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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout - Fremont Brewing Company

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89
very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 193
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 23
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout | 8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beertunes on 01-13-2011

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 193
Photo of BbyDigital
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
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 +6.4%
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 +3.5%
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 +4.2%
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 +3%
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 +5%
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 +12.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +21.5%
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 -5.2%
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 +4.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -0.5%
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 and green hop tones

Taste: Licorice and burnt toast, up front, with dark fruit tones and herbal green hop flavors developing; the sweeter elements build, after the swallow, with a baked bread character 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 -1.2%
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 +5.2%
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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Photo of 303beer
2.64/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours dark. Little bit muddy. Leaves some lacing in a pint glass. Starts little roast then gets hoppy. Had it in a bomber then in cans about month later. Having out of cans now. I do like the cascade hops but don't care for beer with sediment. My personal preference is all.

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Photo of ckornmannn
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle: pours black, no light getting through, with a nice amount of carbonation. Smells like bourbon. smooth silky mouthfeel like a stout but with more alcohol heat. If someone had told me it was a barrel aged stout, I would believe them. Really rich and nuanced.

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Photo of vladdswrath
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing fancy here, just a straight ahead perfectly balanced stout. No special flavor tones of note, just the usual chocolate and oats, but if it ain't broke don't fix it...and I think this rather plan formula works brilliantly. It feels like a million bucks going down as well. I wish this was easier to find around here, because it would be a regular in my rotation if it were.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed how gently the imperial flavor was used to complement the oatmeal - really an enjoyable beer. This was my first time having it - will have again!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with a hige creamy tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malt with a little roast.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt and some coffee with a chalky roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice amped up oatmeal stout.

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Photo of woemad
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.79. There’s a canned-on date on the bottom of the can, but it only has the time, not the date (“17:45”, for those interested).

Poured a shade of brown so dark, it’s pretty much black, with no light passing through. Big, creamy looking tan head. It dropped after a few minutes, but was easily agitated back to life. Lots of lace.

Roasty and toasty in the nose. Just a tiny bit of hop tang in the background. I wish the nose was a little more dominant.

Rich and smooth to start with, some chocolate and coffee notes. At the mid point, there’s a little bit of acidic bitterness, but only enough to provide a little contrast. Am I crazy, or is this a little more like a porter than a stout. Yep, I’m crazy, that can be easily attested to, but it does seem like it straddles the line a bit. The flavor isn’t exactly dynamic, and I wish it was a little more assertive, but it’s a very drinkable example of the style, and definitely does not seem like it’s 8% abv.

Creamy, coating, rich mouthfeel.

Maybe this can is a little past it’s prime, or this is just a rather mellow oatmeal stout. It’s very good, hitting all the touchstones of the style, but it just seems like it’s a little muted. I’d still drink it again, and I almost certainly will, and perhaps I’ll discover this was indeed a can that was a little tired.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful thick head and a cascading rise bubbles in the glass. Aroma is great, just wish it was more pronounced. Taste is great. It is so damn easy drinking for an 8% stout. Smooth, slightly creamy, good balance of roast and very slight stout acrid char. Really a good beer. Full disclosure, I was rating it a bit lower, until I remember, this is an oatmeal stout. Not an Imperial or Russian Imperial stout. With those I would expect bigger and bolder qualities but for an Oatmeal stout, youd be hard pressed to find a better one anywhere. Fantastic stout!!!

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Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super dark brown body. After a hard, dunk pour, the mocha head quickly retreats to a thin, cloud cover, and skinny collar around the ring. The legging is sporadic and slick. I have had all the Fremont BA stouts and the look is similar. The smell reminds me of rich mushy oatmeal and medium roasted malts. The taste is a balanced, sweet, roasty, malt concoction. No sweetness. Splendid. The only other base stout I can think of that is better is Speedway Stout. Dark Star is a very solid, basic stout, compared to Speedway. The feel of this stout is also pretty basic, but high end. Superb finish.

Overall - This is a winner. Definitely a stout to build around. The core player on the team.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich obsidian black. small brown head dissipates quickly to leave a petri dish top.

Aroma is oily: black coffee and chocolate. A little fresh and milky sweet. Simple yet enticing.

Ayup. Starts off slick and oily sweet before bitter coffee and... not quit sure what. Roasty and a bit ashy without being dry or smokey. Oily roasty chocolate and coffee and oats. Basically exactly what you want out of an oatmeal stout.
None of the individual components jump out and blow you away, but put together what you end up with is a very well composed and executed example of a style for which I am quite fond. Another winner.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into my Fremont goblet.

Appearance: totally black body with two fingers of thick, creamy tan foam which slowly subside leaving a thorough lace on the glass. Kind of hard to beat.

Smell: lightly malty and moderately roasty. Not especially complex, but very well-made. I like it.

Taste: big and roasty with a very light fruitiness up front; as the first wave of sweetness fades there's a much more ashy roastiness toward the end. I like the dynamic qualities here; very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I really like it.

Overall: a very fine stout. I could make this a regular quaffer.

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