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Abominable Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%


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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mactrail

California

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish mahogany color with an attractive cap of foam and lots of lacing in the wine tumbler. A light body. Warm and rich malty flavor. Tastes like there is some spice in the mix, but the ingredients list insists on just barley and four hop varieties. In any case, it's an intriguing smooth flavor more enjoyable than the common winter clove bomb.

IBUs are rated at 47, but this brew is just pleasantly spicy with a modestly bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness lingers and kisses the lips with every sip. So much dark roasted flavor. Flavor of Mexican cocoa, and I would swear there is a touch of cinnamon.

One of my favorite winter brews this year for sure. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:44:31 | More by mactrail
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oberon

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a DFH signature glass. Winter beer in August

A: dark cola looking with a creamy head

S: Carmel, chocolate, faint booze, toffee

T: starts with the toffee and Carmel, finishes with s lot of bitter chocolate, some hop bitterness in there too

M: extremely creamy! Not too the point of chewy, but it's like a glass of whole milk with Hershey syrup

The bitter chocolate makes this beer so good! It has a good complexity and its a unique experience

Serving type: can

08-11-2013 01:08:51 | More by Shumania
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blackie

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber courtesy of dirtylou during a stay at his lovely home

a: served in a shaker pint, deep opaque brown in color, topped with a light mocha head that retains well

s: roasted barleys, chocolate, hops earthy, a simple but well-structured aroma

m: carbonation on the higher side of the light range, medium-full body

t: fairly simple, featuring smooth medium-dark roast barley, some semisweet chocolate sugars, earthy hops, hitting some porter notes

o: an easy drinking, roasty winter warmer, fairly standard but a good flavor set that hints at the porter style

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:55:24 | More by blackie
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draheim

Washington

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can picked up during a recent tour of the brewery, poured into a tulip. An aggressive pour yields a pretty minimal head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and a ring of foam. Color is dark root beer brown, no light gets through the glass.

Aroma is sweet, malty, with notes of dried dark fruits. A nice spicy smokiness I can't quite identify.

Taste is roasty w/ chocolate & caramel malts and a nice crisp hoppy bite on the finish. Some spices linger on the palate. Maybe a little smokiness here too.

Mouthfeel is coating, medium bodied, finishes bitter. Lingering aftertaste.

Overall, a solid winter warmer that I could see enjoying w/ a big cheeseburger or maybe a pot roast.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 06:00:58 | More by draheim
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown color that could - under poorly lighted conditions - be mistaken for a stout. The head is a two finger mocha shade with excellent texturing. I'm also impressed with the head retention; it's still standing a finger high after a minute.

S: This has a very roasty quality to it, acting as a compliment to the dark fruit esters and earthy/piny hops that also pop up on the nose. Nothing really stands out about it, but it gets the job done sufficiently. If the aesthetics screamed "stout", the aroma screams "black ale".

T: ...and the flavor screams "strong ale". The profile here has a far stronger dark fruit bend to it. Flavors of plums, raisins, figs, and cherries will then give way to a midtaste of licorice (not the nasty black stuff) and coffee. If there's one thing noticeable, it's that the further the flavors progress on the palate, the more 'roasty' they become. The hops - which I expected to dominate, or at least have the strongest pull in the flavor profile - remain subtle throughout; their presence offering a balancing edge of earth, black pepper, and pine to the fruity sweetness. Give it time to warm up, and it will reveal notes of vanilla, chocolate, and walnuts after repeated sipping; it's just complex enough to keep the palate guessing.

The best part about this one? The exhales - they have a wondrous dark chocolate/vanilla quality to them.

M: Typically smooth, syrupy, and vaguely sweet on its finish. The hop profile and roasted barley don't dry out the finishing texture like I expected...or even wanted. Luckily, it's light enough so that drinking it won't be a chore. Carbonation is middling but well focused and uniform on the palate.

O: This becomes pretty sweet after a while, so it might not be a bad idea to have someone on standby to share this with. Still, if we're talking about how this one lives up to the basic definition of the 'winter warmer' moniker (meaning does it lift the soul and warm the orifices), I'd say it's a success. I'd buy it again if Fremont ever decided to distribute to my state.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 00:22:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my new favorite glass, a Rock Island snifter.

A: Pours very dark and almost pitch black. Dark tawny brown with transparent edges in the glass; light wisps of creamy off-white head.

S: Malty profile with slight hints of citrus and maybe a resiny hop presence. Brown sugar, toasted malt qualities, and hints of chocolate and coffee are at the forefront.

T: Follows the nose, not overwhelming in malt but not quite balanced with hops either; slight hint of coffee and a hint of spices as well. There is a suggestion of alcohol warmth and citrus which blends wonderfully with the toasted, malty, molasses bread backbone.

MF: Really not getting a full bodied beer here, though the mouthfeel is elegantly smooth. Thinner medium bod with a bit of an espresso-like dryness on the finish.

