Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 382
Gots: 121 | FT: 18
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Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 05-12-2012

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.
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Ratings: 380 | Reviews: 82
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 22 oz bottle a near black with light tan ring around the edge that doesn't go away. Moderate amount of light comes through. Aroma is cocoa, oak, bourbon, vanilla, licorice, mild dark fruits. Silky smooth going down. Slightly creamy. Enjoying the layers coming through with the sweet vanilla up front, then heavy amounts of milk chocolate, possibly chocolate covered cherries, followed, by bourbon, and a touch of heat. Maybe slightly lighter in body than I prefer, but a small complaint.

I prefer the coffee variant to this, but damn this is terrific. Maybe the best oatmeal stout I've had. This brewery is crushing it.

Photo of wordemupg
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml black waxed 2014 bottle poured into tulip a ways back (from notes) big cheers towards Rutager for sending it my way

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam hangs around for a while but strangely only leaves random lace after the foam falls, it has some wide legs after a swirl that I wouldn't expect at 11%

S heaps of charred wood and bourbon, plenty of barrel going on here, coco, vanilla, chocolate covered raisins, more bourbon, a little burnt coconut, no overly complex but it has a very strong nose, intense even

T bourbon barrel reigns supreme but plenty of booze comes with it, just a hint of coffee I didn't smell, not far from the nose but a little extra booze

M not as thick as one would guess but far from thin, slick on the palate, a little sticky on the lips and a fair amount of heat holding it back

O I like all the barrel notes but it needs time to mellow out as its a little hot... well a lot hot actually but still solid stuff

I'm guessing this one picked up a little liquor in the barrel, I'd age a second bottle if I had one but that being said she's still drinking well just puts a little hair on your chest is all

Photo of floridadrift
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As good as CCBomb, in its own category. Fremont has some incredible base beers and variants, highly recommended, worth trading for.

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big three finger deep mocha colored head. Dark brown body.

Big time oak sniffs, hidden cocoa.

Chocolate initially. Sharp/sweeter bourbon notes in the second act. Oak is there but not as prominent as it is in the nose. Would guess the ABV a dash higher than stated.

Creamy mouthfeel, smooth. Lower end of carbonation.

Favorites of KDS were the nose and the mouthfeel, the sharp booze notes I could do without. Thanks to ford0626 for the trade!

Photo of thegerm87
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Booze, chocolate, vanilla cake. Thin, underdeveloped and overrated.

Photo of Hoppyalein
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Better than dessert. If only chocolate cake tasted like this.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours motor oil black pitch with a cream, but fizzling dark mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass throughout. The nose is sweetly intense and malty with roasted malts which lend that oat based flavor, vanilla fudge, some liquorice, dark chocolate, charred wood, dark roast coffee, some toasted coconut, toffee, and bourbon goodness. Taste mirrors the aromatic qualities of the beer along with slightly sweet, bitter effects along with roasted malts, oatmeal, vanilla, oak, figs, some roast coffee, chocolate covered cherries in brandy, toasted coconut, and that warming bourbon alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft, velvety, round, slightly boozy hot and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, pumpernickel bread, vanilla fudge, and caramelized hazelnuts. Just pure bliss here! This is a straightforward beer and the best in every discipline found in a quality beer. The balance was just phenomenal.

Photo of jbwimer
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a wonderful experience. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, hints of oak, and some molasses/brown sugar oatmeal on the finish. Body brings the flavors together really well. Could use a little more barrel, but I think it serves to integrate the flavors rather than dominate the beer. Excellent.

Photo of mr-jj
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Color is black with a tan head. Semi-sticky lacing. Smell is delightful - lots of bourbon, chocolate and coffee with some anise and dark fruits. Flavor matches the nose with bourbon on the palate followed by cocoa, vanilla, anise and some dark fruit. Just a touch of hop bitterness on the finish dries your mouth and demands the next sip. Body is full with just enough carbonation to balance the syrupy texture and make it a creamy delight.

