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Abominable Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
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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Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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

dirtylou, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of sergeantstogie
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

sergeantstogie, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of Urbancaver
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Urbancaver, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Hanzo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Hanzo, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

nmann08, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kopfschuss, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of cherche
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

cherche, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of BraatenBrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

BraatenBrew, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of podunkparte
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

podunkparte, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

yourefragile, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Kerfluffel
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Kerfluffel, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of strongaf
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of towlea25
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

harrymel, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

bifrost17, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Jason, Jan 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

stereosforgeeks, Jan 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

distantmantra, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

FalconA, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Kevlee722, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of TysonA
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

TysonA, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

tjcamm, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of bespin15
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

bespin15, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of CaptainQ
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

CaptainQ, Mar 30, 2014
Abominable Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.