Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout | Starr Hill Brewery

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29 Reviews
Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream StoutLittle Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet 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: 29 | Ratings: 233
Photo of Slack
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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 +11.7%
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 -4.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -13.4%
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 +8.9%
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 +2.2%
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 -10.4%
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 +3.2%
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 0%
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 +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 +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 -5.7%
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 +2.5%
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 +19.1%
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 +4%
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 +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 +3.7%
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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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is underrated for sure.

Aroma is fantastic- like coffee that had been well creamed and sugared

Taste is really nice, with a good amount of sweetness to balance out the coffee flavors.

Medium body is very appropriate. Great beer!

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Photo of Zraly
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Almost black with a mocha head. Strong smell of coffee and roasted malts. Coffee is very pronounced, bordering on overkill. Earth in the finish. I'm a big fan of the style, but I could see someone trying a coffee/milk stout trying the first time turned off by this. Medium-bodied. Probably tasty with mole sauce or maybe some sponge cake for dessert.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark almost black, with nice dark head. The head lasted forever, and left a nice coating on the inside of the glass.

Smell: Pleasant, but not overly strong. Can smell some hops and roasted malts, but it is dominated by the coffee aroma.

Taste: An interesting mix of hops, malts, and coffee, but the coffee flavor dominates. There are hints of hops, and some sweetness from the malt. This has a unique taste for a stout, and makes for an interesting alternative to other stouts. Not surprisingly since the coffee dominate the taste, there is a strong coffee influence in the after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and with an average body.

Overall: This is an interesting stout, but you have to like a stout with a strong coffee influence.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - Barrel & Barley Craft Beer Market

Hand-written package date of 2-24-14.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a smallish, brief, light tan head.

Smell: A rush of fresh-roasted coffee beans atop roasty, lightly chocolaty malts, a hint of a burnt element, with dark fruity esters throughout.

Taste: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee dosed with a splash of milk and a spoonful of sugar. Thin sliver of char presents itself. Dark fruitiness. Coffee on the back half into the thinnish, nigh watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Falls a bit shy of medium-bodied and it's noticeable. Medium carbonation.

Overall: By no means is it the richest, heartiest coffee-dosed stout around, but, at least it's got a pleasing coffee-toned flavor and aroma.

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Photo of aqualung23
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First let me start by saying if you don't like coffee stouts, you will not like this beer. It poured black as midnight with a nice creamy beige (I'm old Gregg!!!) head that stuck around for most of the glass. The smell? Bam! Huge and delicious coffee smell with some chocolate and sweetness, it smelled like a coffee lovers dream. More of that on the taste, which I loved. However, I will admit this is the most heavily coffee flavored beer I've ever tried, and I could see that being overpowering for some. But I couldn't get enough. Still coming through were the nicely balanced lactose sweetness, chocolate, and a nice dark malt burnt flavor on the finish. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Bottom line? If you like milk/cream stouts and coffee beers, DO NOT miss this one.

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Photo of themind
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quality, easy drinking cream stout that had me wanting more. The beer is not bursting with powerful flavors but the subtle array of coffee with the creamy mouthfeel make this beer a winner. I ran through a bottle with ease on a cold night and was satisfied. The beer poured a small head, had a nice aroma and was worth drinking. This small brewery has a hidden gem in the massive pile of craft beer.

Bottom Line: Good cream stout. Dearslayer handed off a winner here.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by coffee flavors and also has some hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. It seems a little thin compared to other beers in the style.
O: This is a really nice beer if you like coffee. I found it to be very drinkable.

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Little Red Roostarr Coffee Cream Stout from Starr Hill Brewery
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