Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout | Starr Hill Brewery

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Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream StoutLittle Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout
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Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream StoutLittle Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: English Sweet / Milk Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A smooth milk stout with malty sweetness. Coffee from Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA, adds roasted aroma and flavor.

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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 252
Photo of WoodBrew
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Roanoke, VA location. It poured an opaque dark with thin tan head that did not leave much lace. The scent had hints of espresso and roast. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with roast and espresso presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was a good beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sigler's in Chattanooga TN.
This essentially black colored ale comes topped with a creamy, durable tan head and carries a fine aroma featuring coffee. The flavor has less dominant, but still obvious, coffee, with fainter suggestions of chocolate and roasted nuts.
Full body with medium-low carbonation.
While lightly sweet up front, this turns mildly bitter in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of Tohibii
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a huge flavor profile from what I had been expecting to be an easy drinking malty beer. Massive coffee pop on the front end with rich varied notes and a heavy body when compared to others of similar ABV. It's quite impressive for the price or when weighed against the contents of competing seasonal grocery store 12-packs.

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Photo of Nosquatch
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There just isn’t enough of anything here for me. It’s good, but just that- good. Nothing to be ashamed of, but not really coffee enough or really stout enough.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Heavy roasted coffee notes here, which makes sense Jet black body and a nice head, but for a sliver of copper at the base.

Rich espresso and lactose with a bit of hop balance to add complexity. The smoothness is impressive. Maybe a touch more carbonation than I woud prefer but if you like coffee stouts this is a solid choice.

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Photo of Lampro
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Distinctly coffee-flavored, but it is not overpowering. Little head, looks flat but is fairly spiritedly and bubbly on the tongue. Tasty, probably my second favorite coffee stout thus far.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is black, solid; head is light tan with fine bubbles.

Smell is pleasant coffee roastiness, light malt chocolate, and hint of cream/lactose.

Taste is coffee, roastiness, chocolate bitter, then light lactose.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, light roast and coffee bitterness.

Overall a good coffee cream/lactose stout, pleasant coffee flavor, moderate sweetness, good bitterness.

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Photo of Slack
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown in color with no head or lacing.

Strong coffee on the nose with a bit of sweetness, smoke, and maybe vanilla.

Black coffee, lactose, mild sweetness, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

Mouthful is medium to light and thin. Carbonation is low. Finish is dry and bitterish.

Described as a coffee cream stout which it does hit the mark in namesake. Aside from that, it is disappointing between the taste and mouthful. The taste isnt bad, just lacking - nothing dynamic. The mouthful is just plain weak. Everything else is okay.

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Photo of Riff
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Nice, dark color with a light head to it. Pleasing aroma, slightly sweet and the promise of coffee. Good coffee flavor up front, like a nice glass of iced coffee and a clean finish to it. I usually keep some on hand through winter and highly recommend trying it.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Black with a tan fizzy head that quickly disappeared. No sign of lacing or bubbles after that.
Whoa, quite a bold coffee smell, with unsweetened bitter chocolate under that.
Such a coffee taste. Black coffee bitterness with a charred/dark roastiness. Some milk stout sweetness lingers in the finish, but it's not very strong.

Overall, a nice coffee-forward milk stout.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug, the beer is jet black and creamy smooth, with a thin halo of off white head. Aromas of rich, roasted coffee and a subtle cream sweetness. Perfect balance in the nose. Flavors are bitter roasted coffee forward, with subtle chocolate and cream sweet highlights. Simple, balanced, and flavorful. Creamy smooth body, with a roasted coffee and cream aftertaste. Smooth, creamy, and dry finish. Tasty beer.

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Photo of NatoMasochism
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Black with dark red highlights. Medium to light viscosity. Looks more like a porter than a lactose stout.
The nose is very present and well defined. Smells like a cup of black coffee with espresso notes. Well done.
Typically, I'm very happy when the taste follows the nose (which it does). Not so this time. It tastes like carbonated cold black coffee. Not getting much cream or sweet notes that I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. This is one of those few occasions where I would have preferred a nitro pour.

Overall not bad for a lower abv coffee stout, but not for me. Nice alternative for those that may not like the taste of beer, but do enjoy cold brewed coffee.

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Photo of BigD1018
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really enjoyed this beer. Not very heavy at only 5.6% abv but the mouthfeel makes it seem much heavier than that. Great coffee, creamy taste. Some coffee stouts have a harsh bitterness from the coffee, but not this beer. Glad its offered in 12 oz bottles rather than the larger bomber bottles. Will def drink again.

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Photo of suzychesser
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the most coffee tasting beer I have ever had. It smells like fresh coffee beans. It has a very prominent coffee taste, without being too bitter. Did I mention coffee yet? Overall, it's not bad, not bad at all. Also, mine was packaged on 12/15/15, so it's super fresh. It also says the abv is 6%.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, dated about 45 days ago.

