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Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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Kentucky Dark StarKentucky Dark Star

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341 Ratings
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 321
Gots: 109 | FT: 19
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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4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 22oz bottle into ballast pt snifter
it pours very dark and little to no head
smell to me seemed slightly boozy and hint of chocolate toffee
taste was malt that of an oatmeal stout with a hint of booze
heavy chocolate very nice
extremely smooth and enjoyable
would definite have again

Photo of Brandywine
3.68/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cory, this was poured from a bottle at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Pours an opaque black with a thin head. Sticks alright, but overall looks pretty good considering that the lacing maintains itself so well.

S - Tons of oak upfront. Dark malts in the background after trying really hard to get past the oak, a little chocolate.

T - Bready chocolate, dryness from the oak starts to blend, sugary roasted malt, smooth finish that leaves a lot of sweet oak lingering. Barrel is a little too dominating, but it is overall still well balanced.

M - Fairly light.

O - I'll admit that the flavor is very good considering that this is a BA Oatmeal Stout. Actually, it has got to be the best of it's style, which is why I'm comfortable bumping up the overall.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin brown head that dissipates to a thin film and ring around the glass. Tempting aroma of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. There must be some toasted malt in there, but the bourbon is dominant. Flavor is a seamless roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, hints of oak but with bourbon ascendant. At first the flavor seems subdued, but except for bourbon, none of the flavors are really more dominant than the others making it difficult to figure out the components of the flavor. Medium bodied with slight creaminess, perhaps a bit thin for an oatmeal stout. A very nicely balanced bourbon stout that is incredibly smooth. I had to pace myself to respect the ABV. Delicious.

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4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pours a viscous pitch black with a thin collar of dark brown head. Barrel come through first on the ode and presents a deep charred oaky character followed by roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, a touch of licorice, and bourbon. The flavored meld very nicely and present a smooth liquid chocolate quality backed up by vanilla and oak. The mouthfeel is rich and decadent with a creamy quality. Overall, this massive stout is bold while being well balanced.

Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.