Spire Stout
Blue Star Brewing Company

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Blue Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Irish Dry Stout
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3.5 | pDev: 12.86%
Apr 05, 2019
Jul 08, 2004
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Rated: 3 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Apr 05, 2019
Rated: 4 by mykalanjlo from Texas

Jan 03, 2016
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Taster of a chewy dry roasty stout that's nutty and dry, bringing tobacco and cola notes. All right but also a little lackluster and too bitter for what I was wanting right now.
Dec 24, 2015
Rated: 3.16 by GarbageMan10 from Texas

Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by zonker17 from Texas

Jul 30, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jul 05, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 11, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by nathanmiller from New York

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 3.99 by Ryno3031 from Texas

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 3.55 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Dec 28, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by SmellsofMahagony from Texas

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by msanborn from Texas

Sep 02, 2014
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the brewpub in San Antonio where it was presented as an Irish stout and called "Spire Stout" with an ABV = 5.35.

Appearance: Pours clear but nearly opaque and black in the wine glass. The semi-durable head leaves little lacing.

Feel: Near medium body and light carbonation.

Flavor: Rather hoppy for a stout, so American Stout?. Plenty of dark malt flavor with a bit of hops. Medium bold for style. .

O: very good.
Jun 21, 2014
Rated: 2 by AgentMunky from New York

Jun 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by strangebrew1981 from Texas

Nov 13, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by jaydoc from Kansas

Oct 28, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Skibum211 from Vermont

Sep 23, 2013
Rated: 3.25 by ExaltedNecrosis from Texas

May 22, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by harpus from Alabama

Jan 03, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Gavini from California

Oct 19, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by t0rin0 from California

Aug 24, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by ChanceK from Texas

Aug 03, 2012
Rated: 3 by zbooks from Texas

Mar 22, 2012
Rated: 3 by cjtwigger from North Carolina

Feb 18, 2012
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Reviewed by Mora2000 from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the brewpub. The beer pours a dark brown to black color with an off-white head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same. The dry chocolate really stands out and goes well with the roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The best of the five Blue Star beers that were on tap.
May 22, 2011
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Reviewed by beerdrinker123 from Delaware

2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a really dark brown, not quite black, not even close to opaque, not too much head or lacing.

It smells mildly chocolaty and malty, nothing really strong or memorable.

It tastes really malty but there are a little bit of hops that linger around. It has pretty low carbonation, goes down smooth.
Oct 20, 2010
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Reviewed by LacquerHead from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
It was almost pitch black, similar to coffee.
The aroma was a little weak but it was on the malty side.
Blue Star described it as an Irish Dry Stout and the waitress said it was similar to Guinness. I thought it was better. This one tasted like an iced beer coffee, and it wasn't watery like Guinness. There was a slight hopped bitterness giving it a pale aftertaste. Overall a very refreshingly simple stout that I would have again if I go back.
Aug 23, 2010
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. A small beige head forms with poor retention, and no lace.
S: Roasted malt and light chocolate up front. Burnt coffee.
T: Lightly roasted malt with acrid and astringent coffee. Light chocolate lingers.
M/D: A light body and almost under carbonated. Thin and watery. Not bad, but I don't really want more than one.

Not really up to snuff. A cask ale. I love cask beers, but this is not really that good on cask.
Mar 21, 2010
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Reviewed by kimcgolf from Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured to a dark brown-black with medium thick tan head that dissipated and left okay lacing. A hint of sweet chocolate was in the nose and it carried over into the taste. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel was very thin and watery, which ultimately took away from the joys of the malty choclate. Finish, as expected from the mouth, was short and disappointing.
Oct 05, 2009
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Reviewed by angelmonster from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured a pint with nice tan 1 inch head that stayed to the very end. Medium carbonation , black body with great lacing through out

Smells of burnt mocha malts , and some slight hops

Taste is mostly of burnt malts but mixed with cream and a light bitter after taste

Mouth feel is amazing. Creamy but not too heavy. Carbonation is nice, not too carbonated but not flat.

