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Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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Kentucky Dark StarKentucky Dark Star

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BA SCORE
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world-class

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.58%
Wants: 254
Gots: 69 | FT: 11
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:
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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Reviews by jmarsh123:
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours jet black with a small coffee head reducing to a wisp on top. Slight lacing.

Chocolate in the aroma along with a lot of oats, brown sugar and vanilla. Smells like a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie with a little booze.

Lots of roasted malt in the flavor that wasn't evident in the aroma. Chocolate, vanill and brown sugar all come out too brought together with the chewy oatmeal. Booze is in the background. It add a bit of heat, but the vanilla component comes through more than straight booze.

Mouthfeel is what prevents this from being top notch. A little bit too thin bodied for the style and I wish the bourbon would shine through more especially on a beer so young. I'm not sure this one will age nicely.

I enjoyed this beer and I love what oatmeal can bring to a stout. I wish there were a little more body and a little more booze. The flavors and texture are there. Improvements in a few areas could make this world class.

01-16-2013 19:09:43 | More by jmarsh123
More User Reviews:
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to Kevin for cracking his bottle! Kentucky Dark Star is definitely dark, but it's far from the darkest stout I've seen, as there are still some deep shades of brown that can be found inside of this brew. The tan head wastes no time settling to a thin, little collar around the edges. Definitely a powerful looking brew, but maybe not as omnipotent as its namesake.

Slick milk chocolate, light coffee and warming bourbon notes, like the hardened version of a Kahlua and Creme that your mother makes when she's had a long day. Light vanilla in the back-end, everything is very smooth and sweet here, without being sickeningly so. The bourbon works to keep everything tame without setting your nostrils on fire, and it does an admirable job.

Like the aroma, the taste is almost equally as smooth. It's never hot, but the bourbon certainly does a warming job on your throat and belly. There's also a good amount of oak that gets introduced to your taste buds with each and every sip. Sweet, milky, creamy cocoa nibs, smooth oatmeal notes in the finish, and a lasting, savory hint of earth and chocolate cake.

Kentucky Dark Star is a surprisingly decadent and borderline desert-like beer. With the name, the bottle, and the stigma, you might be expecting a huge bourbon bomb; a boozy and overly powerful beast, when really, you've got a smooth and warming, delicate desert… Something to slowly sip after a big meal. The oats make for a nice mouth feel, smooth, creamy, fitting.

I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this one. Not something I would be able to have all the time (or much of, for that matter) as the delicacy and sweetness does tend to build over time and take a mild toll on the palate, but the 8-ish oz I had were great, and certainly a nice treat. Not as brash as you may think, this beer is actually quite elegant.

09-02-2013 14:13:03 | More by tectactoe
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Schlais

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-30-2012 00:03:34 | More by Schlais
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NWer

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-12-2012 03:46:58 | More by NWer
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jisom123

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

09-18-2012 00:33:29 | More by jisom123
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-04-2014 06:00:39 | More by Prospero
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-10-2012 02:41:03 | More by mjtiernan
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.5%

04-26-2014 12:29:12 | More by Cynic-ale
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

01-23-2014 23:48:10 | More by Seattle_Suds
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HoppySeb

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-22-2014 23:58:21 | More by HoppySeb
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-18-2014 20:28:36 | More by williamjbauer
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-26-2012 20:45:59 | More by rudylaw
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-02-2012 21:46:07 | More by jpbebeau
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - Dark chocolate brown. Very opaque with a reflective body. Small mocha colored head that only sits on the side

S - The whiskey makes itself known in the one as it hits you upfront. There is slight oak and the roasted malt that you'd expect in an oatmeal stout. I also get a slight vanilla / maple in the back

T - Light roasted malts up front. Slight whiskey kick with vanilla and oak hit in the middle. The finish is slight dark chocolate, roasted malt and whiskey, which gives it a slight roasted and boozy kick

MF - Light body with a slight syrupy sweetness. Finish is slightly astringent from the roasted malt and bourbon

O - Solid beer with a lot of flavor for an oatmeal stout. However, since this is an oatmeal stout, it's a bit lighter than I'd like it to be and lighter in flavor than some of the great beers out there

01-04-2013 20:22:30 | More by jeonseh
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.76/5  rDev +11.2%

Updating my review for 2013. I think last year's vintage had a homer bump to it. This year's is the real deal at 11% and with a thicker mouthfeel, no homer hype. I just had kbs and black note this weekend too so I have a good frame of reference.

