Dark Star
Fremont Brewing Company

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English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #30
Ranked #4,339
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
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: 88 | Ratings: 382 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. Wow. Just get it, get it good!

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Photo of Reidrover
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of Lynyrd
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of Spikester
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of bret717
3.99/5  rDev -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

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a smooth and creamy tan head that never let's go and plasters the glass after each sip.

Mineral water, burnt toast, and a hint of brown sugar.

Flavor is roasted greatness. Molten lava cake, chocolate goodness with burnt edges and a burnt glaze coating.

Rich and creamy, smooth and balanced with a robust bitter bite on the end.

Probably the best oatmeal stout I've ever had. No wonder the BA versions are so damn good. With a base like this, it's guaranteed success. Cheers.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On nitro tap at John's market.

The beer pours an impressive blackish brown color with long-lasting, pillowy tannish brown head and very good lacing. On the nose there's dark chocolate, coffee mocha and some light roasty dry malt. Smells good, but not exceptional. On the palate, I'm surprised by how sweet this beer is. Fortunately, there's a goodly dollop of hoppy bitterness on the finish to handle the sweetness and dry this out. Otherwise, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though there's some noticeable licorice in the roadty, dry finish. Mouthfeel is full and pretty soft, with a long finish. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell this beer has some umph to it.

Love the ba version of this beer, but even so, this is quite tasty. Really good on the nitro I think.

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Photo of MNAle
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep opaque black color, ruby fringes exposed with a back-light. A tall, thick brown/tan creamy head that takes well into half the beer gone before it shrinks to a 1/4 inch of foam. Even longer to shrink into a thick cap. It leaves a thick clinging lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is coffee, a touch bitter, initially, leading to a mild middle. Rich and creamy, mouth feel has moderate body. Predominate flavors are coffee, perhaps some chocolate, and roasty-smoky malts. The bitterness that starts with the initial taste fades in the middle, but then re-appears into the aftertaste. A very nice English-style stout, moderated by the oatmeal. Too easy drinking for the ABV, though, so be forewarned.

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Photo of bl00
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours jet black, 2 fingers of mocha head dissipating to one quickly.
Intense chocolate notes begin the nose, vanilla follows. Some coffee in the background.
Taste is chocolate and coffee, finish reminds me of black pepper, a touch of smoke as well. After taste has a soy sauce aspect, some meaty notes as well.
Mouthfeel is creamy, some mild prickling with the bubbles.
Overall this stout has great depth, it showcases a variety of nice aspects.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

Jet black with a large dark brown head with decent retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is heavily oat forward with dark roasted malts, cocoa, a little dark caramel and almond extract. A noticeably hoppy pine note is present as well. The palate opens bitter and hoppy with pine and a little resin, tempered by oat flavor. Creamy cocoa, coffee, anise and a little black licorice. Smooth and creamy on the finish with a lingering grainy bitterness, a mild pine note and some cocoa, this beer is medium full in body and softly carbonated. Nice.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some smoke. Whoa! Taste is nothing like the aroma. Black licorice, alcohol, tastes like I just drank a shot of Sambuca. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, not at all what I was expecting, but is a good beer worth trying.

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Photo of csmrx7
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Overall a nice Imperial Stout that is not overly boozy. Unfortunately the astringency that presents itself.in the aftertaste taints the final.produnt.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp into a snifter. Pours jet black with a good amount of head - tan colored. Nose is classic oatmeal stout. Lots of nuts, tobacco, roasted malts, and coffee grounds. Taste follows the nose. Nice and robust flavors of tobacco, black licorice, caramel, roasted malts, coffee, and oatmeal. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall, a really nice example of the style.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of deep, dark toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, a hint of licorice and caramel, nice. Flavor follows, with dark toasted malt with light to moderate char, chocolate, light molasses, licorice developing into a full bodied, dark malty finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess, nice mouth feel. I was surprised I never reviewed this before, I've enjoyed it for a very long time. Probably because I'm less likely to pick this up than its bigger BA brothers. But this is a very nice oatmeal stout, and one that shows the kind of body oatmeal can add to the feel of a stout. Hits all the notes I want: char, chocolate and molasses with hints of licorice. Well balanced and flavorful. I will be revisiting this more often than I have in the past.

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Photo of BeanBump
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big, black and bold. Dark Star is an intimidating looking oatmeal stout but when you really get to know it, you realize its just a big softy. This beer is smooth and well balanced. Very little bitterness for an oatmeal stout paired with relatively low ABV; you'd swear his was 10%+ when drinking. Good stuff.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh, Tavour, how do I & The CANQuest (tm) love thee? I CANnot count the ways since you have brought SO many new (& especially PNW) CANs to me since I signed up with yinz! Every box is a revelation & every CAN is a treat that will eventually be passed on to Jeff Lebo for his CANlection.

From the CAN: "Because Beer Matters"; "Seattle Earth"; "Pack It In Pack It Out"; "We are a family-owned craft brewery founded in 2009 to brew artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. 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!"

They are now identifying it as "Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout", but I am unsure that it warrants a change. I will get the complete verbiage updated, however, but inna meantime, let's get Crack!in'! I love Stouts since even if they do not come in an N2 CAN, a heavy-handed, aggro or eveninverted Glug will produce a visible cascade. This one erupted and settled into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was very roasty, much akin to my morning coffee, with additional notes of charcoal, smoke, dark chocolate & treacle. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but silky smooth on the tongue. The taste was very much of liquefied bittersweet/Baker's chocolate, like eating chocolate chip morsels outta the bag when nobody's looking. 8=) I used to LOVE going to my grandmother's houses as they were both very good cooks & man, could they bake! Now, I mostly cheat & use a slow cooker/crock pot, but I used to love the oven. Pastries were my big thing, followed by casseroles, but when I was young, cakes & cookies were a treat. Now, I mostly eschew sweets. Oh well, these beers evoke such sweet memories. I liked the way that, as it warmed, the flavor shifted from chocolate to a smoky coffee-like roastiness. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry to dry with a lingering chocolate/coffee/smoky flavor that had me CANtemplating my next move.

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Photo of emyers
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a snifter.

Near black with thin medium brown head.

Nose: roasted barley up front followed by vanilla, coffee, toasted oats Li

Taste: follows the nose. Coffee character a bit more pronounced along with a clean roasted malt profile.

Feel: medium carbonation, medium to light body.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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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