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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Bourbon Abominable Winter AleBourbon Abominable Winter Ale

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

727 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 435
Gots: 214 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: olympuszymurgus on 01-15-2010

Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of our winter ale has a warming spicy aroma and rich carmelly notes of bourbon, wood and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolatey malt flavors and subtle hopping.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row, Crystal-120, Munich, Roast Barley, Carafa-2 & Chocolate malts with Columbus, Willamette & US Goldings hops.

Aged in 15 year-old American oak whiskey barrels. Blend of 24 and 12 month-old bourbon aged Abominable Ale.
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Ratings: 727 | Reviews: 131
Photo of Houser
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

not the best looking beer ive seen poured out of the bottle, but a really dark, burnt orange. smells very boozy, singed my nostrils a bit. hints of chocolate and vanilla. taste is much more on the bourbon, lots of chocolate and vanilla. really digging these barreled strong ales.

Photo of n2185
3.7/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a frothy ring with decent lacing.

S: Vanilla, toffee, caramel, and bourbon dominate with raisin and dark fruit aromas along with some molasses and oak.

T: Vanilla, toffee, and caramel dominate here as well. Oak and boozy bourbon come through with a fair amount of raisin and molasses flavor before a moderately boozy finish.

M: Thick, sticky sweet body with low carbonation, this beer is heavy, syrupy, and boozy.

O: A solid beer, overall. It's a bit more raisin-y and boozy than I'd like, but still enjoyable. Definitely a very long sipper.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is black with a good bit of camel colored head and some large bubbles. Nose is really nice, tons of rich wood and bourbon that melds well with a rich dark chocolate cake malt, a light roast, and a bit of caramel. Flavor is very rich up front, body is very full. Bourbon is a bit stronger, still has a lot of rich cake like malt, dark chocolate, faint roast but not as balanced as the nose. Back end thins on the flavor, gets a hint empty in back, some malt sweetness comes in as it warms. Nose is great, flavor falls a touch short, still very nice.

Photo of KillerJigger
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Really rich!! Thick and tastes of fruit.

Photo of OldGriz
4.93/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BBomb is the Bomb! Totally changed my mind about winter ales. I had it fresh from the tap, but I'm going to wait to open my bottle to see how it's changed. Cheers!

Photo of flagmantho
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz waxed bomber into my Fremont globe. This is the 2014 edition.

Appearance: opaque black with a thin layer of creamy tan foam with a nice lace. Not bad at all, if I do say.

Smell: strong malt aroma with lots of caramel character. Sweet and vanilla-ey with plenty of bourbon to fill the voids. Very good indeed.

Taste: whoo, sweet and caramelly with plenty of boozy bourbon to fill it out. Vanilla and oak character are present, as you might expect. This is a very good beer, although it's run-of-the-mill as far as bourbon strong ales go (if that's even a thing?).

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a moderate carbonation. The thickness of the body goes a long way, though.

Overall: I like this beer a lot; it is very good for the "bourbon-barrel strong" category. I would love a dash more character -- which gets delivered in the cinnamon/coffee edition.

Photo of tclipse
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A little too hot for my liking, otherwise it was very good. Probably not something I would seek out again unless it were sitting on a shelf, but I am glad to have tried it.

Photo of spoony
4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle (2014 Vintage) to a tulip. My bottle is labeled "Bourbon Barred Aged Abominable Winter Ale," but I'm pretty sure this is the right stuff.

A-Dark color for a strong ale; almost black. The head is dense and mocha in color. My average pour produces about two fingers of foam. Retention is better than expected for a beer at 11% ABV.

S-The aroma hits me first with suggestions of dark berry fruit (boysenberry and blackberry). I also get some milk chocolate, lots of caramel, some tobacco, molasses, and pretty intense bourbon-boozy warmth. Oak is also noticeable as the beer warms.

T-The taste is less fruity and more caramel forward than the smell. The is aggressively boozy with lots of barrel notes coming through. Flavors suggest molasses, brown sugar, tart berries, and tobacco. As the beer warms I get some pepper and dry oak tannin flavors.

M-The body is on the thick side; almost chewy at times. Stout like. Carbonation is very mild and smooth.

O-This is a tasty beer. It straddles the line between stout and strong ale. Don't drink this looking for hops because you wont find any. I liked the chewy feel, some may think it is too think. A very new new world beer.

Photo of tiltednotion
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite beer, it's perfectly balanced and has a nice alcohol bite.

Photo of therackman
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The finest beer I've ever tasted. Thank you Fremont.

Photo of M_chav
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a really well done beer. Initial thought as it hits my tongue is 'uncle jacobs' like. Which happens to be one of my favorite beers so that means I like it, I like it a lot. Very well balanced, not too much heat, lots of deep flavor and bourbon characteristics, creamy vanilla and sweet chocolate. The earthy, wood flavors hint in at the end - this is really good.

Photo of MtnSoup
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Version. Drinking really smooth despite the heat and recent vintage. I'd buy this again and again (if I could find it). Heat from the bourbon and abv is warming but not so overwhelming that you miss the notes of chocolate and some vanilla. Slightly sweet too (with dark brown sugar notes). Really delicious.

