Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star | Fremont Brewing Company

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

Style: 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:
#217
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
648
pDev:
5.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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187
Gots:
169
Trade:
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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nollie77
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've felt for quite a while that Dark Star gets overlooked a lot - it's an easily traded beer... but it's exceptionally good and doesn't really receive the acclaim that it deserves.

But I say that having had not a whole lot of it. I'm aiming to rectify that in the coming days. What better way to start than cracking a bottle today? I invited friends, but apparently drinking on a Tuesday just isn't for them. More for me, just fine.

Bourbon Barrel-aged Dark Star (vintage 2017) pours a very deep brown, though the pour does look a bit thinner than I might have suspected. There's a deep bourbon and dark fruit aroma to the beer while cold. I decided to pause and let the beer warm, and began on cooking my dinner instead. At a more suitable temperature, the dark fruit had subsided and the beer had a distinct chocolate nose and taste - like, a lot of chocolate. I love how oatmeal stouts add so much richness and thickness to adjuncts. It's definitely a chewier beer, contrary to the thin appearance. While cooler (not cold - still warming though), the barrel lacks a bit of definition. At a certain temperature, the barrels really began to come alive though - at which point, the bourbon, chocolate, and barrel notes were tremendously complementary.

This is just a terrific beer. I can't help but think that it's underrated or taken for granted; yes, it's an easy item to pick up in trades, and apparently it sits on shelves... but that doesn't mean a thing to me. I'd happily stock my cellar full of Bourbon Dark Star. It's not a 5, but it's damn close - and even as rich as it is, I'd love to drink it constantly, and for long periods of time.

BA Dark Star is a winner. Well done, Fremont.

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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

Photo of lloydboss
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 release enjoyed April 2018

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4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 2017 bottle

Maybe a little hot, but that would be my only knock. The body is insanely velvety and luscious. Really nice amount of barrel compliment. I suspected that the base beer for this would barrel really well, and I wasn’t disappointed

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4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | 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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again Sonny for the share!

A- Motor oil pour from the bomber to a snifter with a nutty brown frothy head. The one finger cap has food retention and leaves rare lace.

S- Strong oaky bourbon barrel and a burly high ABV roasty stout base. The woody oak is strong but is counterbalanced by vanilla sweets, well aged Bourbon, dark chocolate, roast barley and caramel.

T- The first few sips were rather oaky but some time and warmth drowns out the tannins and raw woodiness. As it develops a great marriage forms between the vanilla, woody, aged whiskey barrel and the dark chocolate, espresso, burnt barley, light licorice, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts and slight booze. Sweet but the barrel and heat balance it out.

MF- A fairly heavy body with a low end carbonation and a fair heat in the finish. Slick coat on the palate and the texture is slightly frothy and chewy.

A beast of a stout that starts out with a lot of oak but eases into a mostly balanced flavor profile with the classic vanilla, whiskey and dark cocoa/barley balance.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage . On Draft Tasting.

Pitch black, tan head, even creamy lace

Molasses, dark fruit , chocolate , lingering roast.

Boozy, chocolate. Still getting some dark fruits and finishes with coffee and molasses.

Thick, sticky body. Super smooth.

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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lebriarjr
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of peterpunk15
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A little bit thin but solid flavor

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 648 ratings