Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #4
ABV:
13.6%
Score:
98
Ranked #257
Avg:
4.45 | pDev: 6.52%
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
1,128
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Notes: Formerly known as Kentucky Dark Star (KDS), Imperial Oatmeal Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

2018: Blend of 24, 18, 12 and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 7-12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. 13.6%

2017: Blend of 18, 12 and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. 13.1%

2016: Blend of 18, 12 and 8-month bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star in 12-year old Kentucky Bourbon barrels. 14.5%
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Beersnake1 from California

4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Nov 03, 2018
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dar482 from New York

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours out in a dark color with a touch of brown in the light. The beer is oily black in the glass with a slightly fluffy dark tan head.

The aroma hits of bourbon, tons of vanilla, a touch of coconut, fudge, milk chocolate, chocolate mousse, figs, dark cherries.

The flavor hits up front of vanilla, almost like Vanilla Rye, but without getting to an extract flavor. Bourbon, caramel, coconut macaroon, Whoppers, milk chocolate, as the beer cleans up with some residual sweetness, but a crisp finish leaving longing lingering of vanilla, coffee, and coconut.

Easily one of the best BA stouts around, beating many heavy hitters like Assassin and Vanilla Rye.

Apr 14, 2015
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cavedave from New York

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More big thanks to kemoarps for this masterpiece of brewing excellence

Pours a monstrously thick looking black with tan head that leaves oily slime legs that only grudgingly slide down glass. Gradually the head kicks back to a tan ring. Beauty, thou art a thick and oily stout!

Bourbon goodness fronts a full strength+ bouquet that features bitter chocolate, vanilla, light sherry notes, general dark fruit goodness, especially sweet cherry, some roasty notes that resemble coffee as the beer warms, some delicious black malt goodness as well. Astounding. Alluring.

All the flavors of the aroma are here in the taste, brightly displayed, balanced perfectly, each of them compimenting the others like a well practiced orchestra, creating a taste that is just off the charts delicious.

Creamy, viscous, perfect low/med. carb., alcohol completely hidden, superb finish that has a linger that inspires poetry.

Never thought I would taste a stout as good as original Rare, but this one is its equal in every way, and more drinkable to boot. Highest recommendation.

Apr 17, 2016
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woemad from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz waxed bottle of the 2015 vintage I purchased at the Total Wine on Spokane’s northside for approximately $17. I thought I had drank it before but apparently not – though I recently had a year old bottle of the coffee & cinnamon variant, and had the Spice Wars variant last year.

Following a viscousy pour into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a super dark shade of brown that was essentially black when held up to light, with a good looking , creamy foam head that was colored somewhere between tan and mocha.

Woodsy, boozy and sweet in the nose.

The taste starts off with a roasty, dark maltiness. I initially got a bit of coffee and chocolate. Then the bourbon kicks in, and does so quite firmly. There’s a tiny bit of a sharp dry note at the finish for the considerable amount of hops that are in this, but the BBAing give it such a soft, velvety ride, it’s barely noticeable. What does become noticeable as it warms is the booziness, so it’s long, sensuous ride with this beer. I may need a cigarette afterwards, and I stopped smoking those in 2001.

Silky, creamy, velvety mouthfeel to this beer. Big bodied, and oh, so smoove.

If this beer had a voice, it would sound like Barry White, baby. So, yeah, it’s a hell of a nightcap. After a frankly unexpected Seahawk victory, this is the perfect dessert. Ahhhh, yeahhhhhhhh.

Jan 04, 2016
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barleywinefiend from Washington

5/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Nov 12, 2013
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Apr 25, 2018
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Ksoden1186 from Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

2014 vintage.

Pours midnight black. Very small kaki colored head. Perfect-looking stout.

Such a perfectly balanced stout. The nose offers up the bourbon, chocolate, toffee. Bourbon is predominate.

The bourbon comes through initially, but doesn't overshadow everything else. The roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, coffee all have their place. Bourbon again on the back end and aftertaste.

Perfect mouthfeel. Motor oil consistency. Coats the mouth and flavors stay around a while.