Drinkability is great. Isnt filling at all , could drink many at a time. Way better than Guiness in my opinion, my favorite offering from Blue star
Dec 24, 2008
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Reviewed by YonderWanderer from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This stout pours a solid black color with a thick inch of foam on top that hangs around for quite a while. Smell is of roasted malts with some chocolate mixed in. Taste is similar, lots of roasted flavor, with some chocolate, coffee, and licorice blended into the background. It's smooth and almost creamy, similar to a Guinness, but with a bit more flavor. Very easy to drink, and fairly enjoyable.
Mar 12, 2008
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Reviewed by albern from Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer comes as advertised in that it is a creamy, robust Irish style dry stout. The beer has a very, very creamy head that laces like mad, leaving a film all over the glass. The beer retains a long time as well. The aroma of this beer is mocha and coffee. I had this beer as part of their sampler and it was a nice change up. The taste is clearly burnt, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee ... very typical for the style. The finish to this beer was a bit unique in that it had a pronounced dry hoppiness and an aftertaste of bittering malt. This is a nice beer from Blue Star and well worth trying.
Feb 24, 2008
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Reviewed by jasonjlewis from Texas

3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Smooth nitro tapped stout. I really don't care too much for nitro, I think it takes a certain crispness away from beer and gives it a cheap sort of smooth creaminess.

This beer had one hell of an appearance. Nice thick black beer with insane head and retention.

Smell is of roasted malts. Some licorice notes come out as well.

Taste is of roasted malts. Somewhat thin on the malts and the hops are faint.

Mouthfeel is a cheap tyipcal nitro mouthfeel.

This beer is decent. Sort of like a guiness really.
Sep 23, 2007
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Reviewed by beeragent from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Reviewed from notes. Served on-tap at the Blue Star Brewery, in a pint glass. The beer was a opaque black, with a 1/4 inch head and nice cascading effect. The aroma was very light, but still had the familiar roasted malt and coffee aromas present. The taste was fantastic. This stout had alot of flavor, mainly from the roasted malt giving it a very chocolaty/coffee flavor. The taste reminded me more of a porter than a stout, but I LOVED it nonetheless. Very smooth mouthfeel and finish. Overall, I could easily have several of these in one sitting. Of the beers that I've tried at Blue Star, this was my favorite so far.
Jun 08, 2007
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Reviewed by GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer arrived on the table with a cascading nitro effect but became black and translucent with a tan and frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was roasty and toasty with coffee and a nice fruity component that became even more roasty as the beer warmed.

The flavor contained some acidity from the dark grains with an acrid character and an expresso flavor. Also present was a light fruitiness.

The finish was dry, BONE dry with a lasting roast into the aftertaste. The body was medium light or just a bit less. The aroma was well done, but the flavor could certainly use a boost.

This is a dry stout!
Nov 29, 2005
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Reviewed by Gagnonsux from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Blue Star's Stout is dark brown in color with a strong creamy head that never goes away. Thick lacings remained on the insides of my pint glass. I'm thinking the super creamy head is a product on nitro-tap, but I'm not sure. The aroma is a standard roasted smell, inviting, but not very strong. Taste is of roasted malts with chocolate notes, the finish concludes with a nice jolt of hoppiness. Overall the taste might be just a little watery. Mouthfeel is very creamy (nitro-tap?). Blue Star's Stout is a very good beer, however I see ample room for improvement.
Dec 17, 2004
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Reviewed by schoolcb from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Had this on-tap at the Blue Star Brewing Co. Of the three beers they had available, this one was by far the best. Very dark in color, with a thin creamy persistent head. The roasted malt flavor on this stout was outstanding. For as dark as this beer was, it has a relatively light mouthfeel. This isn't a beer for the shy.
Jul 08, 2004
Spire Stout from Blue Star Brewing Company
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