Style: Barrel-Aged Flavored Stout

ABV: 14.5 IBU: 50

Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 4

Fremont Brewing Barrel-Aged Dark Star, Coffee Edition

What the brewers say

“Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Roasted and chocolate malts complement smooth oats. A touch of sweetness dances in balance with the hops.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Thick mocha shake—creamy coffee-chocolate combo with a nice spicy alcohol nose. Moderate roast and plum, touch of cherry. Perhaps a touch of cinnamon.”

Flavor: “Moderate dark chocolate with a lighter body than expected. High coffee notes with an earthy, peppery note. Light vanilla note toward the end of the sip. High carbonation doesn’t create a bite but perhaps masks a slight alcohol note. Slightly smoky and touch of cinnamon, notes of nutmeg, smooth warming alcohol with a bit of spice. Good oak woodiness without going too tannic. Finishes medium-dry with a touch of heat and carb bite.”

Overall: “This imperial stout has a big earthy/woodsy barrel character. It’s lighter than expected with a coffee/chocolate-forward note. Alcohol warming but not hot. Nice mocha flavor, big and smooth. A well made coffee beer. Everything comes together nicely.”



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