Overall, this is one fantastic beer. I recently had the opportunity to drink it side-by-side with BCBS and It easily held its own. It was a toss-up among the tasters as to which was better.

Photo of stratusjeans
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: black, no light allowed through. Medium tan (some reviews say khaki, I would say dark khaki) head.

S: Bourbon! A little sweetness, roast malt.

T: Bourbon again! Definitely the strongest flavor but not so much that it depends out the rest. Quite a bit of sweetness and dark roast malt. Some vanilla too. I'm looking for coffee but I don't get any in this beer. Flavor doesn't linger too long and finishes with an alcohol burn.

M: medium thick but didn't fully coat the inside of your mouth. Nice forward carbonation adds to the experience of each sip.

O: enjoy this beer quite a bit. Definitely for sipping and for bourbon fans. Luckily it comes in a 22oz bottle so it'll last you a full night.

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This stuff is hitting on all cylinders! The alcohol on the back end needs time to cool down, but this is a massive BB oatmeal stout. Wonderful chocolate and bourbon flavors with a good dose of coffee. Seek this out as you won't be disappointed! There is a reason this is a 96pt beer! Cheers!

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Where to start? 2014 Vintage. Poured into snifter, dark with dark tan head.

S: Bourbon up front with chocolate, coffee, oak,alcohol. The Bourbon is king of all the olfactory delights.I can't stop putting my nose in the glass to inhale all the wonderful delights coming out of the glass.

T: Taste is similar to nose with oak and bourbon right in your face followed by coffee, chocolate, vanilla and oats with nice warming alcohol finish. Very balanced smooth and enjoyable.

M: Rich creamy with medium viscosity but perfect for this style.

O: This is one of the finest BA stouts I've had the pleasure to try. I can only imagine a year or two in the cellar would enhance this offering quite well.

Photo of Sarge3130
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. could smell this beer all day. mouth feel is a little thin but really great beer overall.

Photo of PacNWDad
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Fremont Brewery. Great color - a dark mahogany, opaque. Tiny amount of khaki head. Dense lace that settles back quickly. Toffee, coffee, roasted malt, a hint of clove. Starts sweet, then some sourness from the barrel and a bit of bitterness from the hops. Very complex, with some warmth from the alcohol. Full body, rich, but not cloying. Lightly carbonated, with a long finish. An excellent beer that will only get better with time based on the high ABV.

Photo of Ksoden1186
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

2014 vintage.

Pours midnight black. Very small kaki colored head. Perfect-looking stout.

Such a perfectly balanced stout. The nose offers up the bourbon, chocolate, toffee. Bourbon is predominate.

The bourbon comes through initially, but doesn't overshadow everything else. The roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, coffee all have their place. Bourbon again on the back end and aftertaste.

Perfect mouthfeel. Motor oil consistency. Coats the mouth and flavors stay around a while.

This is one of the best beers I've had this year. Didn't know much about it before receiving it and was extremely surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. I knew it would be great, but didn't expect it to blow me away as much as it did. This is a ba stout that I could drink every week.

Photo of mabermud
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pretty good.

Ultra dark with a minimal mocha head that quickly retreats to a thin halo. I smell bourbon, stout, bitter chocolate, and mild coffee. Taste is somewhat like Grandfather Raven, but not as distinct. This imperial stout is pushing it. It is balanced, but it isn't. It is teetering. The taste follows the smell, but is on the verge or too much. Mouthfeel is heavy and almost too sweet.

Overall, this is something very good. If I had not had Grandfather Raven before this, I probably would have thought this was nectar of the gods. Nonetheless, it is not. I enjoy Grandfather Raven much more. Compared to others, it is up there. It is splendid and worth the effort to find.

Photo of ThePaleRider
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really dark with a dark chocolate, 1 finger head. Very purdy.

The smell is very hot. Oak, malts, and booze. Was not at all excited to taste this. Smells like it needs to age a year.

Lots of vanilla, and creamy deliciousness. Drinks really well and the oak blends into the oats, booze, and chocolate very seamlessly. Yum!!!