This is one of the best beers I've had this year. Didn't know much about it before receiving it and was extremely surprised at just how much I enjoyed it. I knew it would be great, but didn't expect it to blow me away as much as it did. This is a ba stout that I could drink every week.

Nov 21, 2014
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Toby for this 2017 bottle!

Pours pitch black with a small head of tan foam. It looks so thick and creamy during the pour.

Nose is big notes of bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, oats, and yeah, a heaping helping of booze.

Big bourbon taste initially but that gets swallowed up by massive roasted malt and bitter chocolate. Sub flavours include vanilla, oats, coffee, mild hoppy bitterness. Yikes. The alcohol is assertive but not overwhelming, imho.

Full bodied. Carbonation is healthy. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth. A sipper that I can't resist sipping on. Another beer that will make me sad when the bottle is empty. That Fremont!

Jan 07, 2018
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ArrogantB from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $17.99. Black, 2cm tan head. Alcohol in the aroma, tinges of wood, malty,roasty, but mostly very boozy. Flavor is delicious, boozy as hell, chocolate and vanilla, spicy too, Overall this is pretty good but not quite Parabola or BCBS level.

May 22, 2016
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tectactoe from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for cracking his bottle! Kentucky Dark Star is definitely dark, but it's far from the darkest stout I've seen, as there are still some deep shades of brown that can be found inside of this brew. The tan head wastes no time settling to a thin, little collar around the edges. Definitely a powerful looking brew, but maybe not as omnipotent as its namesake.

Slick milk chocolate, light coffee and warming bourbon notes, like the hardened version of a Kahlua and Creme that your mother makes when she's had a long day. Light vanilla in the back-end, everything is very smooth and sweet here, without being sickeningly so. The bourbon works to keep everything tame without setting your nostrils on fire, and it does an admirable job.

Like the aroma, the taste is almost equally as smooth. It's never hot, but the bourbon certainly does a warming job on your throat and belly. There's also a good amount of oak that gets introduced to your taste buds with each and every sip. Sweet, milky, creamy cocoa nibs, smooth oatmeal notes in the finish, and a lasting, savory hint of earth and chocolate cake.

Kentucky Dark Star is a surprisingly decadent and borderline desert-like beer. With the name, the bottle, and the stigma, you might be expecting a huge bourbon bomb; a boozy and overly powerful beast, when really, you've got a smooth and warming, delicate desert… Something to slowly sip after a big meal. The oats make for a nice mouth feel, smooth, creamy, fitting.

I was pretty pleasantly surprised by this one. Not something I would be able to have all the time (or much of, for that matter) as the delicacy and sweetness does tend to build over time and take a mild toll on the palate, but the 8-ish oz I had were great, and certainly a nice treat. Not as brash as you may think, this beer is actually quite elegant.

Sep 02, 2013
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John_M from Oregon

4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
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!)

Edit from 2/15. Recently tried the 2014 edition, and I'm wondering if the brewer has been tweaking the recipe a bit. The 2014 seemed richer, with more of a bourbon presence, and with slightly higher alcohol as well. Not sure it merits a score increase, but have to say that I did enjoy the 2014 a bit more than the previous bottle I had.

Nov 20, 2013
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to rudzud for sharing this, the winner of the night, 2013 vintage.

Light fizzy head fades instantly, long legs,, oily silky, pitch black, slick oily appearance.

Nose is like black Tuesday without the booze... huge chewy dark malts, cocoa notes, caramel, fudge, dark choc, cocoa notes, lots of oats and creamy, and with some nice bourbon and barrel notes.

Taste is great! Dark malts, chewy fudgey malts, dark thick cocoa, chewy oats, little bitter earthy hops, creamy, with some nice vanilla toasty barrel notes, fudgey oatmeal, etc. So velvety, thick rich creamy like thick feel, little bourbon note too. Finish is drier but a creamy touch oat mouth coating, velvety touch chewy oats, very fudgey, cocoa and mild bitter bite lingering.

