🍺: Fremont Brewing Co. Barrel Aged Dark Star ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📝: American Imperial Oatmeal Stout ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📆: 2017 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📌: Fremont Brewing Company (Seattle, WA)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The creative centers of my brain have been mostly fried and exhausted with the amount of reviewing and problem solving I've had to do for the past six days. My reviews from today until around December 8th will probably be short and sweet, so sorry to all three of you that actually read all my tl;dr stuff from start to finish.
My fears from the BBADS event at @ImperialBottleShop were somewhat quelled the instant I opened this bottle. Glorious rich notes of 98% cacao bitter chocolate, fudge, french roast espresso, charred oak, brown sugar, jammy figs, and light caramel emanate out of the bottle and into the glass as the liquid as dark as night slowly fills the glass. The thick bourbon and rich roasty notes pretty much take the wheel for most of the drinking experience, with hints of milk sugar shining through intermittently.
The nose is transcribed almost flawlessly on the tongue, with bourbon, cold brewed coffee, bitter cacao, and jammy dark fruits dominating the palatal sensors. Some lactose-inspired sweetness follow through after the initial onslaught of flavors, but some of the boozier notes from the bourbon and drying sensations borne from the coffee revert the palate to a pleasantly dry status quo.
Medium-bodied, with light tongue-tickling carbonation. Dreamy creamy initial mouthfeel with a hint of oily slickness from the oats addition. But-for the lighter body that seems to be typical of the Oatmeal Stout style, this barrel-aged beauty runs circles around the more established stalwart BBA Stouts like BCBS, the Abyss, or even BBA Plead the 5th. I'm beginning to understand why BBomb and AOne are kind of big deals now.
I recently ran through a XVI-XXI vertical at @firestonewalker_propagator . This was one of my favorites. I thought this was great when first released..But, a year later has done even more wonders! Smooth Bourbon with nice chocolate notes, this Parabola heavy blend is definitely a grown up beer. Salud!
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Cheers friends and beerlovers and hopdamn! 🍻💣💥😍