RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   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!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1548) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (3511) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 23, 2017
Draft at growler guys. Dark brown pour with a creamy tan cap. Roast and sweet aroma, a little smoke. Very creamy mouthfeel , flavor of roast and sweet oatmeal stout. Bittersweet dark chocolate. Lingering toasty flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (2117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2017
On tap at First Draft. Pitch black, with a medium, beige, creamy head. The aroma is burnt toast, sorghum, rye, molasses, and spruce. Sweet and roasted, with a sharp, almost unpleasant bitterness. Heavy body, very sticky, sharp, chewy, and thick. This is overly roasted for my tastes, and it comes off as dank or off. Still, a solid stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kathouse (1807) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - APR 8, 2017
Very deep brown with a minimal tan foam. Flavor of this one is deep bitter chocolate and smoke. Body is good and the finish is dark and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (25552) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2017
Bottle @ RateBeer Best 2017 Bottle Share. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate caramel finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fatehunter (2517) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2017
Pours a finger of tan head on a black body. Aroma is rich chocolate, with a licorice top, roasted malt, a little burnt blended in. Taste is a wonderful play of roasted malt, coffee, pine bitter and chocolate. Texture is super smooth. Superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (6005) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2017
12 ounce can poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a thick black with a khaki head of foam. Good head retention. The aroma has notes of molasses and rich toffee. Subtle smoke, and a bit of roast peak through upon sipping. Sweet yet roasty. Thick mouthfeel. Big body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8912) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Somehow I have not rated the regular version. Bomber at ABV. Pours a pitch black color with a medium beige head. Big coffee and roast aromas. Rich but very smooth, sweet coffee, some vanilla, nutty, solid dark roasted malts, anise. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (4238) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2017
can, deep dark black, dark tan dense head. Lots of dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Smooth slick palate. Lingering roast bitter bite. very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9960) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 29, 2017
At Ratebeer Best. Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a full-bodied dark molasses flavor with some chocolate and a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1755) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Tap at brewery. Black with brown head. Aroma of smoke, nuts, and chocolate. Flavor is super roasty. Mild chocolate. Toasted nuts. Not very powerful. I wouldnt classify it as an imperial.

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