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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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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-17-2012 04:21:34 | More by ChrisKuhns
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-13-2012 02:26:12 | More by fastrodney
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-05-2012 21:33:11 | More by gunclubchris
Photo of macrosmatic


3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-10-2012 02:40:06 | More by macrosmatic
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-20-2012 05:21:06 | More by donunrue
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-19-2012 03:14:49 | More by joeydabomb
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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

01-29-2012 22:29:19 | More by cssosprey
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
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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 01:28:10 | More by rangerred
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New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-17-2012 03:00:36 | More by whartontallboy
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-14-2012 20:19:21 | More by freewill35
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3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 13:27:47 | More by tsauce2
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

12-07-2011 19:56:25 | More by nmann08
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 18:25:02 | More by metter98
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-17-2011 13:55:56 | More by Donutos
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2011 02:19:06 | More by mcorwin
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2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:57:05 | More by JDizzle
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South Carolina

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

dark brown with a creamy tan head. Nice lacing on top as well. Slow settle revealed some nice side glass lacing and a small pillow of tan on top.

The aroma was steep with roasted malts. Rich notes of caramel and molasses. Light grain touches and a bit of a herbal note persisted. Nice robust flavor, rich and sweet with a dry finish. Lots of roasted malts and a classic coffee and chocolate profile. Smooth, mellow and quite nice actually with an easy sessionability I was most impressed with.

Overall a really nice little porter I was very happy with

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 17:04:10 | More by mikesgroove
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The third beer on my one stop Southern tour.

Basically black body with ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. Medium beige foam, level tow fingers. Good lacing.

Big robust roasty coffee aroma, with chocolate way in the back, and just a hint of nuts.

Taste follows nose. Big coffee at the start, a show of chocolate, a sprinkling of nuts, plus some earthy English hop notes.

Slick oily mouthfeel with a touch of prickliness.

A highly enjoyable English porter worthy of trying. My bottle was several months past "best by" and held up very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:52:03 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty dark as porters go..just a little shade of ruby. Two fingers of a tan head leave a sparse film and splotchy lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate, toffee or caramel...something slighty spicey. I would like the smell more if it were a little better balanced, but this seems to be heavy on the sweeter parts of the smell. When drinking a porter, I prefer more roast, bitterness.

T: Not quite as sweet as the nose, but still a little heavy in that department. Chocolate, toffee, caramel..just a hint of coffee. Not really picking up hops in the taste. There's a roasty, almost musty aftertaste that I actually kind of like.

M: Medium bodied, but a little thiner than I like my porters.

O: This isn't a bad beer by any means and fairly enjoyable. If in a grocery store, I'd buy this. If in a proper beer store, there's probably 3 or 4 better options when in the mood for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:05:05 | More by titosupertramp
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2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was given to me by a friend who wanted to know if I had ever had it before. I hadn't so I gave it a try. Dark Star poured out like any porter should. It had a nice dark body with a tan colored head on it. Even with the darkness the beer was almost see through, it could have been a little darker I think. The smell was nicely roasted and had just a touch of hops coming through. The Mouthfeel was just a bit too light for a porter I think. This beer isn't terrible, but better choices are out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:35:10 | More by Knapp85
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New York

3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smoked coca-cola? More like RC cola, actually.
Somehow, something in the nose reminds me of vegetable juice and that's not an awful thing.
A bit too thin in my opinion for this to be a very enjoyable porter. Not bad by any stretch but no wow-factor other than the initial smokey character.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 06:09:13 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark is right, This is a deep black, indeed. Nice tan head, and good lace.

Aroma is burnt dark chocolate. Nice.

Tastes chocolatey, with a nice roastiness and a slightly bitter finish.

A really solid and representative example of a sessionable porter. A winner, and one I'd easily return to, or refer as a fine and drinkable beginner's porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 15:34:04 | More by secondtooth
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The freshness concerns me a little (Sep. 2010?), but this beer still tasted fine through and through.

Appearance: Dang, this beer is opaque. Dark chocolate-like brown, almost black, with tiny hints of ruby red on the sides. A smooth pour yielded a beautiful dark ivory 2-finger head which had decent retention and left good web-like lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell: Pretty average for a porter, I'd say. There are the obligatory hints of dark chocolate and burnt coffee with the roasted malts, but for some reason, I'm picking up some straight-up alcohol through the aroma. It almost overpowers the other aromas but not quite. Not as nearly as aromatic as some other porters, but it seems promising.

Taste: It follows the smell in a very linear fashion. The first thing to hit the tongue are the deeply roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Pretty good for a porter of its style, but not as nearly as flavorful as others out there. What stands out, though, is the hop profile of this beer: Big, bold, and unforgiving; almost overbearing. The bitter and pungent hops tie in nicely with the roasted coffee taste and last well into the finish, where more hints of alcohol are made apparent.

Mouthfeel: As expected for a porter, fairly thick and robust, but not necessarily creamy. The hops actually add a bit of coarseness as the beer goes down. The lingering bitterness at the finish may be too much for some, but I enjoyed it a lot.

Drinkability: For those who aren't into the whole thing of roasted malts and hints of coffee, this may not be the best way to get into the Porter style; but I could drink several pints of this if I wanted to on any given night, and it's especially fitting as a beer for the winter months.

This was my first beer from BBC, a company who I consider to be a local brewery in my KY territory; and it was a fine start. Very enjoyable and robust all in its own. While it's certainly not a mind-blowing porter, it doesn't necessarily do anything wrong. Consistent and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 21:43:13 | More by Groomsy
Dark Star Porter from Bluegrass Brewing Co. - East St. Matthew's
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