Photo of ALC82
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thoroughly enjoyed this Fremont release.... wow!

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top 3 bourbon barrel aged beers of all time.

Photo of OneEye78
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2014 dated bomber into a snifter. Pours like a stout, with a deep black body and a finger of khaki head. Nose of brown sugar, vanilla, oak and booze. Taste was brown sugar, vanilla, and a chocolate covered cherry finish. It was a little light in the mouth, but still satifying. Overall this was an outstanding beer. In the same class as parabola and bcbs.

Photo of terabin
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What boots this rating down for me a little bit is that the mouthfeel is quite cloying and syrupy. The flavor is good overall: love the bourbon vanilla but it is a bit sweet for my tastes. A 4 oz pour would have been perfect. It's the syrupy, muddled finish that keeps the beer from an upper echelon rating for me. There are many breweries across the country that can create a barrel aged beer that finishes well all the way through the taste experience. This one doesn't finish well with that caramel-ly syrupy finish.

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours cola brown with a fuzzy dark brown head that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: Sweet bourbon and dark malts dominate the nose with hints of raisin, leather, candied dates, caramel, dark chocolate, and tons of sweetness. I get a pretty heavy amount of vanilla as well.
T: Follows the nose with all the same flavors including vanilla, leather, bourbon, raisin, dates, and caramel. I'm getting a lot of chocolate and fudge in the finish too, with sweet bourbon lingering in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-thick body, smooth mouthfeel with a slight amount of warming booze. The carbonation is low but it has some texture to it.
O: A really enjoyable beer. I never had the original version but I would definitely seek out the other versions, and this one, again.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to Jeff for this rarity. 22oz. waxed and capped bomber into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a luxurious, 1 finger coffee colored head with moderate retention. Beer is thick and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and thick with good stick. A nice looking brew.

Nose is chocolate, fudge, raisin, plum and sweet soy sauce covered with a molasses booziness. Deep, rich and very aromatic.

Opens dark fruit. Raisins, plum and prunes with layers of chocolate, fudge, molasses and sweet soy sauce. Rich, thick and decadent. Brownie and cocoa in the middle with a topping of molasses and bourbon heat. More dark fruit, leather and tobacco and wood at the finish with a sweet, peaty aftertaste. Phenomenal!

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and viscous in the mouth and goes down warm and hot. Finishes messy with a lingering, silky aftertaste. Awesome. Drinks huge, just like I like from the style.

This is as close to Bourbon County as I've had in a while. Thick, rich and decadent but not as boozy and sweet... which is a good thing. This beer is the real deal! Certainly worth seeking out.

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The aroma has sweet bourbon, toffee, cherry, sticky caramel.

The flavor follows with the bourbon up front with a thick woodiness throughout. Dark fruit and a touch of roasted malt offer the beer more complexities. The finish offers subtle hops.

A wonderfully complex beer with a balance of bourbon, caramel sweetness, hops, and a touch of stout qualities.

Photo of LouZ
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz bottle; pours black with at least a finger of tan head that dissipates within a few minutes. Wonderful aroma of bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and a fig or date smell that is reminiscent of a barleywine. Taste is delicious; you get a nice amount of bourbon but not overpowering. Other tastes of vanilla, caramel, subtle chocolate, and again that fruity/fig-like essence. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth, nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a special treat that does not seem as big as it feels after imbibing 11oz of this toasty goodness.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served alongside Cinnamon & Coffee Bourbon Abominable. Near black body with a small beige collar. Rich aroma of bourbon and malts. Big time oak presence with lovely notes of both chocolate and vanilla. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of timc100
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance of a porter, minimal beige head with big bubbles and spotty lacing.

Rich barrel aroma, they extracted so many great flavors from the barrels. Tons of coconut, sweet oak, winter spice, mild chocolate and vanilla.

Follows suit on the palate - very smooth and well balanced. Nice booze heat and not too sweet.

Fantastic BA beer. Not the most complex one out there, but very good drinking with a great array of flavors.

Aged in 15yr old bourbon barrels - am interested to know which exactly.

Photo of zonker17
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent nose and a bit boozy.

Photo of woemad
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz wax-dipped bottle purchased at the Total Wine on Spokane’s north side for $16.99.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a muddy dark brown color, with ruby highlights and a creamy, dark tan head that left spidery lace on the sides of the glass.

Big, boozy aroma, with notes of cocoa and vanilla.

Big, boozy flavor, with quite a bit of alcohol heat. There are also tastes of vanilla, cocoa, chocolate and tobacco. This tastes like an imperial stout that is inclined toward the sweeter aspects of the style.

Sticky, coating mouthfeel.

If I hadn’t just recently had Spice Wars, I’d call this excellent. It’s still very good, but it doesn’t have the complexity or the smoothness of that beer. I’d be interested in getting another bottle or two and laying them down for a year or two and see what it’s like when it’s mellowed a bit.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is all coconut and vanilla. Big bourbon notes. Exceptionally smooth. Decently thick, coating mouth feel.

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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.