Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The Abominable Bourbon Winter Ale was served to me, by myself, from a half growler I filled about half an hour ago. This ale appears pitch black with a smooth, tan, minimal head. There are ultra-fine bubbles that seem to melt from the sides as I move the ale around in my brandy snifter. As I give the drink some time to settle, the head has retreated back into a halo, with a spotty, uneven, smooth, fine cover of bubbles. The smell is of sweet vanilla, caramel, and a hint of alcohol, nothing else. The taste is rich, delicious, and decadent, like a fine desert. There is vanilla, light caramel, spice, molasses, and an obscure, taste of booze/alcohol/bourbon. The mouthfeel is faintly sizzling with sweet feedback. No bitter taste, no after taste, no complaints. Only recommendations.
Serving type: growler
06-11-2014 01:37:27 | More by mabermud
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2012 bottle. Dark reddish brown coffee color, minimal head.
Smells good - sweet bourbon, spicy cigar tobacco, dark caramel, touch of dark fruit; good barrel presence; nice combination of freshness and depth; nice complexity.
Tastes like it smells - pretty delicious. Bourbon barrel is front and center; sweet, but well balanced by roasted nutty and tobacco notes, presumably partly from the malt and partly from the barrel. Really comes together. Fairly long finish, deep bourbon/tobacco.
Fairly full bodied, silky texture.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 09:07:17 | More by Beerzebub
4.39/5 rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at HOTD for Fred Fest 2014.
The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and considerable brownish, creamy lacing. The nose is every bit as impressive, as I pick up milk duds, chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, vanilla and a hint of underlying leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though there also seemed to be considerable underlying hops that countered and bouyed the moderate sweetness very well. Mouthfeel was full and fairly soft, with a long, slight dry and bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no sense of heat or heaviness in the finish.
Not that I'm surprised, but this is yet another excellent beer from the folks at Fremont Brewing. Also, good as it tasted at Fred Fest 2014, I think this beer is built for the long haul, and will likely only improve with a few years of bottle (or barrel/keg) age. Impressive.
Serving type: on-tap
05-06-2014 19:13:14 | More by John_M
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.