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

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Dark Star PorterDark Star Porter

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BA SCORE
82
good

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 151 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

beerme626, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bzach, Oct 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

OldTime, Sep 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

KornWallace, Jun 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

thejoshgray, Jun 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

seeswo, May 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ChrisKuhns, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

fastrodney, May 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

gunclubchris, May 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

macrosmatic, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

donunrue, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

joeydabomb, Feb 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

cssosprey, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

mrfrancis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of beergod1
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

beergod1, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown; almost black. One finger tan head with good lacing.

Smells of roasted malt along with some chocolate.

The roasted malt is very prominant in the taste along with some dark chocolate. Some moderate bitterness but no real hop flavors are detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit light but the finish is clean.

Overall a pretty middle of the road porter. It is good but nothing really stands out.

rangerred, Jan 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

whartontallboy, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

freewill35, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of tsauce2
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark/rosewood brown. Semi-opaque. Head is light tan, 6 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Excessive carbonation (gusher), once beer poured carbonation is medium/heavy. Medium/light lacing.

S: Roast malt, light toffee. Slightly metallic scent. Light hop additions.

T: Malt forward with medium roast malt. Slight roasted bitterness, light hops. Aftertaste is malt and light char.

M: Medium body. MF is slightly dry and bitter, with a little creaminess from the carbonation.

O: A little disappointed that this one gushed all over the place immediately after opening. (Note, open ALL beers over a sink just in case) Otherwise, smell was right on point with a classic english porter. Taste was a little bitter and notes of wood char came through a little more than I think a classic english porter should but I still liked it. I would not seek this beer again, but if offered I would not turn it down.

tsauce2, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

nmann08, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is near black in color and poured with a finger high beige head.
S: There are faint aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with hints of citrus hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with some hints of chocolate and seems rather acidic for a porter. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is drinkable but nothing really stands out in the taste as being very interesting.

metter98, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Donutos, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

mcorwin, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of JDizzle
2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Poured an aggressive head that took off and blasted over my glass with a quick spurt. Really foamed up fast and too much! I left a nice area for it to expand and it excedded it. Way too much head and over carbonated!

It smells like shit to be honest with you! I smell alcohol and sweet chocolate. Not a good smelling beer at all.

Burnt coffee, roasted malts, and trash. Not a good beer/porter at all. I used to like this beer, being from the Ville, but damn it's not good compared with other at the same price.
Not GOOD, really thin and lacking any real depth.
They make a Heine Bros. Imperial Stout that is unreal though!!

A huge let down...

JDizzle, Nov 02, 2011
Dark Star Porter from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
82 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.