A: Pours jet black with a nice inch of tan foam, settles quickly. Nothing unusual, but looks great!

S: This is the best part. I could smell this all day. Rich vanilla, coconut, chocolate notes.

T: I liked the base beer, it was good not great. No surprise that this is a full step above with the added barrel character. More vanilla, coconut, chocolate with mild booze and hints of dark fruit.

M: At a new and improved 11% the alcohol is not totally hidden, but seems more in balance than last year. The rich and thick mouthfeel is a big improvement over last year.

O: Bravo again, Fremont. You raised the bar.

10-15-2013 02:35:43 | More by kevwcamp
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.5%

03-09-2013 16:39:43 | More by acurtis
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

11-23-2013 17:47:26 | More by roostor07
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-14-2013 01:24:08 | More by Beerontwowheels
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Pours a dark black with a small khaki colored head, which reduces to a thin cap on top. Very thin lacing forms on the sides and is gone relatively quickly.

S: Very nice mixture of bourbon, chocolate, and oatmeal. There is a lot going on in the aroma, chocolate chips, chocolate, vanilla, some brown sugar, a little bit of oak and vanilla.

T: More bourbon with a bit more roasted malt. More chocolate, both bittersweet and some dark, a touch of vanilla, and brown sugar.

M: Medium bodied, maybe a touch thin, but based on previous reviews I expected it to be thinner, with moderate carbonation. ABV hidden very nicely.

O: Definitely a big fan of this beer. The bourbon is blended nicely with the chocolate and oatmeal flavors. Yes, it is a little thin for style, but I don't think it is really detracting from the beer overall. Very easy drinking, though I plan to sip on this one for a while.

11-07-2012 00:09:57 | More by mdaschaf
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MrVonzipper

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-05-2013 03:23:33 | More by MrVonzipper
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-05-2013 19:04:40 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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distantmantra

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

04-04-2013 16:43:40 | More by distantmantra
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dirtylou

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

on-tap, brouwers

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, ebony body, thick creamy chocolate cap

smell: vanillia, oak, chocolate, angel's panties

taste: if these sky-high fremont reviews are still surprising you, you arent paying close enough attention. This beer stole the show at brouwers stout-fest. if you like the barrel effect on b-bomb, expect to love this - decadent notes of oak, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon.

mouthfeel: sinfully creamy, alcohol buried

overall: Fremont is really on to something - best brewery in Washington by a wide margin.

05-17-2012 22:31:38 | More by dirtylou
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Photekut

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-19-2013 13:45:34 | More by Photekut
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pistolpeat


5/5  rDev +16.8%

I have had this around town a few times, at festivals & at the brewery, but this is my first go at a bottle.

Appearance: Poured a rich, inky black with a sticky, foamy espresso cap. The head clung to the outer rim of the glass, leaving behind a silky lacing as I drank.

Aroma: Whoa. A warming, soft & complex bourbon shines with a roasty coconut, vanilla, mild char and some oaky chocolate. Very alluring & intricate.

Taste: Smooth and outstanding. Bursting with flavor without being intense or overwhelming. That roasted coconut from the nose hits the tongue first, followed by a creamy chocolate roast & smooth bourbon. Rich oatiness, vanilla, and more creaminess go down in the finish. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel: Superb mouthfeel. No overpowering textures or flavors to dominant the palate. Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, and full of complexity. So easy to drink.

Overall: All parts of this beer were incredible to me. Nothing in the Pacific Northwest even comes close to this stout. Fremont clearly is leaps and bounds ahead of other Washington brewers for quality of beer, creativity, and craftsmanship. KDS is delicious- better than the Bourbon Abominale, and adds multi-dimensions to the regular Dark Star. This beer will age nicely, getting richer and more complex as time goes by. WA has a hidden gem here….

08-11-2012 15:17:50 | More by pistolpeat
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Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.