Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout

Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout

Rated 3.444 by BeerPals

Brewed by Starr Hill Brewing Company

Crozet, VA, United States

Style:  Dry Stout

4.8% Alcohol by Volume

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This Dry Irish Stout was the only beer brewed in Virginia to win a Gold medal at the 1999 Great American Beer Festival. This beer is dark in color but light in body. The beer dispensed with Nitrogen to achieve a thick rich head and velvety taste.

ID: 8526 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank4353
Overall Percentile91.9
Style Rank51 of 350
Style Percentile85.4
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.7
Average Score3.546
Weighted Score3.444
Standard Deviation0.420

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  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Coffee color with tan lace scattered across the top, dissolving into a thin ring. Char and sweet cocoa aromas, nutty like roasted peanuts. Char & nut flavor, too: it's a great flavor combination with a pretty clean finish. Good fine carbonation, just a little prickly; not as thin and watery for me as others have suggested. I do wish it tasted as good as it smells.

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.2 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Well...I really want to like Starr Hill beers being that I live in Virginia...but I've found them all lacking soul so far. In this case, the mouthfeel is so thin that well, I'm surprised they even released it.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    The Virginia Guinness is what the barkeep called this. I don't drink a lot of Guinness so not sure. Dark in color, frothy head, on the watery for a stout. Certainly didn't thrill me in any way.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Picked this up on my recent trip to Asheville. As a Deadhead, this was on my list of beers to try, so it was nice to finally check it off. Pitch black, ran like motor oil. No froth, little lacing. Mouthfeel was lighter than anticipated, but still smokey, molasses and caramel notes. Would be a great beer to tap in to now and again, if it was available around here.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I picked this beer up as a mixed six-pack from the Salem Kroger. This beer was pretty spot-on for a dry stout. The flavor was nice,t he head was perfect, and the aroma was roasted malt and coffee. I would drink this regularly.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Pours a purple dark brown, decent head, light sticky lacing .. . coffee and molasses, quite a sweet dry stout .. . pretty good but stacked up, medium .. . How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Light, dry stout with some solid roast and burnt malt characteristics. A very faint twang was evident in the after taste, which I thought added a nice subtle touch to this basic stout.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This poured a pitch black color as expected. The aroma contains some coffee, dark chocolate, and charcoal. The flavor is rather bitter with a ton of coffee coming through. Very little malt presence in this one. The palate is a bit thin with a bitter aftertaste. This is a dry stout through and through. Lower abv, light palate, and a ton of bitterness. Overall not bad though if you like this style.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours an opaque oily sable with a fairly thick pale tan head. Aroma is strong and spicy with a firm undertone of molasses and a hint of miso. Flavor is smoky with tones of coffee and molasses and just a trace of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.7 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This being the 3rd Starr Hill that I sampled (first two were Northern Lights and Love), I will finally say that I found a brew by them that I would buy again. Tried the first two at a festival so were poured on tap catered to mass crowd (two negatives). This one I am in the comfort of my own home, poured in a glass on a chilly under 40 degree Florida winter night. Has a black appearance with aromas of coffee and slight hops. Not much lacing as it's a thin beer. Flavor is chocolate malts and coffee, decent hop finish too. Recently tried Sierra Neveda Stout which was better, but this is similar in a lot of ways....more coffee though. After this, I will give Starr Hill another chance.

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