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: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beertunes on 01-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
266
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
10.02%
 
 
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32
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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 52
Reviews by beerloverofbham:
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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 sergeantstogie
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
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 SportsandJorts
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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 flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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 kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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 rarigney
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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 mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -5.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 DanGeo
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glutenfreewasaninsidejob
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Almost half inch of tan autumnal rust sits atop a dark, coffee-hued body.

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, candied ginger, hoppy undercurrents, alcohol.

Taste: Comes on surprisingly bright but darkens up as it progresses. Espresso, ancient grains, slight maltiness, finish is a bit like dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and mostly smooth, but not velvety. Light carbonation suits the dark richness of this beer pretty well.

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Photo of NWer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours black with a hige creamy tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malt with a little roast.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt and some coffee with a chalky roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice amped up oatmeal stout.

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Photo of chossboss
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Seattle_Suds
1/5  rDev -75.6%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of kslsc400
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of nhirsch04
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Fremont, review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown with a tan head on top, made up of small bubbles. Decent retention, leaving a thin cap on top. Sporadic lacing.

S: Nice roasted malt up front with a good bit of chocolate in the middle - dark and some milk. Faint coffee and herbal hop aromas.

T: More chocolate mixed with a bit of flaky oats, blended together very nicely. There is a bit of sweetness and cream.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

O: A nice imperial stout, pretty easy drinking with a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of distantmantra
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from Fremont Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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