Black, with thin head that fades. Smells like black coffee. Taste is slightly sweet. Body is too thin. Medium carbonation

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a stemmed glass.
Black color with a off white head.
The strong coffee aroma and flavors are outstanding, because they are pleasant and strong in the beer. I like bold coffee so that is why I liked this beer so much. Finishes with a nice coffee, creamy aftertaste.

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Photo of 57md
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with about a half finger of head. The coffee essence in the nose is near perfect - like a cup of fresh brewed coffee. The body is a touch thin and the roasted malt is certainly present in the flavor but not well-pronounced.

If you are a coffee with cream fan then this is your beer. If like me, you prefer dark roasted bitter coffee then you might find this a nice but a bit lacking.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed the Star Hill Winter Variety 12-pack and it was already chilled. This coffee cream stout has 5.6% ABV and is a great beer for the colder months.

Look-It pours the characteristic dark black with a caramel brown colored head which settles out quickly.

Smell-It smells very much like a double shot espresso. It is roasty, toasty, coffee delight with some chocolate notes in there as well.

Taste-It taste just like it smells, but with a delayed release of ferocity. The acidity from the coffee is cut with a milky taste mid-way through. It has a lot of cocoa and sweet spiciness to it also that blend together.

Mouthfeel-It is very moist and smooth. The flavors are well integrated and it is so drinkable. There is a lingering coating on the tongue as well that is akin to esters from chocolate and then some coffee notes. It is a bit thin, however, but I think this is a refreshing new type of stout that you should try.

Overall-Excellent beer. Very delicious. My only complaint is that the alcohol content could have been a bit higher.

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Photo of Elsuperjefe
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ebony pour w thin khaki head. Nice lacing. Nose: sweet caramel roasted coffee. Sweet almost donut like coffee taste w light malty finish. Silky smooth w little to no carbonation. Easy to drink and a well balanced feel. Overall I quite enjoyed this Starr Hill gem. Glad I got a sixer.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good: Was worried about the possibility of this being overly bitter, but even though the coffee note was very prominent, I actually thought it was pretty easy drinking. This isn't to suggest there wasn't any bitterness, but it seemed well balanced. I'm assuming this had some sweetness, given the fact that the bitterness wasn't extreme, but what was there wasn't overwhelmingly present/front-&-center to me.

Pours a dark black color with a fair dark head. Coffee very forward in the nose. I thought the feel was fairly thick and oily and again, pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a nice bubble show that creates a creamy three fingers; a decent amount of lacing action

Smell: Roasty, with strong coffee tones and hints of cream and sugar

Taste: Sweetened coffee with lactose tones building, in the middle; some dark currant tones arrive but the finish is somewhat sweet, with the lactose tempering the acidity of the coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: No complaints about the mouthfeel from me as this beer was not intended to be an imperialized stout; I rather liked the flavors but might dial back the sweetness a smidge

Thanks, julielynndubee, for the opportunity

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Photo of ordybill
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- It smells like I am smelling my coffee pot! A very strong and nice smelling coffee aroma.
Appearance- Uhhmm, did I mention coffee? with a light brown head. really nice looking.
Taste- Whoa, coffee and malt. I really like the flavor.
Palate- A medium to heavy body with real light carbonation.
Overall- I am new to the Milk Stout style and this is a great awakening for me. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Jason
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Beautiful tan head, liquid is as black as night. Brash coffee nose, hints of dark chocolate and black currants. Lush smoothness with a little bump of crispness, fresh a bitter coffee flavor. Dark bread maltiness, charcoal and unsweetened chocolate on the palate. While the coffee is bold it does not go overboard. Bitter-sweet finish. Very well done, love the use of coffee and it even stays within the Cream Stout style.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pitch black, not much head, unlike expected.

Smell: Sweet vanilla, with coffee beans. Very sweet and creamy smelling. Very nice!

Taste: Sweetened coffee. Not as robust as expected.

Feel: Medium bodied. A little thin for a coffee stout

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this in a 20 oz stange glass at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA
A - Black, 1" of deep tan foamy head that settled to about 1/2" and remained for the duration
S - Coffee, coffee, coffee; one of the better pure coffee aromas I've come across; distant malt
T - Just as solid of a sweet coffee taste as you can get; some hints of nut and malt, but the coffee is clearly dominant and the taste is good enough to disregard any loss of complexity; very very slght bitter finish that does not linger
F - Good body, not thin, slght /light carbonation release
O -I would definitely go back to this; just a good solid sweet coffe taste that I enjoyed, not burnt, no over-roasted taste; but if your looking for a complex stout, this isn't it, just drink and enjoy more than 1 becasuse the 5.6% ABV wont knock you over

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Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 252 ratings