Dark Starr Stout | Starr Hill Brewery

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Dark Starr StoutDark Starr Stout

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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Murph on 07-06-2002

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Photo of Sro1986
5/5  rDev +41.6%

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4.88/5  rDev +38.2%

Photo of Murph
4.77/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours blacker than night with a thick creamy off white nitro head on it. The aromas are all coffee, espresso, and chocolate with a surprising lack of burnt smells. The taste starts off with some great coffee flavors and smoothly slides into a nice mocha/chocolatefinish. Tons of roasted malts in this but no burnt bitterness is detectable. Super smooth and creamy, it could just use a little more body to it. Great drinkablity due to the incredible sily smoothness. One of the better stouts I have had. This rates right up there with the Mocha Java Stout from Z Street Brewing, absolutely awesome.

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Photo of Byrnie-madoff
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What else could be better about this beer? It's perfect, 6 awards and it deserves every one of them.

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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +30.3%

Photo of BeerMarshall
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure why everyone else has marked this one down so much. It may be because I sampled this beer at the Starr Hill brewery, maybe a beer that doesn't travel well.

A: dark brown to black with dark head, though not quite creamy.

S: Roasted barley really comes out in this one.

T: Again, roasted barley dominates. Not quite smoky, and with a touch of caramel.

M: Not so heavy as that I couldn't drink a fair bit of this, but definitely a good body.

O: Again, maybe it is just that this one needs to be on tap or fresh. I would encourage anyone who gave this beer poor marks to try one again if ever in the central VA area. Overall a good stout with one of the best roasted malt flavors I have ever experienced, without being overly heavy.

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Photo of MisledTitan
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer being pured into a glass appears nice and dark. The foam builds nice and brown and the beer looks very inviting.

When you smell the top of the plume the rich aromas of sweet malt, maybe a hint of cinnamon under the cover of a little smokiness will make you take your first taste of this precious liquid.

As you let the beer warm in your mouth, those aromas become more dominant, and after swallowing the liquid and exhaling the hops will add a slight bitterness just enough for the want of more.

I love the feel in the mouth since the beer is not over carbonated.
It also does feel very smooth and this adds to the drinkability.

This will be my house-beer for a while, since I really felt in love with it, and I cannot wait to offer it to my guests.

great beer!

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Photo of WMEugene
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery.

A - Pours a thick brown/black with a billowy tan head and thick lacing.

S - Smell of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate...somewhat sweet.

T - Dark roasted malt flavors, a little creamy and sweet. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Pretty fresh tasting as well.

M - Full-bodied, smooth and creamy...slight roasted aftertaste.

O - I found the Dark Starr Stout to be a very well done take on an Irish Dry Stout. It's tastier than Guinness (at least the stuff you can get in the US, it's been a while since I had it in Ireland) and a great example of the style. By the way, I've had this in the bottle before and would highly recommend having it on draft/growler - it's a beer that is best fresh.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque in color. As dark as Dark Lord, Darkness, ect.... Wonderful light tan head with excellent shape and retention.
Smells of a strong coffee. French Roast. Also some charcoal smell.
Man this is good!! Heavy roasted flavors, deep and lasting. Good coffee kick in the middle. A hint of bitterness with a nice dry finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and wonderfully dry with out beeing overkill.
Good beer. I was suprised and am looking for the oppertunity to pick up a sixer.

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Photo of undeadozzy
4.28/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured vigorously into a pub glass, massive pillowy beige head and deep ebony tone of the body. Head is firm and doesn't slosh about and stays steady and heavy. Scattered lacing around glass.

S - Huge tone of dark malt and some burnt coffee. Hints of caramel and more complex chocolate malt on the nose.

T - Rich chocolate malt wallop, tones of coffee and some smokiness. Lots of malted barley, some tones of coffee cake, a little chocolate brownie sweetness, some pretzel saltiness, and even a hint of chocolate butter smoothness.

M - Thick and rich, very heavy mouthfeel, but has a very light side to it.

O - Overall, a very drinkable stout. Great dark smells and flavors and wonderful full bodied appearance.

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Photo of philipt
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really strikes the senses. It is what I would call an extroverted beer.

Both the aroma and taste are controlled by a coffee and chocolate quality. In fact, when I was drinking this beer, I was looking around for the person drinking an incredible smelling coffee, no kidding. The aroma is that powerful. The taste follows very similarly to the aroma. It is dictated by coffee and chocolate. There is very little burnt, or typical dry flavors associated with many dry stouts (as the restaurant/brewery classifies it). Incredibly easy to drink. Very smooth and silky. This is the perfect after dinner beer.

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Photo of Risser09
4.27/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4" light brown head. The retention isn't slow, but a little bit of lace remains. I don't notice any carbonation. Swirling does create some spotty lace.

Smell: Toasted chocolate malt, coffee, cocoa powder and almond oil. All aromas point to deep, roasty flavors.

Taste: Roasted barley is very chocolate-esque and full of espresso flavor. I'm surprised how roasted the flavors are, without being sweet at all. This is what a small stout should be. Tons of flavor without cloying sugar. There is also some deep, original, licorice flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, cacao, roasty and coffee-like. Medium body and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: A great small stout, that I could enjoy many of. All flavor that doesn't linger around as an aftertaste. Nicely done.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

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Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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