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
fremontbrewing.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by beertunes on 01-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,642
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
310
pDev:
9.38%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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33
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can into a snifter appears black with brown head.

Aroma of roasty grain, earth, coffee, chocolate and citrus.

Taste is cocoa powder, slight citrus, earth and lingering coffee-like roast/char.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall pretty tasty

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can with a 1/15/18 stamp

It is a glossy black beer with a big frothy brown head. It leaves some lacing and a film. Fairly viscous looking.


Nose has dark chocolate, a light ashy char, sweet expresso like coffee, and Quaker flaked oats.

It tastes fairly bitter. There is definitely a hop profile with a bit of resiny pine that you can taste and feel, but combined with the dark chocolate and expresso flavors, it is quite bitter. Maybe a touch too much, but the oats keep it in check and give it some nice heft in body. Barley and oatmeal flavors linger.

This is a great beer. Reminds me a lot of what FBS woud taste like without the in your face coffee. I bet this would barrel real well.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout tulip
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $2.69 (with 10 pct. off for a variety 6-pack)
Purchased: Feb. 19, 2018
Consumed: Feb. 19, 2018
Reviewed as: Oatmeal Stout
Misc.: Packaged on Jan. 23, 2018

Picked this up and Mountain Daisy after getting a variety 4-pack of haze for Nick. Have really enjoyed the previous three Fremont beers I’ve had, including two big boy ones - Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb (4.61) and Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star (4.50) - and a pale ale - Field to Ferment: Citra (4.01). Beer description read, “Dark Star is part of our imperial series and 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!”

Poured a pitch black color with three fingers of khaki tan rocky head. Could see a few bubbles underneath the chaos. World-class foamy layered lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled dark milk chocolate, cocoa, roasty malts, coffee, char wood, caramel, licorice, anise, espresso and hints of herbal. (Smell - 4.00)

Tasted better than the nose. Got black coffee, bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, roasty malts, oatmeal, espresso, char wood, anise, licorice and toasted caramel. That 8 pct. ABV is well hidden. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Creamy-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long finish. (Feel - 4.50)

Just a fantastic oatmeal stout. Got better each sip. Definitely underrated this. (Overall - 4.25)

4.23 | 94 | A-

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Photo of gshak
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NathanBeets
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CMC73
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brittanylicious
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like lightly roasted malt, dark chocolate, piney hops, bittersweet caramel, and espresso.

This tastes really nice. It's well balanced and constructed, with a pleasant roasted character, a little bit of coffee bitterness, and a nice caramel and chocolate sweetness. It's just built in all the right ways.

This is probably the best non barrel-aged beer I've had from Fremont.

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Photo of rrock44
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chrismattlin
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Furlinator
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickSMpls
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Packed on Dec 26th - Boxing Day. Rich, inky pour. Moderate head with low retention. Pleasant aroma, hints of chocolate and roasted grains. Very rich and tasty, plenty of depth with successive layers of malt, coffee, chocolate and a bit of bitterness at the end. This wouls bethe perfect stout sipped next to the fireplace on a cold, damp winter's evening. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep brown almost black
Thin head, good lace
Roasty malt, coffee, sticky, smooth. Lots of coffee
Lighter body, almost like imperial porter

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RB3
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jorgerod99
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned 1/4/17. Beautiful oil black pour with a firm reddish-beige head of 2 fingers. Lovely alcohol legs and lace.

A mixture of alcohol, chocolate, oats, steamed milk, and light black licorice waft up to the nose.

Flavor consists of oatmeal, bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, milk chocolate, and faint lactose on the finish. The magnum hops definitely show their face here as well.

Feel is thick, super thick. Crushes your tongue. I love it. Nice roasty finish with some residual hop oils.

Overall a killer Oatmeal Stout. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$ 4.65 (including shipping)/12 oz can ($ 0.388/oz) from Blackwell’s, San Francisco, CA.
Can dated 12/26/17 on bottom, stored at 42 degrees and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive pour), medium brown, dense, rapidly diminishing to a 1.5 mm ring and a thin partial layer with rocks.
Lacing – Some narrow bands of tiny bubbles.
Pour – Brown, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Toasted malt, coffee, chocolate.
Flavor – 4 - Coffee, caramel, chocolate, a bit of char, very slightly bitter. No hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – 4 - Almost medium, silky, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – The small, rapidly diminishing head and poor lacing detract from the appearance. The aroma is intriguing and manages to hold up well for the duration of the glass. The flavor is well-balanced with the bitterness but otherwise unremarkable except for the slight char. Still, it blends well and I like it. The palate has that nice silky feel that oatmeal stouts are supposed to have but so few actually do. The price point is a bit on the high side, but still worth it.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost black with a brown tinted head. Head did not linger on the beer very long. There are some chocolate notes in the taste, but it is a tad boozy. As it warmed I started to get flavors of espresso beans. Boozy flavor lingers on the tongue. Decent beer, but not a great balance IMO.

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Photo of mchegash
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark brown, almost black, with average amount of chocolate-milk-brown head.
S: Roasty and chocolatety malts with smoky hints as well. A tad boozy
T: Sweet, almost like a milk stout. A lot of roasty and smoky malt flavor. Hints of metallic.
F: Smooth, almost creamy. Medium full body. Slightly below average amount of slightly below average intensity carbonation.
O: A decent stout

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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 310 ratings