Dark Star

Washington
United States
Dark Star Oatmeal Stout Fremont Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Roasty, chocolate tones swirled with oatmeal smoothness and dark as the night. The Dark Star crashes, pouring its light into ashes, so follow as the Lady of Velvet recedes in the nights of goodbye. This one is too smooth … and at 8.0% ABV, dangerous.

Profile

ABV: 
8.0%
IBUs: 
50
Hops: 
Magnum, Willamette
Malts: 
Two-Row Pale, Crystal, Carafa, Chocolate, Flaked Oats
Judges Review 
S J Klein's picture
Judges Rating:
84
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

This beer has a nose rich with cocoa and goat cheese with just a hint of molasses, and mild floral hop notes also peek through. It's opaque with a dark brown head that quickly vanishes despite high carbonation. In the mouth it's rich, dark and sweet – somewhere between good Turkish coffee with a sugar cube in the cup and German black bread dipped in molasses. There is a well-defined (yet subtle) hop bitterness that sneaks up on you if you're not paying attention, and the beer leaves you with nice roasty notes that linger well after the beer is gone. It has a yeasty, thick body, and the mouthfeel is warm and coating. The effect is almost rum-like when it's warm.

This is an interesting take on a classic style: very rich and warm, an not afraid of roast character but not bitter or astringent. A nice, well-crafted beer.