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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
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Starr Hillís Dark Starr Stout has won more national and international awards than any other Dry Irish Stout in the country. Brewed with roasted barley, and with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, it packs a robust taste into a surprisingly light body. This signature brew pours like velvet and drinks like a slice of grandmaís pumpernickel bread.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Draft, Luigiís, Harrisonburg VA. Impressive nitro pour, jet black with an inch of solid white head. Very little aroma, just some slight roasted sweet malts and a little astringency. Very light body. Tastes like Guinness, but thinner and weaker, which simply left me wanting a Guinness. Some very faint toasted chocolate and coffee flavors are present, but thereís not enough sourness for the style. Very watery finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2005
05 OD Beerfest - Looked just like Guinness. Light aromas of chocolate malt, soft cocoa, and mild roasted coffee. Flavor is practically the same. Light bodied, soft creamy carbonation, dry, semi-bitter finish. A fairly weak rendition, yet still was not half bad. Easily a session brew in a pinch..

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2005
(ODBF05) Creamy beige head atop a black body. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, roasty. Taste is medium sweet, roasty, some fruitiness, chocolate. Very mild. Light smooth body. Guzzleable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Nitro at Old Dominion Beer Festival 2005... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, very creamy, beige head. Terrific retention. The aroma is a bit non-descript but comes through with small notes of cocoa and charcoal. The perfectly-balanced flavor is of deeply roasted almonds and vanilla. Light-bodied and mildly creamy with medium carbonation. Lengthy, lightly bitter, bone-dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - MAY 27, 2005
draft. very little head and has an aroma of chocolate. very dark w/ the flavor of roasted barley.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
A watery palate but with nice chocolate and coffee notes. Little discernable roastiness on finish. I would not have guessed this was a dry stout. It seems to have been knocked about some by other raters as a Guinness knock-off, but Guinness is much more tasteless than this. A decent offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2005
on tap at luigis. this one left me wanting. i was excited about snagging a stout on tap but when i tasted it i found it had little flavor and no depth. a poor example.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 16, 2005
A aromatic coffee stout. Fantastic appearance and aroma but a little watery in the taste. Easy drinking beer though and at 4.75% a perfect beer to have several pints of at any time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2005
At the RDF tasting with MJ: A nice brown head. I rather enjoyed the aroma, but still though it was a little thin. Lots of chocalate, and malt. A very solid dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2005
This appears to be the only regular Starr Hill beer that is all made on site (at least some of the production of others seems to come from Old Dominion) and the one I enjoyed most of those I sampled on tap at the Starr Hill Brewery. Admittedly, itís heavily Guinness influenced, but itís a good rendition and better than the original . Unlike Guinness, it has some flavour left in. Very dark colour - essentially black and opaque. The nitro pour (which I could do without, although I do have to confess that I generally find the appearance of nitro stouts strangely compelling) ensures a creamy head an texture. The aroma is restrained roast malts with dry coffee accents. Roast malt flavour. Low on coffee and chocolate, but subtle, fairly dry and quite well balanced. Not the richest stout, but well-mannered, smooth and entirely agreeable.

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