Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition | Fremont Brewing Company

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee EditionBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Style: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout with Coffee
ABV: 13.1%, 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. This special edition adds cold brew coffee to delight the senses and soothe the soul.

Added by mdaschaf on 09-15-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#127
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
743
pDev:
5.75%
 
 
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2017 Vintage

A: Black, lingering medium brown head, lacing

S: Bourbon, fruity coffee, roasted malt, sweet chocolate, oak, mocha, brown sugar, bright fruity

T: Dark chocolate, fruity roasty coffee, smooth bourbon, charred oak, milk chocolate, light vanilla, rich dark malt

M: Medium heavy, slightly creamy

O: Incredible balance of base beer, bourbon barrel and coffee adjunct

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4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a Goose Island snifter. About a cm of head. Looks like espresso crema.
Smell: Lots of coffee! Not a lot of bourbon smell though.
Taste: Again coffee. Chocolate too. Reminds me a lot of KBS. Very smooth. Bourbon comes through over time.
Feel: I think a little thin for a big beer like this. Warming feel.
Overall: Very enjoyable beer.

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I receive an abundance of Fremont bottles in the last year, both from scavenging around Denver during GABF, and from a regular trade partner on BA. I've let many of them sit for a bit - and I'm now regretting that. Whatever made me sit on beer, I'll never know.

Dark Star Coffee is a gem of a beer. It features a rich chocolate-coffee nose and a creamy taste and mouth feel. There is a wealth of oak and bourbon to the taste, and I never thought for a moment that it was even sort of thin - the oatmeal stout characteristics of the beer are strong, resulting in that amazing sweet, creamy, rich, dense, complex taste and mouth feel. When chilly the beer even has a bit of a dark fruit note to it. This smooths right out in tremendous coffee - no bitterness or acidity of note whatsoever.

I regret sitting on this one - it's nothing short of fantastic. Dark Star is such an underrated, undervalued beer, and I really respect that Fremont has kept the quality high, given the quantity they are cranking out. The differences between variants, too, is noteworthy - they're all their own unique beast and definitely require review.

Damn fine, Fremont - I'm a big fan. Keep up the amazing work.

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 743 ratings