Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
R & B Brewing Co.

Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout
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R & B Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada
Oatmeal Stout
3.94 | pDev: 8.63%
Aug 15, 2015
Nov 02, 2007
Notes: R&B’s Dark Star Oatmeal Stout boasts a distinct roasted coffee flavour and cappuccino coloured head, and is completed with a complex chocolatey, malty bitterness. Dark Star is without a doubt our darkest beer, but its relatively high effervescence makes it surprisingly refreshing for a stout. Unquestionably our most involved malt blend, this dark and complex stout is brewed in memory of our late friend and employee, Jamie Kelly.

18 IBU
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Reviewed by ZachT from Canada (BC)

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
L: Dark chocolate brown, an inch of thick, creamy head
S: Roasted malts, chocolate, subtle coffee, some burnt notes
T: Dark chocolate, some coffee, slight burnt character, rich roast flavours, dry
F: Medium bodied, rich, slick mouthfeel, good carbonation, dry, roasted malt aftertaste
O: A decent sessionable oatmeal stout, get that rich mouthfeel from the oatmeal with a nice roasted malt character, just slightly bitter
Aug 15, 2015
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On draft at Storm Crow Tavern, Vancouver.
Tawny film over garnet-jet body. 4
Coffee nose with some ash and dried blackberry. 3.75
Char, some cola, fig, and dark chocolate with slight wood hops. 3.75
Barky finish and dry linger.
Round, almost medium, some fizz. 3.75

Straight up: Mostly burn and not much oat smoothness but still easy and accessible. One for the masses. 3.75
Jan 28, 2015
Rated: 4 by CWVegas from Nevada

Jun 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by FadetoBock from Canada (AB)

Oct 02, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by jrohrbacher from North Carolina

Jul 30, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by KStark from Canada (BC)

May 28, 2013
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
R & Brewing's 'DarkStar Oatmeal Stout' @ 4.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a dark cola brown with a medium size tan head leaving a sticky lace film along the pint glass

S-sweet chocolate , roasted malts & oats

T-somewhat smooth , tad thin , no crispness

MF-mild medium carbonation , medium body

Ov-big beer taste for only 4.6% ABV , allround ok/good beer

sampled alongside Steamwork's 'Heroitca' and Ninkasi 'Oatis'

prost LampertLand
Apr 13, 2013
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
650ml bottle. I'm reminded vaguely of those lesser-known, but still memorable, if you actually saw them, 1980s sci-fi (are you getting this, 'SYFY' network?) flicks. Or maybe HHGTTG.

This beer pours a brown-tinted solid black 'hue', with cola-tinted basal highlights, and three fingers of puffy, robustly foamy, caked milk chocolate brown head, which leaves some nicely stacked and layered bicycle chain lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly recedes.

It smells of toasty, somewhat meaty caramel malt, a mild black fruitiness, sour lactic notes, chalky cocoa, and herbal, citrusy, and leafy hops. The taste is medium-roast coffee, dry baker's chocolate, sour dark fruit and rather more than week-old milk, a stodgy oaten, bready caramel malt, and more herbal, earthy hops.

The bubbles are a tad playful, and agreeably supportive, the body medium-light in weight, just a little watery for the style, and so-so smooth, considering the sub-style of stout we're current knee-deep in. It finishes mostly dry, the malt mostly overridden by the various souring notes, and latent leafy, herbal hops.

A tasty enough oatmeal stout, with nicely attendant coffee and chocolate essences, and a more than expected sour character. Which is all a nice way of obfuscating the white elephant in the room - where be the silken, creamy tones, such that my mouthfeel can glide along as if on an overindulgent dairy high? Oh well, this is still pretty drinkable, if I lower my stolid expectations, and just enjoy that which is in front of me. Or maybe a frontal lobotomy.
Jan 15, 2013
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Reviewed by The_Introspector

3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Good smell, bitter up front taste (hint of coffee/ chocolate), no carbonation, head drops quickly. Easy finish with no lingering aftertaste. Surprisingly easy to drink but not the best taste. Could stand to hold a little carbonation, it just feels, dull. The smooth finish is definitely what redeems it.
Nov 25, 2012
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Reviewed by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to Rutager for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: A thick body is poured with an awesomely intense head, pock-marked and bubbly which is long lasting and leaves lots of hanging lacing.

Smell: Sweet cocoa mixed with a milkiness and a mild roasted aroma.

Taste: Roasted coffee, tame but there, a bit of chocolate that straddles the milky and semi-sweet with some oats thrown in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a tiny bit high but a good solid medium body with a decent bitterness.

Overall: A good reliable stout overall.
Oct 18, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by fizzyted from Canada (ON)

Oct 08, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by Molson2000 from Canada (ON)

Sep 10, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by zduerr from Canada (BC)

Aug 14, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by chickenm from Canada (BC)

Dec 09, 2011
Rated: 4 by EskimoDave from Canada (BC)

Dec 01, 2011
Rated: 4 by pudoo from Canada (BC)

Nov 27, 2011
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Reviewed by Tford from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: I’m not going to lie, this beer looks like a glass of coffee mixed with chocolate milk and a nice ugly brown coloured head (goes away instantly) to top it off.

S: The smell is very powerful and a little sweet. Oats oats oats with chocolate? coffee? Anyway, it smells excellent.

T: Tastes like oats dipped in a light chocolate. I know that sounds bad but it tastes very good.

M: It has a very heavy body with a light carbonation, just like every other oatmeal stout. It’s very smooth and drinkable.

O: This is an excellent beer; it is hideous but truly damn good.
Jun 13, 2011
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Reviewed by Rutager from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance. Pours a deepest of brown with a finger of light brown, bubbly head.

Smell. Sweet chocolate, dark toasty malt, a little vanilla.

Taste. Bitter coffee, dry roasty toasty malt, a little dark chocolate and wood.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. A nice, easy drinking oatmeal stout.
Apr 15, 2011
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Reviewed by andrenaline from Canada (ON)

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
More tasting notes from my visit to BC.

A - Pours pitch black, almost opaque, with a dark ruby red tinge in the light. Thumb of mocha coloured head, decent retention and some fine lacing.

S - Chocolate malts dominate, but the scent is quite nutty with almonds and cashews coming through. A bit of coffee comes through, but it is masked by sweet caramel.

T - Milk chocolate off the top, but it sours a bit on the finish, with dark roast coffee coming through and lingers on the tongue. Flavour is a bit smokey and some dark cocoa also comes through.

M - Perfect carbonation for a stout, medium bodied, goes down really smooth and is not overly dry.

D - Uniquely balanced flavours make for a pleasureable experience. I'm struggling to find out what makes this stand out from others I've enjoyed, but I'm also struggling to identify why this isn't stellar. It's just plain old nice, nothing mind blowing, but very satisfying at the same time. A worthy stout and highly recommended to any stout fan.
Sep 04, 2010
Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from R & B Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 25 ratings