Little Red Roostarr

Virginia
United States
Starr Hill Little Red Roostarr beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
85
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Starr Hill’s Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.

Profile

ABV: 
5.8%
IBUs: 
19
Hops: 
Willamette
Malts: 
Two-Row, Carafa, Caramel, Wheat
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
85
Aroma:
18 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

If you like a fresh pot of coffee, this beer was made for you. It pours pitch black with a big tan head that clings to the glass. The aroma is of bold, freshly-roasted coffee beans. Unfortunately, however, there isn’t much beer behind it. Maybe some burnt toast, but its all about the coffee in the nose. Fortunately, the flavor takes on a much fuller profile. The coffee surely is still there, but its not as dominating as it is in the aroma. It’s more of a coffee-and-cream take vs. bold, black coffee, and it features complementary notes of milk chocolate, deep caramel, raisins and a faint earthiness from the hops. Despite all the coffee, the bitterness is moderately low without any astringency. The body is pretty light for the style, but it helps keep it easy-drinking and takes on an Irish Coffee element. This beer was definitely made for coffee drinkers, especially in the aroma, but even for those that aren’t like me, once you get past the overabundance in the nose, it’s a very well-blended beer that is quite enjoyable. 

Popular Reviews

Jim Dykstra's picture

My Score: 
92
Aroma: 
21 / 24
Appearance: 
6 / 6
Flavor: 
37/ 40
Mouthfeel: 
10/ 10
Overall Impression: 
18/ 20
This beer is well-rounded, covering both sweet and roasty bases, with a tad of chocolate to meld them together. It also lends itself to spicy food, as Starr Hill did a one-off cask of Roostar with habanero, adding another dimension that is nearly apparent even without the added chili spice. It's not overly complicated, but balanced well enough to have considerable depth.

Brewery Introduction

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a... Read More

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