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Abominable Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

123 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
47 IBU

(Beer added by: beertunes on 01-07-2010)
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Reviews by Ratman197:
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Ratman197

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Bomber from Malt and Vine poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, carmel, light vanilla, light earthiness and a hint of spice. Mouthfeel was mediuum bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light carmel, light coffee and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingeing chocolate finish.

02-12-2012 14:01:27 | More by Ratman197
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oberon

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours like a porter with deep dark chocolate color and it's creamy deep beige head,some deep ruby is shown thru when held to the light.Roasted and warming in the nose along with fruity esters and chocolate notes,again alot like a porter.Big roastiness on the palate along with earthy tones,bitter chocolate along with mild fruitiness and sweet alcohol in the finish,I don't get any spice really.To me this is a bigger porter all the way,and a good one.A nice change of pace from the sweet spiced winter warmers.

12-18-2013 22:11:44 | More by oberon
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Dark leather brown

SMELL: Brown bread, molasses cookies, toasted biscuits, mild coffee, baked apples, woody hops, spicy esters

TASTE: Full body, smooth, faint roasted grain, raisins, ripe apple orchard, biscuity, yeasty, chicory, warming alcohol, herbal, spicy hops, and a toasty, roasty finish.

Wintertime was late! Such a perfect time to pop the cap on this bottle. Abominable is true to style, with an alluring dark color and a palate that makes you want to take another sip. A brawny ale, one that looks to warm the soul and ward off any winter chill, which it does not seem to have a problem doing.

01-09-2013 17:20:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-18-2012 03:48:03 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this beer and for 5000 for sending me another bottle of it.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate with some nice cream notes mixed in as well. The flavor is similar. The beer is very chocolatey tasting and there is also a nice amount of roasted malt. There is also a little bit of mint in the flavor, which goes well with the other flavors. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-10-2012 21:44:27 | More by Mora2000
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Seattle_Suds

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12-27-2013 02:37:59 | More by Seattle_Suds
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-10-2014 22:17:27 | More by stereosforgeeks
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jpbebeau

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

22oz bottle dated 121311 poured to tulip.

A: A very dark cola with a finger of cocoa-colored head, which dissipates quickly leaving—temporarily—large, sparse, soapy bubbles. Red tinged edges when tilted.

S: Roasty. Chocolate. Sweet dark fruits: prunes, raisins. Really nice, particularly as it warmed up.

T: More hop presence here, particularly at the front and end of the taste. Woody, slightly fruity, the hops follow the fruit and chocolate roast.

M: Full-bodied, mild carbonation. Really smooth. Silky.

Really liked this, and it got better throughout the time I spent with it.

02-04-2012 06:55:41 | More by jpbebeau
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-17-2013 05:06:36 | More by kevwcamp
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

Review from notes. Had this on nitro at Fremont.

A: Served in a goblet, Abomb was dark brown, practically black with an amazing tan head. Great retention, lasting an extremely long time with sheets of lacing forming down the sides.

S: A good bit of coffee and roast upfront with some faint dark fruit and a bit of spice on the finish.

T: A bit hoppier on the flavor profile, some light pine and a little citrus mixed with chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel, and faint dark fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth from the nitro.

O: A really solid winter warmer, great flavor profile and surprisingly drinkable for 8% and the bold flavors it imparts. Nitro did it wonders, but have also had it on tap no on nitro and like it just as much.

01-06-2013 23:05:20 | More by mdaschaf
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distantmantra

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-12-2013 20:19:18 | More by distantmantra
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hreb

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%

22 oz bottle dated 10.18.11. Beer pours a thick dark brown with a chestnut head. Little aroma. Flavor is immediately spicy. Ingredients ("Down & Dirty") claim no additives, so the spice must be all in the hops. Otherwise I might have guessed cloves, based on the "heat" of the flavor. 8.0% ABV (based on this year's label) doesn't hurt, either. There's a malt backbone to thing thing as well, but flavor-wise, it's lost here. Mouthfeel is pretty good thanks to well-moderated carbonation, but drinkability suffers due to the one dimensional bitterness. Verdict: not my favorite.

03-20-2012 03:03:50 | More by hreb
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dirtylou

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

22oz BOMB, bottleworks

the cask version of this layed on a ton of raspberries was wonderful - this review is the bottled base beer

appearance: split/served in great divide shaker pint, near ebony body, splotchy tan head with a nice lace

smell: char, light dry roasty aroma, not much else

taste: Bitter roast, dry char, bakers chocolate, some nice dark fruits, smoke, toffee. Interesting, but benefits from the barrel and cask treatment at the brewery.

mouthfeel: dry, bitter roastiness

overall: ok, not my favorite fremont bottling

11-07-2011 02:26:35 | More by dirtylou
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jmccraney

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-10-2012 06:07:56 | More by jmccraney
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FalconA

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-17-2012 01:57:15 | More by FalconA
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Kevlee722

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-07-2013 13:41:41 | More by Kevlee722
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-29-2013 05:41:05 | More by Ajlvt
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-29-2014 17:31:16 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Thanks to my in-laws for this bottle stuffed in my stocking for Christmas 2012! Had this once before (actually 3 times!) after the 2012 Resolution Run on new year's day in Magnuson Park, Seattle, but this is the full review 1/8/2013

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with only a little redish light coming through and capped with a half finger of khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and some sweet chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Dark and maybe a bit smokey malts, some bitter dark chocolate and just a touch of dried dark fruits without the sweetness. Quite dry and the alcohol is VERY well hidden ...that much I remember from the last time I had this. I also remember feeling better after that race than any other I've ran.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer, especially for a winter warmer. I remember a little spice the last time I had it, but not getting much this time ...not that that's a bad thing.

01-02-2012 02:22:10 | More by Rutager
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sergeantstogie

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Bomber poured into a pint glass. When I think winter warmer, I imagine some red or ruby hues. This looks like a porter or stout. Nice 3/4 inch head that leaves nice lacing. Not much of a nose on this. Faint roasted grain. Maybe a hint of raisin. The taste is good. Not great. It's an easy drinking beer for sure. Very slight roasty flavor. Bit of sweetness. Again that hint of raisin. Really smooth and balanced. Hops are nowhere to be found. They are in there because it is really well balanced but nothing really shines flavor wise. I like this beer more than my review reflects. This is a good beer for a cold winter day. However I think when you slap "winter warmer"on it, you expect certain flavors to be bolder. This cost $5 and change for a bomber at Full Throttle Bottles. Really good price for this beer.

11-10-2012 22:33:52 | More by sergeantstogie
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hannaho

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-03-2012 16:43:49 | More by hannaho
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TysonA

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-12-2013 15:35:20 | More by TysonA
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-13-2013 03:36:44 | More by Hopmodium
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Purchased at Brewforia... Poured into my CC snifter... deep dark brown brew... tan head... good retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is nice and fresh... lite cocoa and pretty pronounced fruity esters... still pretty dry... dark cherry and lesser dried plum...

Flavor mirrors the aroma and begins with a good push of dark malts.... not as dry as the nose... but the fruits bloom nicely... with warmth a blanketing rich maltiness grows and makes this one a pretty good brew. The fruits thankfully make this one better for me as I don't think it is spiced... a bit figgy.. golden raisin.... dark malt and fruity esters.... nuff said.

Great body... coating and still nicely carbonated.... well done no doubt.

All 4's.

12-20-2011 04:38:58 | More by JohnGalt1
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-21-2013 01:33:36 | More by tjcamm
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Abominable Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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