5 Seasons North Dark Star Stout
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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, 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 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 that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

   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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3907) - 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.

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