Fremont 2019 Dark Star

A barrel-aged beer does not need to hit the drinker over the head with a big, boozy, sugary concoction. Many do, but the ones excel in the style reveal themselves slowly. For this beer, it is not until a glass is halfway empty that wood notes start to emerge and then it's basically as a supporting player to a remarkably constructed stout that has a deft use of malts with accents of coffee and chocolate. Full in feel, but not thick, this stout would be a delight to drink even if it wasn't barrel aged, but the extra whiskey kick accents a dark malt bitterness in a pleasing way. Over time, this beer will mellow and become even more thoughtful. John Holl

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    22 oz
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    American Stout
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