Dark Star
Fremont Brewing Company

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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #35
Ranked #4,467
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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Notes: Dark Star is inspired by the wandering tribes scattered through the terrible journey of time and space and adrift in the dark matter between the spaces of then and now. Dark Star is a dark, mysterious yet silky oatmeal stout of grand proportions balanced by a firm hop handshake … go ahead, enjoy the journey … Because Beer Journeys Matter!

Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale, Roast Barley, C-60, Carafa 2, and Chocolate malts with Flaked Oats and Magnum and Willamette hops.

IBU: 50

Color: Black
Aroma: Dark chocolate, caramel, coffee
Flavor: Espresso, cocoa, roasty

Availability: January 1 – February 29
Reviews: 101 | Ratings: 413 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Guaro from Italy

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total black with hazelnut colored foam to abundant and creamy with good persistence. Coffee, large roasts, light smoking and tobacco, dried fruit, herbaceous, spicy hops. On the palate there is milk chocolate, toffee, burnt tones that are not intrusive but which balance the sweetness with their slight acidity. Dusty finish rich in toasted and ash, well hopped on earthy tones. Strongly hopped aftertaste accompanied by a nice ethyl heating. Oats and lactose are used in an excellent way and manage to give a full and extremely velvety body. Low carbonation.

Nov 21, 2020
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BNSlums from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can packaged 9/18/20. I have had pleasant experiences with other brews by Fremont (Interurban and Hazy Rex are great).

L: SRM about 40, not pitch black but nearly. A brown-tan creamy head forms atop, well retained. Beer appears thin for an imperial.

S: Coffee and chocolate, with lesser notes of toffee. Sweetness is bold.

T: Roasted oat and barley. Dark chocolate forward, transforming to a sweet mocha that goes does smooth with a toasted wood and boozy finish. Bitterness felt on the tip of tongue but quickly washed away by the stronger malty flavors.

F: Full bodied and viscous. Quick pricks of bitter on the tongue in the background. However, lighter than other imperials

This is a great, warming, wholesome oatmeal stout. The head formed is quite beautiful but the smell could have been more potent or complex. Taste wise, I am impressed. A good balance of sweetness to acidity and a surprising woody finish. I do wish there was a greater mouthfeel or that it held together smoother. All in all, this is a widely appealing beer to stout lovers, but personally, I would grab for a fruitier or more complex option.

Nov 08, 2020
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RedBalloon from Washington

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can dated 6/15/20 poured into a Teku.

Pours a thick, syrupy black with a 1.5" dark tan head that settles slowly into the glass. Not much lace retention on swirling.

The nose is primarily caramelized sugar, almost burnt but not quite. Some melted dark chocolate follows, and a bitter toasted oat finishes.

The taste is bittersweet, like raisins, dried cherries, and plums. More flavors like dark chocolate and black coffee before a dry, bitter finish.

The feel is heavy, thick, and syrupy. It's decadent, silky, and smooth.

This is a strong oatmeal stout reminiscent of Old Rasputin. The caramelized sugar, dark chocolate and dried fruit flavors are delicious. It's assertive and heavy, but smooth enough to enjoy. An exceptional oatmeal stout.

Sep 28, 2020
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Limazulu from Idaho

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-black, no light penetration. Half finger khaki head
S-not picking much up. Maybe a bitter char
T-simple notes of bitter chocolate, char, coffee. Below average sweet, above average bitter
M-Medium (+) body, above average carbonation.
O-tastes come across as more of an export stout than imperial, even though the ABV is in the imperial range. Not complex, simple and straightforward.

Sep 10, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. Black with a big khaki head. Nice. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, lightly sweet, with nutty notes of oatmeal. Tastes of chocolate, heavy roasted malt, coffee bitterness. Rich without being sweet. Bitter finish with a little licorice. Medium heavy. Flavorful, chewy, hefty but drinkable. Excellent.

Jun 23, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 4/6/2020

Black with two finger frothy khaki head. Good head retention and lacing.

Upfront dark chocolate, oatmeal, hints of sweet molasses and caramel

Coffee, toffee, banana, a touch boozy. Nice bitter hops and malt profile

Good bitterness and body, medium-full body, slight dryness. A good buzz

Very solid, all around classic in the style. Another regular offering by Fremont that showcases they’re pros.

Jun 05, 2020
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review #1430
I have wanted to try the barrel-aged Dark Star. I figure since this is a good starting point, I will consume the unbarrel-aged version first. This beer is less than two months old. The beer is 46 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The beer does state it is an imperial oatmeal stout. The pour of the beer produced a two-fingered head. The light tan foam is airy and creamy. The head does dissipate slowly, leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 34, a dark oily brown with reddish hues. The beer is inky black with no clarity, hence the dark star.

