Oak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked Peppercorn | Fremont Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked PeppercornOak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked Peppercorn

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 05-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 54
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

Impressive how prominent the hazelnut is on the aroma and taste and I like that it tastes real and not artificial. There's a light smoke quality and the faintest of peppery bite. Some tasty dark chocolate works its way in too.

The one qualm I have with this beer is the body, which especially for being an oatmeal stout, is pretty thin. I kept wanting more body to go with the rich flavor. A minor complaint as the flavor did shine.

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Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Great base beer, Very well made. Liked the oak. Adding smoke not a bad idea, but didn't think it connected with hazelnut. The fact that it was smoked peppercorn added another element. Peppercorn flavors and bit just added two more elements that didn't fit. I really like Fremont and really like Dark Star, but this was just a mess. Tossed remains of the bottle. Can't recommend. But based on opinions of others it apparently is just something that didn't work for me.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.27.14.

A: Midnight black with a tiny bit of red at the bottom. It has a ring of tan lacing at the top.

S: Very strong milk chocolate. It also has a nutty element.

T: Hazelnut and milk chocolate dominate. Black pepper and slight oak woodiness are subtle.

M: Creamy. A little watery but it works out ok.

O: This is like Nutella in a glass. I wasn't sure of the hazelnut and the pepper but it really works. The pepper and slight woodiness nicely balance out the sweetness. This is an excellent stout that I wish that they had available all of the time.

Rating: A+

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Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma, once I got over the surprise, is intense, unrelieved hazelnut flavoring. Dark red brown in color, with a modest foam in the big chalice. Oily mouthfeel.

Flavor is a crazy surprise. I didn't read the fine print on the label. But it's totally intruguing. I don't like the artificial-tasting, sweet, cooked flavor of filberts in beer, but this is at least interesting. It still makes me think of that horrible coffee at Dunkin Donuts or where ever, not actual nuts. Where do they get this weird flavoring?

The pepper adds a nice touch. It's just so sweet. I thought chocolate syrup at first. Candied chestnuts. Count me out. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Fremont's brewery tap in Seattle.

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Photo of draheim
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a rich deep brown/black w/ a thick rich head that settles to a nice khaki film.

Aroma is chocolate, bitter acidic toasty hazelnuts, coffee, Nutella, and milkshake. Complex and interesting.

Taste is rich bitter chocolate, roasty malt, and earthy hazelnuts. Getting just a touch of smoky heat on the finish from the pepper. Everything is working together really well. Balance. Harmony.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, so soft and balanced. Goes down like ice cream.

Overall a really nice, tasty, easy-drinking imperial stout from Fremont. These guys are making some amazing beer, and they deserve their success.

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Photo of ChiTownPackFan
4.91/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a De Garde tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep espresso brown - almost black and has a 1/2" cappuccino tan head that does not linger for too long.

Smell: Hazelnut comes racing to my nostrils ushering in an amazing spread of dessert like aromas. Chocolate, Vanilla, roasted malts, sweet oats, and caramelized sugar all draw me in - but then I get a tingling in the back of my nostrils, it the pepper letting me know its there to bring balance to the profile.

Taste: The taste is just as I had hoped, but unlike any other beer I have ever had. Milk chocolate and toasted hazelnut hits me right off the bat and does not disappoint. It is rich and natural and does not wreak of artificial flavorants as so many other hazelnut beers do. In perfect transition out of the hazelnut comes the smoked pepper to guide me from the initial star of the show into the supporting characters of vanilla, oak, roasted coffee, dark malts, and caramelized sugars. Truly a spectacular palate of flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, rich, and just the right amount of sticky sweetness - yet with a touch of dryness brought on in the finish by the smoked pepper.

Overall: Whoever the genius was that decided to use black pepper in conjunction with hazelnut in this beer deserves a medal! The hazelnut comes rushing in at first but then the black pepper comes gliding in to lead you into the rest of the flavor profile and creates a truly memorable experience. So many flavors that all play well together, each one having its role and supporting the others. One of the best non-BA stouts I've had, and I'm not exaggerating.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 41 F poured into two big snifters. No bottle code or date that I know of. Coming off a ten day trip to Japan with few opportunities for beer beyond Kirin or Asahi, so maybe some bias...

Pours black, with a smallish dark tan head. Lots of fine, slow carbonation. Smell is richly chocolatey, very nutty.

Taste is super nutty and very chocolatey. The chocolate seems surprisingly strong. I like it.

Mouthfeel is dry and gritty. Overall, very good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a fine half-finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Great aroma of hazelnuts, dark toasted malt and light chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is sweet toasted, chocolate malt, hazelnuts and vanilla, hints of lactose. Excellent creamy body, not heavy, but exactly the smooth mouthfeel I want from an oatmeal stout. A very nicely balanced and well integrated oatmeal stout with the perfect influence from hazelnuts, the nuts meld nicely with the taste. The smoked black peppercorns add a hint of pepper to the finish, but I did not find much in the way of smoke in the very lightly hopped finish. This is my only regret with this stout, because these elements would have fit in very nicely. Still very enjoyable, the hazelnut, barrel oak and Dark Star play very well together. An excellent nutty oatmeal stout. Fremont just keeps the hits coming.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Special Brews.

A - Served a very dark brown with only a few dark tan bubbles that are gone quickly.

S - Lots of chocolate and almonds. Very nice.

T - Silky smooth and velvety. Lots of chocolate, almond, oak, and nice roasted malts.

D - Lower carbonation and a medium-thin body.

O - A nice take on Dark Star. The hazelnuts were a nice touch.

Bottle opened on 5.21.14
Amazing nose and tast. Upping score accordingly.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a nice tan cap

S: Woody, oats, cocoa, booze and some roastiness

T: Some bitter cocoa, backed with oats, wood, vanilla, pronounced booze sting

M: Big, heart body and good mouthfeel. Lots of flavor.

O: Very good. I enjoyed the original Dark Star so this was a treat to drink and a nice offering by Fremont.

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Oak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked Peppercorn from Fremont Brewing Company
4.14 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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