Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star (2015)
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A Note on This Beer
A Dark Star guides Fremont Brewing’s beloved dark beer line-up. The brewery’s Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout is not only a velvety-cocoa community favorite, but the basis for the wildly popular Barrel Aged series.
The Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star series never fails to captivate the palates of craft beer drinkers. But it’s only because the base Oatmeal Stout is robust enough to compete with the boldness of barrel flavors.
Pouring charcoal black, Carafa and Chocolate malts paint a backdrop of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, with a hint of char. Flaked oats contribute to a sturdy body, smooth and full on the tongue. Roasted and char flavors are enhanced by the spicy aroma and bittering of Willamette and Magnum hops.
The quintessential Seattle dark beer, Dark Star Oatmeal Stout keeps its fans warm through the dreary winter rains with a warming 8.0% ABV. It’s range of chocolate and coffee flavors seem tailored to pair with barrel vanilla-oak, but Fremont doesn’t stop there. Infused versions of Dark Star are frequent in the brewery’s taproom, guiding eager palates to dark unknowns of flavor.
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