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Dark Star Porter - Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's

Dark Star PorterDark Star Porter

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%

Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's visit their website
Kentucky, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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: OldFrothingSlosh on 07-30-2001)
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Photo of Ragingbull


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown color that is similar to the color of black coffee. There is a mocha shade to the head. Clean attack and flavor. The presentation of the flavor is very mild and you experience the mouthfeel as much as any flavor. There is a dose of coffee close to the finish. This carries through the aftertaste and leaves the drinker with some coffee notes that are present in the aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 21:39:23 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of Thanby


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark ruby with a thin brown head. The nose is heavy, a nutty malt with some plum, coffee and caramel, and some esters in the background that didn't appeal too much. The first taste is dominated by the robust, nutty malt, the coffee is lighter and in the background mingling with the plum and esters, and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth and easy to drink, paired well with the burger I had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2009 22:39:36 | More by Thanby
Photo of argock


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Very dark brown with ruby edges but barely any head and minimal lacing.

S: Chocolate, soft coffee, and berry and cherry smells with more burned malt aroma as the beer warms some.

T: Coffee and chocolate flavors dominate with a pretty strong cherry vanilla contribution to give this beer a chocolate-covered cherry flavor.

M: Very thin and watery -- it has a consistency not far from Kool-Aid. It has a very pleasant sweet cherry aftertaste.

D: A definite change of pace porter, but not one I'll go to very often because the cherry-berry sweetness is a bit much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2008 03:02:35 | More by argock
Photo of sweethome


4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the St. Mathews Brewpub.

Pour is dark brown to black - dark tan head. Beautiful nose of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and just a hint of smoke.

First taste is blast of rich malts, then chocolate bar, followed by a roast blast - all wrapped up with smooth hop bittering. Full mouthfeel.

A very easy drinking beer, but so full of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2008 03:59:53 | More by sweethome
Photo of cameraman


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown color, almost opaque, with hints of red along the sides of the glass. A two inch thick caramel to beige color head, that laces slowly down the glass. A burnt scent at first, then sweet malt takes over, followed by the distinct aroma of coffee and chocolate, with dry bitterness at the end. A medium bodied feel aat the start, that gains weight as it rolls across the palate. This is a solid porter good color and flavor, the aroma was bit of a slight let down. That takes nothing away to the fact that this is a good, solid porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 02:57:10 | More by cameraman
Photo of TheBierBand


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this place at the Cincinnati-Northern KY Airport (CVG) Terminal 2 and decided to check it out while waiting for a flight out.

The Dark Star Porter was served up in a 20 oz glass (shaped like a large pint glass - tapered). It arrived with a small 1/2" creamy off-white/tan head. The beer was very opaque dark brown/black.

The nose was typical porter with a good roasted malt dominating.

The taste was quite good. Robust for a porter. Nice roast malt and dark chocolate with just a hint of piney hops.

Mouthfeel was nice and robust with adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite good. I could have enjoyed a few of these, but there were other styles I wanted to try.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 04:59:46 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a 2" creamy head. Some mild lacing develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts are soft and barely detectable.

Taste: mild level of roasted malts, raisins, hints of dry bitter chocolate and graininess are balanced with a mild bitterness. Overall this was a bit too thin and weak in flavor compared to other porters.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Very brief aftertaste as the roasted malt tones linger softly on the tongue. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a touch dry at the finish.

Drinkability: so-so at best. This just didn't hit the spot for me personally since I felt this was a bit thin.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2007 00:21:17 | More by Gavage
Photo of mjc410


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Cincinnati Airport location, in a shaker.

