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Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

262 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 275
Gots: 79 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts complement the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of Bourbon Barrel aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave and then she’s gone.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 05-12-2012)
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Photo of dar482
4.93/5  rDev +14.9%

'13 Vintage aged a year.

A beer pours out jet black and thick.

The beer just offers a wonderful gentle balance of what a barrel aged stout should. In the front, chocolate, coffee, roast, onto a caramel sweetness and thick oat'ed mouthfeel. The middle smacks of a signature Firestone Walker drying oak, but cuts back immediately after introducing itself. The beer finishes wonderful of chocolate and caramel sweetness and vanilla.

The mouthfeel is neither viscous nor thick. It offers just enough for BA stout heads, but also a balance of drinkability. It perfect dances on that razor thin edge.

At a bottle share having had 40+ incredible beers, this was my favorite beer.

dar482, Yesterday at 06:08 AM
Photo of mltobin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

mltobin, Yesterday at 02:26 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

blee0891, Monday at 07:48 PM
Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -6.8%

nrs207, Sunday at 08:39 PM
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%

sfr26, Sunday at 05:39 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

johnnyboy76, Sunday at 05:49 AM
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

tastymug, Sunday at 04:37 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Hessian257, Sunday at 02:21 AM
Photo of Nietzsches_Horse
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nietzsches_Horse, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Jeromyrowland
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%

Jeromyrowland, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of TheBronze
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

TheBronze, Oct 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

CoryR, Oct 07, 2014
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4.29/5  rDev 0%

MarkyMOD, Oct 06, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

vutoq, Oct 06, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +6.3%

mjmcdonough73, Oct 04, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

kmanjohnson, Oct 04, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Thick, black and treacly. Spot on.

S - Vanilla and sweet bourbon. Grade C maple syrup. Bourbon heat right at then end.

T - Roasted malts manifest themselves massively as coffee flavours, so much so that I asked the bartender if they brewed this with coffee. It's not coffee on the level of Bcbcs, for example, but it's still highly prevalent. A little plain chocolate creeps into the finish. Maple syrup-like sweetness. On the barrel-aged spectrum this sits midway between Bcbs and Bcbcs in terms of flavour profile and the quality is right up there too.

M - Slick, thick and heavy. Gives ample support to the abv and strong flavours.

O - Do not be fooled by the 4.28 rating. This is a top tier stout, right up there with the likes of Bcbs. I can hardly wait for the vanilla variant to be released later this year.

abeeronthebeach, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 03, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

lonewolfcry, Sep 27, 2014
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4.92/5  rDev +14.7%

Anaxagoris, Sep 25, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -3%

dsigmon, Sep 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Asics, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

wils1705, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

HoppySeb, Aug 23, 2014
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Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.