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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 254
Gots: 68 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 05-12-2012)
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CaptainQ

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-02-2013 06:27:49 | More by CaptainQ
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-01-2013 00:35:27 | More by ncaudle
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LumpkinBrews

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-30-2013 20:25:49 | More by LumpkinBrews
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Impfan

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-24-2013 23:04:58 | More by Impfan
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roostor07

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-23-2013 17:47:26 | More by roostor07
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currysmegs

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-21-2013 02:22:51 | More by currysmegs
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John_M

Oregon

4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!)

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 16:41:24 | More by John_M
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Thurgoft

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-12-2013 23:28:54 | More by Thurgoft
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DimensionX

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-12-2013 14:26:34 | More by DimensionX
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barleywinefiend

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2013 14:25:22 | More by barleywinefiend
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2013 14:14:22 | More by InspectorBob
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:56:37 | More by Tilley4
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rab53

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-01-2013 06:25:46 | More by rab53
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 04:32:39 | More by zeledonia
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michael78747

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-31-2013 19:36:58 | More by michael78747
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ImperialStout

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-28-2013 14:37:53 | More by ImperialStout
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JOrtt

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-26-2013 00:17:27 | More by JOrtt
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Hanserelli

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-23-2013 05:09:03 | More by Hanserelli
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bfg75

Washington

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a different beast than last year's batch. Much bigger, pours thick and black with a small head. Taste is spectacular and up there with some of the better BA stouts I've had. Drinks smooth, lots of chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Sweet but not overwhelming...I liked the last batch, but man, this is a vast improvement.

Way to go Fremont!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 03:59:26 | More by bfg75
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GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-15-2013 19:30:34 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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jag21

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-15-2013 02:38:52 | More by jag21
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kevwcamp

Washington

4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 02:35:43 | More by kevwcamp
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n2185

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2013 21:20:27 | More by n2185
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laminam

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 15:53:46 | More by laminam
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-07-2013 12:31:48 | More by FrankHammer
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
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