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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

475 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 359
Gots: 147 | 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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and some slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody and bourbon forward finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice aroma and a great flavor that make it easy to drink.

07-31-2012 03:33:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.7%

03-16-2013 21:27:57 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -10.6%

Appearance: Pours out with a fudge brown color and a modest head; not too much lacing on this one

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon, char, dark fruit and vanilla

Taste: Opens with caramel and dark fruit tones, with depth of char and molasses, underneath; in the middle, the Bourbon makes an entrance bring oak and vanilla elements, as well; the finish is somewhat boozy, with sweetness lingering

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty decent beer but just a tad too boozy and sweet to me; still, glad to have tried it

02-25-2014 20:14:52 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-23-2013 11:00:16 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.7%

03-16-2013 21:27:08 | More by acurtis
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womencantsail

California

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
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-24-2013 16:05:00 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-03-2013 23:08:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-04-2013 02:55:43 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -9.7%

08-07-2013 23:13:24 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-04-2014 04:35:29 | More by Knapp85
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-13-2013 03:45:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle shared by pokgye. Thanks, hag.

Opaque dark brown body with low carbonation. Almost stout-like in appearance. The nose is great, heavy on rich brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. Plenty of bourbon barrel. Leather notes pop out as it warms, along with a little black licorice. The palate brings a nice mix of sweet burnt sugar, bourbon, vanilla and leather. Body is full, almost syrupy. Mellow heat. Finishes on the dry side, quite a bit of tannic oak. Surprisingly great beer.

01-13-2013 03:31:47 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -9.7%

06-25-2014 00:54:30 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-02-2014 11:23:26 | More by SocalKicks
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-18-2012 03:47:42 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -7.9%

Bottle shared by Carleton - thanks dude! Served in a Russian River tulip. I think this was the most recent vintage?

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and spotty lace. Body is a near-black, dark cola brown color.

S - This smells like bourbon barrel-aged Dr. Pepper. Mix of oak, bourbon, cola, cherries, dark fruits, caramel, perhaps a hint of spice and sarsparilla. It's a bit hot and heavy on the oak, but otherwise it's quite nice.

T - The taste is quite similar, with a heavy cola and spice note in the finish. Bourbon overwhelms, but with notes of chocolate, black cherry, caramel, and vanilla. Oak isn't quite as heavy here, which is appreciated.

M - A tad thin, with a flat soda kind of vibe going on. Medium-bodied, a bit watery, lower carbonation, but otherwise smooth and creamy.

D - Interesting stuff. It's definitely a 'winter' ale and somewhat hard to peg style-wise. A bit more heft and spritz would do this wonders, but it's still pretty enjoyable. I'd have this again, although I don't know if I'd go out of my way to trade for it in the future.

02-18-2013 19:23:29 | More by MasterSki
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%

wonderful bourbon barrel usage here, as good as any, lots of burnt oak flavor with the attendant vanilla and booze, all are soft and gentle though, and none so dominant as to displace the strong ale base on this, which is a caramel malt bomb, super thick, and downright delicious, although a bit out of season right now i think. reddish hues of caramel and molasses color, and the aromas are similarly sweet, toffee and vanilla dessert come to mind, and of course the bourbon, which adds richness, sweetness, and the feeling like im having something of extreme quality. the flavor is sweet from the outset, but doesnt really finish that way, more of a quicker boozy hit to wind it down. vanilla is strong, and the oak contributes quite a bit, but the base beer is exceptional. as much sticky sweet grain as you can pack in here, which gives a luxurious mouthfeel to this highly viscous brew. carbonation is low medium, but its all i really need in this style. something more than a barleywine here, but in that sort of vein stylistically. my first brew from fremont is an absolute pleasure, made even more enjoyable by sharing it with some of the gentlemen responsible for its existence. a real treat worthy of its high praise.

04-16-2014 17:42:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.7%

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Pours a dark brown color, this beer almost looks like a stout. The smell is sweet with some dark fruit and caramel notes. There is a strong sweetness in the flavor, but the roasted malt notes balance it out a bit. I enjoyed the caramel and dark fruit along with the bourbon. The finish is sweet with a roast bitterness.

02-07-2013 05:15:21 | More by oline73
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep red color with an off-white head. The aroma has a ton of bourbon and wood notes, as well as some oak, maple and caramel. The beer smells amazing and has all the notes you want in a bourbon barrel aged beer.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. I get a lot of chocolate and some light roasted malt notes, as well as some nice bourbon, maple and vanilla. There is also a nice oak undertone in the flavor.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-10-2012 21:41:00 | More by Mora2000
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-20-2013 01:59:57 | More by mendvicdog
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

01-21-2013 03:42:39 | More by Rochefort10nh
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

04-12-2014 05:38:56 | More by MarkyMOD
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beernads

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

06-03-2013 18:26:10 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -11.1%

2011 vintage

Pours a dark ruby red color that appears almost black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.  

Strong barrel presence in the nose which is dominated by bourbon and a strong oak presence.  Slight toothpick oaky character with a little bit of coconut, marshmallow and vanilla along with spicy and sweet bourbon notes.   As it warms, I'm picking up sweet and roasted malt as well as a bit of dark fruit.  Hints of chocolate cake, fig, dark cherry and other vinous berries. 

Fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation.  Really nice mouthfeel for the style.  Thick but not viscous with surprising crisp carbonation that really helps.  Again, the barrel presnce is really prominent with lots of bourbon flavor but it's not hot or overly boozy.  Sweet bourbon with some spicy rye along with dry, toasted oak, vanilla bean and some toasted coconut.  After the beer warms, I'm picking up more dark malt, spice and vinous fruit sweetness.  A little peppery spice and rye compliment the spirit flavors.  There's also some cherry and other dark berries along with some silky chooclate sweetness and subtle roast.  Still, this beer is a bit bourbon heavy but the lack of heat makes it pretty easy to drink.

11-17-2013 21:57:57 | More by corby112
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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.