5 Seasons North Dark Star Stout
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GTAEgeek (1928) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13231) - 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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2839) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hank1980 (966) - 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 14/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbruner (3987) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Pours a deep brownish black on tap with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of dark roasted malt, bakerís chocolate, and a hint of earthy tobacco. Taste is mostly the dark roast with a metallic middle that ends on a clean bitterness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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.

   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 thatís not necessarily a bad thing.

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