. Slight creaminess from oats on the backside of the profile. Be sure to check this one out.

monkbrewed, Jan 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

AngryNucleus, Jan 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

chewy6935, Feb 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

maviola, Mar 15, 2014
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Starkweather Stout from Liberty Street Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.