Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company
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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
5/5 rDev +16.8%
2013 Bottle (11% even though the bottle say otherwise)
This is truly a masterpiece from Fremont. It's got everything I want from a bourbon stout. This stuff is loaded with candy sweetness, undertones of vanilla, caramel, and a hot whif of booze to finish it off.
It's a big oatmeal stout, so it's not thin like Velvet Merkin, or overly strong with chocolate like Parabola, or b-bomb. It's... perfect. I could drink this forever.
The only complaint I can think of is that it's a little too hot, but it should mellow out quite nicely in a year or two. I'm going back today to buy two more bottles.
10-10-2013 15:53:46 | More by laminam
5/5 rDev +16.8%
Delicious, even better than the B-Bomb. Seriously great stuff. Very Bourbony, very strong. Caramelly on the front end, awesome aftertaste. Freemont really outdid themselves with this release, everyone knows them for the B-Bombs, but it looks like the KDark is gonna be a new favoritie from them.
07-12-2012 18:43:25 | More by bonghitta
5/5 rDev +16.8%
2012 release A-
A: Poured a deep, deep brownish near black with good carbonation leaving a nice brownish cap, good lacing and head retention
S: Rich cocoa, milk chocolate, roastiness, vanilla and bourbon
T: This beer was tasty start to finish. Nice balance of smooth cocoa, bitter cocoa, wood, vanilla notes and a smooth blend of bourbon. A small dose of coffee. This beer is well done and not overly done.
M: Big body, creamy, well rounded. Lots of flavor here. The tasting notes mesh well.
O: Very good and so smooth, easy to drink. Well played.
2013 release A++
A: Poured a deep, deep brownish near black with good carbonation leaving a nice brownish cap, great lacing and head retention. This beer poured fuller than the previous launch. It poured and appeared world class!
S: Rich cocoa with loads and lods of flaked oats, roasted goodness, light hints of vanilla, coffee and bourbon
T: My initial sip was DAMN fine. Immediate boner. Nice balance of milk chocolate, oats and coffee. The barrell is so well blended into this beer. Coconuts, vanilla, more oats midway with a nice smooth bourbon flavor. The finish is down right remarkable. Full, lush, a bit of sweetness, coffee, cocoa and oats.
M: Full bodied, well carbonated, sexy and lush, creamy, decadent...my oh my
O: Fremont really outdid themselves again. I would dare say this the finest beer they have produced to date and they cranked out some true gems over the past year! The body was dialed up, I am assuming from an additional truckload of oats. It kicks Velvet Merkin in the balls. The amount of flavor and feel of this beer is mindblowing. I've had some of the finer stouts in the world and personally, for me, this takes the cake.
11-12-2013 14:25:22 | More by barleywinefiend
5/5 rDev +16.8%
appearance: who cares! It was dark with a nice creamy head. what more do you want so long as it not grey or something weird.
smell: vanilla, chocolate, oak
taste: near prefect, this is exactly the taste that fills my brain when I hear the word STOUT. It was the best beer of the 20 I shared tastings with at the festival. I agree with the other reviewer about the vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon undertones but they were also nicely balanced and not cloying as vanilla or chocolate can be if over done.
mouthfeel: creamy and smoothe
I got to figure out where I can get this stuff on a regular basis. Yummy!
06-16-2012 09:27:04 | More by Toriless
4.93/5 rDev +15.2%
Black waxed bomber, poured an oily black color. Heavy tan cap that was maybe a finger thick. Creamy and foamy.
Nose is like smelling a soft chocolate truffle made with toasted coconut, vanilla, and rich bourbon. This beer smells fantastic! Easily the best part, finishing with lots of woody bourbon, anise, licorice and light smoke.
Taste, much like the nose, is incredible. Deep, roasty malts, smooth bourbon kick, bittersweet cocoa, speckled with hints of vanilla & some charred oak. Lots of depth here. When warmed, notes of licorice, creamy oats, more wood, maybe a touch of sweet cherry, all add to the roasted malt profile.
Mouthfeel is creamy. Not as thick and chewy as a lot of stouts tend to be, but I think that's the oats help to create a softer body, giving the beer flavor & texture without being intense. Age will bring the mouthfeel thicker, add complexity, and really take this to another level.
I acquired this beer in a trade for Darkness and I must say, I think I got the better end of the deal. One of the better barrel aged stouts I've ever had. Rivals KBS, BCBS, Parabola, etc. any day of the week. I should have traded for another.
08-14-2012 04:20:24 | More by hop_chomper
4.78/5 rDev +11.7%
Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A Pours a pitch black topped off with a mocha head with decent retention.
S Mostly bourbon with a bit of vanilla and oak. Good but a touch one dimensional.
T Quite complex with lots of chocolate, oatmeal backed up with bourbon and a hint of roast and vanilla.
M Silky smooth and very creamy.
Overall this is an excellent beer from Fremont that shows why they might be the best brewery in the state. Its good looking, complex and has an excellent mouthfeel. My only complaint is the fact that the nose is slightly one dimensional. Other then that this one lives up to the hype.
08-13-2012 01:51:48 | More by beerandcycling88
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
Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.