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Fremont Dark Star - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 163   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (4576) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2015
Draught at the brewery, 11/8/15.
Tan head tops an ebony body with lighter mahogany edges and a seemingly moderate clarity (though thereís no light to hold it up to).
Bourbon and oak are noted right away in the nose, but they arenít obnoxious and thereís a quick follow up of light prunes and burnt caramel/toffee. Vanilla, mild but noticeable alcohol, and a good balance of roast, bourbon and chocolate notes. The hops are noticeable too, adding light orange and even some lightly dank, more resinous notes.
Bourbon is light in the flavor, thankfully, with soft, silky oak and wood notes pitted against a more oily, but chewy roasted barley and oat-like texture. A lightly salty, somewhat burnt caramel character is noted in the flavor, as well, and is absolutely stunning. Good attenuation on the beer keeps it drinkable, for its size and it ends without any cloy/syrup or general heaviness. Very nice, and very flavorful without being overdone. Glad they had it available, as Iíd wanted to try it for a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2015
On tap at FOBAB 2015. Score and notes from notepad. Well done for style. Balanced

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2523) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2015
On tap at FoBAB. Pours a dark brown black with a brown head. Aromas of dark fruits and chocolate. Not mind blowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
furthur (538) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle, thanks Chris! opaque thick black, espresso colored foam fades. Aroma vanilla, coffee, chocolate, cookies, bourbon, raisin, molasses. Taste is dried plums, cookies, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, anise, chocolate, bourbon, coffee. Palate is rich, carbonation subdued, slight alcohol burn. This is a bit sweet, but has a roasty finish. Perfect for desert.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dried fruit, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, dried fruit and light bourbon with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1701) - GREECE - NOV 8, 2015
650ml bottle (v2013) from trade with bytemesis, shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Thank you Mike! Black color with brown head. Malty aroma, light roasted, chocolate, light licorice, caramel, coconut, vanilla, light wood and alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Full silky creamy body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (4054) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2015
22oz bottle thanks to Darrel. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is great heavy roast malts chocolate booze brown sugar molasses vanilla bourbon barrel. Taste is great chocolate coffee vanilla bourbon barrel coffee and a great end. Wow this is some awsome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryanfolty (2204) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2015
October 23, 2015 - taster glass sample at Darkness Eve. Dark pour with limited head. A very well done BA imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8856) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Bottle shared by Jeff, thanks! Pours near black with a grayish brown head that dissipates quickly to the edges. Aroma has a combination of earthy dark grains and bread with chocolate and bourbon supporting. Flavor has dark grains, chocolate and bourbon with roast supporting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewje41 (1737) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2015
Milestone type beer for a non milestone occasion. Seems to work out that way a lot. I actually thought I had rated this already. Surprised for sure. Draft 6 oz pour at the brewery. Thatís all they offer you these days. I remember a while back when they offered 20 oz pours of this stuff. Of course it was sub 10% back then, and itís now 14.5%. Time to update that. Thatís no small difference. In the weather world that would be like twenty degrees off. Iíll do my best to never compare the two ever again. The beer Pours a cola black with almost no head. Huge bourbon chocolate aroma. Flavor is full of rich chocolate and smooth bourbon, and a huge oaky finish. Comes off as strong up frony, but smooths out nicely late. Prime sipping beer here. I keep bouncing back and forth in my head on whether I love Fremonts hoppy beers or their heavy beers. I always lean towards the hop sode, but this beer is a clear.stand out from most others. This beer stacks up with some of the whales in.my opinion. Awesome awesome awesome. Awesome.

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