Abominable Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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3.84/5 rDev 0%
Appearance: Looks more like a porter than a winter ale but the look is good and the black liquid/beige head leaves a few shards behind
Smell: Fruity, with a combination of nectarine and plum along with molasses spice cookies
Taste: Fruit forward, with the nectarine and plum flavors combining with charred malt, up front; molasses cookies build, in the middle; but the finish is somewhat burnt
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Overall: An interesting winter warmer (here in the middle of the summer); wish there wasn't so much of a charred flavor on the finish
08-01-2014 05:18:22 | More by brentk56
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
4.11/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-06-2014 23:44:31 | More by mactrail
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
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
3.8/5 rDev -1%
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly cloudy deep mahogany color with a light tan head that had some retention, but minimal lacing.
A surprising roasty scent greets the nose first, with malt sweetness and a touch of spiciness underneath. The flavors follow along very closely, again the amount of roast is surprising for the style. There is a solid malt foundation upon which a skilled hand built the spice and hop flavors.
The body is full, smooth, rich and solid. Drinkabilty is very good, this is a great choice to snuggle with. Overall, a very good brew, worth some effort to try.
01-07-2010 13:37:36 | More by beertunes
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
12-05-2011 03:37:25 | More by HuskyinPDX
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
3.05/5 rDev -20.6%
On draught at Naked City, Abominable is dark, cola brown, pretty much still, with only a wisp of a khaki collar.
Smell is muted, even after letting it warm up and breath for a while, just a little caramel.
Taste is pretty mellow, just a generic malty beer, some caramel, a touch of char. Clean, but underwhelming, I kept waiting for it to open up, but to no avail.
Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, perhaps a touch more, but not painfully so. Smooth, drinks like a porter, but with less then average malt (but still dark).
Drinkability ok, it's smooth and inoffensive, and the 7.5% ABV is well hidden. OTOH, it lacks character, and is boring. Average, generic dark ale, although not your typical winter warmer - darker yet less flavor!
12-02-2010 04:41:15 | More by ccrida
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
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
04-10-2013 01:55:24 | More by blackie
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
Thanks Hucks for aging this for me!
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.
10-09-2012 04:32:35 | More by harrymel
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
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
Abominable Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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