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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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!

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1374) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Draught at the brewery; 8.5% ABV
Roasty Imperial Stout, a bit dry compared to expectations, and with some alcohol feeling, some light sourness from the dark malts.
Nice beer, but not very cohesive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5534) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 24, 2016
22 ounce bottle. Pours almost black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, grain, and coffee. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9565) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tan head. Big roast on the nose, chocolate, cocoa, coffee. Medium bodied, big chocolate, cocoa, warming booze, lots of roast. Long bitter roast into the finish, long bakers cocoa notes, chocolate bordering on the burnt side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2384) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Black/dark brown with a medium tan head that has fair retention. Aroma of chocolate, chocolate covered raspberries, and roasted grains. Taste of dark bitter baking chocolate, raspberries, roasted chestnuts, and bitter walnuts. The palate full and a bit sticky. Finishes long and bitter-sweet. Overall: Decent. Likes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - APR 7, 2016
Can. Pours black with a small sudsy tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, wood notes, roasted malts. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, slight hop bitterness to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LancerUWM (6) - - MAR 14, 2016 does not count
Very underrated imo. Wished it was thicker but still one of my favorite ba oatmeal stouts. More vanilla comes through than chocolate, great bourbon flavor on the finish with no aftertaste. Can’t wait to try the variants!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2188) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Pours black with small khaki head and great lacing. Smell is of cocoa, some vanilla, and malt. Taste is creamy, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and few hops. Ends smooth a little tangy and somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is chocolate, oatmeal and burnt marshmallow. Tastes like dark chocolate, charred wood, oatmeal and light mint. Medium to full body. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4022) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Dark and oily with fluffy beige head. Dark roast grains, ad expected, for the aroma. Taste is where this picks up the pace. Elements of vanilla, oak, peat and molasses. Slick mouth feel, nice bite at finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BuckeyeBoy (6150) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 2, 2016
12oz can pours out black topped with a tan head. nose is roast malts some smoke chocolate coffee. Taste is more of the heavy roast malts chocolate ashtray. A very good imp stout.

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