5 Seasons North Dark Star Espresso Stout
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
The second offering in the Serenade Series, this is a traditional dry Irish Stout. It has a deep, dark, mysterious color. Flavors of expresso and chocolate dominate yet a subtle smoky character persists in the background. (There is no coffee or chocolate in there, itís just the roasted barley.) This recipe was voted Best Stout in the world at the World Beer Cup 2000. This oneís for all you Stout Heads.
5 different espressos added directly to the cask.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Tap @ 5SW. The blackest beer Iíve ever seen! Blacker than black, black times infinity. Chunky, muddy water colored head. Aroma of rich french roasted black coffee beans. Flavor is of sweet espresso and a deep coffee bitterness. Hints of a sweet potato skin bitterness. Green coffee beans, lots of earthiness. Medium bodied. thin texture. So rich in flavor. Wow, I think Iím gonna be up for a while. Crawford, you are the man!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5174) - Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Pours a deep, opaque sable, almost black, with a thick tan head that sticks around for a bit. Rich, smoky, roast-coffee aroma has hints of hops and malt. Flavor is much like a fine iced coffee with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate - it hardly tastes like beer. Smooth, rather fizzy texture leaves a pleasing finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Poured very dark, black, with a tan head. Aroma is really nice espresso, very roasted, some light hop. Really nice. Taste is more coffee, some chocolate notes, and light bitterness. Very enjoyable. Mouth is dry and the body isnít too big. Overall, a very solid dry stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3511) - Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
On cask listed as Coffee Stout. Crawford Moran called it the Cowboy Stout. I decided against adding it as a new beer since this is also a coffee stout by the same brewer. This was an amazing beer. Creamy body, great roast and chocolate, excellent balance of coffee. Definitely worth stopping by the brewpub for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Damn this is good!! Black pour. Tons of espresso hit your nose followed by roast and molasses. Flavor is again up front coffee slap in the face with molasses, chocolate and roasted malt. NICE.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michealp (11) - - JUL 5, 2012
If you like coffee youíll love this. Had a pint in the lains in Brighton, very heavy body with a smokey taste very nice, massive amounts of coffee taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Falcon1 (2) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015 does not count
Dark stout. Strong coffee smell and a bitter espresso aftertaste. If you are a fan of coffee you will like this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a thin, beige-colored head. Smell: Nose of clean, chilled espresso with all of the expected, anticipated dark, roasted malt notes present. Taste: Dry, roasty malts with tastes of unsweetened chocolate, blackened barley, and, of course, the graciously added espressos. Subtle sweetness. Earthy, roasty bitterness. Finishes dry, roasty, and with some lingering hints of coffee. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: A solid, drinkable, dry stout with a bonus boost of quality caffeine goodness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours dark, dark brown, almost completely black actually. There is a big tan head that dissipates slowly and sticks to the glass on the way down, leaving spotty lacing. No doubt about the coffee in the smell, which is dominated by roasted espresso and some sweet dark chocolate malts in the background. Taste follows the aroma, clearly dominated by the roasted espresso. There is slightly more chocolate malt sweetness though, especially in the middle. The finish brings back the espresso and finished with a dry, toasty bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied are very, very smooth. Itís got soft carbonation and might be a tad lighter than the norm. As a coffee lover, I do like this version slightly better than the regular Dark Star stout. Itís a drinkable and tasty Irish stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Draft. Pours silky black with a thin layer of tan head. Smell: Dark roasted coffee beans and malts. Flavor: Bitter chocolate, espresso, and roasted malts. Palate: Medium-full body. Mixes of sweet and bitter on the tongue. Somewhat dry, but overall smooth.

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