Mouth is big bod, creamy fudgey thick creamy oatmeal like, decent carb, hidden booze.

Overall phenomenal!

Aug 11, 2014
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flagmantho from Washington

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

Poured from 22oz waxed bomber into my Fremont globe. This is the 2014 edition blended from 18, 12 and 8 month Dark Stars.

Appearance: completely black with a finger of creamy dark tan head with decent retention. Very attractive indeed.

Smell: definitely big bourbon aromas here, but on top of a sweet and rich base that stands up to the booze pretty damn well. It's quite well-rounded for a beer this big.

Taste: rich and sweet with a big toffee and caramel flavor; the roastiness only comes through a little bit and that toward the end. In the middle is the big booziness, with vanilla and some burnt caramel. It holds together damn well.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good creaminess and silky smoothness. Wonderful.

Overall: there's a whole lot to like about this beer. It's pretty huge, but it really delivers.

Apr 07, 2015
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Psyched to get my hands on a 2017 bottle. My experience thus far has been that an oatmeal stout is second to an Imperial Stout for barrel aging; maybe it's about being unable to hold the BA character or whatnot, but WRONG. Split three ways, enjoyed by all.

Motor-oil pour that sides out of the bottle. Thin cardboard-colored head that surfaces after a hearty pour but eventually fades away. Small swirls of brown bubbles left behind.

The aroma is fucking fantastic - just what I look for in a BBA stout. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, fudge, oak, light booze, toasted coconut, char. Sets the mouth watering and lingers throughout the glass, greeting you before each sip with a huge smile and a warm embrace that says - “So glad you’re here. Enjoy.”

Taste is dark chocolate fudge, bitter chocolate, light coffee by way of the malt, roasted grains, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses. Sweet but not cloying or sticky with a balancing char and bitterness holding the proceedings in check. Nice bourbon-kicker hits on the backend.

Velvety smooth, viscous and heavy on the palate. A big beer that makes you feel every ounce. Pleasant alcohol warmth fees like a fireside seat for the soul. Damn delicious.

Nov 07, 2017
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laminam from Washington

5/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Oct 10, 2013
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wordemupg from Canada

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650ml black waxed 2014 bottle poured into tulip a ways back (from notes) big cheers towards Rutager for sending it my way

A black liquid with a deep cola edge, two fingers of mocha foam hangs around for a while but strangely only leaves random lace after the foam falls, it has some wide legs after a swirl that I wouldn't expect at 11%

S heaps of charred wood and bourbon, plenty of barrel going on here, coco, vanilla, chocolate covered raisins, more bourbon, a little burnt coconut, no overly complex but it has a very strong nose, intense even

T bourbon barrel reigns supreme but plenty of booze comes with it, just a hint of coffee I didn't smell, not far from the nose but a little extra booze

M not as thick as one would guess but far from thin, slick on the palate, a little sticky on the lips and a fair amount of heat holding it back

O I like all the barrel notes but it needs time to mellow out as its a little hot... well a lot hot actually but still solid stuff

I'm guessing this one picked up a little liquor in the barrel, I'd age a second bottle if I had one but that being said she's still drinking well just puts a little hair on your chest is all

Jun 20, 2015
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle. Thanks Daniel!

A: Pours pitch-black with a large, dense dark brown head. Excellent head retention but no sign of lacing.

S: Ohhhh yeah. Heavy bourbon with burnt sugar and caramel. Quite oaky with a touch of vanilla. Swear I get some brown sugar in there.

T: Oh man. Heavy, heavy bourbon up front. Big alcohol sting with a huge amount of toasted sugar, caramel and a hint of marshmallow. A hint of dark fruit here and there, figs I think. Smooth and creamy graininess with a touch of dark chocolate, especially towards the finish. Aftertaste is all bourbon with more caramel, charred oak and plenty of alcohol burn.

M: Big, heavy and sharp. Carbonation is fairly high for a beer like this.

