Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Spice Wars (2016)
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A Note on This Beer
Today’s beers — BBADS, Coffee Edition, and Spice Wars Edition — are 3 of the Top 5 Oatmeal Stouts in the World on BeerAdvocate.
The original, Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star, is THE BEER that rocketed Fremont Brewing to craft beer stardom and solidified their reputation as one of Paste Magazine’s Top 3 Breweries of the Decade.
And today, you have the rare opportunity to taste all three 2016 vintages side-by-side!
Call up only the friends you deem most worthy of experiencing BBADS, and have them mark their calendars. Because our tiny stash — a minuscule 240 bottles — are some of the last in existence. And the night you crack them open will be quite the momentous occasion.
Especially considering these bottles have been cellaring for over 3 years to showcase every layer of dessert-like decadence against a mellow, but dizzying ABV. This is the kind of legendary trio that will make your buddies jealous if you don’t share, and forever grateful if you do!
For the original BBADS, Fremont blends 8, 12, 18, and 24-month-old Dark Star and then ages it to oaky perfection in Kentucky Bourbon Barrels.
Take a sip and it’s like biting into a rich, Bourbon-infused chocolate truffle with just a whisper of roasty espresso. Let it linger on the palate and its huge 14.5% ABV dissolves into subtle nuances of oaked vanilla and caramel complexity.
If all that Bourbon-soaked decadence isn’t enough, dive into the 4.33 UT-rated Spice Wars.
Loaded with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, AND clove, every drop cloaks the palate in a river of chocolate-vanilla ganache swirling with bourbon spice. The massive 14.5% ABV mingles with hints of toasted brown sugar, giving way to even more vanilla softness on the finish.
Then, perk up your senses with the 4.54 UT-rated Coffee Edition. Fremont infuses this version with heaps of roasted espresso until it swims in indulgent flavors of dark chocolate, woody char, and caramelly Bourbon. Plus, at 14.5% ABV, a bottle of this boozy behemoth was made for sharing.
2016 BBADS rated 4.51 on Tavour; Rated 4.41 on Untappd; 98/100 on BeerAdvocate; #3 Oatmeal Stout in the World on BA
2016 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star: Coffee rated 4.54 on Tavour; 99/100 on BeerAdvocate; 4.40 on Untappd; #2 Oatmeal Stout in the World on BA
2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star: Spice Wars rated 4.37 on Tavour; 4.33 on Untappd; 96/100 on BeerAdvocate; #4 Oatmeal Stout in the World on BA
*We’ve done our best to procure as many bottles as Fremont was willing to part with, but we apologize in advance for not being able to accommodate everyone.
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