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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout | Fremont Brewing Company

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Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by beertunes on 01-13-2011

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 228
Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip. The body is a dark black with a tan two finger head. Aromas consist of dark chocolate and espresso. The flavors are the same. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation and silky smooth.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blacknyellow20 for this beer, along with the bourbon coffee lactose lactating extravaganza version, which I just popped open for a side-by-side. 12 oz. can.

The pour is black. Nose is simple roast with sweet malt. Straightforward.

Dark Star is nice. Lovely oaty mouth (& not that mushy oatmeal kind). Quick-hitting sweetness that turns towards honey, moderate roast, lactose that becomes more prominent as the beer warms, & a creamy mCCCC mouthfeel. Suckable.

If more oatmeal stouts tasted like this, I would drink more oatmeal stouts. Say that fast five times. I can’t. Very good beer.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and dark color, little to no head but kept some nice bubbles still. Coffee flavor comes through strong, little bit of chocolate. Real lite mouth feel for how dark it is.
Overall one of the better oatmeal stouts ive had.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber a year and a half old, into a yeti snifter. Pours a brown/black cola color with a 1 finger khaki head, some nice lacing. Some roasty and smokey notes, also some bittersweet chocolate.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery

A: A dark blackish brown with one finger tan head that lingered. Nice lacing.

S: Smokey charred malts with an oat undertone and dark fruits popping up all around. Some coffee notes, too.

T: Terrific and smooth with toasty semi-sweet chocolate mixed in with some coffee on the finish. Dark fruits (dates, plums, figs). Sweet, robust and highly drinkable. The best of our flight, for sure.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: The wife insisted we buy 2 bottles to go; one for us, one to share.

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Photo of stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark and oily with fluffy beige head. Dark roast grains, ad expected, for the aroma. Taste is where this picks up the pace. Elements of vanilla, oak, peat and molasses. Slick mouth feel, nice bite at finish

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Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter
Canned 12/19/14

A- pours a near jet black color with a two-finger creamy dark tan head that retains for a while before settling into a film floating on top

S- roasted charred malt gives some smoky notes along with dark chocolate, raisin, fig & coffee. Also some sweet oats, along with some earthy & herbal tones

T- dark and roasty up front with notes of bitter dark chocolate, along with charcoal, coffee, fig & date. Earthy and slightly smoky finish with more chocolate and a hint of coffee on the linger

M- heavy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth finish, abv hidden very well

O- a world class oatmeal stout, when it comes to a straight up stout, no barrel aging, no extra adjuncts, this is about as good as it gets

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Photo of rarigney
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion, a seriously good oatmeal stout. The smell is faint but the taste is of bitter coffee and dark roast malts. Creamy smooth and well balanced. Fantastic!

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful dark color, dark tan head.
und
Smell is mild, fine, from memory, characteristic of stout, malty.

Taste is fine, not grand; not especially memorable.

Mouthfeel is appropriately rich - but seriously under-carbonated - ruins the beer. Alas.

Finish is ok, but has some off notes, cola perhaps.

Very mixed bag, this one. Undercarbonation ruins it - don't buy again.

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Photo of gandres
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can to wine glass
Canned/bottled on 12/28/2015
Appearance: pours very dark-black, small brown head , minimal lacing
Aroma: very good aroma
Taste: very good initial taste but lacks follow through
Mouth Feel: creamy
Overall: Very good beer
Drank February 10, 2016

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Photo of BbyDigital
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a phenomenal brew from Fremont! By far my favorite of their lineup of beers in cans or bottles. I usually like oatmeal stouts anyway but at 8% abv this one is exceptional. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, great lingering aftertaste that keeps me coming back for more and probably drinking this high alcohol beer a little too fast! A must try if you're at all a fan of the style.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Dark Star Oatmeal Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a creamy tan head.

Smell is faint, some sweet malt and smoke aromas.

Taste is a bitter coffee and chocolate flavor, with a dairy sweet flavor, and a dry bitter charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, cloying with pleasant aftertaste.

Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 11/02/15. Served in a can glass. Beer pours pitch black in color and forms a large-ish frothy head. Aroma of roasted nuts and burnt caramel. Flavor is classic oatmeal stout with a creamy mouthfeel and the volume turned up just a little bit. Really dominant flavor of bitter cocoa. Hop balance is exactly where it should be. Fremont calls this an Imperial Oatmeal Stout at 8% ABV, but imperial stouts frequently go even higher and bring more powerful, off the wall flavors. This to me seems more of a great high-gravity execution of a classic style. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber and looking near perfect in glass. Chocolate on the nose initially but fades. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and really roasted malts. Huge hop profile on this seeing how this is a really fresh bottle. 8% abv no need to age and no real alcohol burn. Downside mouthfeel is not as rich and creamy as I would have liked from an oatmeal stout. Overall a well balanced beer could be a goto.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Bottled on 11/30/2015 (18 days ago, Yes ! )

Pours a solid black body with a creamy frothy tan head that really does look like a chocolate shake ( I'm borrowing the milkshake thing from previous reviewer, ONovoMexicano. It's spot on!) Good retention and lacing.

