Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Spice Wars | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Spice wars adds vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, and cloves.

Added by Kurmaraja on 10-31-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#618
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
295
pDev:
7.32%
 
 
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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
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4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
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4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (2017) pours out dark black topped with a small beige head. In addition to the normal BBA RIS aromas, the vanilla and spices are quite evident. Taste too, sweet and spicy, lots of warmth from the ABV. Really nice.

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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Beermongers.

Black, dark brown head. The nose is spicy with cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice, mildly smoky peppers, heather, buckwheat honey, dark caramel. Wonderful honeyed palate, creamy full, mild leather, and moderate spice. Vanilla, gingerbread cookie like with a little smoky pepper. The vanilla adds a mildly fruity sweetness, complementing the nutmeg quite nicely.Sweet, spicy finish, wonderful palate. Alcohol is well hidden. Excellent beer.

**Edit 30 Nov 2018**
2018 vintage on tap at the Upper Lip.
Balls to the wall decadence with cinnamon, allspice , nutmeg and ginger, all with a ton of chocolate. Full, creamy and spicy, this is decadent. The chocolate notes on this beer are off the chain. Deep and flavorful, they hold their own against the spices. 4.5/4.25/4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The brew is aptly named "Spice Wars" because spice is pretty much the predominant theme across the board. Cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, ginger powder, faint peppermint, and bitter endives compose the more garden herb/spice component of the aromatic quoutient.

The rich barrel-aged oatmeal stout-y aromatics are hard to detect on the nose as the spice complete takes over, but there's hints of french roast espresso, and dark roasted malts that emanate from the glass toward the back.
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The oatmeal stout strikes back as the maltier side of the business are more aggressively pronounced upon the tongue than they were on the nose. Charred oak, army-style turpentine coffee, and thick molasses are able to sneak in a quick jab until they're counterattacked by the spice flood of cinnamon, nutmeg, and altoids. Yeah, yeah altoids aren't spices, eat a dick. It's actually quite curious that the spice is able to overpower any and all competitors for dominance over this already decadent brew--in fact, you probably wouldn't know this was bourbon barrel-aged if it weren't for the heat you felt while the liquid trickles down your throat into your belly.
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The variant thankfully retains the rich creamy mouthfeel that its other counterparts presented, while sporting a solidly medium body. There's a nice velvety slickness which coats the tongue on each sip, which would be absolutely heavenly if there was a more substantial chewy texture that went with it; I guess I can't have my cake and eat it too. Gentle simmering carbonation remains consistent throughout the drinking experience.

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

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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2.99/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black body, one finger offwhite head, good retention and no lacing. Smell is coconut oil, sort of curry-like, touch of cinnamon, dark chocolate fudge and a bit of bourbon. Flavour is more of the nutmeg and clove; background of dark chocolate and a bit of Ritter sport, light bourbon presence that adds a nice complexity to it. Ultimately it is fairly spice-heavy befitting the name, but I think it has a bit too much Indian curry, fennel-type presence going on here. Mouthfeel is full bodied, good carbonation, smooth and creamy with a spice-forward finish.

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Spice Wars from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 295 ratings