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.
Final Rating: 4.74/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Fremont pub glass. Acquired in a trade.
Pours a deep brown, nearly black inky body with a two finger brown head that reduces slowly to leave splotchy lacing and a ring of retention..
Aromas are mesmerizing, bourbon-chocolate-vanilla fudge cake and semisweet chocolate brownies, coffee, absolutely stunning once this warms, straight milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, bourbon, maple, molasses at room temperature.
Taste follows the nose and just like the nose, is best at room temperature. Let this warm up for the full experience. Bourbon-vanilla-fudge, semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate brownies, light coffee but heavy roastyness on the finish. Thick, rich, creamy, low carb.
Fremont makes some of the best stouts in the world. I’ve had enough Fremont offerings to confidently say that even though they are rated as world class, they’re still underrated. No adjuncts needed. Just world class beer.