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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 364
Gots: 153 | 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 TheEarl
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Overall: World-class.

TheEarl, May 30, 2012
Photo of hopluva1
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

hopluva1, May 24, 2012
Photo of mv945
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

mv945, May 23, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

Kopfschuss, May 15, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

HuskyinPDX, May 13, 2012
Photo of Jerriko
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Jerriko, May 11, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

BarrytheBear, May 05, 2012
Photo of daysinthewake
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

daysinthewake, May 03, 2012
Photo of leedorham
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

leedorham, May 02, 2012
Photo of hannaho
5/5  rDev +12.9%

hannaho, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Impfan, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of ChrisPro
4/5  rDev -9.7%

ChrisPro, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

KevSal, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of mikeyv35
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

mikeyv35, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of PerHops
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

PerHops, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

gregmoscetti, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

hoppymcgee, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of punkhim
4/5  rDev -9.7%

punkhim, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of ASUBeer
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

ASUBeer, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

andrewinski1, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Bendurgin, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mora2000, Mar 10, 2012
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).

sukwonee, Mar 06, 2012
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.