Dark Star Oatmeal Stout | Fremont Brewing Company

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Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

An aggressive pour yields a big two finger, brown head into my can-style glass. Very pillowy, maybe a little creamy. The body is completely black. Overall a fine looking beer so far.

The nose smells exactly how it should. Roasty, slightly bitter, mild chocolate, and full of oats. More cocoa/chocolate velvety sweetness comes out upon further sniffs. Notes of coffee. A very nice nose here.

Flavor is big and bitter. Very dry, roasty. A tad burnt, which is less wanted. A little coffee. This is a real beer though, this will remind you what a serious beer tastes like. This definitely doesn’t flow too well, and I can’t say it’s all that balanced, but that’s ok, it’s a big, powerful flavor. Not all beers need to be crushable. Really not very sweet at all. Overall a good flavor, I know I wouldn’t be able to have too many of them though. I think the best way to describe this, is that it’s not the tastiest beer I’ve ever had, but it’s super impressive, and by no means bad.

The mouthfeel is also quite impressive, really dries your mouth out, coats it with bitterness. This is more bitter than a great deal of IPA’s I drink, and it’s only 50 IBU’s. Getting a lot of bitterness from the malt I imagine. Again, this is more impressive than anything. Body is somewhat thin. Carbonation is medium. Not bad.

The drinkability is quite low on this, considering the plethora of beers I drink on a regular basis, this stands out as exceptionally low on the drinkability scale, while still tasting good. Kinda an oxymoron I suppose.

Overall a good beer. I can’t say I loved how rough it was, but it was a refreshing twist to the norm. Some of that bitterness smoothed out, but once it did, it started tasting a little booze.

Head retention was a little better than average. Lacing was very thick for the most part, a tiny bit patchy here and there. Lacing went all the way down the glass. Overall a pretty darn good looking beer.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impenetrable black with dark brown hues and a large, fluffy dark tan head of foam.

Smell is toasty and bready roasted dark malt, with notes of coffee, hints of caramel, cola and rye chips.

Taste is richer, tangy roasted malt, coffee, bitter cocoa, toasted ginger snap, rye toast, a little wood and hint of pine. Just complex enough yet drinkable to keep me coming back for more.

Full body, hefty froth, finishing chewy, semi-dry.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated #140PKGD01/04/17 into a tulip. Pours jet black with two fingers of chocolate brown variable density head with great retention and left hybrid spiderweb/windshield lacing. Nose is nice but somewhat subdued. Starts malt/roast dominant with subtle chocolate. Balances out more as the beer warmed and the head settled. Taste is more chocolate forward, but with plenty of malt, perhaps a very subtle caramel and oats. Finishes with a bit of bitterness that quickly subsides. Mouthfeel is low-medium bodied, velvety, and with moderate carbonation. One of the best oatmeal stouts I've had (if not the best), perhaps only rivaled by Barney Flats and Velvet Merlin. Sounds like I need to do a blind head-head-head in the future! Would be a staple in my fridge if Fremont had distro in Norcal.

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Photo of Buck89
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. An opaque brown color with a thick tan head. Aromas of cocoa, toast, and burnt coffee. The taste was an incredibly rich and velvety chocolate malt flavor with balanced roasted malt and a smooth bitterness. A silky feel and smooth taste. One of the best oatmeal stouts that I've had.

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Photo of DallasK
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a thin mocha head that leaves lacing. Smell is wonderful, like fudge. Taste is of chocolate, coffee, bitter roast, with a sweetness. Feel is creamy with moderate carbonation. Very solid oatmeal stout. A ste for 4.99.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a New Belgium globe - pours very dark and opaque, beautiful brown head of lacing.

Smell is heavy on the oatmeal character, this brew smells like it packs a punch...tons of oatmeal character, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dry nuttiness, peanut butter? Smell is more of the same, heavy oatmeal presence that lends to a full bodied mouthfeel. Oatmeal and chocolate flavors, with more hints of that peanut butter character that I really dig. Hints of espresso bitterness and cherry cordial on the dry finish.

Overall this is great stuff.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with a good tan head that designates quickly. Aroma is strong but a little sweet. Taste is bitter but sweet without any alcohol after taste.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours jet black. A tan head thins to a lasting cover. Slowly vanishing lace sticks.

The smell is very rich and dark. Chocolate cake, anise dark fruit (plum), toffee/caramel, and a spicy, earthy slightly roasty touch.

The taste is of rich chocolate, molasses and anise. Alcohol shows. Earthy roasted tone in the finish balances the sweetness.

It is full. Somewhat sharp for an oatmeal stout, probably due to the noticeable alcohol.

It's hot but very enjoyable and it doesn't seem to mask the richness. I really enjoyed this, especially the complex, robust nose.

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Photo of glutenfreewasaninsidejob
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Almost half inch of tan autumnal rust sits atop a dark, coffee-hued body.

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, candied ginger, hoppy undercurrents, alcohol.

Taste: Comes on surprisingly bright but darkens up as it progresses. Espresso, ancient grains, slight maltiness, finish is a bit like dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and mostly smooth, but not velvety. Light carbonation suits the dark richness of this beer pretty well.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a deep black color, just barely a hint of mahogany around the edges. a finger plus of a deep tan head with strong retention and leaving behind a frothy lacing. completely dark and opaque.

Smell: coffee ground, chocolate, earthy bitterness, some dark fruits.

Taste: opens with some bittersweet bakers chocolate, taste opens up with a strong and sweet maltiness that hints on dark fruits. a small amount of coffee ground comes in and mixes with the chocolate. the end has a bit more graininess and herbal, spicy and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: smooth and velvety. nicely bitter, thick but not chewy.

Overall: I have yet to be disapointed by Fremont and this is no exception. Big and bold for 8% but also smooth and drinkable. Finds a nice balance on the borderline of everyday stout and a big heavy imperial.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.58/5  rDev +12%
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 -5.9%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.4%
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 +1.5%
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 -3.7%
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%
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 +2.4%
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 -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful dark color, dark tan head.
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 -3.9%
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 +9.5%
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 +5.1%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.9%
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 +1.7%
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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