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5 Seasons North Dark Star Stout

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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Dark Star Stout 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, it’s just the roasted barley.) This recipe was voted Best Stout in the world at the World Beer Cup 2000. This one’s for all you Stout Heads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Draft. Creamy medium beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, coffee, light earthy/grapefruit. Light-medium body, light creaminess.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1445) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Cask at 5 North. Black pour, with a bubbly, tan head. Aroma is espresso, toffee, light molasses, some roast, and a touch of anise. Very sweet, with a nice, smooth, roasty bitterness. Medium body, smooth, creamy, and just a little astringent. This is a nice, well balanced, thick and creamy, and wonderfully aromatic beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Very dark brown, almost black in color with a khaki head. Coffee, smoke and chocolate nose. Espresso, roasted malt flavors emerge. Chewy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2905) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2014
On tap at the Westside location. Unexceptional looks and feel. Seems a bit light in body even for style. Light but adequate carbonation. Generous load of dark roasted malts. Slightly above average bitterness for style, probably due to the level of dark roasted grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2061) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Had a half pour on their 8th anniversary. Thick black with substantial head. Like thick milkshake goodness head. Everything on this was subdued, but all worked together for a light enjoyable stout. Cocoa, malt, coffee, light sweet. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deaconmike (419) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at the west side location. Pours deep walnut with nearly no head. Aroma is roasted malt and a touch of espresso. Taste is semisweet with a bitter dry finish. Picking up a bit more coffee and bittersweet chocolate than in the taste vs the aroma. Body is medium, but on the flat side. An OK stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Poured a pitch black with little head. Aroma contains chocolate, grapes, licorice. The flavor is malty with some chocolate and vanilla but also sour with grapes and raisins. This is more like a foreign stout with that aspect which is good. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3897) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
draft at the westside location. pours black with off white head. nose is roasty, chocolate. flavors is very dry, bland, and watery. touch ashy in finish. extremely watery feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5410) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Black with fluffy tan head and lace. Chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt on the nose. Semi sweet chocolate, with a coffee finish and a good malt bitter. Medium bodied with a little bit of a watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Serving: Draft at the brewpub. It pours an opaque black with a creamy tan head. The nose is very roasty with notes of coffee and wood. The flavor is full of molasses, almost to the point of being overpowering. It is also cloyingly sweet. Some flint and roasted malt comes out as the beer continues to work. This one strikes me as a one note wonder. A medium mouthfeel and a medium finish don’t leave anything to write home about. I would like this brew better if they took their foot off the sweetness pedal.

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