Starry Night Stout - Island Brewing Company
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2.78/5 rDev -12%
Found this one sitting on a shelf in a whole food in Santa Barbara
Look: Black in color with brown rings on the edges. 1/8 inch head and no retention with some spotty lacing
Smell: Roasted malt and a bit of charcoal
Taste: Roasted malt some coffee and chocolate. Pretty boring actually
Mouthfeel: Medium body mild carbonation
Overall: Not good
02-11-2012 07:13:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
1.75/5 rDev -44.6%
Well this beer looks the part, coal black with a brown head.
Smell is some acid and berries with a hint of chocolate.
Taste is bizarre. Slight acid with coconut and sour strawberries. And that is about it.
Mouthfeel is watery.
What a glass full of crap this is. I am going to send this to a HAZMAT facility. VERY Noxious beer that I know for a fact had been refrigerated since it was delivered.
04-09-2006 22:56:21 | More by Zorro
3.68/5 rDev +16.5%
Nice looking stout with a medium tan head. You can smell the hops and sweet malts. However, the flavor is heavily of hops. It's very piney, almost too much. This has more hop flavor than I'm used to in my stouts. I prefer them to be more malty, chocolatey. But the finish is smooth and clean. I'd have another anytime!
01-23-2007 02:12:33 | More by JayTheFinn
3.03/5 rDev -4.1%
Thanks to Solomon420 for this one. It's been hiding in the back of my fridge for some time now.
This beer pours a deep dark brown with ample bubbles clinging to the glass. The head is a sandy tan film that left a few spots of lace.
Smells of dry and watery prunes with a touch of cocoa and some green grape skins.
Yowza! Talk about a sour beer! I just had a Beatification prior to this, but this even comes across as sour. There's a strong bite of unsweetened cranberry that carries a touch of caramel and old coffee, but over all, the sourness dominates through and through.
Feels thin, but present with an active soda-like carbonation.
I'm not sure if this beer was intended to taste like this, but other reviewers had similar experiences.
06-26-2008 00:23:41 | More by DarkerTheBetter
1.9/5 rDev -39.9%
22oz. bottle "Limited Release 2004"
Pours a dark black with an explosive head. Exploded all over my shirt. Way overcarbonated...
Aroma is of dark roasted malts with a slight sourness.
Immediate taste is very roasty and then is dominated by a very sour taste. I hope that this is due to the age of the beer.
Oily texture, overcarbonated.
I managed to drink just enough to properly write this review. The rest went down the drain.
07-18-2006 22:44:34 | More by MaltyGoodness
2.6/5 rDev -17.7%
Nitrogen draft at brewery, consumed 02/18/08.
Beer is almost black with a fine tan head. Aroma is a little roasty. Despite nitro, mouthfeel is watery. Mineral water flavor is odd, like beer was brewed with Perrier. Mocha and chocolate fight with the minerals in a struggle for flavor dominance that leaves your palate the loser.
03-02-2008 08:07:21 | More by charlzm
2.58/5 rDev -18.4%
**Limited Release 2004**
Presentation: 22 ounce brown glass Bomber. 360° wrap-around yellow and white screen printed body. The obverse is decorated with a white palm tree set against a yellow & white starry night. Listed as Starry Night Stout in large white text, with Limited Release 2004 beneath.
The reverse of the bottle has the following; The days are shorter, the nights are colder, the stars are brighter, and the beers are bolder. Islands Brewing Company Brewmaster Paul Wright took an abundance of roasted grains to brew a foreign style stout that sustains complex malt flavors, a prominent roasted malt finish and just enough hop bitterness to balance the big and bold flavors within this limited release edition. Enjoy the hints of chocolate, the smoky essence, as well as the bracing effects and count yourself among the privileged few. 6.8% Alcohol by Volume.
Appearance: Humungous dark brown head rises quickly from the thick glooping pour. Gelatinous viscous emergence slowly fills the glass with a dark black liquid, yet the coca brown head rises quickly and soon fills the Pint pot with 80% foam. Some down time sees the whole head collapse to a thick, creamy yet rugged rocky Iceberg surface. Patchy blotches of lacing slide down the sides. Average conditioning.
Nose: Some dark chocolate, roasted malts at the front end, this slowly fades into a beery laden, currant infused middle with a reeking vinous finish. However the vinous aspects are a tad too vinegary for my liking.
