Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coconut, Cacao
Fremont Brewing Company

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coconut, CacaoBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coconut, Cacao
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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #15
Ranked #2,118
4.46 | pDev: 3.36%
May 09, 2022
Feb 02, 2022
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coconut, CacaoBourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coconut, Cacao
Notes: Imperial oatmeal stout with coconut and cacao nibs aged in bourbon barrels.

This year’s release is a blend of 24, 18, 12, and 8-month bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star in 7-12-year old Kentucky bourbon barrels. This special edition adds coconut and cacao to complement the smooth oats and bring you an imperial stout delight wrapped in the gentle embrace of bourbon barrel-aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave, and then she’s gone.

Down & Dirty: 2-row pale, roasted barley, crystal-60, chocolate and carafa-2 malts with flaked oats and Columbus, Willamette and Cascade hops with toasted coconut and Theo Chocolate cacao nibs.

IBU: 50
Color: Deep black, opaque
Aroma: Chocolate, toffee and vanilla with other sweet aromatics, rich coconut, alongside oak and whiskey
Flavor: Definitely sweet with a subtle bitterness in thick body with moderate, smooth carbonation, with some warmth and moderate mouthwatering

Availability: Released February, 2022; limited
Fresh Range: Age this beer, or try one now...go on.
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4.45 by BAsbill from California on May 09, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

Pours with a restrained level of viscosity and a full finger of head that disappears quickly with only a rim around the glass left behind. This takes a chocolate-forward annual release and makes it a bit more decadent with the addition of cacao nibs and coconut. Still very well balanced with substantial barrel character and bourbon heat, without being over the top. When going down this road, I could see having a little more coconut since the base BA Dark Star already presents a lot of chocolate notes, but it's still a nice accent. Honey, occasional fig spread and toast.

May 03, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

As always I expected this to be amazing and as always Fremont delivered. The cacao addition accentuates an already chocolatey stout which is probably unnecessary but is darn tasty. The coconut is noticable primarily at the finish makes itself comfortably at home blending in seamlessly. The barrel notes are incredibly rich, just dripping with boozy decadence. Great stuff, but I prefer regular BADS.

Nobody consistently does barrel aging better.

Apr 25, 2022
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Apr 18, 2022
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4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Shimmering midnight black with a tan head that fades into a thick collar. Smells of the usual ba dark star with the wonderful stout depths but now the chocolate is brighter yet fuller, and a huge vanillin backed coconut is there too. Taste is an evolution in the series come to pass: the dark chocolate and cocoa meld with rustic oak, bourbon, molasses, oatmeal, supporting caramel and brown sugar, finished with vanillins, coconut, and a kiss of anise. Feel is medium-heavy bodied with a warm and smooth sip every time, adjuncts are not felt as much which is ideal, oatmeal and malt lead the way solidly. Delicious and deep

Apr 16, 2022
4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Apr 15, 2022
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4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Wasatch from Colorado

22 oz. Bomber
Blue Wax/Capped
Limited 2022 Release

Poured into a Westy glass a very nice dark brown/black color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves a pretty nice medium size island, and some pretty nice creamy sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, pretty nice touch of caco nibs, coconut, very nice bourbon/oak note, vanilla, with some licorice, slightly roasty. The taste is very nice, awesome, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, pretty nice touch of caco nibs, coconut, very nice bourbon/oak note, very nice vanilla sweetness, licorice, pretty nice roastyness. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very tasty complex brew, a very nice big sipper. Overall, this is one pretty awesome brew. Definitely nice to see this one around.

Apr 11, 2022
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4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by John_M from Oregon

On tap at Roscoe's today.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with really good head retention and considerable leaving. On the nose, I pick up considerable molasses, along with dark chocolate, coconut and vanilla. There's some underlying bourbon as well, but it's not all that prominent. Flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this rich, sweet, full throttled beer. Mouthfeel is full, soft and the finish is nearly endless. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit

Not that I'm surprised, but this is another home run for the folks at Fremont. Just an excellent BA dark star variant from this reliably excellent brewery.

Apr 02, 2022
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Mar 21, 2022
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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
by BEER88 from Washington

My Untappd @c b has full review with pic

Mar 12, 2022
4.34 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Mar 04, 2022
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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
by pkalix from California


Feb 27, 2022
4.2 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2022
4.53 by MJSFS from Florida on Feb 26, 2022
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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
by Radcpa from Washington

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very mild Coconut. Taste is a pleasant coconut and cocoa. Has a nice texture.

Feb 16, 2022
4.4 by rab53 from Washington on Feb 11, 2022
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coconut, Cacao from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 16 ratings