Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev -20.3%
2011 bottle with red wax
A: Under the wax, the bottle cap is rusty. Hope that isn't a bad sign. A vigorous pour into a Darkness tulip reveals a dark brown, slightly crimson-hued liquid, but yields almost no head whatsoever. Does not appear carbonated. After the bottle warmed to room temperature, I could coax a small, foamy head from a strong pour, but it dissipated in about 20 seconds.
S: Smells a little like cookies before baking. There's a strong vanilla component, and some brown sugar. Bourbon is apparent, and there is plenty of oak. As it warms, I get some tobacco and black cherry. A second pour brings out something fruitier, like figs, but that disappears as soon as the head does. Do I detect chocolate?
T: Much like the smell. Sweet at first, but with a lingering sourness and bitterness left in the back of the mouth. The oak gets a little too much play for my tastes.
M: On the tongue, I can detect some carbonation, but I would call it little more than light effervescence. Not as flat as it looks, but in the end, it feels a little thin.
O: I actually didn't like this beer at first. I might have started at too cold a temperature, but even after letting it warm, I didn't think it improved significantly. On the other hand, didn't think it was worthy of being poured down the drain, so I opened an IPA, and found that alternating between this beer and an IPA made both beers better.
11-19-2012 03:03:22 | More by DaveAnderson
3.58/5 rDev -19.2%
Thanks for sharing this, Javi.
The pour is dark brown in color with a small khaki head. The aroma starts off with lots of roast and a bit of coffee. Bourbon is there, but not very strong. There's more oak than bourbon. Some toffee sweetness with a bit of dark chocolate. Again, not much bourbon flavor, but there is some oak and vanilla. A bit of roast and coffee with a fair amount of dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness of caramel and toffee. Actually sort of mellow.
01-24-2012 22:05:01 | More by womencantsail
3.58/5 rDev -19.2%
This beer is also known as B-Bomb. The pretty mahogany of the base beer stays the same in this version, as does the the retention and lacing.
On the nose the bourbon is certainly noticeable, but not overpowering. The bourbon comes across a little bolder on the tongue and slightly detracts from the source beer. The body remains about the same. Drinkability will, of course, depend on your tolerance for bourbon. I like bourbon and it complements this beer nicely, but does overpower the tastebuds slightly.
This beer is worth seeking out, it's certainly worth the road trip from Portland to Seattle. If you're west of the Cascades, you should try this.
02-25-2010 08:57:22 | More by beertunes
3.85/5 rDev -13.1%
Thanks to koufax21 for bringing this out to the post Christmas poker game of 2012. Broke out right around the middle of the night, in the midst of some awesome walezbro.
Looks a sturdy deep rich brown and black. Half inch head, dark tan on it, decent retention for a bourbon beer. I like how they push the nickname Bbomb, its far from a bourbon bomb, but every geographical entity needs its rare bourbon beer to push with a nickname. Aroma was straightforward, caramel, bourbon, butterscotch.
Taste reveals many of the same notes as the aroma, but a strong vanilla presence comes out. Chocolate has a small presence, not huge. Not absent. Oak or wood presence was even more reluctant to rear its head. Frankly comes off like it was really soaked or even bourbon added. There is a difference between a bourbon bomb and just boozy heat, and while this one wasn't terrible in that department, it also isn't the best bourbon heavy barrel beer that hides alcohol.
This beer has a moderate amount of booziness, but the sweetness and mild chocolate aspect with substantial vanilla does work out to be a decent beer. I don't think my rating is gonna be above the average, but, when judged by a non local, I think this will be an overall positive experience, just don't have your expectations so high that you think you're getting a world class experience, you're just getting a good PacNW experience in terms of barrel experiments, definitely one of their best yet.
01-20-2013 04:28:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5 rDev -13.1%
Big thanks to Greg (ithinkimasofa) on this one!
A: dark brown with lighter highlights and a dark tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves only a small ring.
S: definite dark fruit smells with some bourbon and wood, with some hints of spice.
T: first I get the spice, then bourbon, alcohol, some sweetness, and then bitterness and wood. Surprised at the bitter finish. There is also some roasted flavor and dark fruits.
M: medium-thick body with light carbonation makes this tough to swallow, even when it warms.
O: decent beer. The major flaw is the mouthfeel, but I also don't care for the spiciness. It's not overpowering, but just under the surface. For some reason it doesn't jive with me.
07-21-2012 00:10:13 | More by Holland
3.9/5 rDev -12%
Bomber shared with nicks6217. Reviewed from notes.
Choclolate brown with a minimal beige head that abates to a collar.
Liqourice, bark, nutmeg, port soaked raisins, redskins. Assertive barrel character and minimal sweetness.
Syrupy and full with surprisingly lively carbonation. Slightly biting booze with an odd tartness to finish.
Overall very nice. Restrained and untainted.
06-19-2013 01:46:41 | More by spicelab
3.91/5 rDev -11.7%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):
LOOK: Nearly pitch black
SMELL: Boozy, vanilla, wood, ripe cherries, rose water, vague spiciness, caramel, charcoal, mild coffee, molasses, burnt raisins
TASTE: Fresh barrel juice, pulling wood, vanilla, caramel, perfumey alcohol, warming, smooth, burnt sugar, more booze, ripe fruit, peppery, fresh, boozy semisweet finish
In a sea of bourbon barrel-aged beers that continues to trend, this one is above the middle of the pack. Smacks of that bourbon barrel it was aged in. Balances just enough, while still stirring the palate with interest. Damn tasty.
01-09-2013 17:24:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.