Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheEarl:
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I had my first non-festival pour of KDS, from a waxed 22 ounce bottle of the inaugural 2012 release, in a snifter, on 7/18/2012.
Appearance: Blackish brown with an oily looking tan head and sparse lacing.
Smell: The aroma is bourbon forward with oak/vanilla and a slight grainy/bready note at the end.
Taste: KDS tastes just like it smells. Initially, there is a sweet and remarkably smooth bourbon character that opens into oak, vanilla, and bread flavors, and finishes with dark chocolate. For a big stout, I get very little or no coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, viscous, and light on bubbles. Despite the 9.5% ABV, there is no heat whatsoever. For an oatmeal stout, KDS is, perhaps, a bit light bodied.
Overall: KDS is outstanding and, in my view, ranks alongside KBS and Parabola. I’m surprised at how much I love this beer as I’m not a huge fan of the standard Dark Star--a beer I find overly grainy and too thin. It will be very interesting to see how this beer evolves in the cellar and how the releases change year-to-year.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2012 20:49:53 | More by TheEarl
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3.75/5 rDev -12.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 05:33:21 | More by Rifugium
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.