GAVA Joe | Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BAsbill on 04-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dispensed a hazy, very dark brown, near black body with a creamyish head with a light tan hue.

Smell: Roasty, coffee-scented aroma with light, supporting notes of caramel and chocolate. Some dark fruitiness, but not as expressive or characterful as one would expect from a Belgian yeast.

Taste: Lightly charred roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, burnt toast. Medium-light sweetness. While some coffee beers, regardless of the base style, really capture that great coffee aroma and flavor, some, like GAVA, it's just sorta there. Dry, coffee-esque finish. Maybe it's just me, but the coffee stout component let me down, as did the Belgian yeast qualities. I would've thought Terrapin, who nailed it with Wake-n-Bake, would have not trouble whatsoever crafting a hit here, even at a collaborative level (Depth Charge).

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I apologize, fellow beer lovers. I shouldn't have brought this up.

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32oz growler from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 6.50 Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours dark brown with about one finger of tan head. A thin halo remains with tiny wisps across the surface. Very little lace.

Roasty aroma with mostly coffee and touches of caramel and faint burnt toast.

Huge dominating taste of espresso. Peeking theough all the coffee are notes of dark cocoa, dark fruit skins, burnt sugars, toast and roast malts. This is the delicious coffee flavor that I have only seen from Terrapin but in a smaller package than Wake n Bake. Goes down easily without a hint of alcohol.

Mildly creamy, medium body with fizzy but not overpowering carbonation. Bittersweet espresso, roastiness and fruit skin finish that lingers on the palate.

I'm often wary of Belgian stouts but this is almost exactly what I was hoping for. The Belgian aspect adds the bittersweet fruit skins for a nice compliment to the coffee. Too bad the two breweries decided not to bottle any of this. If you like coffee forward stouts try it if/while you can.

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GAVA Joe from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 52 ratings