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Spire Stout | Blue Star Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Blue Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 07-08-2004

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by bens0n:
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2.99/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of Ryno3031
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zonker17
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LacquerHead
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Skibum211
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.66/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.19/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mykalanjlo
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Gavini
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of champ103
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of beeragent
4.31/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

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Photo of ChanceK
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of albern
3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of msanborn
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of cjtwigger
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
2/5  rDev -43.2%

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Spire Stout from Blue Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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