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The Rusty Nail | Fremont Brewing Company

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The 1st Nail aged 12 months in 15-year bourbon barrels.

Added by fsck on 03-28-2014

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 39
Photo of jtirpak22
5/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

6oz. pour of the original batch (~3yrs old) side by side with an early pour of the new batch.

A - Rich dark brown bordering on black. Thin layer of head.
S - coffee, chocolate, hint of cinnamon
T - Taste is incredibly complex. Follows the nose for the most part with vanilla and a bit of bourbon
M - Big, thick, viscous, fully body
O - Have had this a few times in the past and each time I have it I'm left thinking that it's the best beer I've ever had. I can't wait for the new batch to get bottled.

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Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Larry for the chance to sample this great beer. I'm in your debt sir.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, and I have to say this beer just looks dense/thick. The beer has very good head retention and light lacing, which is about what I would expect from a stout that's seen this amount of barrel aging. As for the nose, perhaps it's the amount of time spent in bottle, but it's quite complex now. There's still noticeable dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and milk duds, but the bourbon now seems to have imparted something of a caramel-like aroma as flavor and well, that's really quite enjoyable. There's also something of liquid licorice aroma and flavor, which thankfully is completely dominated by the vanilla, chocolate, dark coffee and bourbon flavor. Mouthfeel is extremely full bodied, imparting almost a thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well integrated into this excellent beer, and the finish was quite long.

Excellent stuff, obviously. Wish I had a few more bottles of this, as I think the beer could stand a bit more time (or at least a little more time wouldn't hurt it). Sampling this beer, one can see where the brewer likely got the idea for KDS and First Nail. Impressive.

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Photo of Srqb
4.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Doesn't get better than this, best beer I've ever had. Nothing wrong with this. Had it aged around 3 years at an Anniversary party. Best beer from Washington hands down.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.33/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoughts: Looks liek black coffee. Nose is really nice. The cinnamon is strong both on the nose and the palate. Cinnamon also lends a little astringency. A shade watery somehow. Still top notch, although I founds KDS to be the more well-rounded beer.

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The Rusty Nail from Fremont Brewing Company
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