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

Oak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked PeppercornOak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked Peppercorn
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 05-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 54 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of SocalKicks
4.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.11/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Dactrius
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SweetChicken
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewski
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NWer
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Filabee
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of dheldman
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.76/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev -30.6%

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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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -29.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of sharpski
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of sukwonee
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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Oak Aged Dark Star With Hazelnut & Smoked Peppercorn from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94.4% out of 100 with 54 ratings
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