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Fremont Barrel Aged Dark Star

Also known as

Fremont KDS Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout
Fremont Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout

Fremont Brewing Company
Seattle, WA, United States of America


Vital Statistics

Type: Stout
Release: Limited Rotating (vintaged)
ABV: 14%
Bitterness: 50 IBU

From the brewer

This year’s release is a blend of 18, 12, and 8-month Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star in 12-year old 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.

Average Scores

Overall: 92 (logged 33 times)
Bottle: 93 (logged 27 times)
Draft: 89 (logged 6 times)

Who's been drinking this

2020 release
'Ol reliable. Nothing over the top, nothing too syrupy, too sweet, too alcohol-y, too malty, too whatever. A great way to ring in the new year.
Bottle
2020 release
Bottle
2016 release
Bottle at Odin Lounge
2017 release
2016 release
Bottle at Odin Lounge
2016 release
Um, basically perfect, as usual.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
3.0 release
Bottle
2015 release
Sweeter for sure than when had after the Brew 1000. And more... well, perfect. YUM.
Bottle at Xbeer One
2015 release
Bottle at Xbeer One
2015 release
2015 release
Tastes dry and bitter after the brew 1000. Still pretty good
2015 release
Really good, but do not drink this directly after the Brew 1000. The contrast in sweetness leaves this tasting a bit tart and ashy. A few minutes separation set everything right again, though. However - it does seem like this is getting less sweet each year. Am I imagining this?
2014 release
Sweet dark smell. Thin middle and sweet hollow finish. Tastes a bit like a flat Coke.
2014 release
2014 release
I don't know if it actually is different, but this was so much better than I remembered. Clean, with a bit of umami tartness. Right amount of bourbon sweetness.
2013 release
Bottle at Home
2013 release
Bottle at Home
2013 release
2013 release
Seems sweeter every time I have it.
2013 release
Still one of my favorites.
2013 release
Sweetish slightly viscous body with some tackiness. Tangy start with a smooth roasted caramel coffee finish.
2013 release
Should auld acquaintance be forgot just drink one of these
Bottle at Karthik's
2013 release
Bottle
2013 release
Bottle at Home
2013 release
I thought that it would be too heavy to drink a whole 22 ounces but I was wrong. It just kept being awesome throughout.
Bottle at Home
2013 release
2013 release
Lush, smooth, sweet and bourbony. The creamy oatmeal finish something else, and there are much more profound notes than the Velvet Merkin in this category. It tastes stronger than its labeled ABV and the intensity of that alcohol flavor was my only (very minor) complaint.
2013 release
2013 release
Pleasant molasses smell. Nice tangy sweetness, bit of plum. Some finishing tackiness.
2013 release
Not bad. Not bad at all...
2013 release
Bottle at Home