The beer had a near opaque body, with ruby highlights. It formed a slight off-white glass ring, from the stadium pour. It did form some nice sticky and stubborn lacing. The nose had a light roasted, dark chocolate scent. The mouth was medium, with a very low carbonation. The beer didn't pair well with pulled pork, but was alright by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2006 03:31:06 | More by mjc410
Photo of russpowell


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the airport in Cincinati

Pours mahogany with a 1" off white head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & some roasted grains

T: Fruitty up front then roasted malt & grainyness, with some hop bite. Finishes fruitty with a slight choclate flavor

MF: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation

Drinks okay, just an okay porter

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2006 04:05:52 | More by russpowell
Photo of Kicksmile67


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is served at the Brewery in a pint glass. The head is lacey and white with a hint of yellow in it (could have been the lighting, wasnt the best). The beer itself was thick and black-brown. The smell was full and almost nutty. The tastes was strong at first but not to prevent from drawing in a big mouthful. It was a rich smooth mouothfeel and quite drinkable, as a growler was taken home.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2006 13:38:36 | More by Kicksmile67
Photo of bceaglejoe


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Bluegrass Brewing Company bar at Louisville's Standiford International Airport. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Presentation: The beer poured a dark brown, almost black, color into the glass. It was totally opaque. There was an off-white head with decent retention, but it wasn't great. The top of the beer became rather flat as I continued to drink it. The scent was dominated by roasted malts and coffee, with a little bit of caramel. It enveloped my nose very well. It was about par for the course as American Porters go.

Tasting: The most prominent taste in this beer was coffee. The roasted malt characteristics, noted in the scent, were also very strong, particularly towards the middle and back of the tongue. It had a slightly smoky flavor at the end, combined with a small amount of bitterness. There was also a bit of chocolate flavor. It was a medium-bodied beer with no alcohol harshness as it rolled across my tongue. As a Porter, it was an easy-drinking, (presumably) low-alcohol beer that would be suitable for a session or for pairing with food. It lends itself to deep, "quaffing" sips.

I liked this American Porter because it represented the style very well. I would like to have this again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2005 04:33:04 | More by bceaglejoe
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

my server gave me a to-the-brim pour but the guy next to me at the bar was drinking the same thing and had a nice head with some great lacing. deep, dark, but not opaque, with some garnet hues. i didn't get much an aroma since the head was nonexistant, but what did come through was decent

a little thin on the tongue, so the flavors were not concentrated. still a nice session porter, though

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2005 17:00:08 | More by bruachan
Photo of CRJMellor


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maroon and mahogany with black streaks. Cream colored one-finger head leaves rings of lace on the glass.
Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted chestnuts and some dark wheat bread.
Flavors of chocolate and depply roasted coffee prevail. Little bit too much of charcoal hit and little too much roasted malt but not a bad offering.
Mouthfeel is highly carbonated maybe too mcuh so. Slightly sweet and chocolately aftertaste that is very pleasant. Thick beer.
Drinkability is good. Great if you consider it was an airport bar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2004 01:59:17 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of Mitchster


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a clear dark-brown with ruby accents, forming a tall, rocky tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is satisfying with pleasant notes of mild sweet green hops, deeply roasted grains, bitter cocoa, dark coffee and husky grains. As I swirl the glass, there is an undeniable odor of horse shit, tobacco, and walnuts, and it's not just my imagination. Mouthfeel is piquant and nearly spritzy with brisk water and a slightly less than medium body. Taste begins with some medium intensity spicy floral flavor hops, followed by tart roasted grains, thinly brewed full-city roast coffee, and some pleasant apple and pear esters. The finish is semi-dry, woody, and brisk with high carbonate water accenting the grainy bite. As it warms, black walnuts make an anticipated entrance.

This is a decent porter, but it just doesn't do much for me. Very middle-of-the-road. I would prefer more body and roasted character, a smoother mouthfeel, and less hop flavor. The horse-shit aroma only bugs me if I swirl the glass. Still, it's enough to keep me away from a 2nd bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2004 00:34:02 | More by Mitchster
Photo of yankeeheel


2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful dark brown/black with a fluffy soap suds espresso colored head.

Smells weakly of coffee. Perhaps a little toasted.

Tastes very weak and metallic. Washed out weak coffee flavors try to break through but are squashed down by this overwhelming metallic twang. Very weak on the porter flavors.

Moderate in mouthfeel, also way too much fizz here.

