Dark Star | Fremont Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by beertunes on 01-13-2011

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Juno_Malone
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sqpat
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of knicks19947
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
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 PrynneCabin
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +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 -3.7%
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 -2.5%
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 -0.2%
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 OtisCampbell007
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ghasting
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Joedonlon13
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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 khargro2
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
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 sd123
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +4.2%
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 Dr_Fox
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeanBump
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 343 ratings