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Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout
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Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by beertunes on 01-13-2011

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Reviews:
41
Ratings:
230
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
24.14%
 
 
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 230
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice bubble show produces a three inch head; the liquid is obsidian and murky while the foam leave a copious amount of lacing

Smell: Plenty of char, here, with licorice, black bread, chocolate and green hop tones

Taste: Licorice, chocolate and burnt toast, up front, with dark fruit tones and herbal green hop flavors developing; the sweeter elements build, after the swallow, but there is a lot of char in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Overall: There are some interesting flavors in here, for sure, that make this different from the typical oatmeal stout; not only is it quite hoppy, but the sweeter tones are also interesting

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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 stevoj
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark and oily with fluffy beige head. Dark roast grains, ad expected, for the aroma. Taste is where this picks up the pace. Elements of vanilla, oak, peat and molasses. Slick mouth feel, nice bite at finish

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
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 barleywinefiend
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured black with good carbonation and a small white cap

S: Nose was pretty tame. Good sweetness but it was tough to get some smell off of this even after burying my nose in it.

T: Taste has lighter oats that I expected. The oats I thought played a quiter role. I got some cola notes, oats cam in medium to the end, some sweetness, booze sting, chocolate.

M: Medium/Big body, sweet, booze feel is very striking, not overpowering just right I thought for an Imperial.

O: Pretty good.

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Photo of beertunes
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I listed this as rotating, but it may become seasonal depending on feedback. This is from the first batch and the keg is (admittedly, by the brewer) somewhat undercarbonated, keep that in mind while reading.

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a solid black, with just a trace of reddish translucence at the edges, and had just a very thin cap of tan head with low retention and lacing.

The aroma is solidly rich malts with a very nice roast component. There are just enough hops in the background to be noticeable. On the tongue the roast flavors play a bigger role, without dominating the grain and had just a tickle of hops on the finish.

The body was good and solid without being heavy or overly filling. Drinkability is very good, I rarely have more than 1 big stout at a time but easily see having several of these while watch the winter rains here in the PNW.

Overall, another solid brew from one of Seattle's rising stars. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid oatmeal stout. Thick dark black color with a wonderful creamy head. Not much on the nose and a solid, hearty yet unfortunately not smooth body. Finish is good but slightly bitter. Overall a solid beer but nothing unique or memorable.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First trip to Freemont. Glad to back in WA.
Served in a Goblet.

A - Served a very dark brown with a medium brown head that fades very quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Very chocolately and oats.

T - Similar to the smell, chocolates and the oats definetly come through.

D - Thinner than expected and more carbonated than most stouts.

O - Very tasty, but a bit thin and average.

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Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ONovoMexicano
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter
Canned 12/19/14

A- pours a near jet black color with a two-finger creamy dark tan head that retains for a while before settling into a film floating on top

S- roasted charred malt gives some smoky notes along with dark chocolate, raisin, fig & coffee. Also some sweet oats, along with some earthy & herbal tones

T- dark and roasty up front with notes of bitter dark chocolate, along with charcoal, coffee, fig & date. Earthy and slightly smoky finish with more chocolate and a hint of coffee on the linger

M- heavy body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky smooth finish, abv hidden very well

O- a world class oatmeal stout, when it comes to a straight up stout, no barrel aging, no extra adjuncts, this is about as good as it gets

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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 snaotheus
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015-01-18
12oz can poured into a tulip. Half of the canned on date is compressed into illegibility; the only part I can read is 19:37.

Pours very dark brown with a respectable light tan head that fades fairly quickly into a ring and a thin film. Medium amount of carbonation. Smell is rich chocolate and coffee. Smells very nice. A little anise.

Taste is stronger on the anise, but still lots of coffee and a little chocolate.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, mild. Very drinkable. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of woemad
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can purchased at Huckleberry’s in Spokane for $2.79. There’s a canned-on date on the bottom of the can, but it only has the time, not the date (“17:45”, for those interested).

