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Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 357
Gots: 112 | FT: 16
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:
Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 05-12-2012

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.
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Photo of kevwcamp
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: pours black with half a finger of light brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, and smooth bourbon. There are also notes of caramel, burnt sugar, and toffee.

T: roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, burnt sugar, oak, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. It finishes a little boozy and sweet.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is lively rather than creamy.

O: a pretty solid bbal stout overall. I'd like a bit more from the stout and a bit freamier body, but it's still quite enjoyable.

Photo of laminam
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of FrankHammer
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19%

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3/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Not quite black. Khaki collar and some faint wisps.

Smell - Bourbon. Really raw bourbon flavor. Even some of the corn aroma you get from bourbon. Some coffee malt, but otherwise it's mostly barrel.

Taste - Like the smell, it's mostly bourbon. Some roasted malt comes out as a coffee flavor, too. As much bourbon as there is, there isn't a ton of heat to it.

Mouthfeel - A little light. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Bourbon dominates this one. Way too strong compared to the stout. Had this next to Elijah Craih 20 Eclipse and Event Horizon. It was my least favorite of the three.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.75/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.