Fremont Kentucky Dark Star Bourbon Barrel Aged Oatmeal Stout: Day 12 of my Advent Calendar exchange with my father, featuring a 11% abv Imperial barrel aged beauty of a beer made in Seattle, Earth (just saw this now). This is the 2014 release so it is pretty fresh, however I have another for the cellar that I’ll pop open in a year or two to see how it evolves. This is one of those beers you take out of the fridge a good 45 minutes before you drink it to let it warm up to the higher end of cask temperature in order to get the most flavour out of it.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a very dark brown with a thin layer of taupe coloured foam and no visible carbonation. It’s aroma is well roasted marshmallows, toasted oats, dark freshly ground coffee and some faint caramels.
Flavour: At the beginning it opens with caramel, dark roast coffee and more toasted marshmallow like the aroma, with vanilla, oak and booze in the middle, finally finishing with a velvety leathery dry finish that makes you crave more and more of it.
Overall Impression: Hits that perfect balanced and complex combo that I crave in beer.
Rating: Outstanding at 9.5/10, with some age this will be 10/10 for sure.
Food Pairing: Trader Joe’s sells these milk chocolate salted caramel butter cookies, they would be perfect with this beer.
Here’s a little bit more info about this brewery, they talk a bit about their barrel aging program and about their brewery. I love the experimentation batch concept as well, great for creativity.