5 Seasons North Dark Star Stout
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Kind of disappointing, pours a deep dark black. Some bready toasty notes, with a bit of dried cocoa powder, and some roasted coffee beans. Quite dry on the palate, but smooth and creamy, but kind of non - descript.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Tap. Dark brown, almost black. This is really good considering this is my least favorite stout style. Aroma is toasty and full of molasses, cocoa and some coffee. Flavor is fuller than most dry stouts, but it is dry. Lots of toasted malt and molasses. And a good dose of medium roast coffee with some chocolate. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (945) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Tap. Pours brownish black, with small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, sweetness. Taste is roasty, though not over the top, with chocolate, coffee. Some sweet fruit as well. Mouth is medium and the finish is relatively smooth. Overall, a decent stout.
Earlier Rating: 6/15/2009 Total Score: 2.9
On tap. Poured black and translucent, small white head. Aroma is of roasted malt, sweetness, some slightly sour notes as well. Taste is roasted but also a little sour and bitter. Not very appealing notes surround this roasty dry stout. Mouth is dry and fairly full. Overall, an okay brew that has some good notes and some bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
on tap-pours a brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/molasses, oat creaminess. Taste is dark malt-anise/molasses, oat creaminess. Dryish. Medium body. Soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a dark chocolate brown with light showing through as mahogany around the edges. The head is small and tan, dissipating very quickly and leaving no lacing. The aroma fairly straight forward with lots of roasted malts with hints of both dark chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the aroma pretty closely and has the requisite dark roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. There is also the faintest hint of fruity sweetness in the background but this is quickly forgotten with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but still very creamy and with minimal carbonation. This is a solid and extremely drinkable example of an Irish stout. Nothing really stands out about, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2009
Pours black. Aroma is burnt grain and coffee. Flavor follows aroma - dark coffee, nice roast, subtle earthiness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full for an Irish-style stout. Overall, a tasty and very drinkable stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2008
This is a very aggressive dry stout. Dry stout often means bland, but this has a ton of roast and a bit of that ashy flavor that some coffee stouts end up with, but only a touch. Very tasty stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
On tap. Pours fairly black with a nice head. We’ve got an oaty, dense nose with suggestions of chocolate, light coffee, and a tiny ashiness. The body is surprisingly creamy and smooth. I get bitter ash, velvety chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. The finish is dry with an almost sour twinge. Very well done. What a delightful take on a session beer like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2008
Appearance: Black body with a small, light tan head. Smell: Aroma of roasted malts with full accents of coffee and Dutch chocolate. Taste: Dry, roasted maltiness with a taste of unsweetened chocolate and coffee. Brief, and I do mean brief flashes of toffee and roasted nuts. Puff of smoke. The beer never offers much sweetness. Just a touch of faint sourness on the smokey, dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A solid dry stout, indeed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2009
Date: February 15, 2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: slightly sweet roasted malt aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of dry roasted flavor, touch of stylistic sourness, bitter finish with a touch of burnt malt bitterness

Date: February 22, 2007
Mode: cask
very dry and roasted, lasting malt bitterness, not much different from the standard draft, hint of sweet caramel towards the bottom of the glass fills out the middle,

Date: May 31, 2007
Mode: cask
Words: raspberry
Aroma: nice raspberry in the aroma is well balanced with the roasted malts
Flavor: raspberry flavor starts off light and intensifies as it warms, dry finish with a touch of raspberry tartness
Overall: still mostly the dry stout even with the 10lbs of fresh raspberries added to the firkin

Date: March 18, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brewpub
Score: 3.4
Aroma: picking up some sweet chocolate in the aroma
Body: creamy body
Flavor: more sweetness in the flavor as well pulling out a chocolate character

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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