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Starr Hill All Access Cryptical Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Cryptical packs a wallop of dark malt flavor. The beer weighs in at close to 8% ABV and has flavors of liquorices and anise spice. Cryptical is dry-hopped with American Hops to balance out the full body with a floral aroma.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1828) - Silver Spring, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Poured from 750 ml bottle after cellaring for 18 months. Opaque, black-brown with a 2-finger tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and roasted coffee. Taste of rich sweet chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, licorice, nuts and mild dark fruit with a fruity hop finish, without which this would be an unremarkable, average imperial stout. The hop finish ands balance to the big malt flavors and makes this a more interesting brew. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3567) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Average imperial stout. Ok balance, some roast malt and light bitter finish. Some booze. Light on palate. Dark pour with good head and lacing. A dog just puked up some great looking sausage next to me. There are bunch of douchebags around that think they know a lot about craft beer. They say the like Stella. On tap at DC Summerfest.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a hint of coffee. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, burnt toast, and caramel.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robgibbens (402) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Poured at World of Beer, tulip glass. Nice short tan head, color is black. Bitterness up front, also lingers at the finish. Coffee flavors are strong, nice stout!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3823) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 2, 2014
From the 750 bottle. Light body. Taste of chocolate and roast Pretty tasty overall. Dark pour with light carbonation

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8760) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2014
12oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. Roast, some chocolate, anise, and lighter dark fruits. I found this one a on the thinner side all around for an Imperial Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2356) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2013 vintage at 8.8% abv. Decent sized brown head of very fine frothy bubbles. Mild aroma with some chocolate malts, a hint of licorice, sweet milk chocolate and lactose. Color is a very dark brown. Quite the zippy mouthfeel. Lots of roasted grains up front, burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate and some strong licorice. Finishes quite dry and bitter with lots of pine and very dark cocao. Moderate alcohol presence. A decent imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle from craft. Nice little imperial stout. A tad thin for my likings, but it had nice notes of roast and chocolate and hop. The anise is definitely noticeable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (1299) - - NOV 7, 2013
Bottle. Black with a dark tan head. Aroma is soy sauce, licorice and roasted malt. Taste mostly follows suit and adds a slightly sweet finish and slight hop bitterness. Medium oily mouthfeel. Could be a touch sweeter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (3872) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2013
22oz bomber from Spirits Middletown. Poured a thick looking pitch black body with a dense foamy beige head. Aroma is rather sweet with some initial notes of sweetness including some earthiness, wet fowers, chocolate, burnt toast, milk. BIg body thanks to stronger carbonation and a medium mouthfeel, not bad but not great. Flavor is the same as the aroma, sort of sweet up front with some floral notes and cheap chocolate followed by super cheap coffee. Okay beer but for an Impy not impressed.


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