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Fremont Dark Star - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 187   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 435   ABV: 14.5%
Our Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 15 year old single use Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. The roasted and chocolate malts compliment the smooth oats to bring you a stout delight wrapped in gentle embrace of Bourbon Barrel aged warmth. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops to finish with a wave and then sheís gone.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row, Roast Barley, Crystal-60, Chocolate, & Carafa-2 malts with Flaked Oats and Magnum, Wilamette & Cascade hops. 9.5% ABV
2015 release 14.5% abv

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1669) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Tap. Soft tan brown head, opaque black. Overwhelming chocolate and bourbon aroma. Flavor dark chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, nutty, bourbon, oak, vanilla. Intense. It has a strong bite but alcohol is not particularly noticeable. Minimal carbonation. Soy sauce is subdued. Best imperial stout iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebastokrator (75) - - OCT 2, 2016
Rating reflects 2016 batch. On draft. 2014. Pours a nice jet black with some tan head. Nose has notes of bourbon. Some subtle wood notes. Milk chocolate. Taste is a sweet milk chocolate, some vanilla, and toffee. Heat from the alcohol has mellowed with age hardly noticeable. Nice rich, creamy body. Still excellent years later. On draft. 2015. Inky, jet black with a tan head. Nose is still very bourbon heavy but Iím getting notes of leather and caramel. Taste has more of a pronounced coffee flavor. Still chocolate, bourbon, and molasses. Maybe a hint of tobacco. For 14% there alcohol is well hidden. Very creamy, goes down smooth. Draft, 2016. Pours a deep black with tan head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, and wood. Some tobacco notes. Taste follows the nose, Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, but also molasses and maybe caramel. Surprisingly not as hot as youíd think itíd be given the ABV. Creamy and smooth. Top notch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1915) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2016
Draft. Dark black with a watery rim, fairly viscous but not as much as others in the style. Nose is slightly boozy with lots of vanilla, cocoa and dark chocolate, and some ashy malts. Taste is balanced between the bitter dark roast malts and sweet barrel character. Alcohol well integrated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass From: Beer Advocateís mschantz Price: $20.00 Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 3, 2016 Consumed: Aug. 19, 2016 Reviewed as: Oatmeal Stout Misc.: 2015 release (est. bottled in Oct. 2015); Black-waxed neck/head Thanks, Mike! Super excited to try this one after working an in-person trade with Mike. He had got me a BBA Abominable: Coffee and Cinnamon before and I absolutely loved it (4.61 (100/A+)). In fact, itís tied for 11th out of 1,476 reviews (as of Aug. 19, 2016; was No. 5 when I had it). Reading the back of the bottle, last yearís release was a blend of 18, 12 and 8-month bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star in 12-year-old Kentucky Bourbon barrels. Really wanted to wait even longer to try this one, but letís go. Poured a black opaque color with two fingers of frothy tan head. Outstanding spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 4.00) Smelled smooth caramel, toffee, balanced bourbon, milk chocolate, creamy vanilla, touch of oak (even coconut?), cocoa, slightly burnt coffee beans, subtle molasses, chocolate syrup and hints of crayon. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.50) Taste follows the nose for the most part. Really getting that milky chocolate up front, followed by slightly boozy bourbon (just a tad hot), toffee, caramel, vanilla, oaky wood, cocoa, dark chocolate syrup, bitter dark chocolate, light molasses and burnt sugar. Man that 14.5 percent is well hidden. (Taste - 4.50) Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75) This was awesome. Not quite as good as the BBA Abominable: Coffee and Cinnamon, but definitely I would seek out again. Iím all in on Fremont beers. (Overall - 4.50) 4.50 100 A+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5628) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle shared by Dan at my house. Poured a viscous dark black with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark toast. Flavor of light bourbon, vanilla, rum cake, charcoal and burnt choclate muffins. Fuller body, strong carbonation and a lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrHangover (3999) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a minimum amount of brownish head on top. Aroma has loads of bourbon notes, molasses, toffee and caramel. Flavor is intensly sweet, again loads of bourbon with hints of vanilla and feels very thick and sugary. Really intense, strong imperial stout, nice barrel treatment going on and a long lasting, sweet and sticky aftertaste. Nicely done!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (3222) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2016
22oz bomber shared by Dan. Poured black with a small creamy dark tan head. Aroma black malts, strong bourbon and oak. Taste of dark fruit, black malts, strong bourbon, oak, and a caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (707) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle shared at tasting. Dark caramel brown pour. Strong bourbon and sweet caremel aroma. Taste follows, a little boozy. Pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2016
Jet lack with a light tan head that falls to a thin collar. Good ABV legs and good spotty lacing. Nose is Oats, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fudge, and bourbon. Excellent nose. Very little hint of the ABV. Taste is bourbon, oak, chocolate fudge, caramel, vanilla, and oats. Slightly sweet but expect that. big bodied, easy to drink, even at that ABV level. Seriously good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (9211) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2016
bottle shared at a beer tasting. Thin ring tan head. Clear black pour. Bourbon notes. Very nice

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