Dark Starr Stout | Starr Hill Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Murph on 07-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
462
Reviews:
202
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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6
Gots:
40
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0
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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is black with a brown head of small bubbles, some lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is coffee and roast with a mild bitterness and some ash.

Beer is medium in body and quite bitter on the end, leaving an aftertaste of ash and roasted coffee, some nuts, forward minimal sweetness and a light yeastiness / biscuit feeling. It was fine.

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3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-09-2012
Freshness: Best by 01-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Color is black and mostly opaque, except for slight garnet showing on the edges of the glass. The head is frothy and tan, about a finger's height, but doesn't last very long. Lacing is good.

Aromas are crisp and mainly of roasted malts, with some chocolate as well.

The taste follows the aroma, with roasted malts and a coffee-like bitterness. Dry, not sweet, as expected, with also a slight sourdough breadiness.

Fairly thin body, with a medium amount of carbonation. Very dry finish, with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate.

An Irish dry stout is not a style I care much for, but overall I think Starr Hill did a good job on this interpretation.

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3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was down in DC between Christmas and New Year's to visit my aunt and uncle and to take in a pair of Andy Warhol exhibits as well as some movies plus buy and drink beer. It is a double-plus bonus when a theatre sells you beer to drink during the movies (as opposed to sneaking it in, ahem) and both times that I went, both theatres offered good beer. It was a toss-up between this one or The Gift and I went with the latter. This is my opportunity to catch up.

My pour resulted in two fingers of deep-brown head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights and allowing light to penetrate only at the edges. Nose had a rich chocolatiness to accompany the roastiness of the malt. My mouth was watering by the time I took my first sip. Mouthfeel was medium with a unexpected smokiness initially, followed by a black coffee bitterness, ending with a wash of dark chocolate. Wow! Finish was dry, a little smoky and quite bitter. I really dig this sort of thing, but I may not be for everyone. Once more, worth a try.

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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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2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from a six-pack poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a two-finger khaki head that settles quickly. Dark, impenetrable brown.

Smell: Something's not quite right. I'm getting the standard malt scents, but it's battling with some vaguely "off" smell. It's not hops or anything, just kinda . . . off. The malt is mostly sweet, with a little bit of burn to it.

Taste: Very thin and watery for a stout. There's some roasted barley up front, a drop of hops in the background, but not much else: no coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and only traces of caramel. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Creamyish, medium-bodied. Little dryness and carbonation. I personally would enjoy this style in a beer with more flavor.

Overall: You'll get more flavor from a day-old Guinness. I recommend trying others.

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