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:
470
Reviews:
94
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
8.29%
 
 
Wants:
420
Gots:
153
For Trade:
23
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Photo of Beerbom
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kidzord
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ADG2995
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of greg4579
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryanalday
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdrickCS
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Teen-o
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bmf5581
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Curran the other day, thanks man!

This one pours a very dark black, with a small head, and essentially no lacing.

Smells like bourbon, chocolate, sweet coffee, caramel, and vanilla.

This is a really well done and luxurious BA stout. There's a lot of barrel here, silky vanilla, earthy bourbon, and some oak. The taste is super smooth and rounded. The ABV is 14.5% according to the bottle, which is really hard for me to believe given how smooth and subdued the booze is here. Just a job well done here for sure.

This is thick bodied, very creamy and silky on the palate, with a moderate level of carbonation.

An exemplary barrel-aged stout, just absolutely delicious, and stands up with the biggest names in the BA game.

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Photo of gruss004
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gouettn
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boilerup
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coon_Hopster
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beervana
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vonerichs
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Root beer colored with a decent coffee colored head. Good retention and surface coating, though it did have some floaters on the surface.

Great aroma that's heavy on the vanilla and wood. Root beer, bourbon, coffee, chocolate.

Flavor follows suit. It brings a little boozy heat but less than expected from the aroma. Lot's of coffee, vanilla, and oak.

Smooth and heavy mouthfeel. Mild carbonation. Chewy.

Awesome beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love Fremont so much I propped this one up in my mind for the last couple years as an Abominable equal. Now I'd say that depends on your preference. This beer is amazing and the little bit of heat is welome in this brew, but for me the vanilla quality of the barrel is stronger than I like and I'd trade it for a BBA Abominable any day. If you love vanilla this will become your favorite. Best aged an additional year.

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4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Pours black as night with one of the darkest colored heads that I have ever seen. The head is sizeable and hangs around a good while. The lacing is phenomenal and the head is a dark chocolate in color. This beer looks delicious in the glass.

S- Sweet malt and bourbon notes greet the nose right up front on this beer. Tons of barrel notes are up front with good char and vanilla notes. Semi-bitter dark malts and just a touch of hops are on the back end of the scent. Really just a good blend of base beer malt and barrel characteristics.

T- Starts with a muted malt base that is mostly dark and slightly bitter. A ton of chocolate malt that is immediately countered with a bunch of barrel profile is the initial flavor profile. The barrel and malts mellow out in the middle and provide a largely oaky and mellow chocolate flavor overall. The whiskey really shines through on the back end of this drink and displays some good char and oak flavors. The lingering flavor on the tongue is some malt, but a lot of bourbon and corn bite.

M- Thick, smooth, and shockingly light on the palate, this beer drinks like a dream. The alcohol is barely warming, let alone noticeable. The drink is silky smooth, yet still has a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer. There are great notes of both base beer and barrel, making the overall drinking experience very pleasurable. The amount of barrel that is present is awesome and really adds another layer of complexity. In the end, this is a great beer.

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Kentucky Dark Star (KDS) from Fremont Brewing Company
4.34 out of 5 based on 470 ratings.
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