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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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478 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 359
Gots: 148 | 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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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
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-11-2012 00:38:29 | More by Jerriko
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-03-2012 06:23:21 | More by daysinthewake
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-02-2012 19:34:35 | More by leedorham
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

04-30-2012 13:42:41 | More by hannaho
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Holy B Bomb, Batman!

I don't know when I was last this incredibly surprised by an ale.

Deep ruby brown pour with black highlights.

Head is two fingers of tan, dense foam that subsides to form a lasting ring. Lacing is minimal, but decent.

The nose (and flavor) are bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon with underpinnings of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel brown and red fruits almost too numerous to list (date, fig, kumquat, plum, breadfruit, starfruit, mandarin orange/tangerine, pineapple, just to name a few). There is also plenty of old leather, tobacco, coconut, pecan praline, honey, sherry, brandy, a hint of smoke, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander, and even a touch of something like lavender.

This beer reminds me of a cross between Firestone Walker Fourteen and Hair of the Dog Adam, except it's richer, and more intense in flavor than either of those, despite being lower in alcohol. This beer may not be as subtle as some, but it's one of the most complex, dynamic brews of any style that I've tasted.

This is definitely the ultimate sipping beer, and would pair marvelously with the stoutest cigar.

Major Kudos to Fremont Brewing for creating that rarest of beers worthy of being called an instant classic.

04-21-2012 03:04:37 | More by Impfan
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

04-18-2012 15:50:26 | More by ChrisPro
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4.05/5  rDev -8.6%

huge thanks to stx00lax for this generous addition, crap i still owe ya jacob.

ive been staring at this one since i got it, couldnt wait to crack it open. i enjoy winter warmers quite a bit.

bomber split into 2 bruery tulips

a- looks great! dark dark ruby red. can only see through the edges.

s- this beers nose really shines very fruity almost as if its got raspberries in the mix. heavy bourbon upfront. really liking this aroma.

t- taste is a bit different than the nose. not quite as fruity but the barrel come out front and center for sure! slight fruits and spices tickle the tongue in the back, alcohol in the finish.

m-like the mouthfeel, alcohol still very present and makes it a bit rough on the tongue. thick body for a winter warmer whch i very much enjoy

o- very fine beer! really glad to try it. both of us enjoyed each glass. i think i was impatient with this one dammit as i feel with a bit more age this one will be steller, malt meld the fruit and barrel together while toning down burn. would love to try this one with a year on it!

04-17-2012 05:20:55 | More by KevSal
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New York

4.68/5  rDev +5.6%

Date: 04/04/12
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Southampton Large Snifter

Pours a deep brown mahogany in color w/ a wispy thin off-white head and little to no lacing. Aromas of chocolate malts, coffee, molasses, light bourbon, oak, and vanilla/coconut. The nose was fabulous and the taste was even better! Sweet chocolate and molasses up front, leading into bourbon, oak, vanilla, and toasted coconut, and finishes w/ a bit of dry espresso. Medium bodied and decently lush w/ carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. This beer was exceptionally easy to drink as the 9.5% ABV was well hidden and is uber smooth.

Overall, this brew backed up it's high rating and regards. Exceptionally complex beer w/ utterly perfect BA qualities, and oh so smooth. Fantastic stuff!

04-14-2012 16:34:25 | More by mikeyv35
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4.45/5  rDev +0.5%

This is one of those cases where I should have shared this beer with someone, but I'm selfishly glad I didn't. Pours jet black with tons of lacing, not a complaint in the world. Smells divine. Great balance of oak, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, banana bread and spice. Taste follows the nose but is incredibly rich, almost, but not to a fault. Mouthfeel is semi carbonated and fairly syrupy but finishes long and a little bitter. This is a really great seasonal beer. I would not be so greedy next time as this would be a perfect finish to thanksgiving, or christmas dinner. I wish I would have bought another bottle!

