Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company
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4.31/5 rDev +0.7%
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!)
11-20-2013 16:41:24 | More by John_M
5/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
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.
11-12-2013 14:25:22 | More by barleywinefiend
4.73/5 rDev +10.5%
This is an amazing beer... 2012 version so it has a little time on it...
Big notes of bourbon and oak present in the aromas and flavor dept... im pairing this beer with some Nakhla Double Apple in my hookah and they go together terrifically... there's an anise note in the double that complements this brew and has me on point...
The brewery states that this is an oatmeal stout but it feels a little bigger and richer to me... not necessarily richer on the palate but in the flavor dept...
Seeing as its International Stout Day, I thought I would pull this one out of the back of my beer fridge and I'm glad I did... a chilly November night, some strong Egyptian tobacco and this beer... off the hook...
11-09-2013 03:56:37 | More by Tilley4
4.41/5 rDev +3%
2012 vintage. Tasted 14 September 2013.
Pours black, sludgy, and thick. One finger of coffee brown head, good retention, fine lacing.
Smell is gentle bourbon with a nice added oaty sweetness and smoothness. Rich, fluffy, brown, and potent.
Taste is excellent. It comes in waves, sometimes bringing more of the barrel, but smoothed out barrel, and sometimes feeling more like a big oatmeal stout. I love the combination of those two characters, and all the little nuances that pop up in between. Chocolate, bourbon, sweet corn. Definitely on the sweet side, with very little bitterness from either roast or hops. I'm digging this.
Mouthfeel is simply outstanding. Very thick and very heavy, sludgy like used engine oil. But then it's got so much oat in the feel, I start seeing flakes floating in front of me. All the rough edges smoothed out by that fluffy oaty smoothness. Carbonation is a touch higher than many big stouts. And the combined lightness from the oats and carb balance out the heaviness so well. Fantastic.
More breweries should make barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stouts. I'm sure this one could be surpassed, but I really really like it.
11-01-2013 04:32:39 | More by zeledonia
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.