Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition (2018)
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A Note on This Beer
As the #1 Oatmeal Stout in the World, Fremont Brewing’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star: Coffee Edition casts a big, dark shadow over the craft world.
With flavors bolder and richer than you’ve ever tasted before — and massive scores of 4.52 on BA and 4.42 on UT — this boozy behemoth will make you feel like you’re experiencing bourbon barrel-aged beer for the very first time.
The mayhem surrounding every vintage of Coffee BBADS is almost as legendary as the brew itself. And since even local Seattle craft fiends have a hard time getting their hands on it, out-of-state fans are forced to offer up early trades of coveted Bottle Logic and Bourbon County Stout in hopes of snagging a bottle.
If you weren’t already stoked on the bragging rights that come from scoring one of the Top Beers in the World on BeerAdvocate, here are a few show-stopping details:
- This 2018 vintage is a blend of 24, 18, 12, and 8-month old BBADS aged in Kentucky Bourbon barrels.
- The massive, bourbon-soaked 13.6% ABV coats each flavor in notes of warm whiskey spice.
- Fremont adds tons of rich, roasty coffee that elevates the GABF award-winning brew’s layers of dark chocolate, candied figs, woody char, and earthy tobacco. Sipping like after-dinner decadence, the pour brims with aromas of freshly-pulled espresso that give way to hints of oaky vanilla and toasted hazelnut.
- This brew is so indulgent, we understand wanting to dive in immediately. But if you do have the patience, cellar for up to a year to expose new levels of smooth, oaky depth.
In short, this brew is one of the most sought after bottles in the craft universe. It’s the one Dark Beer fiends keep tucked away in a cellar, no occasion quite perfect enough to break the wax seal.
If you are generous enough to share with friends, choose only those who have earned it, because we only secured a tiny amount — and a beer this legendary would be a terrible thing to waste.
Rated 4.52 on BeerAdvocate; 4.58 on Tavour, 4.42 on Untappd
#1 Oatmeal Stout in the World on BA
Listed as one of the Top Beers in the World on BA
One of the Top 10 Imperial Oatmeal Stouts on UT