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Kentucky Dark Star (KDS) | Fremont Brewing Company

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Kentucky Dark Star (KDS)Kentucky Dark Star (KDS)
BA SCORE
4.36/5
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479 Ratings
Kentucky Dark Star (KDS)Kentucky Dark Star (KDS)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use 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. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave and then she’s gone.

Added by barleywinefiend on 05-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#448
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
479
pDev:
8.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
419
Gots:
155
Trade:
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Photo of Noles9585
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Nic1985Ace
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very impressive and delicious stout. Smooth bourbon, rich baker's chocolate, full bodied. Enjoyed this through and through.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of countrypeddler8
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jgolka
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of rmpic82
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thin, tan head quickly dissipates. Really nice bourbon and Barrel notes on the nose - which carry through. Slight coffee note when colder, aside from that stays extremely consistent through warming temps. Very good thing in my book. If the density were slightly better this would be an upper echelon beer. As is, very solid and great beer.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ThickNStout
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black wax capped 22oz bottle feom seavercm (thanks man!). 2016 vintage. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours jet black with a little more than two fingers of mocha froth. That thick foam gradually fades completely, leaving neither retention nor lace.

Welcoming aromas of soft, sweet bourbon, chocolate oatmeal cookies, burnt sugar and oak. Gentler notes of chocolate, vanilla and earth become more apparent as it warms, bringing my nostrils back to the glass often.

A decadent array of flavors greet the palate. Sweet bourbon chocolate cake, cooked caramel, oatmeal, wet wood, vanilla, cherry skins and a pleasant burn from the alcohol. There is never a doubt that this is imperial strength but it drinks with a smoothness that belies that near-15% abv.

Creamy, full body with pillowy carbonation. Rich finish of bourbon drenched oatmeal fudge.

Fremont is certainly on top of their game here. KDS is simply outstanding, far surpassing my expectations and one of the best barrel aged stouts I've had in a while. This might become something I seek out every year. I'd strongly suggest trying it if the opportunity avails.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MeLoynes
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grilledsquid
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nickcm26
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JStampler
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattboyer182
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treycotton
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flagmantho
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz waxed bomber into a tulip. This is the 2015 vintage, clocking in at 14.5% ABV.

Appearance: completely black with a finger of dense, creamy brown foam atop. Very, very good.

Smell: rich, roasty, chocolatey, sweet and a little oaky. The bourbon contribution is quite mellow and well-integrated, which I really like. There are a few notes of date and raisin in the mix as well, which I always like.

Taste: sweet and oaky, with a huge hit of alcohol. That said, it pulls a lot of bourbon flavor without having too much burn; it's just oaky and vanilla-ey and big, big, big. The flavor lacks some of the nuance of the aroma, but it's still very good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and OK creaminess. I am kind of surprised that this beer doesn't have more body; I'm guessing it's pretty heavily attenuated.

Overall: this beer is damn, damn good. It's astoundingly drinkable for its ABV. Great beer.

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Photo of beercam
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

KDS! Been anticipating this one for about three years now. Fully delivered. If you can dismiss ten fidy out there gates you know we're working with some special liquid. So delicious. 15% abv

This is a top 3 for whiskey barrel stouts...

An obviously profound brewing triumph, potentially best stout of 2016.

Seattle Baby Preserve Mother Earth

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Photo of Richter525
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 479 ratings
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