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours out in a dark color with a touch of brown in the light. The beer is oily black in the glass with a slightly fluffy dark tan head.

The aroma hits of bourbon, tons of vanilla, a touch of coconut, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate mousse, figs, dark cherries.

The flavor hits up front of vanilla, almost like Vanilla Rye, but without getting to an extract flavor. Bourbon, caramel, coconut macaroon, Whoppers, milk chocolate, as the beer cleans up with some residual sweetness, but a crisp finish leaving longing lingering of vanilla, coffee, and coconut.

Easily one of the best BA stouts around, beating many heavy hitters like Assassin and Vanilla Rye.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this, the winner of the night, 2013 vintage.

Light fizzy head fades instantly, long legs,, oily silky, pitch black, slick oily appearance.

Nose is like black Tuesday without the booze... huge chewy dark malts, cocoa notes, caramel, fudge, dark choc, cocoa notes, lots of oats and creamy, and with some nice bourbon and barrel notes.

Taste is great! Dark malts, chewy fudgey malts, dark thick cocoa, chewy oats, little bitter earthy hops, creamy, with some nice vanilla toasty barrel notes, fudgey oatmeal, etc. So velvety, thick rich creamy like thick feel, little bourbon note too. Finish is drier but a creamy touch oat mouth coating, velvety touch chewy oats, very fudgey, cocoa and mild bitter bite lingering.

Mouth is big bod, creamy fudgey thick creamy oatmeal like, decent carb, hidden booze.

Overall phenomenal!

Photo of rudzud
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros and Threelions. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice black hue with no head, great legs though.

S - Aromas of oats, bourbon, fudge, and balance. The bourbon and chocolate are awesome. Incredibly balanced, creamy oats, holy cow!

T - Taste is nutty chocolate fudge, bourbon, creamy oats, roast malts. This is absurdly balanced. Rich chocolate, bourbon, roast malts, creamy oats, barrel, vanilla. Super fudge and nuts. Again, super balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, velvet, creamy oats, wow.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Almost black Tuesday, super balanced. Holy cow. Phenomenal.

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage, consumed July, 2014.

Dark brown-black pour, with a dark tan head that displayed good retention and laced the glass upon swirling. In the nose, roast and toast, dark malts and oak, notes of vanilla, coconut, coffee, with a decent bourbon heat. I thought this was a pretty standard bourbon stout, tastewise, decent dark roasty malts and coffee, bourbon-soaked oak and neutral alcohol, lighter notes of char and vanilla. Medium body, somewhat thinner than I'd expect for the style. But still good overall. Not great, but good.

Photo of Joshpu
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 Release. Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured black, what head was there was tan.

S: Mostly bourbon, vanilla. Big oak and dark fruit/chocolate, oatmeal.

T: The taste follows the nose well, except there is a sweeter dark chocolate/fudge on the taste. Oatmeal. Almost a caramel sweetness as it warms. Some coffee in some sips as well.

M: Light to medium bodied. Pretty light and easy to drink. Sticky mouth feel.

Overall a good stout. Very easy to drink and pleasant. I like stouts with a thicker body but it's a nice change. This is like a better version of Velvet Merkin.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013 Vintage poured in to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of mocha brown coloured head.

S - A big sweetness - vanilla, oatmeal, chocolate, char and a big oak presence.

T - Sweet vanilla, bourbon and chocolate fudge with char and a big oak/woodiness present throughout. Roast. Extremely smooth for the ABV. Becomes even more smooth and flavourful as it warms to room temperature.

M - Full body. Creamy and silky. Light carbonation.

Photo of mc4z
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a snifter, split. Pours a dark black with a good medium brown head. The nose is strong in the bottom with lots of vanilla and oak. There's also a good amount of chocolate. The flavor also leans heavily toward the bourbon, but there's also some toffee, oats, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth with a slight alcohol bite. Overall this is another great barrel aged offering from Fremont.

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Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.