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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

471 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 359
Gots: 146 | 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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buffs9

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-20-2014 02:41:16 | More by buffs9
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

05-18-2014 05:37:35 | More by mhaugo
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-16-2014 23:40:25 | More by MacQ32
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ianroodt

California

5/5  rDev +12.9%

05-14-2014 22:26:39 | More by ianroodt
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imyourhero21

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-14-2014 15:03:23 | More by imyourhero21
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Beerzebub

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

2012 bottle. Dark reddish brown coffee color, minimal head.

Smells good - sweet bourbon, spicy cigar tobacco, dark caramel, touch of dark fruit; good barrel presence; nice combination of freshness and depth; nice complexity.

Tastes like it smells - pretty delicious. Bourbon barrel is front and center; sweet, but well balanced by roasted nutty and tobacco notes, presumably partly from the malt and partly from the barrel. Really comes together. Fairly long finish, deep bourbon/tobacco.

Fairly full bodied, silky texture.

Quite enjoyable.

05-10-2014 09:07:17 | More by Beerzebub
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QuentinCall

Georgia

4/5  rDev -9.7%

05-09-2014 03:20:47 | More by QuentinCall
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John_M

Oregon

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%

On tap at HOTD for Fred Fest 2014.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with excellent head retention and considerable brownish, creamy lacing. The nose is every bit as impressive, as I pick up milk duds, chocolate, coffee, light bourbon, vanilla and a hint of underlying leather. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though there also seemed to be considerable underlying hops that countered and bouyed the moderate sweetness very well. Mouthfeel was full and fairly soft, with a long, slight dry and bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, with no sense of heat or heaviness in the finish.

Not that I'm surprised, but this is yet another excellent beer from the folks at Fremont Brewing. Also, good as it tasted at Fred Fest 2014, I think this beer is built for the long haul, and will likely only improve with a few years of bottle (or barrel/keg) age. Impressive.

05-06-2014 19:13:14 | More by John_M
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JWalterWeatherman

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

05-05-2014 04:43:33 | More by JWalterWeatherman
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.7%

05-01-2014 18:18:26 | More by bleedsblu
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Davihaw

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.7%

05-01-2014 17:25:52 | More by Davihaw
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PHBoiler

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-01-2014 15:17:30 | More by PHBoiler
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

5/5  rDev +12.9%

04-29-2014 17:28:17 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

Stopped at Fremont a few years ago, and just missed chance to try this beer. Now thanks to Paul 510a I finally got to try it.
Just a lovely sipping beer. It's a great "Little Big Beer". It's a for real big, velvety wave of flavor and body...yet it's not overly complex...just a splendid BA beer that has a remarkable blend of delicious oak and bourbon blended with the chocolate/other malts and centennial/other hops. A lot of places try this...Fremont's is just so spot on. Just the way it"s supposed to be.
A: Poured a good 3/4" creamy head that had decent retention despite high abv. Very good lacing with a nicely maintained thin foamy ring around the surface of the beer, Very attractive.
S: Inviting! Vanilla is big, bourbon and dates are major partners, hints of cherries/cherry licorice.
T: Vanilla and bourbon very well balanced. Chocolate and Carafa malts fill out backbone. Even though Centennial and Willamette hops are reported more than Goldings...it still seems much more an English than NW barley wine. It's just so well rounded and subtle.
M: Mouth was so smooth and velvety. A bit of bright burn from alcohol...but not distracting. It was so creamy and rolled over the tongue. Decadent. This beer hugs ya.
O: Sitting on backyard deck, sun setting and chair reclining further and further back...this beer was a very nice sipper...Wonderful! Great job Fremont!

04-28-2014 00:37:23 | More by BillRoth
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California

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

04-24-2014 17:13:36 | More by ezperkins2
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California

3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

04-22-2014 15:46:10 | More by T_Hass
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-21-2014 23:58:10 | More by michaeljstraub
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Texas

4/5  rDev -9.7%

04-19-2014 11:48:27 | More by carlitos92
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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.7%

04-18-2014 16:18:41 | More by jbwimer
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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.7%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.31/5  rDev -2.7%

wonderful bourbon barrel usage here, as good as any, lots of burnt oak flavor with the attendant vanilla and booze, all are soft and gentle though, and none so dominant as to displace the strong ale base on this, which is a caramel malt bomb, super thick, and downright delicious, although a bit out of season right now i think. reddish hues of caramel and molasses color, and the aromas are similarly sweet, toffee and vanilla dessert come to mind, and of course the bourbon, which adds richness, sweetness, and the feeling like im having something of extreme quality. the flavor is sweet from the outset, but doesnt really finish that way, more of a quicker boozy hit to wind it down. vanilla is strong, and the oak contributes quite a bit, but the base beer is exceptional. as much sticky sweet grain as you can pack in here, which gives a luxurious mouthfeel to this highly viscous brew. carbonation is low medium, but its all i really need in this style. something more than a barleywine here, but in that sort of vein stylistically. my first brew from fremont is an absolute pleasure, made even more enjoyable by sharing it with some of the gentlemen responsible for its existence. a real treat worthy of its high praise.

04-16-2014 17:42:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.