04-10-2012 02:49:24 | More by PerHops
Photo of dirtylou


4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

22oz bottle, red wax - classy label

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, dark cola body, light beige film - minimal retention.

smell: rich waves of bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, sweet dark fruits

taste: I've had this a number of times at festivals and at the brewery - a remarkable barrel aged beer from Fremont. The base beer, Abominable Winter Warmer, isn't one of my favorite releases from FBC, but the base is a distant memory in this beer. Very much barrel-forward, but delicate and refined - bourbon, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, chewy caramel malt, dark fruits. It's been a pleasure to share these bottles with my beer-connections back east. Bravo Fremont.

mouthfeel: great - rich, spicy, warming, sensual

overall: fantastic

04-08-2012 23:18:11 | More by dirtylou
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4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

got this beer from ArchEnemyBrew in a trade. Thanks Hollis!

poured into oversized snifter.

2011 limited release.

Appearance: Really cool lookn old school bottle label with thick red wax. Mucky brown bodied beer almost light black in color. Just a hint of red when held to up light. 2 fingers of light to medium beige colored head that drops down to a thin cap on the beer. not much lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Big bourbon notes, big wood, huge malts, also got a little spice and fruitiness to it. Caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. This beer smells like its going to be fierce and assertive!

Taste: Massive bourbon and oak notes, but its sooo smooth. Vanilla, Carmel, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, raisins, figs, honey, hint of cocoa. Some really subtle smokey notes in there too. Lots of things to pick out of this beer, great complexity. Finishes with a mild betterness that adds balance so that the beer does not finish overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is what brings it home! Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy beer. Its mouthfeel is rediculous. You know this beer should be a sipper, but it goes down really quickly / easily. The alcohol is both mildly spicy and warming; not harsh at all.

Overall: I love it when breweries can make a barrel aged beer with near perfect carbonation like this. It makes the beer experience that much better. It balanced and its complex. Big flavors yet remains smooth. Just a great beer! Its makes me think this is a beer that would have been the brain child of a collaboration between Firestone Walker and Hair of the Dog. It reminds me of an english barleywine and an Olde Ale blended then barrel aged.

04-06-2012 01:59:44 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-28-2012 06:29:35 | More by gregmoscetti
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

03-22-2012 03:43:50 | More by hoppymcgee
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

03-21-2012 21:41:58 | More by punkhim
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

03-17-2012 01:25:17 | More by ASUBeer
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New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks a bunch to Derek for sending this one my way! Shared three ways. Poured into a chalice. There is a very tiny head atop a very dark almost black like a stout colored body.

The aroma is full of vanilla, caramel, with subtle fruity undertones.

The taste is chocolatey vanilla malt with a soft oaky finish. The bourbon flavors are well integrated.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a full bodied slow sipper.

This is very delicious. Great stuff.

03-12-2012 02:47:58 | More by andrewinski1
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4.13/5  rDev -6.8%

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this wax capped bottle. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown with a small layer of khaki head.

Rich boozey toffee and caramel with raisins and a nice roasty bourbon aroma. Real nice smelling with some sweet milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. Nice toffee and butterscotch flavors with some dark fruits and some milk chocolate and vanilla. Gives of a real nice bourbon finish with oak characters.

The body is full with smooth carbonation. A little hot on the finish. Overall this one is real tasty. Glad to have the chance to give it a whirl.

03-12-2012 02:42:03 | More by Bendurgin
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4.43/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep red color with an off-white head. The aroma has a ton of bourbon and wood notes, as well as some oak, maple and caramel. The beer smells amazing and has all the notes you want in a bourbon barrel aged beer.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. I get a lot of chocolate and some light roasted malt notes, as well as some nice bourbon, maple and vanilla. There is also a nice oak undertone in the flavor.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-10-2012 21:41:00 | More by Mora2000
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4.88/5  rDev +10.2%

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).

03-06-2012 04:18:18 | More by sukwonee
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4.43/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-04-2012 01:45:35 | More by projectflam86
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3.5/5  rDev -21%

03-03-2012 03:48:33 | More by jerz
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

02-27-2012 06:36:05 | More by twelveinches
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4.95/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

02-11-2012 02:58:31 | More by Svejk
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.