The initial aromas of the beer are chocolate, coffee, cereal, and toffee. Nosing further, I smell caramel, dark roasted malts, smoke, burnt malts, molasses, leather, and tobacco.

The flavors in the beer are coffee, dark chocolate, oats, hay, toffee, caramel. tobacco, leather, earth, smoke, Maillard, molasses, earthiness, floral, herbal, and burnt sugar.

The mouthfeel of the beer is coating and dry (but not).

The body of this beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is an exceptional oatmeal stout. The beer is brewed expertly, I want to try the barrel-aged version.

May 26, 2020
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eppCOS from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - lives up to the "dark" name; good dark foam and lacing. 8.2% would help here, but still impressive.
A - nice caramel-chocolate bitter nib aromas, toasted malts galore a little marsmallow too.
T - Deep export stout profile, though described as an imperial stout, not barrel aged, so hovers between dry stout and a true imperial weight. Toasty coffee in the profile but that's an impression not an addition (I think).
F - Great mouthfeel on this; fills and floods the palate, never tastes thin, and never over the top cloying.
O - A great light imperial stout, good balance, impeccable taste profile.

Apr 29, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a globular glass. Canned 1/28/20, so 11 weeks old.

Looks good, jet black body, small tan head which shrinks to a ring, leaving okay lacing initially.

Light aromas of dark fruit and a little chemical.

Initially, it comes off a little RIS-like, some dried fruit and sauce-like. As it warms, it smooths out a lot, while maintaining a decent roastiness. Hints of sweetness mixed in.

Mouth between medium and full, finish roasted malted, lightly bitter, with some sweet moments.

Overall, an enjoyable flavorable oatmeal stout. 8.0abv deserves respect.

Apr 12, 2020
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Effinwill from California

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully creamy, dense, silky, dry oatmeal stout with a touch more bittering hops than I would like. Willamete smoothness - one the best hops for American porters and stouts, IMO. Dark dried fruit notes wrapped by roast and chocolate. Noticeable alcohol, as if it might be understated at 8%.

Feb 23, 2020
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany with a tan head that leaves great webbed lacing. Roasted malts, with a little stone fruit and licorice, in the nose. The taste follows, with just the right amount of char, pine and light umami added to the mix. Amazingly full, creamy feel with just enough carbonation. This is a really exceptional oatmeal stout. Love it.

Dec 09, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing is perfectly dry like Elsa Hosk sunning herself in Ibiza. Damn! Righteous chocolate and oatmeal on a perfect level like Walter White cooking his latest batch.

Whoa now. Just get it and get it good!

Oct 03, 2019
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Reidrover from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can from a 6 pack , purchased from Roth’s Sunnyslope Market in S.Salem OR
$6.99..yes for a six!
Gorgeous looking pint here..black..with a precise creamy tan head..yes precise because it stays the same as i drink.
Dark chocolate , coffee and toasted oat aroma..nice.
Taste similar but with more creaminess..and malty burnt bitterness in the end.
Good creamy smooth low carbonated mouth feel.
Excellent drinkable..if that is the right word, stout.

Sep 26, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at Freshcraft, Denver, CO

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a creamy light tan head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of dark, roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has flavors of dark, roasted malts with notes of coffee beans and hints of chocolate malts. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very creamy, smooth, and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and roasty but isn't that heavy on the palate so it is easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-tap

Aug 27, 2019
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a large khaki colored head.
Aroma is mostly roasted dark malts.
The flavor is mostly bitter roasted dark malts, very coffee and chocolate forward. There’s enough sweetness to keep It in balance, but it leans more bitter. It has a dry earthy bitterness that just works perfect.
The mouthfeel is medium to full.
Overall, it’s a solid oatmeal stout. I would definitley seek it out.

Aug 21, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a super dark brown, nearly black color, with a one finger head of fizzy tan colored foam. The head fades fast to leave almost no foam or lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is huge of a coffee and roasted malt smell mixed with some aromas of oatmeal and some molasses. Along with these smells comes some aromas of char and a little bit of vanilla and cocoa, creating a dark, roasty, and rich aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a super dark roasted malt flavor that is massive of coffee, toast, and cocoa. There is also a whole lot of an oatmeal flavor from the start with these flavors all lasting throughout the taste and making the base flavor of the brew. Upfront in the taste is a little drier in nature, but as the taste advances it gets sweeter and sweeter with lots of caramel, molasses, brown sugar, and some sweet crème coming to the tongue. At the very end, with the sweet moving onto the tongue, and all the roasted flavors and a little bit of char that develops at the end one is left with a somewhat sweeter and dark roasty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the huge dark and roasty tastes mixed with the oatmeal and sweet flavors the thick feel and low carbonation are fantastic making so that all the robust flavors can be well sensed.
Overall – A nice thick, creamy, and roasty stout with a slow sipping feel. Rather nice overall.

