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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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486 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 361
Gots: 149 | 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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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
Photo of adkieffer
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
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks & a manly hug to pwnzilla for answering my plea for a bottle of this beer. It arrived, with friends, in quite a lovely trade. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife while watching my hapless Twins thump the Stupid Sox. Chalk one up for the good guys.

Thick red wax gives way like a beery chastity belt, with great reluctance. Forth the beer! Very dark brown pour, then I bump the glass halfway off the big coaster & my heart almost stops. Yikes! Lost almost an entire Big Eddy that way a couple weeks back. Smells as advertised: vanilla, bourbon, clove-edged spicing. Nice. Very nice.

Bourbon Barrel Adominable redefines smooth, almost bringing a cask-like edge (or something) to the glass bottle. Everything's here but it's either refined or muted, take your pick. The bourbon is smooth & throwing off that distinct vanilla aftertaste, & it's gorilla-strong. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, faint spices make appearances. Is there a beer under there? Barrels dominate & define this brew. I am, however, drinking this like liquid donut searching for subtle delicacies, & it drinks like a champ.

My belly is warm for a beer still, albeit barely, in the single digits. Eminently drinkable, this improves markedly as it warms a bit; rather flat when cold, it really opens up. Really good, just a cold nose from the upper echelon.

maximum12, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of tjkinate
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

tjkinate, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of BDavidson14
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

BDavidson14, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

dtx00, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Vermonthiker
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Vermonthiker, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

avaldivia, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

bsuedekum, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of birchstick
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

birchstick, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B-Bomb. I lived in Seattle for 5 years in the 2000s, just blocks from the famed Bottleworks bottle shop, but was never all that into beer. Returning just recently, I had to try some of the area's best beers. Thanks to gueuzehead for hooking me up with this one. Enjoyed 29 June 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours a very very deep amber brown, nearly opaque due to the dark color, but clear and vibrant at the edges. One finger of yellowish mocha-tan head, an odd color for an old ale / barleywine, but nice. Good lacing and retention. The thing that really stands out is the depth, in color, intensity... I'm looking forward to this.

Smell is heavy on the barrel, but all the positive aspects. Delicious vanilla, oak, a light touch of whiskey that blends so well with the malt-heavy base. Dark fruits - plums and other stone fruits mixed with dates. Wow.

Taste is incredibly smooth for a big barrel-aged beer. The integration of the base with the bourbon barrel is nearly perfect. I've very rarely had a fresh -bal beer that's this smooth. Again, heavy on the vanilla and oak, but with great support from the hefty malt bill.

Mouthfeel is good. Heavy, syrupy, and sticky, with not quite enough carbonation to keep things moving. Definitely weighs down the tongue. Finishes with a light heat, but oh so smooth.

To describe this beer in two words: smooth and deep. Excellent integration of the base beer and the barrel flavors, bringing out the best of both. Sweet, rich, and fabulously flavorful. Up there with my favorite barrel-aged English barleywines (or whatever you want to call them).

zeledonia, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Dan25D
5/5  rDev +12.9%

Dan25D, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of nightwing002
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

nightwing002, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of cLin
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

cLin, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1415th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter

2011 Vintage

Thanks to Dvelcich for sharing

App- This poured more like a flat dubble or like a bit of a quad. More of a purple color with a small bubble activity. The cling was zero but had a couple bubbles and then a good density.

Smell- Very nice. It was a smooth smelling beer with a good amount of spice and malt behind it from the style but added a vanilla and bourbon prickly note.

Taste- This was a damn fine beer. The bourbon with the spice and vanilla added a rich depth of flavor and the ABV added a fullness to it. Rich, prickly and flavorful. A really good beer.

Mouth- A prickly medium carbonation. The body is a full medium and a residual spicy vanilla.

Drink- I can see why this was so coveted. It had great flavor. It was rich and spicy and bourbon forward but retained the winter warmer flavors. Outstanding job.

FosterJM, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

MaseFace, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Holland, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Adamostella, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jsilva, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of draheim
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't a big fan of the regular Abominable but when I saw this gorgeous bottle I said what the hell, ponied up the $17 or whatever. Then I started reading all the positive reviews and comments and grabbed another before it was gone. Let's just say expectations are now heightened, I hope the beer lives up to them.

22oz bottle (2011) into a tulip. Pours a rich chocolatey brown w/ a 1-finger dense mocha head, good retention. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma is dark fruit, bourbon, oak, chocolate, vanilla. Smells rich and delicious, well-balanced.

Taste follows nose. Chocolate, bourbon-soaked dates and figs, vanilla, oak. Just a touch of alcohol heat gives it a nice warming bite. Everything works together in harmony, no single element overwhelms the others. I don't give 5s very often, but I simply can't imagine anything that would make this beer taste any better.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, coating but also dry. The oak really helps this beer slip effortlessly over the tongue.

Overall, just wow. One of the best beers I've had in a while. Simply outstanding. Expectations not only met, but exceeded. Fremont does it again. I'll gladly pay $17/bottle for more of this next year.

draheim, Jun 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Rempo, Jun 24, 2012
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.