Formerly brewed at 5 Seasons North
Style: Dry Stout
Alpharetta, Georgia USA


on tap

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   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, 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.

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aracauna (3616) - Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2008
This is a very aggressive dry stout. Dry stout often means bland, but this has a ton of roast and a bit of that ashy flavor that some coffee stouts end up with, but only a touch. Very tasty stout.

NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
On tap. Pours fairly black with a nice head. We’ve got an oaty, dense nose with suggestions of chocolate, light coffee, and a tiny ashiness. The body is surprisingly creamy and smooth. I get bitter ash, velvety chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee. The finish is dry with an almost sour twinge. Very well done. What a delightful take on a session beer like this.

ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2008
Appearance: Black body with a small, light tan head. Smell: Aroma of roasted malts with full accents of coffee and Dutch chocolate. Taste: Dry, roasted maltiness with a taste of unsweetened chocolate and coffee. Brief, and I do mean brief flashes of toffee and roasted nuts. Puff of smoke. The beer never offers much sweetness. Just a touch of faint sourness on the smokey, dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: A solid dry stout, indeed!

kp (10882) - 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

PorterPounder (8088) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
On tap at the brewpub in Alpharetta. Black as tar pour wiht a sticky frothy mocha colored head. Fresh fragrant aroma of espresso and dark chocolate. Chewy flavor with some roasty smoky notes, espresso, fresh earth and just a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, excellent and best of my session at their new location.

Cybercat (5894) - Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2007
Color is a rich deep chocolaty brown with a very thick head. Aroma is decidedly stouty with a hint of coffee. Flavor is very dark, with burnt hints and undertones of chocolate and coffee. This is a very tasty stout that has a deep flavor but is not heavy or overwhelming. Recommended to all stout and porter fanatics.

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.

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