1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Kentucky Dark StarKentucky Dark Star

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

316 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 316
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 305
Gots: 96 | FT: 17
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 316 | Reviews: 72 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of krl2112
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of thebigredone
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of jodan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
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!

Photo of largadeer
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of jacewg
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of yojimbo1
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of HopsMatt
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tomholland
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sleuthdog
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Huge thank you to tut2528 for opening this!
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: A dark brown to more so black color with absolutely no head formation. A calm beer with decent alcohol legs.

Smell: A bit of bourbon smell with dark chocolate, molasses and some roastiness. I guess I can reach for some of the oats.

Taste: I am getting smoke and char with bourbon and vanilla. Oak and bourbon though dominate. Some alcohol burn but oh so mild.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer shines. A creamy palate coating silkiness creates a pleasant feel.

Overall: I have heard mixed reviews on this and can see why. It is enjoyable but actually not worth the hype to me.

Photo of tut2528
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

thanks to Jaap for helping me land this one (a personal big want)!

A: pours a very dark brown almost black. there was very minimal head formation, and what was created via forced carbonation, is dark brown.

S: big bourbon and oak, a slight alcohol soaked raisin, dark chocolate, roast malt, with slight sweet molasses. a vanilla touch lies in the back. there is just a subtle hint of oats in there, but i feel like im reaching for it.

T: big smokiness (like a bon fire), a bourbon blast, more oats here than in the aroma, a nice creamy vanilla finish. there is just touch of chocolate but it really isnt all that much.

M: lighter side of medium bodied, no carbonation. it does leave a nice coating of bourbon and vanilla sweetness on the palate though which is really enjoyable.

O: love the fact that I finally have tried this beer. and thanks again Jaap for helping me out with this one. Its a very enjoyable Oatmeal beer for sure. Just wish there was a tad more complexity to this one.

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of leedorham
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of harrymel
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. Tulip glass.

A: Pours shiny black, with a ring of light brown head.

S: Kind of a strong, nutty cocoa, straight bourbon underneath, a little vanilla and smoke/char and coconut.

T: Chocolate, sweet and tasty bourbon which doesn't quite meld with the base, cola, and a little char and brown sugar.

M: Meduim-full, creamy body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Pretty good. Strikes a nice balance between the thicker BA stouts and the thinner ones (thick BCBS vs. KBS). The bourbon doesn't integrate as well as it could, though. Pretty drinkable, the alcohol is not noticeable at all.

Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to sonicalligator for sending this my way. I asked for Fremont and he delivered! Pours jet black into a tulip. There is a very small amount of bubbles forming a tiny head.

The aroma is full of sweet rich chocolate. There is some vanilla. This is enticing.

The taste has a lot of chocolate and molasses. The finish has a mild hint of wood and vanilla. This is mostly sweet, without a ton of hop bitterness.

The carbonation on this is very soft that makes for a nice smooth drinking brew. I like this one a lot. This has none of the harshness that some barrel aged stouts bring. It may lack some of the complexity too, but it still has a broad enough range of flavors for my liking.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small coffee head reducing to a wisp on top. Slight lacing.

Chocolate in the aroma along with a lot of oats, brown sugar and vanilla. Smells like a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie with a little booze.

Lots of roasted malt in the flavor that wasn't evident in the aroma. Chocolate, vanill and brown sugar all come out too brought together with the chewy oatmeal. Booze is in the background. It add a bit of heat, but the vanilla component comes through more than straight booze.

Mouthfeel is what prevents this from being top notch. A little bit too thin bodied for the style and I wish the bourbon would shine through more especially on a beer so young. I'm not sure this one will age nicely.

I enjoyed this beer and I love what oatmeal can bring to a stout. I wish there were a little more body and a little more booze. The flavors and texture are there. Improvements in a few areas could make this world class.

Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.