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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark StarBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

226 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 226
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 253
Gots: 68 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 05-12-2012)
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Reviews by TheEarl:
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TheEarl

Washington

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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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.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.