Starry Night Stout | Island Brewing Company

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Starry Night StoutStarry Night Stout

Brewed by:
Island Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by TheLongBeachBum on 01-05-2006

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2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Found this one sitting on a shelf in a whole food in Santa Barbara

Vintage 2011

Look: Black in color with brown rings on the edges. 1/8 inch head and no retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and a bit of charcoal

Taste: Roasted malt some coffee and chocolate. Pretty boring actually

Mouthfeel: Medium body mild carbonation

Overall: Not good

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1.8/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2005/2006 release.

Well this beer looks the part, coal black with a brown head.

Smell is some acid and berries with a hint of chocolate.

Taste is bizarre. Slight acid with coconut and sour strawberries. And that is about it.

Mouthfeel is watery.

What a glass full of crap this is. I am going to send this to a HAZMAT facility. VERY Noxious beer that I know for a fact had been refrigerated since it was delivered.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2012 Release! Aged 3 years, and even better than you thought it would be!!! #YouWishYouHadThis

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3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking stout with a medium tan head. You can smell the hops and sweet malts. However, the flavor is heavily of hops. It's very piney, almost too much. This has more hop flavor than I'm used to in my stouts. I prefer them to be more malty, chocolatey. But the finish is smooth and clean. I'd have another anytime!

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3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Solomon420 for this one. It's been hiding in the back of my fridge for some time now.

This beer pours a deep dark brown with ample bubbles clinging to the glass. The head is a sandy tan film that left a few spots of lace.

Smells of dry and watery prunes with a touch of cocoa and some green grape skins.

Yowza! Talk about a sour beer! I just had a Beatification prior to this, but this even comes across as sour. There's a strong bite of unsweetened cranberry that carries a touch of caramel and old coffee, but over all, the sourness dominates through and through.

Feels thin, but present with an active soda-like carbonation.

I'm not sure if this beer was intended to taste like this, but other reviewers had similar experiences.

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1.97/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22oz. bottle "Limited Release 2004"

Pours a dark black with an explosive head. Exploded all over my shirt. Way overcarbonated...

Aroma is of dark roasted malts with a slight sourness.

Immediate taste is very roasty and then is dominated by a very sour taste. I hope that this is due to the age of the beer.

Oily texture, overcarbonated.

I managed to drink just enough to properly write this review. The rest went down the drain.

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Nitrogen draft at brewery, consumed 02/18/08.

Beer is almost black with a fine tan head. Aroma is a little roasty. Despite nitro, mouthfeel is watery. Mineral water flavor is odd, like beer was brewed with Perrier. Mocha and chocolate fight with the minerals in a struggle for flavor dominance that leaves your palate the loser.


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**Limited Release 2004**

Presentation: 22 ounce brown glass Bomber. 360° wrap-around yellow and white screen printed body. The obverse is decorated with a white palm tree set against a yellow & white starry night. Listed as “Starry Night Stout” in large white text, with “Limited Release 2004” beneath.

The reverse of the bottle has the following; “The days are shorter, the nights are colder, the stars are brighter, and the beers are bolder. Island’s Brewing Company Brewmaster Paul Wright took an abundance of roasted grains to brew a foreign style stout that sustains complex malt flavors, a prominent roasted malt finish and just enough hop bitterness to balance the big and bold flavors within this limited release edition. Enjoy the hints of chocolate, the smoky essence, as well as the bracing effects and count yourself among the privileged few. 6.8% Alcohol by Volume”.

Appearance: Humungous dark brown head rises quickly from the thick glooping pour. Gelatinous viscous emergence slowly fills the glass with a dark black liquid, yet the coca brown head rises quickly and soon fills the Pint pot with 80% foam. Some down time sees the whole head collapse to a thick, creamy yet rugged rocky Iceberg surface. Patchy blotches of lacing slide down the sides. Average conditioning.

Nose: Some dark chocolate, roasted malts at the front end, this slowly fades into a beery laden, currant infused middle with a reeking vinous finish. However the vinous aspects are a tad too vinegary for my liking.

Taste: Dark chocolate start with a soaked currant middle. Hints of cocoa and roasted malts. Sadly the finish is sour and it starts to linger and affect the next mouthful as you work your way through the whole Bomber….so much so, that this ultimately starts to feel terribly close to being “off”. I didn’t get any of the smoky essence or hop bitterness in the description.

Mouthfeel: Difficult to dissect the Mouthfeel from the continual off-putting sourness, but the roasted aspects do fight hard to support this one. Sadly the spiky sour vinegar ending just ruins everything though.

Drinkability: Honestly, a real struggle - once the lingering sourness in the finish takes over the start of the next mouthful, which is about half way down the bottle, that’s when you know you’ve fought hard enough, won the battle for a while, but ultimately lost the battle. About 8 ounces of this got left.

Overall: Apart from the good looks, this is a Strange-brew indeed…….if this is supposed to be vinous (and I guess it is, well maybe?) then it is far too vinegary, the nice rounded vinous character that it should have is more of a spiky pungent sour astringent malt vinegar, which *is* off-putting in the long term. The bad vinegary aspect gets progressively harder to cope with as you go from the Nose to the Taste to the Mouthfeel. I’m just not sure if it is supposed to be like this or not. It just tastes and feels a little too “off” to me. Whatever it is supposed to be, it’s not that good overall. Think hard about buying this one.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pour: 22oz bottle to wide mouth wine glass. Bottles is marked "Limited Release 2004". The beer comes out pitch black and has the darkest head I've ever seen. The head is mocha colored, two fingers deep, and very fluffy. This is a really interesting looking beer.

Nose: Has an interesting nose for such a dark stout. It doesn't smell heavy and smoky. It smells sweet, like toffee and vanilla, with fruity notes of berries and raisins.

Mouth: Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to the appearance or aroma. The smells were completely misleading - this beer is very smoky, dark, and bitter. It actually tastes kind of how it looks. Which would be a good thing... but there's a really unpleasant sourness to it, especially in the swallow, and I wonder if it's past its prime or if it has been neglected while being aged. I would actually really like this beer if it weren't for the sourness - it's wonderfully smoky and has a strong, lasting bitter flavor with hints of pineapple, and has an excellent mouthfeel.

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2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to DarthKostritzer for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours an opaque black with a khaki head that settles to an oily film. No lacing on this one. Smell is pretty one dimensional with some dark roasted malt and very slight cocoa and coffee. Taste is of burnt dark malt, burnt coffee, and bitter cocoa. There is a pretty assertive roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with an acidic mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer. Way too roasty and bitter without any balance.

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From a 22 ounce bottle which my cousin purchased at the brewery and split with me. Thanks! It is supposedly gassed with nitrogen as well. On to the beer:

This black bodied beer formed a low head on the pour, leaving barely a trace of lace as the bee is consumed. But it smells like dessert; it's not shy bringing cocoa and sweet fudge notes to the aroma, though it also brings a pinch of booze as well. This export stout meets the style by being sweet, slightly fruity, and bringing a bit of noticeable alcohol to its arsenal. If you don't like the taste of fudge, you may want to pour your glass out. Quite sweet overall. It's medium bodied, but in terms of carbonation is low.

This foreign/export stout is solid as it stands. A few tweaks could take it next level and attract some people away from those chic imperial stouts.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DarthKostritzer for opening this at a tasting

pours black with a small khaki head with minimal retention and no lacing

nose is one noted, raosted malts

roasted nuts up front that leads to a BURNT coffee at the end

medium bodied and highly carbonated

overall wasn't a fan the burnt coffee taste took a bit to get out of my mouth.

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Starry Night Stout from Island Brewing Company
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