Starry Night Stout Claims Gold!

(Carpinteria, CA) – The results from the World Beer Championships at the Beverage Tasting Institute are in. A panel of expert judges at the Beverage Tasting Institute tasked with ranking Island Brewing Company’s Starry Night Stout awarded it 93 points out of a possible 100, for a Gold Medal and an exceptional ranking. The tasting notes pretty much say it all: “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. A bold and brawny export stout that offers fruit-laced, rich flavors.”


“We’re happy with the award,” says 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.”


Foreign stouts are dark brown to black in color and are strong in alcohol ranging from 5.5-9%. Assertive flavors of roasted coffee and dark chocolate provide the majority of the character of this style, with many versions also featuring medium-to-high hop bitterness. Foreign, or export, stouts were first brewed as a higher gravity version of sweet or dry stouts. These beers were first brewed to withstand export to tropical markets, but today may be found nearly everywhere.


Island Brewing Company’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 World Beer Championships is America's oldest annual international beer competition and has been operated objectively for 25 years. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Beers are judged by 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. The World Beer Championships distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through, a free consumer website with a hundred thousand unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.'