Dark Starr Stout | Starr Hill Brewery

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Dark Starr StoutDark Starr Stout

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 462 |  Reviews: 202
Photo of pagardner
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those "bridge the gap between macro-muck and craft beer" to me, so I'm a bit emotional.

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured pretty much black as night, but the liquid moved pretty fast when I jiggled it, which led me to believe that it was kinda thin in texture. The head was massive, mocha-colored, and retentative.

S: I got more porter-esque char than anything, which wasn't in the "Irish Dry Stout" realm to my mind. Still, the aroma was quite good and fresh.

T: I like the char on the back side of this one. Man, this would go great with BBQ and a dark sauce! The flavor profile is definitely there for an Irish Stout overall though: Fresh cake batter, a hint of coffee, and prunes.

M: Pretty thin.... this was in desperate need of maltodexrin for sure, along with a bit less carbonation. The lacing was substantial, but this wasn't sweet in any way.

O: I will say this this would make a great summer, "around the pool" stout. Not many I would say that about.

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Photo of cheapswiller
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Dr. Ho's Humble Pie in Virginia. Poured from a 12oz bottle dated APR 13 to a pint glass.

(Appearance) Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't last long. Appearance is average. 3

(Smell) Aroma consists of Sweet malts, dark caramel, earthy hop bitterness. Lacks in chocolate and coffee flavors. Aroma is slightly below average potency. A bit less aromatic than I had expected. 3

(Taste) Black bitter malts are plentiful and with a lesser brewed coffee essence, there's a lot of bitterness in this beer. A bit too much, It shadows the flavors of anything else in the beer. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Perky and crisp stout, far too much for its style. It needs to tone down significantly in carbonation. Body is a medium, alcohol is a light presence. 3

(Overall) Not the finest representation of an Irish Dry Stout I've ever had but it's a decent take on the style. 3

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Photo of gregu2
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of yaksurf
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at RFD, Washington, D.C. - March 2012:

The beer appeared a nice black color with a nice, 1 finger oatmeal colored head that receded into a very thin cap. Some lacing, bit overall less impressive than some others that I have had of this style.

The aroma was toasted malt, as expected, but overall, the aroma was lighter than expected.

The taste of the beer follows the aroma, with an ever so slight hop presence noted. The beer finishes with a nice, as expected, dry finish.

The beer had a lighter feel to it, which is typical for the style. The beer was very easy to drink and had low carbonation. Overall, not a bad attempt at the style, but I would still prefer a Beamish or even a Murphy's.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, $1.49 from the Village Pump. I've seen this brewers beers on tap in the DMV, but never intrigued enough to pay $6+/pint for it. This seemed like a much better deal. Best by August 2012.

In my Founders 10th anniversary tulip pint, this beer is black with a dense, brown head with pretty good retention and lacing. The nose is pretty good! A nice, dry, roasted barley character is present up front, with coffee and dark chocolate. There is, however, what is perceived as a mild lactose sweetness, making this rounder than most dry stouts. Some earthy hops are also present, lending a mild resiny hop character in the back end. Pretty solid IMO.

The palate is where this suffers IMO. The roasted barley bitterness is a little too high in the mix, making this grainy, acidic and almost burnt, with stale coffee. None of the sweetness of the nose is present here, exacerbating the one-dimensional nature of this beer. Some hop bitterness is perceived as well, especially on the finish. While I know that dry stouts are, by definition, dry, they needn't be watery, which this one is. Moderately carbonated, this beer is too watery for its own good. I can't recommend it, but if it were cold and it were a hot day out, I might pound a couple.

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Photo of Bike2work
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of marshmeli
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed sampler pack:

Pours jet black with a nice, slightly tan frothy head. Roasty smell to it. Taste is medium bodied, some nice roasted malts come through with a decent hop presence as well. Taste finishes a bit dry, but overall this is a pretty good stout. Not my favorite of styles, but it's a notch above a Guinness that's for sure.

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Photo of keithwalk
4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of DCon
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Added a 12 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this to my Mix-A-Six Pack from Ingles in Asheville, NC for $8.88. Poured from the Black Labeled bottle w/ a Purple Start surrounded by Flames into a 12oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- The aroma is very nutty and has a ton of malt present. Not much coffee or roast like I would normally want...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, dark brown head that dies quickly. Has a semi-clear body that is a deep brown color as well. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Light roast and tons of malt starts this one out. Almost no hops and the lightest bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, tons of malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- A light black ale at most... Missed the mark for a Stout, even a dry version. Wish there was more body and character. However, I did go after this beer because of its label. I will most definitely be keeping it for a souvenir.

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4/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Not a bad looking stout--pitch black, with a light mocha two-finger head, and spotty lacing--but I hold it up to the true beauty of the style, Guinness Draught, which isn't the tastiest, but may be the best looking beer out there.

S: Slightly sweet roasted malts, backed by a touch of grassy hops.

T: Soapy, muted malts lead into a grassy hop body, and ending with a bitter roasted malt finish.

M: Low carb, dry. Thin.

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Photo of mpyle
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber in color, clear. Pours a nice creamy tan head with good retention.

Slightly roasty, almost metallic aroma initially. A bit of smoke character.

Big malt flavor at the start, fleeting sweetness before the roast and bitterness get going. Transitions to a gentle roasty bitterness. Very flavorful for an Irish Dry Stout, and for a 4.2% ABV beer.

Fairly light body, and moderate carbonation. A bit heavily carbonated for the style, but might just be the CO2 rather than the N2 gas. No astringency or warming.

Not my favorite style of beer, but really liked this flavorful interpretation.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bubseymour
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours dark brown/black with small brown/white head

Smell - roasted / burnt and malty

Taste - Tastes exactly like it smells. Light and malty with roasted flavors

Mouthfeel - a little watery for a stout

Overall - A decent stout but nothing really noteworthy. Easy to drink and could easily drink again.

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Dark Starr Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
3.54 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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