Black Star Stout (Stout Of Order) | Chicago Brewing Company

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Chicago Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-14-2003

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 14
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Photo of BrewMaster
2.76/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark black with a smooth creamy, cascading head. This is a pretty looking beer.

Smell: Sadly there is very little aroma on this beer. A slight roastines but it is mostly watery and fizzy on the nose.

Taste: Chocolate, sweet with a syrupy sticky middle and a watery ending. This beer leaves a lot to be desired. It tastes sloppy and unbalanced.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel, which is nice, but it is still thin for the style.

Drinkability: Lacks any significant flavor. Also, it was served obscenely cold at the bar. That is unacceptable when it is the brewery serving the beer.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours a jet black with a thick creamy head and is on nitro-tap. smells faintly roasty. great creamy mouthfeel, lightly roasty with a suprising sweetness, maybe a little cherry? not complex but balanced and tastier then the usual on tap irish stout seen around town. this beer is insanely drinkable.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice, deep black with a creamy medium brown head.

Aroma was of roasted malts and detergent. I suspect they didn't dry the glass properly or some other disaster.

Taste was of coffee and roasted malts. Some light bitterness at the end. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a smooth, dry feel.

Overall, this beer is drinkable. Goes down very easy.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally reviewing after several servings on tap. One thing I can say is this beer has great consistancy batch after batch. Pours black with some deep mahogany tones when hit with light and a nice creamy mocha colored head. Lots of the nitro bubbles present, very Guiness like in appearance. Smell is of toasted grain and hints of coffee and mocha. Taste, thankfully, is not like Guiness. I describe it as a Guiness with taste. A nice dark chocolate and mocha flavor with a taste of coffee as it goes down, the coffee taste lingers. No hops, light malt. Low carbonation does leave a light, creamy, yet almost watery mouthfeel which I'm not a fan of personally. Overall a good beer from Chicago, easily drinkable with the low ABV and rich flavors.

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Photo of charlzm
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/11/08 at Chicago Brewing Co. & Cigar Lounge, Las Vegas.

Almost opaque black with deep ruby highlights. Nice creamy tan head looks like nitro to me.

No aroma.

I think Guinness was the target here. Roasted (over roasted?) dark malt character? Check. Low bitterness? Check. A touch lactic? Yes. Minuses include thin body and no sourness.

I think I'd choose a Guinness over this if they were both on draft.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap into a pint glass. The beer looks as a typical stout, nice dark colors with a bright tan head. There was a good strong nose of coffee and nut. The beer was very smooth, with a creamy coffee blend to the taste. There is a definitive coffee aftertaste, as well. The beer is rather light bodied for a stout. Very low alcohol content also adds to ease of drinking.

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Photo of Gavage
4.16/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrived looking black with a light brown head. Thick lacing developed during this drink. The aroma was nice as mild roasted malt was easily detectable. The flavor was full of roastiness and light coffee tones. Almost no bitterness.

The mouthfeel was somewhat creamy, slightly dry, and was on the light side of a heavier bodied brew but was still quite satisfying. Nicely drinkable and a must try for everyone.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was probably the weakest of the beers that I had during my latest visit to Las Vegas. The beer is delivered to the table with a lighter color than normal, more like a schwarzbier with ruby highlights and a thin, short-lasting head. Aromas are very faint, but pick up on a charred grain, light caramel note. Flavors are light as expected with a watery taste that dominates any roasted grains or base malts. Again, light caramel and roasted malts with a modest grape ester coming though late as the beer warms. Powdery and light in the body, approaching watery mouthfeel. Maybe more like a Yeungling black and tan than an American Stout. The beer just lacks substance although showing clean brewing practices.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.26/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Mug #3 of #9, imbibed as part of a 4oz Sampler arrangement during a recent visit to the Chicago Brewing Pub in Las Vegas with BA’s UncleJimbo, DukeofEarl and his friend Ozzie.

Listed as Black Star Stout, and as a regular house brew [on Nitro-Tap].

Appearance: Simple black body that had a tendency to look like a turbid very dark at times as I got the bottom of the sample. Thick creamy tan head, nice retention throughout and some lacing even on my small sample. Looks great.

Smell: Dark malts, roasted with a slightly burnt aspect. Simple and straight forward in a way, but very effective in projecting what this Stout is all about.

Taste: An extension of the nose, lots of roasted malts with a very light coffee bitterness in the finish. Mild hop character with a super dry finish. Smooth with a burnt like rasp on the tongue at times. Very tasty and dry, yet smooth and likeable.

Mouthfeel: I’m not big on Nitro-, but in this case it certainly assisted the creamy silky feel of this one. Big marshmallow feel to this one, solid in the swallow - wholesome.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable, the silky feel, smooth body and the solid roasted malt profile made this an immediate hit with me. Extremely well put together.

Overall: One of my four favorites at the Chicago (the others being the Ultimate Weiss, IPA and Weizenbock). Get the 22ounce Glass for this, you’ll need it.

Highly Recommended!

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Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Black with light ruby edges. Creamy tan head. Pleasant coffee like roasty aroma. Taste is friendly and similar to creamed coffee and roasty malt. Light roast lingers in the finish, not much bitterness, but again a very thin body detracts majorly from this beer and keeps it from being recommendable.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/16/2008 (Sampler @ 4 Queens, Las Vegas, NV):

Pours a black colored body, with a big tannish head, lasting. Has a malty and creamy sweet aroma. A nice fluffy creamy taste, with some coffee aftertaste. Watery palate. Eh, not my style, I would not get this again.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout was served on a nitro line on draught. It was a dark brown/black with a typical nitro draught head (creamy tan foam that left lace on the glass). The aroma was faint (dark malt). The taste was very good - dark malt, with hints of bitter coffee and chicory, with low hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was creamy, smooth, and dry. The drinkability was very good. A fine stout.

Sampled again 4/19/03

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this one is also the sun down stout on the menu.

I didn't catch much head on this one which is near jet black with no lacing really. Aroma is mild with mostly milk chocolate and vanilla with littlein the way of malt base. Flavor is a little watery also with little malt base even for the Irish stout style. Some roasted malts, hint of earthy hops and some coffee presence. Light body with aeration light even for nitro, more like casked, body is especially light even for the style. The beer is very drinkable and even though its an Irish stout it's still under malted and light.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a brownish black color with a wispy light brown head that dissipates quickly. Nil lacing to be found. The aroma is lightly roasty with touches of coffee and chocolate. Medium, smooth body with mild breakfast blend coffee flavor plus some malt and chocolate. The finish is soft and mildly roasty, with a bit of coffee and hops lingering. Just average overall.

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Black Star Stout (Stout Of Order) from Chicago Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 15 ratings