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Dark Star Oatmeal Stout | R & B Brewing Co.

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Dark Star Oatmeal StoutDark Star Oatmeal Stout

Brewed by:
R & B Brewing Co.
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by canucklehead on 11-02-2007

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of zduerr
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with light brown bubbly head. Lacey. Below average mouthfeel. This is well balanced, the roastiness is there, some burnt parts, some cocoa. But somehow its not that interesting, so-so in taste.A bomber is way too much of it.Understated carbonation, and drying.

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Photo of KStark
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of 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.

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Photo of papat444
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.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a modest caramel head, which fades quickly and leaves spots of lacing.

Smell is kind of "down on the farm" and very deep and enjoyable: aromas of good bread, malt, wool, leather and coffee, subdued but complex and rich. Certainly a delicious waft!

The taste is sharp and bitter with strong coffee flavours giving way to potent maltiness and an almost cola-like metallic note with a lingering hint of that woolly aroma in the finish. More caramel flavours as things warm up. Complex, but didn't agree with me entirely.

Feels surprisingly thin in the mouth, sharp carbonation. This enhanced the metallic bitter tinge I noticed in the beer, which was something I didn't really like.The feel of the beer sticks around long after the sip.

Drinkability is decent, especially for a stout, but I wouldn't want to keep drinking this too long as the strong flavour lingers long in the mouth.

I would highly suggest letting this beer sit for a while, don't drink it too cold, it seems to hide the complexities!

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Photo of fizzyted
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of StJamesGate
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

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Photo of LampertLand
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

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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CWVegas
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Rutager
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.

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Photo of pudoo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see a new offering from these guys. A nice big stout with low ABV is always welcome. Lots of roast malt and a decent finish ( some metallic flavours ) make this a good Fall treat. I want this to show up on local taps as it would go down a treat with local drinkers. Good boys ( and girl).

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours an opaque, jet black with a two finger, dark-tan, rocky head that has good retention and leaves a beautiful sticky lace.

S: rich coffee malts, bitter hops and dark chocolate

T: coffee malts and bitter hops up front with a smooth chocolaty finish

M: thick and creamy, well carbonated and a nice crisp, cream finish.

D: This is a pretty enjoyable stout from R & B. Nice pronounced coffee and chocolate flavours, but not too sweet with a bitter hop presence as well. It's really easy to drink and I could see myself having a couple of these easily. Definitely one of the better beers from this brewery.

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Photo of andrenaline
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Tford
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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great BC stout with a few minor drawbacks. Black body with tan head. Big, roasty malt smell. Very light metallic tinge.

Rich, chocolatey coffee taste. Faint oatmeal hints. Slight bitter -almost raw- edge to it. Rusty nail hints.

A bit thin on the tongue, but thicker than some of the recent BC stouts I've had. (A vast improvement on the last bottle of Spinnaker's Titanic I had.)

A nice beer - the lower than usual ABV makes this a nice sipper and a decent session beer.

Well done. R & B has always been an okay brewery doing alright beers, but this is one of their better efforts in my mind!

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Photo of ZachT
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

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Photo of thefullpython
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Dark Star Oatmeal Stout from R & B Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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