RATINGS: 93   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 (1476) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1706) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (5800) - 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 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. Cant wait to try the variants!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19824) - 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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2645) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2016
I rated this one a 4.5 back on 2/22/2016 and forget to clock it in on here. Well, here I am...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2416) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Bomber from the beer fridge; purchased last spring in Portland...Belmont Station, I believe. Ar - Rich, roasted malt and chocolate aroma with hints of coffee. Ap - Pours inky black with a large light brown head and a little bit of lacing. T - Starts with excellent roasted malt and chocolate flavors as well as a little bit of oats. P - Very slick, thick mouthfeel. Finishes very smooth with the aforementioned flavors sticking to the palate with some coffee sneaking in as well. O - excellent oatmeal...stout Will be back for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9798) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
robforbes (2205) - 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.

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