A panel of expert judges at the 2018 Tasting.com World Beer Championships at the Beverage Tasting Institute awarded Island Brewing Company’s Starry Night Stout 93 points out of a possible 100, for a Gold Medal and an exceptional ranking. “Ebony color. Aromas of German chocolate cake, leather, banana muffins, and clove with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long old-fashioned coffee, blackened herbs, salted caramel, and black toast finish,” stated the tasting notes, “A bold and brawny export stout that offers fruit-laced, rich flavors.”
“We’re happy with the award,” said owner and founder Paul Wright. “There are so many great beers out there, that to be recognized at this level in the company with long and established brands is a testament to all the hard work our team is putting in day in and out to brew the best beer possible.”
IBC’s Starry Night Stout is no stranger to accolades, having previously won gold at both the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.
The Tastings.com World Beer Championships is America’s oldest annual international beer competition. For the past 25 years, the Championships have conducted a blind tasting, medal-based competition based on a 100-point scale. Beers are judged by Tastings.com trained staff, joined by top beer professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University.