Taste: Dark chocolate start with a soaked currant middle. Hints of cocoa and roasted malts. Sadly the finish is sour and it starts to linger and affect the next mouthful as you work your way through the whole Bomber .so much so, that this ultimately starts to feel terribly close to being off. I didnt get any of the smoky essence or hop bitterness in the description.
Mouthfeel: Difficult to dissect the Mouthfeel from the continual off-putting sourness, but the roasted aspects do fight hard to support this one. Sadly the spiky sour vinegar ending just ruins everything though.
Drinkability: Honestly, a real struggle - once the lingering sourness in the finish takes over the start of the next mouthful, which is about half way down the bottle, thats when you know youve fought hard enough, won the battle for a while, but ultimately lost the battle. About 8 ounces of this got left.
Overall: Apart from the good looks, this is a Strange-brew indeed .if this is supposed to be vinous (and I guess it is, well maybe?) then it is far too vinegary, the nice rounded vinous character that it should have is more of a spiky pungent sour astringent malt vinegar, which *is* off-putting in the long term. The bad vinegary aspect gets progressively harder to cope with as you go from the Nose to the Taste to the Mouthfeel. Im just not sure if it is supposed to be like this or not. It just tastes and feels a little too off to me. Whatever it is supposed to be, its not that good overall. Think hard about buying this one.
01-05-2006 06:55:21 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.2/5 rDev +1.3%
Pour: 22oz bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Bottles is marked "Limited Release 2004". The beer comes out pitch black and has the darkest head I've ever seen. The head is mocha colored, two fingers deep, and very fluffy. This is a really interesting looking beer.
Nose: Has an interesting nose for such a dark stout. It doesn't smell heavy and smoky. It smells sweet, like toffee and vanilla, with fruity notes of berries and raisins.
Mouth: Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the appearance or aroma. The smells were completely misleading - this beer is very smoky, dark, and bitter. It actually tastes kind of how it looks. Which would be a good thing... but there's a really unpleasant sourness to it, especially in the swallow, and I wonder if it's past its prime or if it has been neglected while being aged. I would actually really like this beer if it weren't for the sourness - it's wonderfully smoky and has a strong, lasting bitter flavor with hints of pineapple, and has an excellent mouthfeel.
05-26-2006 17:04:55 | More by clickpush
2.25/5 rDev -28.8%
Thanks to DarthKostritzer for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!
Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that settles to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty one dimensional with some dark roasted malt and very slight cocoa and coffee. Taste is of burnt dark malt, burnt coffee, and bitter cocoa. There is a pretty assertive roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with an acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. Way too roasty and bitter without any balance.
01-29-2012 22:48:38 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.35/5 rDev -25.6%
Thanks to DarthKostritzer for opening this at a tasting
pours black with a small khaki head with minimal retention and no lacing
nose is one noted, raosted malts
roasted nuts up front that leads to a BURNT coffee at the end
medium bodied and highly carbonated
overall wasn't a fan the burnt coffee taste took a bit to get out of my mouth.
02-01-2012 17:27:56 | More by rtaps
3.53/5 rDev +11.7%
Poured a nice, deep deep brown almost black with a small dirty white head. Nose was roasted and dry and so was the taste. I thought the nose followed the taste. Very dry. much like an Irish Stout to me, Not to much going on here but the simpleness was pretty good. Perhaps some coffee and/or chocolate in there but so subtle hard to pick up on.
03-28-2008 03:06:46 | More by barleywinefiend
2.4/5 rDev -24.1%
A: Nice dark black with a good mocha head.
S: Light roasty aroma. Almost smells more like a porter than an export stout.
T: Definite sour flavor. Very overpowering. There is some roast in there but it is vastly overwhelmed by the sourness.
M: Medium bodied.
D: It's too sour to be very drinkable. The sourness doesn't seem to blend with the roast.
04-08-2008 01:29:37 | More by drseamus
4.41/5 rDev +39.6%
I usually do not like export stouts, but Starry Night is one of the better ones I have had. It is nothing too special but it is definitely not a bad stout.
A lot of reviews said it is sour...I think they just got infected bottles. Worth picking one up to try.
04-28-2014 20:49:56 | More by Chingringo
Starry Night Stout from Island Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.