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:
#240
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
687
pDev:
5.61%
 
 
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Photo of kemoarps
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of Brennan27
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikaveli
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rarigney
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VforVinny
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a good stout but I don't know that it is 4.5 good stout. I've had some better ones but this is a strong showing from Fremont brewing.

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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.02/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Avatar113
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 bottle, properly cellared. Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque black in the glass, with a quarter finger, dark khaki head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt with slight char, cocoa, bourbon and a little dried plum. Flavor is perfectly blended dark toasted malt, milk and dark chocolate, bourbon and hints of plum and coffee. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess and nice mouth feel. A nearly totally integrated, full flavored oatmeal stout with maybe just a little bourbon burn skewing the balance. I'm surprised I have never reviewed this before; I must have assumed I had, since this is one of my favorite barrel aged stouts. This three year old bottle has mellowed out even more, making it dangerously sippable. Although there is a little bourbon heat, the ABV is well covered. Delicious.

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4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of csmrx7
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spicy Christmas cake! This is an amazing imperial. Hot and spicy from the ABV, bourbon and spices but in an approachable delicious way. Full bodied and silky with nice hints of coffee and dark chocolate

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 687 ratings