Day 22: Fremont Brewing’s Kentucky Dark Star

Kicking off the last week of this beer odyssey with one of my favorite local breweries. Fremont Brewing company is a behemoth in the Seattle brewing community and has been for sometime. Whether it’s their standard line up of brews, or their limited releases they are definitely a brewery you should seek out when in the Seattle area. One of their most sought after releases is Kentucky Dark Star. An oatmeal stout aged in bourbon barrels. Usually released in late fall/early winter I’ve had 2016’s vintage stashed away for a special occasion. I believe the first day of Spring is as good of a time to break it out as any other! I did get a small sample of this brew when it was first released, so it will also be interesting to see if there are any differences now that its had time to sit.

-Appearance: Dark like my soul… but in all seriousness its really dark. With a nice tan head that sticks around a bit, even though it seems like there isn’t much carbonation.

-Nose: Booze, booze, and more booze. There is vanilla in there somewhere.

-Palate: A booze bomb for sure, but you do get some toasty oatmeal malts in there as well. Mostly on the back end and its roasted. So much so you almost get burnt/smokey notes in there. Its not as syrupy as I expected. You get some heat on the back end, which is to be expected with a brew at 14% ABV. When I did have it the first time it was even more booze forward than it is now, so it has calmed down even in the past couple months.

-Rating: 3.5/5: This release is delicious as always. If it wasn’t as booze heavy it would balance it out, making it much better than it already is. You can lay this bad boy down for a couple more years which is what this beer is meant for. Glad I even waited the couple months.


This post is part of a series of posts in the 30 Beers in 30 Days project. Enjoy! 

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