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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

461 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 357
Gots: 143 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: olympuszymurgus on 01-15-2010)
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Reviews by snaotheus:
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snaotheus

Washington

4.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2013 vintage split between a pair of pint glasses. Poured side-by-side with the non-barrel-aged version.

Pours black and opaque, with small light brown head, and with low carbonation. Small head is fine. Smell is bourbon. Smoke and vanilla. Nutty. Alcohol. Dark fruit.

Taste is holy-shit fruity. Dates and cherries are raining from the skies. Sweetness is unbelievable, with a nice chocolate bitterness that isn't quite powerful enough to actual balance -- more of a muted counterpoint. Something about this hints at pomegranates. There is almost a cola flavor. This beer is very complex, although not everything is well integrated there is a lot of stuff going on here. It tastes pretty good, but it is godawfully interesting.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Carbonation is apparently present but not very visible. It's definitely there, I can feel it.

This is more interesting than it is good, but it is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 05:03:48 | More by snaotheus
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A - Much darker than I'd expected. I'd anticipated a much redder brew, more like a barleywine, whereas this is dark brown, closer to a stout, albeit with ruby rather than black accents.

S - Vanilla and bourbon are present with glorious fullness. Sweet wood and caramel or toffee are also there in full force. Milk chocolate. This really does smell gorgeous.

T - Rich, creamy, vanilla-bourbon, alongside a not-too-hot-mellow-booziness. Tastes lovely, although it would benefit from an increase in cinnamon and nutmeg flavours to add depth and complexity.

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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.