O: Really pleasant winter warmer, and a malt-forward yet drinkable dark beer that could turn into something brilliant with the addition of barrel aging. I'll have to try and track one of the BA versions down.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 18:14:10 | More by Scotchboy
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

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

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Abominable Ale at Total Wine and More. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque with a frothy tan head.

Smell is a dark roasted coffee and chocolate aroma.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied and cloying.

Overall - A very drinkable ale. I make it as much a traditional coffee stout as a winter ale, but very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:14:59 | More by RJLarse
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bifrost17

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a tulip glass

A: Very dark, not black, but a very dark brown mahogany. I definitely can't see through the beer. Tinges of ruby red around the edges of the glass.

S: I get lots of chocolate malt and orated barley on the nose. Maybe a tiny bit of black licorice, kind of reminiscent to the smell of a porter. Smells really nice to me.

T: The taste isn't similar to any "winter warmer" I've had (what really classifies this style anyways...?) I get lots of chocolate, just like the nose, and also lots of bitterness. I like how the bitterness of the hops plays off the chocolate malt to create a kind of coffee flavor.

M: Nothing but good to say about the mouthfeel. Super silky/creamy, moderate carbonation. Nice balance.

O: Overall I think this is a really nice take on what I feel like can be a very broad style. While this isn't my favorite winter beer it's certainly one that I look forward to every year. The profile for this beer says it's 7.5%, but the can that I'm looking at (2012 batch) says this winter monster clocks in at 8%, the alcohol is masked well. Abominable definitely gets more complex and enjoyable as it warms, don't pass this beer up if you see it.

Serving type: can

11-18-2012 08:24:18 | More by bifrost17
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sergeantstogie

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not quite sure what "winter warmer" is supposed to taste like since beers labeled as winter warmers all tasted very different to me, but this one certainly tastes like a chocolate stout with a bit of a hop bite towards the end. ANYWAY

A: Black with 2 finger head. Lots of lacing.

S: Smells like an oatmeal stout. roasty, coffee, chocolate, malt.

T: Tastes definitely like a stout. It's not one of those hoppy stouts. Roasty malt, chocolate notes, brown sugar, and in the middle, there is some strong sweetness accompanied by hops. Slightly bitter finish, but again, not a hoppy stout (like Victory storm king).

M: Smooth. Like an oatmeal stout. Not much alcohol heat detected.

O: It's quite good. Its big brother Bourbon Abominable is in a different class on its own, but I can see why this beer would make a great base beer for bourbon aging.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:30:23 | More by sukwonee
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harrymel

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Hucks for aging this for me!
Bottled 18OCT11

Pours a dark brown with a sheet of tan foam and a spotty leftover of lace. Nose is lots of caramel, toffee, tawny character - surprised given the SRM here. I like the sweet nose on this one. Flavor is sharply dry with malts and hints of sweetness and a molasses character. The malts have oxidized slightly over the year and have developed a woody character. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:32:35 | More by harrymel
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hreb

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 03:03:50 | More by hreb
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 21:44:27 | More by Mora2000
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Ratman197

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very heave amber holding up a soft brown head and leaving nice ringed lace. Smell of dark rich roasted malt, coffee, dried plums. Taste is rich with the roasted malt, coffee and dark fruits having a nice balance with the mild hops. Mouthfeel is full with mild carbonation making it go down smooth. A tasty rich dark winter ale with subtle alchohol on the senses that goes down well on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:33:05 | More by Bookseeb
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:38:58 | More by JohnGalt1
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber sent as an extra from ArchEnemyBrew, much thanks! Bottle date is 11-2-11 and it's listed as 8%.

Pours very dark brownish-red, beige head is huge at first eventually staying at about a finger, some lace.

Smell becomes fainter with time, but good, caramel and roast with some dark fruit and fruity hops.

Nice balance of caramel, cocoa, and roasted malt in the taste. Some molasses there too. Some light fruity hops and dark fruit, a bit of spice.

Very smooth, full mouthfeel. A little high on the carbonation for the style but the silkiness makes up for it.

Really solid winter ale, goes really easy on the spice and brings on some big malts. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 17:27:02 | More by Chico1985
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up in Seattle, poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. It's a small head, but good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, and a sweetness, hard to place.

T - Sweet roasted malts, spices, and coffee finish it off.

D - Heavy body, low to average carbonation.

O - Suitable for a winter ale. It could use a bit more spice.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 03:37:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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dirtylou

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a beer competition.

Pours a murky brown with tons of head. Too much if you ask me. No real lacing to speak of with massive bubbles on the head. Smells Pretty non-descript. Some sweetness on the nose and a bit of spice. Tastes dry and sweet. A bit of yeastiness as well. Fairly light on flavour but well balanced.High carbonation and fairly drinkable. Overall, not stellar but definitely not bad

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 18:59:31 | More by Urbancaver
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Abominable Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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