RATINGS: 104   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2015 Blind RIS experiment [Sample 12 of 20, 4/27/2015] Poured by Summer. Normal dark brown, good clarity, small ring of tan head that sticks around; minimal lacing. First pass at the aroma is pleasing chocolate - very much on the chocolatey side. But I’m not willing to accept one adjective, so I just keep on sniffing and sniffing. Given enough time, I can add light roast and an alcohol bite. Mellow nose I guess. Fuck it, time for me to put this in my mouth. Taste brings more bitter roast coffee than expected. Lightly sweet chocolate (think: bakers chocolate spiked with the smallest dash of caramel). Palate: Medium body, chalky texture that verges on being a little too thin; average carbonation. Lasting finish is chalky, dry, roasty bitter with just enough sweetness to remain tolerable, but not enough to make it all that pleasurable. Overall: I had high hopes when I first smelled this, but by the end it goes into the "meh" pile.

Rating: 7/4/7/3/13.
Guess: Not Ten Fiddy, not Mikkeller, not Raspy, not Evil Twin, Not Expy. Not Storm King. Probably not Narwhal. So I guess one of the others.
Would pay: not much. A tad too boring to want to repeat, even though there’s nothing exactly "wrong" with it.

(3/19/2013) Draft at Fremont.
Appearance: Jet black, tan foamy head.
Aroma: Sweet, milky, chocolate and roast.
Taste: Chocolate, sweet with some roasted bitterness but for the most part the sweetness comes through.
Palate: Extremely smooth and creamy, chewy. Soft carb, fully body.
Overall: I’ve had this several times. It’s solid and tasty, but never really leaves much of an impression on me.

phaleslu (10267) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2017
12 oz. can from poisoneddwarf - thanks again! Pours an opaque, deep, dark, basically black color with a finger of tan head that settles into a film and ring, leaving trailing lace in the glass. Notes of roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, cocoa powder, burnt sugars, tobacco, earth, and a bit of ash. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a smooth, roasty, earthy, barely sweet mouthfeel. Nice sipping imperial stout.

mbgrayson (774) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 25, 2017
Pours a very dark brown, with tan head. Aroma of malt and oatmeal. Taste is rich, deep, and smooth. This is a fine example of an imperial oatmeal stout. Thumbs up!

jake65 (3695) - 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.

GTAEgeek (2218) - 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.

kathouse (1893) - 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.

anders37 (26641) - Malmö, 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.

Fatehunter (2567) - 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.

JStax (6504) - 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.

douglas88 (9188) - 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.

IndianaRed (4627) - 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.

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