Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star | Fremont Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 14.0%, IBU: 50
This year’s release is a blend of 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 12-year old 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."

Added by acurtis on 10-07-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#226
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
709
pDev:
5.59%
 
 
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2017 vintage poured right after the 2018 was released. Poured from fridge temp into a teku. Pours motor oil black with very little head. Nose is thick and creamy chocolate, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, maple, bark, roasted malts, and a bit of lactose. Taste is incredible. A touch of bitterness on the back end - almost a coffee grounds note. Upfront is huge licorice, chocolate, vanilla, milk, dark fruit, and a touch of maple. Mouthfeel is super thick and viscous - just how it should be. The alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. Overall, this is a masterpiece of a BA stout.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

How have I never sat down and reviewed this before?
Well.
2018 edition from the brewery maybe a week or two ago.

Pours obsidian black with a head that initially rises to a finger plus of dark brown, but settles in pretty short order to a distinguished swirl of 80s art nouveau foam just a shade darker than the label.

Rich and boozy with elements of coffee, smoothe rich bourbon, some tobacco and a bit woody. The wood almost makes me think of coconut husk, but it's not actually coconutty.

Somehow both rich and decadent and smoothe and slinky and bold and subtle... it's just really damn good.
Want some rich coffee? Done.
Smoothe dark chocolate? Check.
Bourbon sweetness and some heat, but not overwhelming? Delicious fresh, and sits down with the best of 'em.
Roasty, rich, decadent, smoothe, cocoa and cacao and coffee and barrel flavour... Oh the barrel influence is the damn definition of the goldilocks zone there. Not too hot, but not too weak, not too mash, but not too subtle.

Smoothe velvety body that is incredibly easy to put in your belly. Sticky and smoothe. If I had one niggle, it would be that I would rather I had to cut it with a knife and chew it and this is more medium bodied.

KDS/BBADS/whatever you want to call it is incredible. I chose it as my birthday beer for a reason. It's world class, it's readily available, and it's from the brewery that's like two blocks away from where I was born.

I'm a fan.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Well, this would be my current favorite barrel aged beer. Nice and thick, with a perfectly balanced and bold flavor.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 709 ratings