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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 126   ABV: 4.2%
Starr Hill’s 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 grandma’s pumpernickel bread.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
The nose was full and as promised, lots of bitter coffee with hints of bittersweet chocolate. The taste was a bit on the bitter side, with a bit of aspirin. I’m not sure why this stout got poor reviews. It might not have been the best, but certainly worthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4097) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 19, 2015
bottle @ Beer Run / Charlottesville VA --- Opaque black color, tan head cover, stripes of lace. Taste is lightly toasted malt that grows into a mildly carbonated swallow, adding just enough hops in the finish to keep things well balanced. This is what a standard stout (think: Guinness, Murhpy’s, Marston’s, etc) should taste like - bursting with flavor, low abv, solid all-around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Delicious brew although quite watery for a proper stout. Pour is light black and a thin head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
samsmith33 (772) - - APR 21, 2015
Aroma is toasted barley. Smoke. Appearance; dark black,no head. Thinnish. Taste; hops, ash, barley. Feel is thin, Low carb. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
solidfunk (7697) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2015
Not a terrible beer, just very low on aroma. Not particularly dry either. Pours black with foamy mocha head and decent lacing. Very light roast. Life bitter finish with a little booze. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattyKakes (117) - Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Not bad from star hill. Dark pour. Thin tan head. Chocolate coffee with bitter hop pallet. Ends dry. Not quite as smooth as a true Guinness. More like a low abv black ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (4316) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle from a box into a snifter. Pour is brown to black with a small off white to light tan head. Nose is a lightly tart coffee and roast. Taste is like watered down burnt coffee with no mouthfeel whatsoever. Thin, blah, meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Keg @ Starr Hill. Brown with a small head. Pepper, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Taste is similar. Roasted coffee. Abrasive bitterness. Cream. Not quite in sync. Medium body, moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Bottle, twist-off top, marked 09/08/13. Nose is a little dank and musty, chocolate and some roast, sweet and airy. Pours ruby-edged black with a huge airy brown head, slow-going for sure. Flattish body despite the over-carbonation, lightly sweet and far from cloying, some lactose-like milkiness and cola-like acidity and sharpness. Light body but not watery, mostly forgettable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-20-12- Poured from bottle in to pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep brown nearly black color with a one finger tan head. The head fades fast to give a moderate amount of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of roasted malt, coffee and some light toffee aromas. Taste – The taste starts out roasty and malty with some caramel flavors. These flavors remain constant throughout the taste. Some toffee flavors combined with the roasted flavors of the start and sweeten the brew more in the middle. As the taste advances further some coffee flavors come to the tongue and add some bitterness to the tongue. In the end, while still sweet there is a slightly bitter flavor left lingering on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body would have been slightly better for the roasted flavors, but for a 4.2 % I guess you can’t expect anything too thick. Overall – A decent light stout, but nothing that is really all that fantastic. It is sort of a sweet version of Guinness draught without the nitro. If looking for a low alcohol stout, would take a Guinness over this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
closey22 (1684) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Opaque black with lacy beige head;aroma is light and slightly roasty; Flava is grainy and roasty; feels light with slight fizz; finishes dry roasty with hint of hops

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