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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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506 Ratings
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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.

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Photo of raffy313
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

raffy313, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

e30todamax, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Birdlegs, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of harrymel
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012

Pours dark brown on black with a slight etching of light mocha foam. Smells fucking awesome, bourbon, vanilla, nougat, caramel, vitamins and minerals, some marshmallow cream and a little bit of burnt cream. Taste follows suite - vanilla, nougat, marshmallow, chocolate, bourbon, oak, smooth malts with a touch of alcohol. Really decadent. Full bodied with limited carb and a fantastically long and mouth watering finish. I'm really, really impressed with this beer. Wow. Nice.

harrymel, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BigE90
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BigE90, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of bifrost17
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

bifrost17, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of BAS
4.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid bourbon barrel that doesn't disappoint.

Appearance - I prefer most beers cold, so I kept it in the refrigerator overnight and poured it at around 45F. Poured with plenty of vigor, the beer is thick, almost as thick as the Old Viscosity which is one of my regulars, dark and opaque, and produces a thin brown head that tends to stick around for a while. and say, "Hello."

Smell - Strong mix of bourbon and coffee stout. "How are you?"

Taste - Definitely bourbon forward, evoking memories of drinking a whiskey chaser after a strong stout. "Quite well."

Mouthfeel - A little oily, but not too much. Nice and smooth. "Mmmm..."

Overall - Simply enjoyable. "Thank you very much."

An excellent whiskey beer. Rather expensive. I got mine for $18USD for a 22oz bottle at a local grocery, which is by far the highest price for any bottled beer I've seen in a non-specialty store. But I have to say that it was worth every penny. Would buy again.

BAS, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ZedMikey
5/5  rDev +12.9%

ZedMikey, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz red waxed bottle (2011 Release - 9.5% alcohol) courtesy of hoppymcgee - thanks Greg! Poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown color with some reddish mahogany tint when held to the light...clarity is good although not much light makes it thru except around the edges of the glass. A small tan head barely manages to form and then recedes to a thin off-white collar.

S - Sweet caramel and buttery toffee up front, touch of vanilla, hint of roasted grains, a bit nutty too. Booze is evident much in a controlled way that ties everything together. Touch of licorice may be present too - I get this only some of the time.

T - More bourbon than I'm getting in the aroma...a bit sharper in the profile, but overall very smooth. Sweet burnt brown sugar and toffee. Think I'm gettting some licorice here too. Vanilla and wood from the barrel, dark roasty malt. Very well balanced with some hop bitterness.

M - Balance is key...body is only medium - maybe a touch light to be ideal. Carbonation is appropriately low...barely demonstrating life in the glass. Feel is a bit sticky. Bourbon is mildly warm with a tingle on the tongue that makes up for the lower carbonation's lack of feel.

O - Really nice BA beer. Strong ale is probably an accurate term...maybe a bit of an American Barleywine...balanced without the over the top hops that can sometimes be found in the style. Actually, the more I drink this...strong ale is appropriate. Nicely complex with very good blend of sugary flavors, almost ideal integration of bourbon barrel aging...super smooth - alcohol is noticeable but in control with just enough intensity and not overpowering the beeriness. This is quite nice.

portia99, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of Brandywine
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. 11%

Appearance: Dark brown verging on black. Not much head to speak of but a nice layer of big beautiful brown bubbles. Big sticky alcohol legs. Tight lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, sweet malt, brown sugar, cherry, molasses, dark fruit like a fig or date or plum, licorice, some vanilla, oak.

Taste: Bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted notes, a little charred oak. Nicely sweet. Definitely some molasses and vanilla. This is aptly nicknamed the B bomb. The bourbon runs throughout the flavor but it doesn't cover the other flavors either. Booze soaked dark fruits come through too, mostly raisin. Dark and milk chocolate war with each other. This tastes like a stout and an old ale had a love child and swaddled it in bourbon. Some booze from the high ABV but it cuts through the sweet bourbon nicely.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and syrupy without being cloying. Not too much carbonation, which I like in a style like this.

Overall: This is an awesome winter sipper. Sweet bourbon rich beer that doesn't fit nicely into any category. Good complexity. There are better BA beers but there's nothing bad to say about this one. Could be a little more balanced with the alcohol but it's never unpleasant.