Poured a shade of brown so dark, it’s pretty much black, with no light passing through. Big, creamy looking tan head. It dropped after a few minutes, but was easily agitated back to life. Lots of lace.

Roasty and toasty in the nose. Just a tiny bit of hop tang in the background. I wish the nose was a little more dominant.

Rich and smooth to start with, some chocolate and coffee notes. At the mid point, there’s a little bit of acidic bitterness, but only enough to provide a little contrast. Am I crazy, or is this a little more like a porter than a stout. Yep, I’m crazy, that can be easily attested to, but it does seem like it straddles the line a bit. The flavor isn’t exactly dynamic, and I wish it was a little more assertive, but it’s a very drinkable example of the style, and definitely does not seem like it’s 8% abv.

Creamy, coating, rich mouthfeel.

Maybe this can is a little past it’s prime, or this is just a rather mellow oatmeal stout. It’s very good, hitting all the touchstones of the style, but it just seems like it’s a little muted. I’d still drink it again, and I almost certainly will, and perhaps I’ll discover this was indeed a can that was a little tired.

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Photo of draheim
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure why it's taken me so long to try this one, but it's time to check this one off the list.

12oz can into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a big mocha head, beautiful patchy lacing. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma is chocolate, bitter roasted malt. Some dark fruit. Clean and bold.

Taste is bitter, roasty, chocolatey. Dry cocoa. Great balance.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, semi-dry finish.

Overall a really nice everyday stout.

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Photo of vkv822
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours black, with a thick, foamy, cascading light brown head.

Cocoa and smooth, roasted espresso notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, and slightly viscous from fairly low carbonation.

A very well done oatmeal stout.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery

A: A dark blackish brown with one finger tan head that lingered. Nice lacing.

S: Smokey charred malts with an oat undertone and dark fruits popping up all around. Some coffee notes, too.

T: Terrific and smooth with toasty semi-sweet chocolate mixed in with some coffee on the finish. Dark fruits (dates, plums, figs). Sweet, robust and highly drinkable. The best of our flight, for sure.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: The wife insisted we buy 2 bottles to go; one for us, one to share.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Dark Star Oatmeal Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a creamy tan head.

Smell is faint, some sweet malt and smoke aromas.

Taste is a bitter coffee and chocolate flavor, with a dairy sweet flavor, and a dry bitter charcoal finish.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, cloying with pleasant aftertaste.

Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours jet black, thick tan head with good retention. Mild aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee. Good oatmeal stout taste with dark chocolate and coffee, a dry finish with a decent amount of bitterness. Medium slick creamy mouthfeel. Overall very good oatmeal stout, hides the alcohol well.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Taybeh
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber a year and a half old, into a yeti snifter. Pours a brown/black cola color with a 1 finger khaki head, some nice lacing. Some roasty and smokey notes, also some bittersweet chocolate.

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Photo of hreb
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, bottled 11/02/15. Served in a can glass. Beer pours pitch black in color and forms a large-ish frothy head. Aroma of roasted nuts and burnt caramel. Flavor is classic oatmeal stout with a creamy mouthfeel and the volume turned up just a little bit. Really dominant flavor of bitter cocoa. Hop balance is exactly where it should be. Fremont calls this an Imperial Oatmeal Stout at 8% ABV, but imperial stouts frequently go even higher and bring more powerful, off the wall flavors. This to me seems more of a great high-gravity execution of a classic style. Would happily drink again.

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Photo of mabermud
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 81tillinfinity
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber and looking near perfect in glass. Chocolate on the nose initially but fades. Taste is bittersweet chocolate and really roasted malts. Huge hop profile on this seeing how this is a really fresh bottle. 8% abv no need to age and no real alcohol burn. Downside mouthfeel is not as rich and creamy as I would have liked from an oatmeal stout. Overall a well balanced beer could be a goto.

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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from Fremont Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.
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