luttonm (1767) - Belgrade, - JUL 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at SIBF. Darkest brown-black, grayish head. Bourdon sweet, nicely crisp, big bourbon flavor. Great
OldMrCrow (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle tasted December 2013.
Iím not quite sure why I picked this one up at the supernarket a year and something ago -- plenty of other imperial stouts turning to cardboard in my cellar. But something about it spoke to me --- louder than the $16.99 price tag for an unknown BA stout -- and tonight Iím really pleased at what this beer brings to a rainy December evening.
Opens with a faint puff; at refrigerator temperature, it pours deep inky brown with a modest tan head into a tulip glass. Splendid nose dominated by the oak, chocolate underlying that, and yes, graham cracker as a previous rater notes. Itís got a huge aroma and while the bourbon is prominent it is by no means the whole story. Flavor has got just the right amount of sweetness, chocolate up front with bourbon and vanilla. Toasted marshmallow joints the chocolate and graham cracker and charred oak to complete the smore experience. Thereís an apple-juiciness to it, easy drinking, absolutely none of the heavy-handed c-hop finish that pushes some imperial stouts toward black IPA territory, nor any of the sour vegetal/soy sauce flavors that start to emerge in other interpretations of the style. A year of age seems to be in the right ballpark: little oxidation or cardboard, but well integrated and not too hot. At 9.5% itís a bit thinner than some of the high boost imperial stouts, but itís not really lacking for flavor intensity.
Dang, Iím really impressed with this one, all the more so what for its having come out of nowhere to hold its own among the big boys. Given what Iím hearing about the amped up 2013 being substantially better, Iím going to need to track down a bottle of that as well. 9/4/8/4/17=4.2
Addendum: most good imperial stouts are stunningly good on the first sip but one really doesnít need more than 12oz. A very few are so drinkable that it is easy to cruise through a bomber and still want more. Kentucky Dark Star falls into this latter category, and based on that deserves the bump to 4.3.
biggirlpanties (131) - Riverside, California, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks to GT2 2013 bottle Black pour, tan head, webby lacing. Aroma is crazy. Cinnamon, gram cracker crust, dark silky chocolate, vanilla. Taste is drinking chocolate, cinnamon, fresh whipped cream. The bourbon comes through nicely and is not overwhelming. Nice dark chocolate bitterness with a bit of sweetness and booziness creates a wonderfully balanced palate. Absolutely wonderful. Much better than the 2012 version. Gimme more.
bytemesis (2180) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle with huge thanks to glkaiser, not only for sending it to me, but for pointing out that I was an idiot not to already have it on my wants list! Scary thing is that this precious gem fell out of my fridge a week ago and landed right on the wax top. It blew all the wax off, but the cap seal remained intact, and I let it settle till now. Little did I know how blessed I was that it didnít shatter. Anyway. Pours opaque black with a medium creamy black head that sticks around and leaves very nice lacing. Aroma tells you immediately that you are in for a treat - bourbon, chocolate, molasses, roastiness, dates all mingled together. Flavor is rich, decadent, only light to medium sweet with an offsetting medium bitterness. Lots of bourbon and wood, but not overpowering. Rich and chocolatey, with only a very light astringence. This really came together well, with all the notes playing a beautiful melody with no harsh edges sticking out anywhere. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. One of my all time favorite beers. Moar.
anderson01 (201) - Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black in color. It has a thick, creamy, tan-colored head with constallation lacing. The head descipated rather quickly. The aroma has a hint of bourbon. The aroma also consist of vanilla and a bitter dark chocolate. There is a banana aroma that is hidden in the beer. There is a bitter sweet finish. This is a full-bodied beer with an oily texture. The carbonation is average. There is the taste of alcohol present but not overpowering. The oats in the beer makes it really heavy in the stomach as if it were making you full like eating a whole meal. I was pleasantly suprised with this beer. A good beer to have if it is cold out because it warms you inside.
brystmar (990) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012. Dark pour, bubblicious tan lace recedes somewhat quickly. Smells like bourbon and caramelized sugar. Soft, smooth bourbon notes on the palate. Chocolate has faded significantly, and this still suffers from Central Waters Syndrome (aka no body) pretty badly.
Experiment_Ale (380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
at my place with group. aroma is nice thick toasty malt, chocolate, thick fruit, mild vanilla. Taste is chocolate,big smooth roasted malt, thin and watery in mouthfeel. finish is too quick
merc7186 (1503) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Very Little Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Bourbon, Oatmeal
T: Oatmeal, Bourbon
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Boozy
Overall, I thought the taste was a little thin and the nose was better than the taste.
mikedR (745) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fremont bourbon barrel Dark Star oatmeal stout. The base stout is superb. Chocolatey, slightly sweet, not roasty, and I think I'm getting cherries in there too. The bourbon flavor adds a nice touch but is just a tad too strong. B+
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ACHops (477) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap @ the Urban Beer Garden. Pours pitch dark brown with thin oily brown head. Aroma is heavy bourbon, some chocolate, and a little coffee. Taste is thick dark chocolate malt with a smooth creamy oatmeal body. Just enough hops to balance, though they fade quickly as the velvety chocolate body persists through the finish. Just bigger and better than the regular Dark Star. Sweet, oaky, boozy bourbon dominates throughout. In a good way. I suppose to be fair, this could use some bottle time to mellow out a bit, but itís super tasty now anyway.
adamjackson (1764) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black and oily almost identical to dark star. Minor head. Overwhelming vanilla surge on the nose with some milk chocolate. Velvety sweet and loads of sweetness in the taste from start to finish abv feels and tastes more like 13%. Almost a less thick bcbs in every way including in the sweetness. Thereís some gingerbread, and oatmeal chocolate cookies. Itís very interesting but very drinkable. Although, Iíll probably share this bomber with a buddy and not take it on solo. Very sweet