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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.22%
Wants: 355
Gots: 142 | 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.

(Beer added by: olympuszymurgus on 01-15-2010)
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Photo of sukwonee


4.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased two bottles of the 2011 vintage at a local Whole Foods store (I live in Seattle) @ $16.99 each. One bottle to age, the other bottle opened immediately to enjoy.

A: I am currently sitting in a relatively dark room... maybe this is the reason why it just looks black too me. Maybe I see a bit of reddish tone in the black... but it looks black. Very little tan head. Nice lacing.

S: All bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Smells amazing. I am expecting a HUGE beer with lots of complexity from smelling it

T: Tastes like exactly like it smells. Man, this is a great tasting beer. It doesn't really taste like "American Strong Ale" as this website describes it. Maybe it's not syrupy as an English barley wine, but... if I had to guess without knowing what this was, I would say this was an English-style barley wine.

M: A bit too much carbonation? It's decent, but maybe it should be a bit more smooth. There is a slight alcohol burn - tolerable.

O: This is an excellent beer, IMO. Best local beer I tasted to date. Hope this beer gets produced more and distributed wider. Maybe a bit pricey though (although worth the try - yes you should seek this one out).

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:18:18 | More by sukwonee
Photo of projectflam86


4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Youradhere sent me this in our trade. I owe you one!

22oz bomber waxed top. 2011 release. 9.5% Alc according to the label.

A- Pours a deep cola brown color with a thick head that leaves good lacing.

S- Reminds me of a nice English Barleywine with some bourbon and oak aromas. Dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, wood, and a touch of chocolate all come through.

T- The bourbon steals the show right from the start. Huge bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors initially that give way to some caramel and chocolate malts in the finish. A touch of bitteress creeps through to add a bit of balance. A good dose of alcohol rounds out the flavor.

M- Full bodied with high carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

O- A truly nice brew. Big bold bourbon flavor initially with a smooth well balanced finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:45:35 | More by projectflam86
Photo of jerz


3.5/5  rDev -21%

03-03-2012 03:48:33 | More by jerz
Photo of twelveinches


4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-27-2012 06:36:05 | More by twelveinches
Photo of Svejk


4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. Served in a snifter and a fairly aggressive pour reveals a quarter inch off-white head. The smell is big vanilla, bourbon and malty sweetness, and the taste reveals much of the same. The mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as I would have expected, but overall this is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:58:31 | More by Svejk
Photo of ArchEnemyBrew


5/5  rDev +12.9%

02-09-2012 00:42:25 | More by ArchEnemyBrew
Photo of stx00lax


4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, not much head or lacing

S- Interesting, the vanilla and oak come through nicely. But it comes off smelling like big-league chew; in a good way.

T- Delicious! What a nice surprise as I had no expectations going into this beer. A little bourbon heat, but mostly vanilla, oak and caramelized brown sugar.

M- A little thin and hot, but the flavor makes up for it here.

O- A bit spendy, but I wasnt disappointed, I cant think of many delicious barrel-aged beers from this state. This is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:07:37 | More by stx00lax
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-01-2012 02:56:11 | More by Rconn006
Photo of womencantsail


3.58/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Javi.

The pour is dark brown in color with a small khaki head. The aroma starts off with lots of roast and a bit of coffee. Bourbon is there, but not very strong. There's more oak than bourbon. Some toffee sweetness with a bit of dark chocolate. Again, not much bourbon flavor, but there is some oak and vanilla. A bit of roast and coffee with a fair amount of dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness of caramel and toffee. Actually sort of mellow.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:05:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of doughanson78


4.65/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour. A touch of light comes through on the edge in the glass. One finger light mocha head with good retention and lacing.

S: Big bourbon, butterscotch and vanilla. Oak comes through very good but doesn't over power. Nice dark chocolate notes. Very light spice notes.

