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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 254
Gots: 68 | FT: 10
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to robL for sharing this one at drewone's tasting.

2012 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some really nice barrel aged flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 21:43:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

09-30-2012 02:35:39 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-15-2014 13:19:08 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottling

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rather modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet though it leaves a nice lacing pattern behind

Smell: German chocolate cake with caramel icing and some oats in the background; quite a whiff of the Bourbon barrel, as well

Taste: Caramel and chocolate, up front, with building flavors of coconut, vanilla and Bourbon, in the middle, heralding the arrival of some astringent alcohol, as well; hops appear, adding a bitter balance, after the swallow, though the finish is filled with chocolate and Bourbon tones

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Overall: As others have noted, this beer is a bit thin in the mouthfeel and lacks some complexity; still, it is a joy to drink and I am glad I was able to find a bottle when I was in Seattle last summer

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 01:02:02 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-28-2012 01:38:09 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-03-2012 15:12:18 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2012 14:13:53 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-17-2012 06:03:05 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-22-2013 06:34:02 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 23:17:46 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

06-03-2014 07:45:30 | More by SocalKicks
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-03-2013 18:26:24 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle, WA.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Beautiful bourbon aroma with a nicely integrated barrel character that doesn't overpower the other notes.  Hints of toasted oak, vanilla and coconut along with spicy bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and toast.

Chewy full body with a strong barrel presence that dominates the roasted malt notes lingering into a spicy, boozy finish.  Lots of spicy bourbon along with dry oak and subtle vanilla.  Not as smooth or well balanced as I expected based on the nose.  The malts become more evident as it warns with hints of silky dark chocolate, burnt toast and oatmeal.  Lots of bourbon and pretty dry/roasted to the point where it's almost acrid.  Abv is pretty evident with lots of boozy sweetness and warmth in the finish.  A bit harsh but still tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 02:37:34 | More by corby112
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barleywinefiend

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 14:25:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2013 14:14:22 | More by InspectorBob
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by starrdogg. Split four ways. Thanks Matt.

The beer is dark brown with a small, beige head. Sparse lacing on the wine glass. The aroma brings roast, malt, a subtle barrel presence. Smells balanced, refined, and awesome. The taste does not disappoint, offering a smooth, silky, roasted malt goodness. Medium bodied with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a really tasty stout. Glad I got to sample this.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:06:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Graciously provided by Larry (NWer). I believe this is the new 2013 version.

The beer pours a brooding, blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The head is mocha colored otherwise, and this is another one of those beers that just looks as if it's seen some serious barrel aging. The nose is very impressive as well, and also shows considerable barrel aging, as I pick up a sweet nose of malt balls, vanilla, milk chocolate and fine coffee. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though I thought it just a tad thin on the mid palate. Otherwise, this moderately sweet stout is just delicious, with a soft, creamy mouthfilling component that is very impressive. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, making the beer entirely too easy to drink. The 9.5% abv. is almost unnoticeable, making it entirely too easy to slurp this bad boy down without giving it a second thought. Interestingly, I initially didn't pick up all that much bourbon on the nose or palate, but as the beer warmed, it really came on strong. Just an all around excellent beer from the folks at Fremont Brewing.

(Note: It worked out that I tried this beer the same weekend I had a glass of the 2013 Abyss over at the brewpub. This stuff is great, but IMHO, it's still a notch below the Abyss, which seemed to have more depth, richness and complexity. Still an altogether excellent beer, and one I'm very, very glad to have had the opportunity to try. Thanks Larry!)

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 16:41:24 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

12-05-2012 09:17:11 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

03-06-2013 03:34:20 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-01-2013 06:25:46 | More by rab53
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 00:09:57 | More by mdaschaf
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-14-2013 21:45:10 | More by billab914
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beertunes

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Barely tolerated 22oz bottle poured into chalice. Poured black, no light came through, even when I put a flashlight behind it. The beer had just the faintest wisp of head with zero retention or lacing.

In the nose the bourbon dominated, which is generally a warning sign for me, with the nice base brew being relatively hidden. However, on the tongue the beer shows up nicely and the bourbon complements, not competes with, the beer. The gentle roast and chocolate notes offer a nice counter-point to the beer and bourbon flavors. The alcohol wasn't apparent.

The body was a bit thin for my expectations in this style, I want a big stout to be almost chewy. Drinkabilty depends on your taste for the style, if you like big, almost boozy stouts you'll like this beer. If you like a booze bomb of a brew you'll be mildly disappointed. Overall a very nice beer and another fine job from the crew at Fremont. A must try if can, and good luck finding some.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 21:43:12 | More by beertunes
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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.