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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout - Fremont Brewing Company

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Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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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Ratings: 139 | Reviews: 18
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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.53/5  rDev +15%
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!!!

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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?

Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fremont, review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head on top, made up of small bubbles. Decent retention, leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt up front with a good bit of chocolate in the middle - dark and some milk. Faint coffee and herbal hop aromas.

T: More chocolate mixed with a bit of flaky oats, blended together very nicely. There is a bit of sweetness and cream.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A nice imperial stout, pretty easy drinking with a nice flavor profile.

Photo of ckornmannn
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of 14erFan
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a full and creamy mouth-feel. Yes, you'll probably find something to prefer in certain, and bigger, examples, of this style. But this beer is solid; and I can certainly see how it serves as the outstanding base of Fremont's world-class barrel-aged offerings.

Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of 303beer
2.64/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth. Really good Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First trip to Freemont. Glad to back in WA.
Served in a Goblet.

A - Served a very dark brown with a medium brown head that fades very quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Very chocolately and oats.

T - Similar to the smell, chocolates and the oats definetly come through.

D - Thinner than expected and more carbonated than most stouts.

O - Very tasty, but a bit thin and average.

Photo of woemad
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured black with good carbonation and a small white cap

S: Nose was pretty tame. Good sweetness but it was tough to get some smell off of this even after burying my nose in it.

T: Taste has lighter oats that I expected. The oats I thought played a quiter role. I got some cola notes, oats cam in medium to the end, some sweetness, booze sting, chocolate.

M: Medium/Big body, sweet, booze feel is very striking, not overpowering just right I thought for an Imperial.

O: Pretty good.

Photo of beertunes
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I listed this as rotating, but it may become seasonal depending on feedback. This is from the first batch and the keg is (admittedly, by the brewer) somewhat undercarbonated, keep that in mind while reading.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black, with just a trace of reddish translucence at the edges, and had just a very thin cap of tan head with low retention and lacing.

The aroma is solidly rich malts with a very nice roast component. There are just enough hops in the background to be noticeable. On the tongue the roast flavors play a bigger role, without dominating the grain and had just a tickle of hops on the finish.

The body was good and solid without being heavy or overly filling. Drinkability is very good, I rarely have more than 1 big stout at a time but easily see having several of these while watch the winter rains here in the PNW.

Overall, another solid brew from one of Seattle's rising stars. Worth seeking out.

Photo of snaotheus
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015-01-18
12oz can poured into a tulip. Half of the canned on date is compressed into illegibility; the only part I can read is 19:37.

Pours very dark brown with a respectable light tan head that fades fairly quickly into a ring and a thin film. Medium amount of carbonation. Smell is rich chocolate and coffee. Smells very nice. A little anise.

Taste is stronger on the anise, but still lots of coffee and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, mild. Very drinkable. Overall, very good beer.

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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from Fremont Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.