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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (1749) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2603) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (942) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4183) - Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Enjoyed this one on cask. Flavors of licorice. Lots of roasted malt/coffee beans. Very light. A little watery. Very smooth. Very balanced.

3.3
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deaconmike (380) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1864) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - 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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