In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Fremont Barrel Aged Dark Star 2016

Aroma: “Bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol at first, and then some light chocolate, roast, and light smoke. There are also some dark caramel notes, malty sweetness, toffee, oak, bourbon, and licorice.”

Flavor: “Huge sweet milk chocolate. It’s a dance between the roast and the chocolate, with some malt sweetness. Notes of caramel, coffee as well, and from the barrel, some smoky wood, moderate oak tannins, and vanilla. Black licorice, with raisin, plum, and prunes that come out as if eaten straight from a bowl, supported by the bourbon and malt sweetness.”

Overall: “The flavor was unexpectedly great, considering the lightness of the aroma. The chocolate and roast of the base beer stand up well to the barrel and all the sweetness. Definitely drink this beer on the warmer side.”