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Kentucky Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 289
Gots: 90 | FT: 18
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)
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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kmanjohnson
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

kmanjohnson, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

A - Thick, black and treacly. Spot on.

S - Vanilla and sweet bourbon. Grade C maple syrup. Bourbon heat right at then end.

T - Roasted malts manifest themselves massively as coffee flavours, so much so that I asked the bartender if they brewed this with coffee. It's not coffee on the level of Bcbcs, for example, but it's still highly prevalent. A little plain chocolate creeps into the finish. Maple syrup-like sweetness. On the barrel-aged spectrum this sits midway between Bcbs and Bcbcs in terms of flavour profile and the quality is right up there too.

M - Slick, thick and heavy. Gives ample support to the abv and strong flavours.

O - Do not be fooled by the 4.28 rating. This is a top tier stout, right up there with the likes of Bcbs. I can hardly wait for the vanilla variant to be released later this year.

abeeronthebeach, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4/5  rDev -7.2%

belgbeerdrinker, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of lonewolfcry
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

lonewolfcry, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of Anaxagoris
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%

Anaxagoris, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of dsigmon
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%

dsigmon, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

trxxpaxxs, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of Asics
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Asics, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of wils1705
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

wils1705, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

HoppySeb, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

spointon, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

jbaker67, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this, the winner of the night, 2013 vintage.

Light fizzy head fades instantly, long legs,, oily silky, pitch black, slick oily appearance.

Nose is like black Tuesday without the booze... huge chewy dark malts, cocoa notes, caramel, fudge, dark choc, cocoa notes, lots of oats and creamy, and with some nice bourbon and barrel notes.

Taste is great! Dark malts, chewy fudgey malts, dark thick cocoa, chewy oats, little bitter earthy hops, creamy, with some nice vanilla toasty barrel notes, fudgey oatmeal, etc. So velvety, thick rich creamy like thick feel, little bourbon note too. Finish is drier but a creamy touch oat mouth coating, velvety touch chewy oats, very fudgey, cocoa and mild bitter bite lingering.

Mouth is big bod, creamy fudgey thick creamy oatmeal like, decent carb, hidden booze.

Overall phenomenal!

jlindros, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros and Threelions. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice black hue with no head, great legs though.

S - Aromas of oats, bourbon, fudge, and balance. The bourbon and chocolate are awesome. Incredibly balanced, creamy oats, holy cow!

T - Taste is nutty chocolate fudge, bourbon, creamy oats, roast malts. This is absurdly balanced. Rich chocolate, bourbon, roast malts, creamy oats, barrel, vanilla. Super fudge and nuts. Again, super balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, velvet, creamy oats, wow.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Almost black Tuesday, super balanced. Holy cow. Phenomenal.

rudzud, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of thereal_adam
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of nickbman
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

nickbman, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Gotti311
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Gotti311, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of heavenlyStash
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

heavenlyStash, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

zestar, Aug 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

crowellbw, Jul 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

BWCampbell, Jul 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

erbu, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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.

Rifugium, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

BucketBoy, Jul 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

BeerisUber, Jul 03, 2014
Kentucky Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.