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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark Star is part of our Imperial Series and is inspired by the wandering tribes scattered through the terrible journey of time in space and adrift in the dark matter between the spaces of then and now. Dark Star is a dark, mysterious yet silky oatmeal stout of grand proportions balanced by a firm hop handshake...go ahead, enjoy the journey...Because Beer Journeys Matter!


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (919) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Growler from the brewery. Pours inky dark brown with thin oily mocha head. Aroma is big roasty malts and a slight hint of coffee. Chocolate malts shine through, along with a substantial hop presence. Finish is a little harsh - heavily bitter with some funky notes. Nice thick body but the balance is a bit off here. Would do well with some barrel aging to smooth out these flavors. Now I just need to get my hands on some Kentucky Dark Star... Update: revisiting on nitro @ the brewery 1 year later. Thick mocha (nitro) head. Chocolate and coffee notes much more prominent here. Balance is dialed too. This is an excellent Imperial Stout. Revising rating to reflect improvement (went from a 3.5 to a 4)


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1672) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
Nitro tap at brewpub. Pours black with lots of tan head and lots of lacing. Nose is coffee, vanilla. Flavours same, plus dark fruit and oatmeal. Taste medium/big sweet, medium bitter. Very creamy body with light carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
That1Guy (2030) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
12 oz can with a date 02/05/15. Pours pitch black with a slim tan head. Get initial aroma of DMS, roast, coffee, and ash tray. Ashy coffee in the flavor, with some more corn husk kinda flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pictoman (735) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2015
Poured from 12 fl oz can. Near black with tan head. Dominant coffee aroma. Taste is a more subdued coffee with considerable oatmeal, subtle chocolate, alcohol is unnoticeable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (820) - California, USA - APR 29, 2015
This beer is dark black with very little head a coffee aroma and chocolate flavor. Very well done indeed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (221) - Washington, USA - APR 27, 2015
Can from world beers. Pours black. Thin tan head. Scent is malty, black licorice. Taste is some chocolate, dark cherries. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1171) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2015
Can, 04/22/2015. Pours a black color, dense frothy tan head sticks around for ages, lots of lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee, notes of chocolate and vanilla add a touch of sweetness and depth to balance. Taste is chocolate, mild vanilla sweetness with coffee, roast and subtly spiced bitter finish, dry. Medium body with nice depth, somewhat creamy. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkyCrow (94) - Washington, USA - APR 22, 2015
Draft. Nice nose. A little boozy. Very nice, rich, malty, very nice oatmeal stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6573) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (roasted/burnt grain, coffee, unsweetened chocolate), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with a note of charcoal, light note of blackberry. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well shucks, this is pretty darn nice...itís a roast bomb to some degree, very charred and coffee-ish, but there are some other subtleties in there as well so itís pretty fun to sniff. And in the mouth it works well too...good balance and mouthfeel, enjoyable to drink. Has some minor rough edges and it isnít terribly exciting or full of depth, but itís a solid stout (I might not call this an Imperial stout, but no matter).

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1420) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2015
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a hige creamy tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate malt with a little roast.

The flavor is sweet chocolate malt and some coffee with a chalky roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice amped up oatmeal stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (5206) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Inky black pour with a lush foamy khaki head. Roasty earthy and semisweet nose with a dark pseudo chocolate tone. Big flavor with oat smoothness, deep earthy chocolate, a semisweet black roastiness and a calm stouty black malt finish. A bit simplistic but tasty all the same.


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