Abominable Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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
More User Reviews:
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
12-20-2011 04:38:58 | More by JohnGalt1
Abominable Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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