Dark Star Porter | Bluegrass Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Kentucky, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A rich and robust blend of light, caramel, and dark malts sets the stage for BBC Dark Star Porter’s robust presence on the palate. This smooth but robust porter has complex notes of chocolate and roasted grains balanced by additions of traditional English hops, creating a delicious chocolaty and smooth ale.

35 IBU

Added by nasty15108 on 08-28-2008

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by RickS95:
Photo of RickS95
4.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Practically no head and what's there is gone quickly. Dark cola in color. With the ever so slight head, it looks like root beer in the glass.

Roasted malts, a little chocolate and coffee in the nose...smells great. As it warms, the coffee smell grows stronger.

Very creamy in the mouth. There is a lot of coffee flavor to this, it's not subtle., and the malt does nothing to hide or offset the bitter flavor. Most porters I've had have some hint of sweet somewhere in the finish, but not this one. It starts bitter and stays that way.

This tastes a little too much like coffee for my liking, but it's still a very good beer; I'd drink more if I had to.

I'd like a little more sweetness somewhere.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dreamlaugh
2.34/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Smell- smells like hints of coffe, choclate, and pineapple.

laceing- not very lacy, average spaced splashing.

Appearance- dark brown/black with a foaming ring that follows the drink to the end of the glass.

Taste- very very slight hints of nuts, coffee, and choclate. leaving bitter aftertaste

Overall very average dark porter with not much strength in the flavor notes to be enjoyable. I feel I wasted my money.

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Photo of LordHammer
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another BotMC offering, poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dec 07 freshness date marked on label.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, with some red present if held up to the light. Almost four inches of tan head on this one, another bottle poured almost an entire glass of foam.

Smell: Roasted malt and syrupy sweetness.

Taste: Unremarkable for a porter. A bit sweet at the front, with the roasted malt and hops rushing in at the end. Seems like porter, just a bit short on everything.

Mouthfeel: Feel is decidedly thin, with a low level of carbonation. Nothing special here.

Drinkability: If it were better, I could certainly drink a couple, but there's really no reason to given the lack of flavor.

The explosive head on this bottle and another I poured suggests infection, but nothing in the flavor jumps out to confirm that. Certainly a beer that leaves much to be desired.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a long and somewhat chilly day. I have ben putting some intense hours in at work and I just got two kids to bed and working on spelling with the last one...and I just needed a beer that has some body to it. So I chose the Dark Star Porter from BBC. The color is dark dark amber almost opaque. the head is very thin almost non-exsistent....there is some lacing...but not much. The aroma is powered by roast with hints of coffee and malt. The smell gives way to a very good and creamy tasting porter. The mouthfeel is decent and I could drink the crap out of this tasty libation. Enjoy!

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of TLove
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter was really very drinkable, with a decent finish and an almost overwhelmingly burnt taste. The appearance was reminiscent of New England bitter porters with a similar smell and taste to Yuenling porter, though with a little bit more substance and more concentrated flavor... The mouthfeel and drinkability are good, with hints of malt chocolate and burnt espresso bean, though this beer does not balance those flavors as well as others. It is a good beer for introduction to the burnt New England porter style, though should not be considered quality enough to be a lasting component of it.

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Photo of witster18
1.51/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

purchased at Taco Mac in Chatt Tn.

It's bad...

wow... that's the first truly spoiled beer I've had in a long, long time. I've had some that were just not that fresh, but it's been a while since I've had a 'turned' beer.

couldn't drink another beer all-night. The first time I've asked for my money back on a beer... they obliged after realizing it was indeed spoiled. The real issue I have is that this is a HIGH VOLUME establishment where the beer turnover is very quick... that concerns me.

probably not a fair review as I'm POSITIVE this was a 'bad' beer. BUt, you serve it to me, you get the negative review... needless to say I won't revisit unless I'm at the brewery, tell them about the experience, and get one for free.

maybe I'll give them that chance if I'm in Ky... but after an experience like this - you don't ever buy it in the bottle again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown to near black colour with a mid sized to smallish head that dissolves fairly quickly. Head is semi-creamy in appearance and leaves tiny spots of residue on the glass after each sip.

Aroma is a nice blend of sweet caramel, chocolate and slightly roasted malt. Simple, but it gets the job done.

Flavour is very similar to the aroma but leads with much more of a roasted or burnt malt flavour over the sweetness of the chocolate and caramel. The finish of each sip is fairly bitter here as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and perhaps a slight touch thin, but still not bad.

Overall this is a good, solid but simple beer. No inherent flaws or concerns and a good amount of flavour. A nice first step into the Bluegrass family of beers.

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Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark coffee colored with a whipped mocha milkshake head that melts slowly, leaving crusty rings of lace on the glass. Roasty coffee and fudge with a twinge of anise in the aroma. Charred malty flavors with a tea like bitterness, kind of one note. A little bit on the thin side for the style. Nothing really off with the flavors but nothing really on either.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smell is a roasted malt with a milk chocolate presence mostly sweet no real bitters yet. Pours to a dark bown with a little tan head. Taste is a little light, starts watery then the flavors kick in. Carbonation is a little too sparkly. This is an interesting beer. Very light for a porter at the start but then it makes a comeback. Finishes with a heavy molasees and roasted malt but a dry hop bitterness. Kind of backwards for a porter. It tastes like something diluted then bottled and shipped. No thickness and syrupyness usually associated with a fine porter. They may have to name this the backwards porter. I'm quite dissapointed with this brewery overall. How did the BOTMC find these guys?

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Photo of eporter66
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served : 12oz Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - dark, like a cola, with red highlights when held up to the light. Thick, rich foamy head that was about 2 1/2 fingers. The head held and settled down after a bit. Left lacing around the glass.

