Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev 0%
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).
08-02-2012 17:43:00 | More by zeledonia
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.
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
4.3/5 rDev -2.9%
1415th Review on BA
Bottle to snifter
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.
07-27-2012 04:58:29 | More by FosterJM
3.85/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
07-21-2012 00:10:13 | More by Holland
4.7/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-25-2012 03:57:53 | More by draheim
4.1/5 rDev -7.4%
Shared by dc55110. Thanks Dan!
This style category is apt for this beer because it doesn't really belong anywhere. Old ale like in a way with plenty of dark maltiness and excellent barrel-vanilla character. The aroma is one to die for.
Spice notes are more prominent in taste but barrel aged sweetness manages to hold its own. Good presence of roast as well, borders an Imperial Stout. Carbonation was a tad high for my liking but otherwise it was really good.
4, 4.5, 4, 4, 4
06-15-2012 12:12:24 | More by tewaris
4.9/5 rDev +10.6%
I had a bottle of the 2011 vintage (possibly March batch…), poured into a Crate and Barrel tulip glass, on the afternoon of 5/26/12.
Appearance: The B-Bomb pours a very dark brown with amber around the edges of the glass and a dark tan bubbly head. As the head dies down, the beer is left with an almost oil-slick-like sheen of tiny bubbles and foam atop the beer.
Smell: The aroma is a fantastic blend of vanilla, caramel, dark fruit (plum, cherry, berries), and bourbon. In contrast to a lot of bourbon barrel aged ales, I don’t get any of the alcohol vapor smell. The bourbon barrel characteristics and the characteristics of the beer seem to have really converged.
Taste: The taste is less vanilla than the aroma. At first, I taste brown sugar sweetness, then the dark fruit notes, and, finally, a spicy, woody, bourbon finish.
Mouthfeel: The B-Bomb’s mouthfeel is as heavy and viscose as many imperial stouts but it seems like a good fit for the beer.
05-30-2012 18:01:53 | More by TheEarl
4.5/5 rDev +1.6%
On tap at the Brewery. 10oz pour into a Snifter.
A - Served a dark brown with a very few dark tan bubbles clinging to the edge.
S - Boozy, wood and some soy sauce.
T - Boozy bourbon, tons of molasses and carmel and some slight woody flavors.
D - Lower carbonation and a heavier body.
O - A very good bourbon aged beer. Bronze for a reason.
05-13-2012 04:08:07 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
Bottle split with steepH20. Good to have you visiting again! Courtesy of libbey. Thank you!
Dark pour with a thick healthy milk chocolate covered ring along the edges that extends into the middle of the glass. Looks creamy and decadent.
Smooth vanilla bourbon, molasses, and light cherry. Inviting dessert quality here that draws me in.
Nose holds suit. Mouthfeel is exquisite. Alcohol is cleverly hidden. Rich and luxurious on the tongue. Only a mild heat at the finish hints at the abv. Loads of vanilla and molasses along with brown sugar. Bourbon is seemlessly integrated. Damn this is a nice beer.
Overall, this is a winner. Thank you very much Matt. If you have a bottle, drink it now. You won't be disappointed. Then, trade for another.
05-05-2012 21:49:31 | More by BarrytheBear
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.