Kentucky Dark Star (KDS) | Fremont Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
472
Reviews:
96
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
154
For Trade:
23
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Photo of JonnyBeers
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of pistolpeat
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this around town a few times, at festivals & at the brewery, but this is my first go at a bottle.

Appearance: Poured a rich, inky black with a sticky, foamy espresso cap. The head clung to the outer rim of the glass, leaving behind a silky lacing as I drank.

Aroma: Whoa. A warming, soft & complex bourbon shines with a roasty coconut, vanilla, mild char and some oaky chocolate. Very alluring & intricate.

Taste: Smooth and outstanding. Bursting with flavor without being intense or overwhelming. That roasted coconut from the nose hits the tongue first, followed by a creamy chocolate roast & smooth bourbon. Rich oatiness, vanilla, and more creaminess go down in the finish. Just awesome.

Mouthfeel: Superb mouthfeel. No overpowering textures or flavors to dominant the palate. Smooth, full-bodied, creamy, and full of complexity. So easy to drink.

Overall: All parts of this beer were incredible to me. Nothing in the Pacific Northwest even comes close to this stout. Fremont clearly is leaps and bounds ahead of other Washington brewers for quality of beer, creativity, and craftsmanship. KDS is delicious- better than the Bourbon Abominale, and adds multi-dimensions to the regular Dark Star. This beer will age nicely, getting richer and more complex as time goes by. WA has a hidden gem here….

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of laminam
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Reinmogard
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dar482
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Mikenike
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very Dark and Roasty. ABV felt a bit higher then 11% and a bit sweeter then I imagined.

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Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jgolka
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of durlta
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of bonghitta
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious, even better than the B-Bomb. Seriously great stuff. Very Bourbony, very strong. Caramelly on the front end, awesome aftertaste. Freemont really outdid themselves with this release, everyone knows them for the B-Bombs, but it looks like the KDark is gonna be a new favoritie from them.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
5/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of marine1975
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Toriless
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: who cares! It was dark with a nice creamy head. what more do you want so long as it not grey or something weird.

smell: vanilla, chocolate, oak

taste: near prefect, this is exactly the taste that fills my brain when I hear the word STOUT. It was the best beer of the 20 I shared tastings with at the festival. I agree with the other reviewer about the vanilla, chocolate, oak, bourbon undertones but they were also nicely balanced and not cloying as vanilla or chocolate can be if over done.

mouthfeel: creamy and smoothe

I got to figure out where I can get this stuff on a regular basis. Yummy!

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Photo of BWCampbell
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of currysmegs
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of beercam
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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 lonewolfcry
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hop_chomper
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black waxed bomber, poured an oily black color. Heavy tan cap that was maybe a finger thick. Creamy and foamy.

Nose is like smelling a soft chocolate truffle made with toasted coconut, vanilla, and rich bourbon. This beer smells fantastic! Easily the best part, finishing with lots of woody bourbon, anise, licorice and light smoke.

Taste, much like the nose, is incredible. Deep, roasty malts, smooth bourbon kick, bittersweet cocoa, speckled with hints of vanilla & some charred oak. Lots of depth here. When warmed, notes of licorice, creamy oats, more wood, maybe a touch of sweet cherry, all add to the roasted malt profile.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Not as thick and chewy as a lot of stouts tend to be, but I think that's the oats help to create a softer body, giving the beer flavor & texture without being intense. Age will bring the mouthfeel thicker, add complexity, and really take this to another level.

I acquired this beer in a trade for Darkness and I must say, I think I got the better end of the deal. One of the better barrel aged stouts I've ever had. Rivals KBS, BCBS, Parabola, etc. any day of the week. I should have traded for another.

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Photo of Anaxagoris
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%

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