Smell (while not overly prominent) is roasted malt that come across as coffee

Taste follows but it's more boozy then the smell. Nice hop finish gives it a good balance.

Creamy feel is outstanding !

Really liked this oatmeal stout. The texture is amazing and the rest is pretty good too

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Nice on appearance. Oatmeal/ khaki-head of the frothy, chewy, milkshake-like variety. Pitch-black liquid that contrasts excellently with the head. Lace develops in sticky splotches as the head recedes. 5

Dark roasted malt and grassy hop notes. Light chocolatey notes and vanilla. Nothing particularly seductive or mind-blowing, but it's still a nice aroma. 4

Continued dark malt presence on the tongue with a cocoa and chocolate syrup complement and vanilla, all of which make for a roasty, unsweetened hot chocolate sort of flavor experience. Initially, I was tasting a grassier, earthier hop flavor, but some light citrus notes sneak in and are a pleasing addition. 4.25

They nailed the oatmeal stout quality that one wants when drinking this style. This is roasty with a thick, viscous, creamy feel and light sweetness that roll over the tongue something lovely. Bitterness is light on the finish and mingles with a brown sugary taste and feel in a way that well displays the delicate balance of sensations. I will say, I appreciate the body on this, but some might find it thin. 4.25

I've had a lot of Fremont brews over the past year and found them to be either spectacular gems or moderate duds. This is the former. Excellent.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love an oatmeal stout and this and Ninkasi are my two go to's. This beauty is underrated as it is full of amazing flavors while being extremely light bodied and drinkable. Never had such a light-hearted stout they will probably find it coursing though my liver when I'm dead and gone!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours jet black, thick tan head with good retention. Mild aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Good oatmeal stout taste with dark chocolate and coffee, a dry finish with a decent amount of bitterness. Medium slick creamy mouthfeel. Overall very good oatmeal stout, hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of jtirpak22
4.91/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Have had more times than I can count. This time out of a 12oz. can into a tulip glass. Pour is extremely dark with a thin layer of dark tan head. Aroma is primarily coffee with some slight cocoa. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, silky with a slightly dry finish. Overall one of the best oatmeal stouts I've had.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid oatmeal stout. Thick dark black color with a wonderful creamy head. Not much on the nose and a solid, hearty yet unfortunately not smooth body. Finish is good but slightly bitter. Overall a solid beer but nothing unique or memorable.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

L - PITCH black. Half a finger of tan head.

S - Absurd amount of coffee, subtle malt, some milk/lactose, grains, and oats

T - Bitter dark roast coffee, a surprising hop bite in the back, some wet oats that strangely remind me of soggy Cheerio's

F - Smooth, velvety, texture thanks to the oatmeal. No trace of the 8.0% at all.

O - Great standard Oatmeal Stout with a bitter dark coffee presence that is bigger than most.

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why it's taken me so long to try this one, but it's time to check this one off the list.

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a big mocha head, beautiful patchy lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma is chocolate, bitter roasted malt. Some dark fruit. Clean and bold.

Taste is bitter, roasty, chocolatey. Dry cocoa. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, semi-dry finish.

Overall a really nice everyday stout.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show produces a three inch head; the liquid is obsidian and murky while the foam leave a copious amount of lacing

Smell: Plenty of char, here, with licorice, black bread, chocolate and green hop tones

Taste: Licorice, chocolate and burnt toast, up front, with dark fruit tones and herbal green hop flavors developing; the sweeter elements build, after the swallow, but there is a lot of char in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: There are some interesting flavors in here, for sure, that make this different from the typical oatmeal stout; not only is it quite hoppy, but the sweeter tones are also interesting

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a thick, foamy, cascading light brown head.

Cocoa and smooth, roasted espresso notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, and slightly viscous from fairly low carbonation.

A very well done oatmeal stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this really is about as good as it gets for me in the style, no barrel, no vanilla beans, no chili peppers, no need. its rich and creamy, the oats do a ton for both flavor and feel in this one, and there is a definite coffee character that i love in this, giving beautiful roasty bitterness that compliments a similar malt element. you know that instant when you are toasting sesame seeds, or cooking popcorn the old fashioned way, and you get to the point where its perfect, and you have only seconds before it all gets burnt and goes to hell? where you have to get it off the heat or its ruined? this has that moment in it, where the roast and bitter and caramel are all on point, but even a decimal more on any of these, and it would be way overdone and out of balance. its all united by the oats, and there is a really nice cohesive element, a moment really, and its excellent. espresso notes and dark chocolate in the finish, and a smoothness of feel unrivaled in the style. i can only imagine how epic the barrel aged variants are, im super keen to try them, but i have yet to see them for sale in colorado. anyone else?

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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from Fremont Brewing Company
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