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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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Bourbon Abominable Winter AleBourbon Abominable Winter Ale

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685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 424
Gots: 207 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: olympuszymurgus on 01-15-2010

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.

Aged in 15 year-old American oak whiskey barrels. Blend of 24 and 12 month-old bourbon aged Abominable Ale.
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Ratings: 685 | Reviews: 124
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a little bit of head which has some retention but that does not seem to be the gist of this beer. The head is a dark beige/ochre while the body is an opaque, chocolate black. Some lacing has been left behind.

Nose- I love those brash coconut noses. So dominant that I didn't really get anything else on the first sniff. Shows more depth after subsequent tries- very toasty and very rich with tendencies toward vanilla, caramel, and toffee. The glass reflects this but with much more cherry and chocolate. This is a very good start. Underpinnings of vanilla, caramel, and toffee from the glass as well.

Taste- Lots of coconut which proceeds through a number of notes- toasted, creamy, and very rich. It's fairly dominated by the coconut aspect and is reminding me a lot of Bois at the moment. Cherry notes, some chocolate. Light vanilla, mild heat that hangs around the edges. This beer doesn't taste fresh (this is not a negative)- it tastes like a beer that has been aged a bit before it was released. The alcohol does creep up and is coating my tongue at the moment. It's definitely a really good beer but I don't know if it achieves the greatness that its ratings suggest. Some oak in the back of my throat. More bourbon barrel characteristics come out as I slosh it around in my mouth- broader, more mellow coconut, defined and rounded chocolate with oak and vanilla. Slight bourbon. Normally, I would be critical of its lack of presence but the softness of all the notes prevents that. It appears that the brewer was more interested in producing a highly drinkable product upon release rather than relying upon the assumption that it will be aged further. Raisins with small hints of citrus around the edges. I wish I could get this fresher (a blend of a 6 month old and 18 month Abominables?) but this is a really good to great beer. Lacks the deep malts you would get from an Imperial stout or a Barleywine but this beer isn't either of those. I would categorize it as an Old Ale above anything else. The coconut is pushed out and radiating warm but dark chocolate takes over.

Mouthfeel- Just below medium bodied with slight carbonation. Best described as slinky with silky tendencies.

Drinkability- Very inviting but it also gives warning- the alcohol is there and it is part of the entire drinking experience. 15 bucks a bomber seems quite reasonable for a beer of this caliber. If it were possible, I buy more bottles for aging (?) and trade.

Overall- After a few more sips, this might graduate to a great beer. It is, without a doubt, a really good beer and it's almost great. This is a must try and I'm leaning toward great. No flaws, absolutely solid, complete with an endearing sublimity next to evident alcohol. Very well put together- I appreciate brewers that are this meticulous.

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3.93/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

Pours a dark ruby red color that appears almost black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lace left behind.  

Strong barrel presence in the nose which is dominated by bourbon and a strong oak presence.  Slight toothpick oaky character with a little bit of coconut, marshmallow and vanilla along with spicy and sweet bourbon notes.   As it warms, I'm picking up sweet and roasted malt as well as a bit of dark fruit.  Hints of chocolate cake, fig, dark cherry and other vinous berries. 

Fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation.  Really nice mouthfeel for the style.  Thick but not viscous with surprising crisp carbonation that really helps.  Again, the barrel presnce is really prominent with lots of bourbon flavor but it's not hot or overly boozy.  Sweet bourbon with some spicy rye along with dry, toasted oak, vanilla bean and some toasted coconut.  After the beer warms, I'm picking up more dark malt, spice and vinous fruit sweetness.  A little peppery spice and rye compliment the spirit flavors.  There's also some cherry and other dark berries along with some silky chooclate sweetness and subtle roast.  Still, this beer is a bit bourbon heavy but the lack of heat makes it pretty easy to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, 2011 vintage, poured into a Fremont snifter, generously provided by BA Bigelow.

The beer pours a deep cola brown color, murky and opaque, with a soapy head, bone colored, that rises about a finger high with moderate retention that yields no lace. The aroma is fairly complex and intriguing, lots of molasses and bourbon, soft toffee, oak, rich malts, light cocoa and a touch of stone fruit. The flavors are similar, molasses, bourbon, charred oak with a distinct chicory root flavor that brings out a bit of a cola flavor, stone fruit pops up nicely, and the grain character makes a nice, rich malt finish. The body is lively, carbonated, a bit thin but coats nicely and finishes easily.

Verdict: A nice Bourbon treated beer from Fremont. The chicory root flavor isn't my favorite, but the smooth and rich flavors are very nice, it's just a touch on the earthy side and it could use a bit more body. That being said I had no issue finishing a bomber of this.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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