There's never a wrong time for a barrel-aged stout. But the more temperatures begin to dip, the idea of a rich, high alcohol beer is even more appealing. Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star from Fremont Brewing in Seattle is one of the better BA stouts around, and still somehow manages to fly under the radar. This year's release is a blend of 18,12, and 8-month versions of their Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in 12-year-old Kentucky bourbon barrels. It has an inky black appearance, is full-bodied with a touch of sweetness, with a smooth and warming finish at 14% ABV.