Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Holy B Bomb, Batman!
I don't know when I was last this incredibly surprised by an ale.
Deep ruby brown pour with black highlights.
Head is two fingers of tan, dense foam that subsides to form a lasting ring. Lacing is minimal, but decent.
The nose (and flavor) are bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon with underpinnings of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel brown and red fruits almost too numerous to list (date, fig, kumquat, plum, breadfruit, starfruit, mandarin orange/tangerine, pineapple, just to name a few). There is also plenty of old leather, tobacco, coconut, pecan praline, honey, sherry, brandy, a hint of smoke, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander, and even a touch of something like lavender.
This beer reminds me of a cross between Firestone Walker Fourteen and Hair of the Dog Adam, except it's richer, and more intense in flavor than either of those, despite being lower in alcohol. This beer may not be as subtle as some, but it's one of the most complex, dynamic brews of any style that I've tasted.
This is definitely the ultimate sipping beer, and would pair marvelously with the stoutest cigar.
Major Kudos to Fremont Brewing for creating that rarest of beers worthy of being called an instant classic.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2012 03:04:37 | More by Impfan
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.