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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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Draft. Creamy medium beige head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, coffee, light earthy/grapefruit. Light-medium body, light creaminess.

jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
on tap-pours a brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/molasses, oat creaminess. Taste is dark malt-anise/molasses, oat creaminess. Dryish. Medium body. Soft carbonation.

daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Tap. Dark brown, almost black. This is really good considering this is my least favorite stout style. Aroma is toasty and full of molasses, cocoa and some coffee. Flavor is fuller than most dry stouts, but it is dry. Lots of toasted malt and molasses. And a good dose of medium roast coffee with some chocolate. Good beer.

kp (10881) - 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 (8226) - 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.

ben4321 (6665) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Location: On tap at the Alpharetta Brewbup, 2/15/10

Overall Impression: A nice dark brown body. This one has a very creamy feel to it. There are roasted malts, and chocolate. It is quite smooth and easy drinking. A nice beer.

decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Black with fluffy tan head and lace. Chocolate, espresso, and roasted malt on the nose. Semi sweet chocolate, with a coffee finish and a good malt bitter. Medium bodied with a little bit of a watery finish.

Cybercat (6010) - 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.

chinchill (5224) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2014
On tap at the Westside location. Unexceptional looks and feel. Seems a bit light in body even for style. Light but adequate carbonation. Generous load of dark roasted malts. Slightly above average bitterness for style, probably due to the level of dark roasted grain.

jbruner (5121) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Pours a deep brownish black on tap with fluffy tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of dark roasted malt, baker’s chocolate, and a hint of earthy tobacco. Taste is mostly the dark roast with a metallic middle that ends on a clean bitterness. Not bad.

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