Dark Star
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
English Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #31
ABV:
8%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,366
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 8.85%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
386
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Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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Winter
Wants
  35
Gots
  47
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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: 89 | Ratings: 386 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by John_M:
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 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 mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Super dark brown body. After a hard, dunk pour, the mocha head quickly retreats to a thin, cloud cover, and skinny collar around the ring. The legging is sporadic and slick. I have had all the Fremont BA stouts and the look is similar. The smell reminds me of rich mushy oatmeal and medium roasted malts. The taste is a balanced, sweet, roasty, malt concoction. No sweetness. Splendid. The only other base stout I can think of that is better is Speedway Stout. Dark Star is a very solid, basic stout, compared to Speedway. The feel of this stout is also pretty basic, but high end. Superb finish.

Overall - This is a winner. Definitely a stout to build around. The core player on the team.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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 kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich obsidian black. small brown head dissipates quickly to leave a petri dish top.

Aroma is oily: black coffee and chocolate. A little fresh and milky sweet. Simple yet enticing.

Ayup. Starts off slick and oily sweet before bitter coffee and... not quit sure what. Roasty and a bit ashy without being dry or smokey. Oily roasty chocolate and coffee and oats. Basically exactly what you want out of an oatmeal stout.
None of the individual components jump out and blow you away, but put together what you end up with is a very well composed and executed example of a style for which I am quite fond. Another winner.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into my Fremont goblet.

Appearance: totally black body with two fingers of thick, creamy tan foam which slowly subside leaving a thorough lace on the glass. Kind of hard to beat.

Smell: lightly malty and moderately roasty. Not especially complex, but very well-made. I like it.

Taste: big and roasty with a very light fruitiness up front; as the first wave of sweetness fades there's a much more ashy roastiness toward the end. I like the dynamic qualities here; very tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good carbonation and a very nice creaminess. I really like it.

Overall: a very fine stout. I could make this a regular quaffer.

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Photo of rarigney
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Sabtos
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
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 sergeantstogie
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful thick head and a cascading rise bubbles in the glass. Aroma is great, just wish it was more pronounced. Taste is great. It is so damn easy drinking for an 8% stout. Smooth, slightly creamy, good balance of roast and very slight stout acrid char. Really a good beer. Full disclosure, I was rating it a bit lower, until I remember, this is an oatmeal stout. Not an Imperial or Russian Imperial stout. With those I would expect bigger and bolder qualities but for an Oatmeal stout, youd be hard pressed to find a better one anywhere. Fantastic stout!!!

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

this really is about as good as it gets for me in the style, no barrel, no vanilla beans, no chili peppers, no need. its rich and creamy, the oats do a ton for both flavor and feel in this one, and there is a definite coffee character that i love in this, giving beautiful roasty bitterness that compliments a similar malt element. you know that instant when you are toasting sesame seeds, or cooking popcorn the old fashioned way, and you get to the point where its perfect, and you have only seconds before it all gets burnt and goes to hell? where you have to get it off the heat or its ruined? this has that moment in it, where the roast and bitter and caramel are all on point, but even a decimal more on any of these, and it would be way overdone and out of balance. its all united by the oats, and there is a really nice cohesive element, a moment really, and its excellent. espresso notes and dark chocolate in the finish, and a smoothness of feel unrivaled in the style. i can only imagine how epic the barrel aged variants are, im super keen to try them, but i have yet to see them for sale in colorado. anyone else?

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Nice on appearance. Oatmeal/ khaki-head of the frothy, chewy, milkshake-like variety. Pitch-black liquid that contrasts excellently with the head. Lace develops in sticky splotches as the head recedes. 5

Dark roasted malt and grassy hop notes. Light chocolatey notes and vanilla. Nothing particularly seductive or mind-blowing, but it's still a nice aroma. 4

Continued dark malt presence on the tongue with a cocoa and chocolate syrup complement and vanilla, all of which make for a roasty, unsweetened hot chocolate sort of flavor experience. Initially, I was tasting a grassier, earthier hop flavor, but some light citrus notes sneak in and are a pleasing addition. 4.25

They nailed the oatmeal stout quality that one wants when drinking this style. This is roasty with a thick, viscous, creamy feel and light sweetness that roll over the tongue something lovely. Bitterness is light on the finish and mingles with a brown sugary taste and feel in a way that well displays the delicate balance of sensations. I will say, I appreciate the body on this, but some might find it thin. 4.25

I've had a lot of Fremont brews over the past year and found them to be either spectacular gems or moderate duds. This is the former. Excellent.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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 GeorgeAKeim
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestd
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of shehateme
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainQ
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of beerloverofbham
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of McNazz
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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 VashonGuy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HopChef44
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 386 ratings