Smell was a bit smokey, almost like a burnt coffee aroma.

Taste - Decent flavor, not overpowering, after taste has that burnt/bitter coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel - Seems light for a Porter. Carbonation seemed a bit heavy, leaving a lot of zing on the tongue.

Drinkability - Flavors came out more as I drank it, and enjoyed it more at the end than the first few sips. Another one to let sit for a few before drinking. I am a fan of Porters and Stouts, and I did enjoy drinking this one. I have two more that I certainly will let sit out a bit before I drink them

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Photo of beerhobo22
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good roasty aroma with hints of chocolate. Dark brown, almost black, in color. Good tan head with decent retention. Good malt flavors, a mild roastiness with some roasted nut and mild chocolate flavor. Well balanced dark malt astringency; not to bitter. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied, with a good aftertaste. A good session porter. I've had this in bottle and on tap, both are consistently good.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of hopdog
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a darker reddish / brown color with an averaged sized of white head. Aromas of cocoa, caramel, and had some roastiness, and nuttiness. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, and lighter roastiness.

Notes from 08/24/08.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a dark brown but lets a fair amount of light through. Barely any carbonation and no lacing.

S- Robust toasted malts and some dark chocolate. Some faint hops and maybe a little bit of caramel.

T- The malt is a little more tame than in the nose. Some more dark chocolate and some ground coffee.

M- Medium bodied that is a little on the watery side. Not much carbonation and feels just a little flat.

D- A good smell but the taste falls flat. Felt a little flat but the bottle had no dating code so it could have been past it's prime. I wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Morey
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown...borderline black in color. Lots of reddish hues when you hold it up to the light. One finger beige colored head has settled to a thin lace after about 5 minutes. Little in the way of head retention.

Smell is roasty and clean. Not a very big aroma.

Smooth roasted malt taste. A touch of hop bitterness in there as well.

Rather thin mouthfeel for the style. Nice low level carbonation.

I could easily drink a couple of these, but there are other beers within the style that I'd go for first.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a bad beer by any means. It's a touch watery, but it actually taste pretty good. Would gladly drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it.

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Photo of huguey
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving 12 oz. Bottle, Poured out into a pint glass.

First Impressions: true Porter, small head despite vigorous pour.

A: Black, maybe MAYBE a very dark brown or red when held up to the sun.

S: Mild smell gives aromas of bitter chocolate, roasted grains.

T: First comes the sweetness. As it washes down, a certain roasted maltyness and hoppy bitterness come to the forefront. Finishes with a smokiness, almost bourbon. Of course, for that, we'd have to go to the BBC Bourbon Imperial Stout, but that is a different review.

M: Very oily, to be expected in a stout. On par.

D: This porter always gets finished fast.

Overall, solid selection, for less than 2 dollars a bottle, I definitely recommend it!

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Photo of schoun
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of nasty15108
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured dark brown with slight ruby hues(looked a lot like cola). The pour produced about 1" of tan foam that subsided into a bubbly film after a few sips. Scattered lacing clung to the glass throughout.

S - Malty with a slight metallic/medicinal aroma.

T - Malty with a slightly medicinal taste up front followed by a burnt and slightly bitter finish. Taste got better as it warmed.

MF&D - Medium bodied and pretty easy to drink. Not bad, but there are way better examples of this style.

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Photo of cnjohn19
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

enjoyed with gus and byers at bbc in st. matthews...my second selection of the evening (after a disappointing response from the bar tender they did not have the bourbon smoked porter)...

maybe my let down influenced me, but overall not too impressed by this one...presented a dark almost black-brown color with a non-existent cream colored head...

smells not too complex...mostly stale malts, sweet licorice, and almost fruity...

a thick and balanced porter but overall kind of boring...nothing really stands out, but you will get some malty domination and little to nothing else...

the nice thing here is this thick beer is drinkable for a porter...maybe i just got a bad brew, which is possible, but maybe next time...props on the sweet brew name and to one of my fave local breweries...

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Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This obsolete brew has been "bottled up" in my fridge for at least two years so let's give it a try. Poured cold into a pint glass the color is a dark black-brown with a skimpy island of grey-tan head and little signs of lacing. The aroma brings a fairly decent heavy coffee-malt combo with dark chocolate liqueur sort of elements. Not bad. The taste brings out a much more washed out version of the aforementioned combination, resulting in more of a cardboard malt with coffee grinds at the finish, almost a bit smoky but overall weak and unexciting. The body is medium-light at best with a mildly frizzy carbonation, for a watery-fizzy feel. It's not horrible at all, but it's highly forgettable. I suppose the incubation period did it no special favors but I'm pretty confident that this wasn't the problem here. There's a reason it's an archived brew.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color not unlike rootbeer. A HUGE fluffy tan head that is way bigger than it should be is produced from a normal pour, kind of odd. Dark roasted malt aroma along with a leather smell. Slight coffee notes. Way to light of a mouthfeel. Makes it almost hard to drink. The taste is dark malt and coffee notes and dark chocolate. Very slight hops presence at the end. The taste actually isn't too bad once you get passed the carb. Again, the carbonation on this is way too much and makes it hard to enjoy this beer at all.
I'm sorry, this beer is just not put together well.

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Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown pour. Fluffy, rich dark cream head. Decent retention and nice lace.

Chocolate, understated coffee and roast malt define the nose. More cocoa than anything else.

Fairly thin flavorless hit. Roasted malt kicks in way towards the back. Definite tart flavor in the finish, like dark coffee. Nice lingering flavors in the finish, but just not enough intensity.

Light body, even for a porter.

Drinkable, but really just need one.

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Dark Star Porter from Bluegrass Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 31 ratings