Apr 27, 2019
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Kolb from Montana

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a gorgeous mocha head. In the aroma: dark fruit, caramel, light spice, a little chocolate, a hint of alcohol. Dark fruit, roasted malt, pepper, umami, bitter hops, and sweetness in the taste. A rather unique and delicious stout. Packs a big flavor punch for 8% ABV.

Apr 26, 2019
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Ahypercube from California

4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I greatly appreciated the profusion of quality porters and stouts at the local liquor stores while living in the Rockies this winter. Something about roasty malts pairs so well with snowy weather. This was definitely one of the best new dark beers I tried this year. Personally I like it better than Founders Breakfast Stout.

L: Poured into a pint glass, the pitch black body has a thick consistency, like whole milk. A moderate pour produces a huge rise of foamy caramel head, leaving a beautiful lacing pattern, reminiscent of snow-topped rocky peaks.

S: The aroma presents with woody cedar accenting lightly sweet notes of brown sugar and maple, drizzled over a creamy oatmeal base. A little black olive and salty pretzel poke their noses in, accompanied with melted dark chocolate and a glaze of medium roast coffee. A flare of ghee gives the impression of toffee before a dry finish of cedar wood smoke.

T: The sweetness on the palate is restrained, but not absent. I get a hint of caramel up front, but I would say that cacao and cedar are the dominant flavors, with the roasted coffee undertones marrying them elegantly. Pretzel and cacao fight for dominance on the finish. The cacao wins.

F: It has a very clean, dry mouthfeel. The oatmeal provides a light creaminess. Decadent.

O: Very much like Malpais stout, but slightly sweeter with some notes of coffee.

Mar 25, 2019
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can with a packaged on date of 1/30/19; into a pint glass.
Appearance- pitch black; thick, creamy tan head that leaves lots of sticky lacing!
Smell - oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies with plenty of fresh brewed coffee!
Taste - more bakers chocolate paired with the coffee, as opposed to the cookies detected in the nose!
Feel - heavy, yet creamy; mildly bitter and highly drinkable!
Overall- good quality and good value; this has some black ipa qualities in a big stout!

Mar 16, 2019
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Lynyrd from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appreciating the low carbonation that allows the syrupy flavors of cacao, molasses and creamed grain to settle on my palate. Slight hop on the end that seems to give it a dry, semi-bitter finish. The mouthfeel was not as velvety as i would have preferred; nitro usually brings that for me. I would revisit this beer again when looking for a flavorful oatmeal stout that's really easy to drink.

Feb 07, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chocolate-forward aromas, slight roast, smooth milk chocolate and a fairly earthy finish. Medium full bodied, fairly viscous with a nice balanced roast. Enjoyed this a fair amount and works well with all of the subsequent barrel treatments.

Jan 03, 2019
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Impetuous from Montana

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Rich, deep, deep brown opaque body. Lots and lots of lacing, small off white head.

Flavors are roasty malts, milk chocolate with very light pine flavors in the background. Exceptionally smooth, easy carbonation.

Very good!

Jan 02, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with three fingers of tan head. Rings of lace.
Smell is dark cocoa with toasted malt.
Taste is roasted malt cocoa light molasses some coffee.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is mildly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty and easy drinking Oatmeal Impy Stout.

Dec 15, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black, opaque, with a half finger of beige head.

Smells of charred notes, dark chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

Tastes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Slightly sweet, very little bitterness.

Medium to thick body with moderate, soft carbonation.

Got this sent to me in Redding, drinking it Dec 12th, 2018. Well done for the brew style.

Dec 13, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

no canning date, reviewed 11/3/18

Look- very dark brown, almost black; light brown head that settles slowly leaving a thin layer; rings of lacing

Aroma- caramel, coffee and nutty

Taste- mildly sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cashews and hop bitterness

Feel- medium-full bodied and velvety smooth, finishes slightly sweet and moderately bitter

Overall- nice, full-flavored imperial stout with incredible mouthfeel

Nov 11, 2018
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