Dark Starr Stout
Starr Hill Brewery

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #264
Ranked #44,945
3.54 | pDev: 13.84%
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
Dark Starr StoutDark Starr Stout
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Reviews by devilben02:
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devilben02 from North Carolina

3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep, opaque cola brown, with a modest, fizzy but lasting tan head. The aroma is a fragrant combination of coffee with milk, some nutty roasted malt, and a small hint of chocolate. The flavor features more of the same prototypical stout characteristics with a really nice dry, roasty malt profile. The medium body is a bit syrupy, but it doesn't get in the way of the flavors. Overall, this beer surprised me by providing a decent depth of flavor without feeling heavy.

Sep 11, 2012
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keating603 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +13%

Best beer of the day.

Aug 24, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - while I'm on the subject. What's with the use of twist on bottles, with twist on caps, that you can't twist off? Think of the home brewers! Think of the customer's hands!


A - Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. Solid lacing and lasting power.

S - Deep notes of freshly ground coffee and cocoa.

T - Burnt to roasty character that is exacerbated by the mouthfeel, but luckily if you don't think to hard there's a solid enough chocolate kick to round it out.

M - Fairly dry, the first bottle I had of this I swore it was a mis-print calling it an Irish Dry. Now that I'm actually sitting down and giving it a thorough tasting, it's definitely more of and Irish Dry than American Stout.

O - A great converter for the Guiness drinker. Nothing worth getting too excited about. I wonder if there are nitro kegs out there...

Jul 27, 2014
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mhaugo from California

4/5  rDev +13%

Dec 18, 2011
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Vogt52 from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Sep 29, 2014
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, medium tan finger of head, nice lacing.

Smell is great, with lots of roasted malts, and a sweet chocolate backing. Doesn't smell like your typical Irish Dry Stout...

There's the Irish Stout! Roasted malts, slight bitterness, and a hint of cocoa. It's good. Actual flavor compared to most.

Thin mouthfeel for a stout, but for a dry stout, it's adequate. Slightly creamy.

Overall, drinkability is good and this is a better than average irish dry stout. I'm somewhat impressed.

Nov 06, 2010
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KG710 from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Oct 28, 2014
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Aug 17, 2013
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Sbjeff from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Jun 24, 2014
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kingcrowing from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a dark inky black with a very small light brown head nose is malty and smokey, nice.

Taste is a bit watery, but crisp and sharp. It's fairly smokey and sharp very creamy and nice. Mouthfeel is really light and smooth.

Oct 24, 2010
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thgreatrandini from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sep 14, 2014
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Jul 23, 2013
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JMUduke from Taiwan

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Aug 08, 2014
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darthpeepee from Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown / black with a tan head.

S - Smell was of a burnt/chalky smell that comes with stouts. Piney hop aroma

T - This beer was average in flavor. Roasty, coffee type tones from the grain.

M - Light to Medium body

D - This was a decent beer. It wasnt the best stout i've ever tasted however it did the job. I think it could use a little more flavor.

Dec 24, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Jul 12, 2014
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Nashville Flying Saucer into a shaker pint.

A: Black body with reddish highlights and a small layer of tan foam that has clearly receded on the trip from the bar to the table. Lacing is lovely, though. Nice looking beer.

S: Very clean aroma of roasted malts (plenty of coffee) and some light hops. Well-balanced.

T: Much like the aroma, with roasted malts and hops combining to make this a very crisp, clean stout. Just enough malt sweetness midway through to keep it from being too bitter, as can happen with some stouts of the style; a touch of sweetness is a good thing, if you ask me.

M: Just as there's enough sweetness to avoid astringency, there's just enough body here to avoid the wateriness that plagues Irish-style stouts. Good carbonation, as well. Excellent.

D: Solid here, as well. Perhaps not as easy to chug as some drier and waterier examples of the style, but much more pleasant to drink in general.

Notes: Highly enjoyable beer. I'm not often a big fan of an Irish Dry Stout, but this one really straddles the line between Irish and American interpretations, managing to be both crisp and substantial. Underrated, in my opinion.


Jan 04, 2011
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Rhubarb40 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +13%

Jul 08, 2014
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Guinness 250th Anniversary tulip pint glass.

This was the first real local brew I had when I moved here to the Commonwealth. Now's as good a time as any to have it again. It pours an opaque black-brown topped by a finger of thick tan foam that, unfortunately, dies away pretty quickly. The nose is kinda faint, comprising some dark wheat and light coffee. It's not a bad smell, just a weak one. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, burnt wheat, coffee, and a hint of mild sulfuric sour. I know that may sound pretty damn bad, but it's like a more bad-milk-y version of the Guinness sour, as though SH tried to mimic the classic flavor and kinda failed. The body is kinda light, with a fairly high bite of carbonation and sonewhat watery feel. Overall, I assume this was meant as a nice, light, sessionable Irish stout, but it comes off as too light and can't quite nail the Irish qualities it aspires to. It's still not bad, per se, but definitely not all that good, either.

Jun 23, 2010
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VAbrookiechaser from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Jul 18, 2014
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beergod1 from Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from North Carolina from a friend. Pours very dark brown... nearly black with a soft tan head and a nice trail of spotty lacing. there is not much on the nose... roasted malt, faint chocolate and maybe some coffee. Faint flavor characteristics as well. Chocolate, light vanilla, caramel and some coffee-like nuttiness in the aftertaste. Light to Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Easy and satisfying to drink, But there is a "metallic" taste, not sure if it's the hops, or just the style of stout. Not a bad dry stout, but this won't be one I look for again.

Jan 21, 2011
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cewing33 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Jul 10, 2014
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drummermattie02 from Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

Sep 26, 2013
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DrMindbender from South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Oct 01, 2014
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by roasted malts. A good bit of roasted malts in the taste as well, some coffee, a bit of smokiness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Nov 02, 2012
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ryfree from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -15.3%

Jul 20, 2014
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