Sorry, this one is not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2004 00:58:24 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of aracauna


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown colored body with a timid and fleeting head. The aroma is a bit sharp and roasty with a little chocolate. The same follows into the flavor with a little toasted bread flavor in the middle. This is not a bad porter, although it is slightly metallic toward the end.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2004 08:12:25 | More by aracauna
Photo of Reneejane


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Though I'm not an enormous fan of porters, the BBC Dark Star Porter was surprisingly good. It poured a clear dark brown color. I don't remember much about the head. It tasted bitter with a noticeable but slight sweetness. It was fairly malty but it didn't seem as heavy as some other porters I've had. We had this at a hotel bar and it made us go try out the rest of their lineup at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 05:47:44 | More by Reneejane
Photo of SheepNutz


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a nonick pint glass poured from tap. It pours a dark black with 1 finger of medium tan head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is not as strong as other porters, but it has a good burnt malt and caramel smell. The taste is very malty with molasses and roasted coffee in the taste. The body is a little weak, but isn't really bad. The drinkability is very nice for this fairly smooth porter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2003 21:52:38 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of Retroman40


3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very fine beer, but I think it's a little closer to a good stout than what I think of when I hear "Porter".

A - Poured a very dark brown (not black), very little head but retained a thin lace throughout.

S - Roasted barley with very slight hop note.

T - Coffee, chocolate and roasted barely.

M - Very rich, almost "chewy".

O - Like I said above, a very fine beer but more like a stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 10:48:58 | More by Retroman40
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, notched production date of April 2013, served in a snifter.

Pours clear but very dark brown with a small and weak head.

Aroma: ample notes of milk and medium chocolate with roasted grains.

Flavor: chocolate, leaning more to the dark chocolate side than does the aroma. Malty sweetness is mostly counter-balanced by English hops. Long lasting aftertase features dark roasted grains.

Feel: smooth; medium body

O: Chocolaty, even for style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:52:34 | More by chinchill
Photo of DavoleBomb


2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

2.75 A: Dark brown black color. Two fingers of foamy tan head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Dry with a lot of roastiness that borders on ashy. Some coffee and chocolate notes, but mainly just the standard roastiness.

3.0 T: Like the nose, there's a lot of roastiness in here, perhaps a bit too much. A bit sweeter than it smells, but still dry overall. Again some chocolate and coffee notes under the roast.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess.

2.75 D: It's not a bad beer, but it's simple and the flavors it focusses on aren't the right ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 02:10:27 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of KYGunner


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark, dark ruby coloring with a nice small creamy head and a bit to much fizz.

A touch of chocolate on the nose, it's dominated by a burnt malt scent. The chocolate and late on caramel scent are weak, as is the malt and gives to a weak aroma overall.

Feeling some cocoa and caramel tones but the burnt malt wins out in taste. Its followed by an almost watery feel. As for the taste, it's a nice Porter in line with the genre but the residual watery mouthfeel is a bit distracting.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 22:16:34 | More by KYGunner
Photo of RblWthACoz


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty smooth and nice drinking porter. I feel like it's definitely better as it's warmed up. The one thing I dislike about a lot of the porters that I try is that the flavor profile drops off so fast. This is not like that at all. Super smooth and great character. Even has a little vanilla in there it seems. A great drinker. Could easily go for several of these in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 01:14:12 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of mrfrancis


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark, murky brown with a compact tan head.

S: Aromas of roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee, and black cherry are present on the nose.

T: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain, black cherry, cream, and minerals wash across the palate. The finish is thin and smooth with black cherry, dark chocolate, and coffee notes.

M: Light-to-medium in body, thin, and dry. Carbonation is rather spritzy for the style. This is a bit too slight for my liking.

O: This is a decent porter. It's a bit light and thin for the style, but it is still solid. For me, the only real problem with this beer is that it just doesn't stand out from the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 20:42:47 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of beergod1


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown with next to no head. Roasty aroma with some dark chocolate, liquorice and molasses. Flavor started slightly sweet, with some coffee, more chocolate and long, dry finish. Light to Medium body.BBC is not on my favorite Brewery list from the 2 brews I had from them. The beer is drinkable, just not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:40:56 | More by beergod1
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Dark Star Porter from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
82 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.