Brandywine, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of suspect
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured into a Dogfish Head snifter glass. Split with mrmarmot. Review from notes taken on July 20.

A: Deep dark crystal clear brown color. Not much light escapes. Thick two-finger mocha colored foamy head that fades slowly. Lacing is thick and consistent as the glass empties.

S: Strong whiskey notes, plenty of oak. Vanilla and chocolate intertwine with each other in the nose as well.

T: Follows the nose pretty closely. Excellent cocoa and fig flavors. Oak and whiskey and hop bitterness round out the flavors. This is a wonderfully complex fruity, sweet, malty beer and the bite of the whiskey and oak really make this one of the best I've had.

M: Big body, thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect.

O: This is a most excellent beer. One of the best BA beers I've had. Would definitely seek this out on a regular basis.

suspect, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of markrmoser
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

markrmoser, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of DaveAnderson
3.53/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

DaveAnderson, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of GreatBloomer
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

GreatBloomer, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ChrisKuhns, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with Cheapbeerbuzz a while back. Thanks for the beers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2011
Red Wax

APPEARANCE: A dark pour yields a small, fizzy, tan head that quickly vanishes. Slight ring remains, but that's it. Bistre brown body and no carbonation evident. Basically looks flat by the end and leaves no lacing at all. Lousy first impression, really.

SMELL: This is how you make a good second impression. Big barrel notes with lots of whisky, oak, milk chocolate, vanilla and coconut cream on the nose. Light roasted touches with some dark chocolate in there as well. Lots of barrel, but the base beer is still hanging around. Really nice.

TASTE: This is excellent. Whisky and oak in there, with some caramel sweetness up front. Bold flavors, with vanilla and pure and roasted chocolate flavors at the swallow. Nice stuff. Bold and lingering finish of whisky, coconut vanilla, lots of pure, baker's chocolate and some roasted malt flavors as well. Lots of chocoalte with a wondeful barrel presence. Just delicous.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate, unfortunately, but creamy enough, goes down a touch prickly with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of heat lingers. A heavier palate would definitely help this one, but the feel is creamy and smooth enough to pass.

OVERALL: This is excellent stuff. Nevermind the lack-luster look, the flavors are big and bold and they show a superb balance between the base beer and the barrel aging. The feel could use a little beefing up, which would help push the flavors into the euphoric zone, but as it is now, this is definitely a spot-on brew. I would gladly drink this again, and would gladly try more of their stuff. Thanks again Cheapbeerbuzz.

Note: We drank a 2012 vintage last night and it was spectacular. The mouthfeel was much thicker and heavier than the 2011, which helped the overall experience. Excellent stuff. Easily a 4.5 beer. Thanks again Erik!

Jeffo, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of ScreamForMe
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

ScreamForMe, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

eawolff99, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

FalconA, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of benbjb
5/5  rDev +12.9%

benbjb, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with a nice light brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is really something. It starts with a ton of vanilla and whiskey and then moves to a bit of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon. The barrel flavors are definitely there and really dominate here.

T: The taste starts with the base beer and a good amount of nutmeg and allspice then the barrel makes its way to the forefront with whiskey and vanilla flavors. There's also a fruit cake taste that reminds me of the holidays.

M: The feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: This lived up to the hype and really impressed me. I would drink this all the time if it was available to me.

GregSVT, Oct 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours near black with a 1 finger light tan head. Minimal lacing.

S- Nice roast, sweet caramel, bourbon and vanilla.

T- Sweet dark fruits, chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Fairly smooth with not a lot of heat.

O- Very nice BA beer. Pretty bourbon forward but works well in this beer.

kawilliams81, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

wagenvolks, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Short tan head dissipates fairly quickly, collar left on a dark brown beer. Body is a dark brown...no shit?

Mega bourbony aroma. Not detecting a whole lot after that.

Barrel aging up front and center from the beginning. Sweet booze. Some roastiness. Omnom. 11%? Give this too me in bunches.

Medium mouthfeel, smooooth. Lower carbonation.

Sterling example on a barrel aged bourbon forward beer. Can tell why they call this the catch all "strong ale" as opposed to stout or barleywine.

Duff27, Sep 15, 2012
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 506 ratings.