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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by TheEarl, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. TheEarl

    TheEarl Aficionado (165) Washington Apr 10, 2012

    While I've had a couple 2 oz. pours, until Friday, I'd never had a full pour of Kentucky Dark Star and, as I know a lot of your are cellaring this beer, I thought I'd post some impressions.

    It's still great. I think that the time in the bottle has rounded out the malt character a bit. I'd also say that, while still very apparent in the nose, the bourbon taste might have decreased but the barrel/vanilla taste seems to have increased. I found the barrel notes reminded me of Firestone's DDBA quite a bit.

    I'm considering opening another in December to see if I notice any change.

    Anyone else have one of these lately?
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  2. BillHilly

    BillHilly Savant (420) Washington Oct 17, 2010

    had one a week ago or so...thought it was doing well...the mouthfeel hadn't really changed (still thin) which is my biggest complaint on the brew...still my favorite BA oatmeal stout though...and probably my favorite Seattle beer as well.
  3. csano

    csano Savant (295) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    Spot on description, Billy. It's a delicious beer, but too thin. That's easy enough of a problem to correct. Hopefully Fremont does. :)
  4. whiskey

    whiskey Advocate (535) California Feb 25, 2012 Beer Trader

    It's interesting, being relatively new to the beer scene mouthfeel has been an elusive thing for me to characterize until I had KDS. It was the first beer that I've had that I immediately thought had a thin mouthfeel. At least I know I wasn't imagining things.
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  5. csano

    csano Savant (295) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    Yeah-that makes sense. There are some beers where I find myself thinking, "Is this thin?". It was blatantly obvious in this case. Again, delicious beer, which will be even better, should they correct this. It does seem like they have taken care of this with recent batches of the Dark Star (the base). Had it on Nitro at the beer garden recently. It was all kinds of ridiculous.
  6. DimensionX

    DimensionX Savant (335) Oregon Oct 1, 2010

    Cellaring shouldn't affect the mouthfeel very much. Flavors and smell will change with time but mouthfeel is basically built into the beer by the grain bill and mash temps. I would imagine that several years might have an affect but I would guess carbonation would be the biggest change.

    as far as I know at least, feel free to correct me.

    Is the brewery the best place to snag Fremont bottles? or would bottle works be a better choice? I'm gonna be in the neighborhood next week.
  7. csano

    csano Savant (295) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    It'll be challenging to find B-Bomb and KDS anywhere in the area, but you shouldn't have a problem finding other regulars/seasonals, either at Fremont, or the local bottle shops/grocery stores.
  8. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Advocate (610) Washington Mar 9, 2008 Verified

    Yes is the answer. Bottles and cans are slightly cheaper there plus you have the added bonus of drinking super fresh Fremont beer while you visit.

    They do not have any B-bomb or KDS for sale right now but you can get A-bomb in cans, bottles and growlers.
  9. distantmantra

    distantmantra Advocate (745) Washington May 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    You're coming a week too soon. If the non-haiku is to be believed, B-Bomb 2012 is coming out December 1st.
  10. sfbeer1

    sfbeer1 Aficionado (205) Oregon Jul 19, 2012 Beer Trader

    Does the brewery ever have B-Bomb or KDS on tap?
  11. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Advocate (610) Washington Mar 9, 2008 Verified

    Yes, I have had both on tap at the brewery.
  12. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Washington Sep 12, 2012

    When I was there last week they had KDS on tap, nitro & cask! It was awesome! Cask did it for me, so good. Delicious on nitro too. Didn't try the regular tap.
  13. DimensionX

    DimensionX Savant (335) Oregon Oct 1, 2010

    mmm I got to try some last year, damn good.
  14. csano

    csano Savant (295) Washington Sep 21, 2010

    Was it KDS or the regular Dark Star? If the latter, I agree. It's delicious on nitro.
  15. SatlyMalty

    SatlyMalty Initiate (0) Washington Sep 12, 2012

    You're correct, it was regular Dark Star. Delicious. It was also two weeks ago. My days get confusing.
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  16. draheim

    draheim Poobah (1,120) Washington Sep 18, 2010 Beer Trader

    Probably because of the beer.