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Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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262 Ratings
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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 275
Gots: 79 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% 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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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

chippo33, Jun 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -35.9%

jbuddle, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -30.1%

jmccraney, Jul 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.1%

oldp0rt, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Arbitrator
3.05/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Jason.

A: Pours a black body with a short-lived brown head. No lacing.

S: The booze from the barrel shines through; vanilla, bourbon, some caramel, oak. Some roast. The aroma feels a bit weak. I was hoping for nuances of dark fruits, possibly some oxidation... None of that.

T: The bourbon barrel complements the base beer; vanilla, bourbon, and oak are in balance (with the latter appearing near the finish). The base beer is kind of weak and unresolved; I pick up roast with some chocolate.

M: Medium-bodied or thinner, which is disappointing. There's a smoothness on the finish that reminds me of an oatmeal stout [EDIT: I found out this was brewed with oats. Duh]. No heat.

O: I had a long argument with largadeer about this. We opened it next to some other barrel-aged stouts that receive relatively little acclaim (Marble Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout, BA Peche Mortel, Older Viscosity), and it didn't hold up next to any of them. Chris argued that this was "average -- a B," to which I nearly lost my shit and clocked him one. Average means a C. Anyway, this is above average, but in a world with the above, as well as BA Hunahpu's, Black Tuesday, Eclipse, KBS, CBS, BCBS, BA Speedway, Parabola, Berzerker, BA Dark Lord, Churchill's Finest Hour, and more, I can't put this near the top tier. It's obviously barrel-aged from the nose and taste, but both are lacking in complexity and the mouthfeel is thin. There are no obvious flaws, but it's not a standout, either.

Arbitrator, Sep 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Rhettroactive, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

blee0891, Monday at 07:48 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 edition split with steepH2O...I always enjoy when Chris and I can drink beers together. It just doesn't happen enough. Thanks for stopping by!

Well, this is one of the most pleasant waxed bottles I've ever had the chance to encounter. One swift swipe and it peels away like undergarments on prom.

Looks like a stout. The tannish-cinnamon head is a nice looker before she settles into the depths. A bit of spatter as residue, but not much.

Smells like the brownest of the brown liquors...so tempting! Whats that...you want me to drink you? But I'm in the middle of a trial. Excuse me...Hello David, I'm really tempted!

The taste and mouthfeel are a letdown. Up front is the Dr. Pepper vibe followed followed by some nice chocolate cake notes. Bourbon imparts a light vanilla and the oats provide a smoothness in body. However, the body is so thin and light that the bourbon just seems to sit atop the fray rather than meld into the base. The finish is actually watery. All the potential here just sort of falls off a cliff at the finish.

For all the promise I thought this beer held....I really enjoy a good oatmeal stout and I really appreciate quality barrel aging...this is just sort of a miss. Too much carbonation, too little integration, and just not enough body to carry this through. In a crowded field I'm actually surprised how high the reviews are for this beer. A real letdown considering the beauty of B-Bomb.

BarrytheBear, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Seattle_Suds, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

kscaldef, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from a tasting on 8/15. thanks to BeerWorld for bringing this one out.

a - deep dark with a thin off tan grey head that leaves a ring around the surface. swirling the brew brings it back to life.

s - nice roase. some oats. some barrel.

t - very malty. roasty. some powdered chocolate. some bourbon notes. oaty but not rich and thick like i would hope.

m - a bit thin for an oatmeal stout. the barrel seems to work in some thinness?

o - pretty nice. nothing crazy. glad to try it. good, but not great. surprising to see it is an oatmeal stout as it is a bit thin. perhaps i would dig this more in a different setting, but adjacent to the monster brews i'm consuming this evening, this one seems a bit thin and lacking, but still enjoyable. just doesn't seem to deserve the rave reviews it is getting (in my opinion). glad to try it, but not something i'd seek out. it wasn't all that popular at the tasting in general as many people were offering up their pour to others who enjoyed it more. definitely not a crowd fav.

cosmicevan, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one had been on my list for quite a while before Doops pulled it out along side an awesomely impressive 2012 Bourbon Abominable a few weeks back. Cheers for the killer Fremont night dude!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15yr old Kentucky bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours out transparent brown and yields a 1½ finger, medium looking, creamy tan head with good retention. Clear black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a creamy foam cap with a stream of carbonation to the top. A half wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing. Too transparent for the style, but the head was nice, averaging it out.

SMELL: Roasted malts, pure, dark chocolate, and some nice oat aromas for sure. Mild bourbon with vanilla, sweet cream, a hint of coconut and some milk chocolate. Mild bourbon, but the bouquet from the barrel is quite enticing.

TASTE: Roasted flavors and cocoa powder up front, though a little mild initially. Oats and chocolate through the middle into the swallow. A medium but lingering aftertaste with more barrel notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet cream and coconut flavors. Some roasted notes and dark chocolate from the base beer meshes well with the barrel flavors in the finish. This is very nicely balanced, though not as bold as hoped perhaps.

PALATE: Medium body and very creamy smooth on the palate. Slightly higher levels of carbonation and somewhat light on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch dry. No heat. A little lighter perhaps, but velvety creamy smooth for sure. Lovely oat notes.

OVERALL: Though not quite as impressive a beer as the 2012 Abominable, this was a solid and enjoyable oatmeal stout. Listed at 9.5%, but it feels and drinks more like a 6% beer. As such, I'd like to see slightly bolder flavors and a thicker, heavier feel for top marks here. That said, I found this very enjoyable and would gladly drink it regularly if it was available to me. Really well balanced and velvety smooth; a very easy drinking bourbon barrel stout. Thanks again for sharing Doops!

Jeffo, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Brandywine
3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2012 vintage poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Poured a fingers worth of a mocha brown head. Pitch black with thick alcohol legs and tight lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted notes, bourbon, caramelized brown sugar, vanilla bean, subtle booze but definitely not unpleasant. There's a smokiness as well.

Taste: Tip of the tongue is bourbon that rolls into semi-sweet chocolatea and smokey notes with some sweetness. End of the to tongue is oats rolled in chocolate and milk cream. There's a richer but more mild flavor to Kentucky darkstar now that it's been aged. There's subtle vanilla that gets mixed in with the other flavors. No booze on the the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium.

Overall: While still a great beer I don't think cellaring has helped this one. It's picked up a creamy sweetness but the awesome smoke and roasted notes have mellowed a lot. The beer is also much too thin for its style.

Brandywine, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason. Dark blackened amber body with a finger of lasting froth. Looks pretty legit. Ton of whiskey on the nose, along with some spiciness, oak and vanilla. Tastes strongly of bourbon, caramel and vanilla; the barrel is pretty dominant here. It's somewhat thin on the palate, but not offensively so. The finish is sweet with a touch of drying oak. This is pretty good, but nothing particularly special.

largadeer, Feb 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

FalconA, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

beergorrilla, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

bstyle, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

sendsilk, May 12, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

brandoman63, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

litheum94, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

JoninVT, Aug 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

anteater, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
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Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.