Depths Of Despair | Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery

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Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by dbrauneis on 02-15-2012

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery during the RateBeer Winter Gathering.

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate with not too much else going on. There may be a little bit of roasted malt, but it is pretty much 100 percent chocolate. The flavor is a little less one dimensional, but the chocolate is still the dominant characteristic. I also get some roasted malt and a little coffee. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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Disclaimer: I really wouldn't call this a stout. I'm not sure why it's classified as such, but I'm rating it like a strong/dark Belgian.

Served up in a 12 oz. stemmed tulip.

Look- Brings to mind flat cherry cola; it's a dark, dark brown with a beet-juice red hue. No head or lace. Actually, it looks something like an exceptionally dark burgundy wine.

Smell- It took me a while to pin it down, but this beer smells faintly of olives or something vaguely herbal and salty, not unpleasant in the least but unanticipated. Also a spicy Belgian-like yeasty aroma, raisin, fusel alcohol, black patent malt-style charred toast and a bit of caramel.

Taste- Starts with peppery alcohol and yeast spice as well as musky dark green vegetal hops. Scotch, maple, licorice root, and cedar follow; lightly burnt tasting, fairly bitter. Lingering mixed herbal/black coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, nearly flat. Almost syrupy consistency. Drinks like reduced/boiled Dr. Pepper.

Overall- Interesting. Big flavors, but the more I drink the less incredible it seems. Great start, very complex, but it seems to lack direction. Pairs extremely well with some of the bolder dishes they serve up at the Co-op. Definitely worth trying, and I'll be sure to have another the next time I visit Black Star.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery in Austin, TX

A: Pours jet black with minimal head, just a thin ring of tan bubbles at the edge of the glass. No head retention and minimal lacing present.

S: Aromas of burnt malts, coffee, licorice, juniper, and chocolate. Hints of oak.

T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by the dark + burnt malts, chocolate, licorice, and juniper. The finish has the nice coffee bitterness. There are hints of oak.

M: Medium bodied with low amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin due to the alcohol.

O: Best beer that I tried at Black Star and something I would certainly try again. Nice complexity of flavor and smell.

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Depths Of Despair from Black Star Co-op Pub & Brewery
3.36 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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