O: Damn, might be the best oatmeal stout I've had. Great bourbon flavor and strength. It's a bit overpowering, likely due to the length of time in barrels. Base beer is still there with a nice smooth, creamy oatmeal stout quality. But that bourbon...wheewwww.

Feb 05, 2017
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deford from California

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Saints & Sinners Snifter.

L- Beautiful deep, dark black with a slight burnt orange head that fades quickly.

S- Luscious on the nose....cocoa, vanilla, cherry-raisin kind of thing here. There's a hint of the barrel.

T- Perfect...molasses and dark fruit with a sweet side to it. Again, vanilla and cherry-raisin. I really get the alcohol heat on the long slow finish and it's fantastic.

F- A little swishing really activates the carbonation and fills your mouth with fuzz...thick, slow moving fuzz.

O- Simply fantastic, a new one for my top five or ten.

Feb 10, 2015
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Duff27 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big three finger deep mocha colored head. Dark brown body.

Big time oak sniffs, hidden cocoa.

Chocolate initially. Sharp/sweeter bourbon notes in the second act. Oak is there but not as prominent as it is in the nose. Would guess the ABV a dash higher than stated.

Creamy mouthfeel, smooth. Lower end of carbonation.

Favorites of KDS were the nose and the mouthfeel, the sharp booze notes I could do without. Thanks to ford0626 for the trade!

Apr 16, 2015
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Motor oil black with a relatively slow to die mocha foam settling to a faint ring.

Smell and taste are closely and expertly aligned, bringing raisin and smoky date, dry oak, melted dark chocolate, nutty wax, light bourbon and spiced maple. On the palate it seems like the malt brings a little aeration, but all in all, it honestly becomes strikingly reminiscent of nutty fudge covered ice cream, without actually being too sweet.

Feel is smooth and slick, yet not hot, with a semi-dry, sticky finish.

Oct 11, 2017
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros and Threelions. 2013 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice black hue with no head, great legs though.

S - Aromas of oats, bourbon, fudge, and balance. The bourbon and chocolate are awesome. Incredibly balanced, creamy oats, holy cow!

T - Taste is nutty chocolate fudge, bourbon, creamy oats, roast malts. This is absurdly balanced. Rich chocolate, bourbon, roast malts, creamy oats, barrel, vanilla. Super fudge and nuts. Again, super balanced.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, velvet, creamy oats, wow.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Almost black Tuesday, super balanced. Holy cow. Phenomenal.

Aug 09, 2014
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kevwcamp from Washington

4.77/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Oct 15, 2013
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blankenhoney from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle enjoyed from a teku.

A: BA Dark Star pours a thick, rich black velvet with a an intense, almost rusty mocha head. Head recedes pretty quickly.

S: Fantastic aromas of cocoa, vanilla, oak, tobacco (srs.), and straight and slightly astringent alcohol.

T: Rich milk chocolate, caramelized molasses, vanilla, and A LOT of bourbon. Definitely on the sweeter side, but the strong alcohol presence keeps it from being cloying. A big beer that manages to taste a lot bigger than its relatively modest ABV.

M: Thick and syrupy, yet highly crushable

O: One of my favorite BA stouts, mainly due to the interplay between the sweet cocoa flavor and the stark bourbon presence. I would love to try the base version and the other variants.

Jan 22, 2015
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bfg75 from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Oct 17, 2013
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zoober911 from New York

4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - This looks awesome when poured. A nice tan head forms that falls back into the glass and leaves a small ring of bubbles behind on the edge of the glass.

S - Smells a little 'hot' with the bourbon. But also pick up on chocolate and nice roasted malt.

T - I can taste chocolate and the roasted malt that are on the nose. Also like the nose, the 'heat' carries over in the taste. Nothing overwhelming or that a little bit of age can't cure, but nonetheless a delicious tasting beer.

F - Smooth and rich as expected with the style. Nothing mind blowing but still a very nice representation of the style.

O - This is a damn great beer. Easily on par with Bourbon County and could easily replace it in my mind. If it was easily accessible here I would have a boatload of it here waiting for me consume.

Apr 20, 2015
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1128 ratings