Friday, August 10, 2012

Beer Review: Fremont Brewing Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Style: Imperial Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 8%

Fun Fact About the Brewery:

Fremont Brewing is just doing everything right these days. Their brewery and urban beer garden is laid back and no-frills in its layout. Just some tables and a couple guys working the taps. They've started doing more bourbon barrel aging for special releases. They just started canning 3 of their beers. All their logo design work is clean and distinct looking. And they pretty much haven't made a bad beer yet. Just a top notch and gloriously local operation.


As stated in other reviews, I love me a good oatmeal stout and this is a damn good one. They recently released a bourbon barrel aged version called Kentucky Dark Star, which i foolishly did not purchase when I saw it at PCC. Now it's all gone, so if anyone out there would like to sell or trade one, holler at your boy. Anyways, the oatmeal flavor of the Dark Star kinda gets pushed aside by the strong chocolate flavors at first, but are still present in the background. It's very, very smooth. If I didn't know it was an imperial I would have guessed an ABV around 5 or 6 because the booziness is well covered by the oats and chocolate. I will be very pumped if they start canning this in the winter. Also, I like the name because it reminds of John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon's cult classic student film.

Rating: 4.25/5

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