T: Dark milk chocolate upfront. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, and a light winter spiciness from middle to end with big chocolate coming back in the finish. Light alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied. Light carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: A wonderful beer. Very tasty. The vanilla comes through awesomely. Look for this beer. Fremont is by far the best Seattle brewery, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 19:55:24 | More by doughanson78
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-22-2012 04:29:12 | More by towlea25
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red highlights at the edges. Thin fine light brown head dissipates into a ring, light lacing. Aroma is bourbon with slight hints of vanilla, wood and dark malt. Flavor is amazing, dark and caramel malt and dark fruit and strong bourbon. Oak and malt in the finish, with a hint of hops. Nice heavy, viscous body. The bourbon is so distinct this tastes like a boilermaker made with a stout and bourbon. Really tastes good. I'm very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 05:47:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of BillHilly


4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at 50 degrees in a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark brown, no head, small ring

S: Bourbon and more bourbon, vanilla, toffee

T: Roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon slight hop finish

M: Nice carbonation - more than I expected given the pour appearance, sticky

O: Dang good brew...was a pleasant surprise for sure...the best local beer I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 00:59:22 | More by BillHilly
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

01-18-2012 03:47:42 | More by Jason
Photo of MysterySwirl


4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle as an extra. Haven't really read anything about Fremont Brewery in Seattle. It looks like a thick dark brown chocolate milkshake with very little head, even with a fairly aggressive pour.

The aroma is just fantastic. Sweet, oak, bourbon... Hints of vanilla.

Sweet, bourbon, dark, caramel, toffee, vanilla, alcohol is well placed, complex but everything is in great balance. There must be various barrels aged at different times to achieve this complexity.

Smooth, easy to drink. Light carbonation works well. It seems to coat your entire mouth almost like a thin syrup.

Just delicious, I can't get over the bourbony vanilla smell... it was fantastic. This beer should get Fremont noticed.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 14:55:44 | More by MysterySwirl
Photo of ianorama


4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark and pours well with a decent head.

Smell. I just love the smell of this dark ale. A bouquet of aromatic compounds smashes in to the smell buds. Hold your nose over the glass and deeply sniff in the aroma of coffee, chocolate, exotic spices.

Taste: Amazing. The fist sip has an amazing punch. You can definitely taste the bourbon accent. The is a faint taste of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Not too heavy.

A great beer. Disappointed they would only allow me two bottles. With aging, this should be a fantastic beer. Plan to get some more when a second batch is released in Feb 2011.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 01:43:45 | More by ianorama
Photo of beerandcycling88


4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice looking waxed bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a dark brown that is topped with a very short lived mocha head.

S Lots of bourbon with wood, vanilla, alcohol, and some faint chocolate. But bourbon is by far the dominant note here.

T More bourbon wood and vanilla. However it is backed by a very strong chocolate flavor that provides some nice balance to all the bourbon and keeps this one from being one dimensional. Also present is a faint holiday spice note.

M full body with full carbonation and a warming alcoholic finish.

Overall this is a pretty good bourbon barrel aged beer. The only problem is that it is quite rich which makes it difficult to drink a lot of. An excellent effort by Fremont Brewing that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:15:34 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of julian


4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wax capped bomber purchased at the brewery. 2011 vintage.

A: Dark brown, near black. Medium-heavy viscosity. Head is minimal and shy even with an aggressive pour but does yield a pale khaki colored layer of foam which quickly retreats leaving a bubbly outer ring. Little to no lacing.

S: Nose is crazy. Fruity, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark malt, brown sugar. Lots going on here. Complex and well crafted. Hope the taste is as good as the nose.

T&M: Mildly chocolatey, hint of dark roast, brown sugar, toffee, bourbon, vanilla. Wow. Booze is well hidden but also definitely present. Very nice blend. medium-heavy body with great carbonation. Finishes a little sweet.

O: This is by far one of the best beers I've had from Fremont. Clearly they know how to barrel age and blend, as this is flavorful, aromatic and just flat out delicious. I can't wait for their lambics and eventually gueuzes. These guys might be the only WA brewery that gives a shit about making quality beer of all styles. Keep it up guys!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 06:50:45 | More by julian
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-20-2011 07:04:34 | More by hopburster
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4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I stopped to get the 2011 B-bomb at Fremont and had a glass from their tap.

This year's 2011 version is maltier than the 2010. It improves on an already great beer.

There's lots of bourbon, oak, vanilla and smooth chocolate, and did I say bourbon? There's a smoothness to this beer that's not usually seen in other bourbon beers with caramel-like and easy drinking. I'm glad I got my 2 bottles. It is going to be interesting to see how it develops.

Fremont has a hit on their hands. This beer should be sought out.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 04:48:19 | More by bgramer
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-17-2011 16:29:02 | More by jconrick1
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

12-06-2011 04:46:56 | More by jpbebeau
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

12-05-2011 10:32:05 | More by bespin15
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

11-22-2011 22:34:52 | More by jag21
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

11-19-2011 03:02:34 | More by beefandbean22
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
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