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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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506 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 506
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 365
Gots: 152 | FT: 20
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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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Kramerbarthomer, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

ottodyer, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

vutoq, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

hornsup, Sep 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

masterofsparks, Sep 01, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

2012 bottle, poured into a tulip.

I've been sitting on this bottle for more than a year, and oh my, is it worth the wait.

It pours very dark, with a very slight reddish tone. Almost no head and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma is bourbon and vanilla. Taste is more complex than that, with a bite to the beer. I don't find it sweet. It's like a mild barleywine. The alcohol is noticeable, but not the main reason for sipping ... the flavor has such power that you want to take it quite slowly, to savor all the goodness. And then of course there is the bourbon flavor, which always is a terrific complement to a beer, in my opinion.

One of my favorite barrel-aged beers, and a great example of Fremont's exceptional brewing skill.

VashonGuy, Aug 30, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev +2%

anteater, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Joecaddie, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

TheSamKuehn, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

HoppySeb, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Dark and opaque mohagany. Mostly brown with the reddish hue showing up around the edges. Slight and brief sandy colored head.

Strong woodsy smell, like fresh cut oak, even a little cedar. Vanilla and coffee. Tobacco.

This is a 2013 vintage and still came strong with the big burn of booze. Oak, vanilla, butterscotch, coffee, leather.

Full and smooth mouthfeel with a boozy finish. Slightly dry on the back end.

A fantastic beer. Listed as an old ale but tastes like a top notch barreled barleywine.

Vonerichs, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

nathanmiller, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

dfhhead25, Aug 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

PA-Michigander, Aug 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

MicroBeerMan1980, Aug 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BMart, Aug 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

AdamUsner, Aug 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -32.3%

Phil_H, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

mxracercam, Aug 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

browniewithnuts, Aug 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

AndyCowles75, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

rodkin, Jul 27, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the 2012 vintage thanks to a trading buddy. Dark borwn color, short head. Smells pretty nice, bourbon, booze, wood. Flavor is pretty good too, heavily bourbon influenced, boozy, oak, vanilla, not bad at all. If I had to guess blindfolded I would have said this was a bourbon barrel aged barleywine.

ArrogantB, Jul 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

dsigmon, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

crowellbw, Jul 22, 2014
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.