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Fremont Brewing

Fremont Brewing
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Category: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.7%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Superlative
2022 World Beer Championships Platinum Medal - Best Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Fremont Brewing
Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Category: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.7%
Ebony color. Aromas and flavors of grilled black bread, ganache, chocolate covered pecans, and hints of soy with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry full body and a warming, complex, very long finish revealing suggestions of toasty waffle and white pepper. Great flavor integration and length; drink this.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Rich & Heavy
Aroma Aroma: grilled black bread, ganache, chocolate covered pecans, and hints of soy
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of toasty waffle and white pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Ribs, Steak & Potatoes
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Great flavor integration and length; drink this.

The Producer

Fremont Brewing Co

The Producer
3409 Woodland Park Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
USA
1 206-661-1648

Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

The category of barrel-aged beer represents a diverse range of ale and lager styles that have been aged in non-neutral wood. These beers commonly range between 7.5-10% in alcohol with further variations depending on the interpretation of the style. These beers are characterized by both wood-influenced flavors (vanillia, caramel, toast, coconut) and secondary flavors of the alcohol previously aged in the wood (bourbon, scotch whisky, sherry). The overall character of the final beer may also included acetic, lactic or Brettanomyces flavors and aromas resultant of the barrel.

A wide variety of base beer styles may be barrel-aged for an additional level of complexity, although barrel-aged versions of darker or more alcoholic styles are among the more common examples. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, Alltech Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Grand Rapids The Mound Maker.