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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

491 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 362
Gots: 150 | 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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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Port_Seat, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

BCross, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

pgrenvicz, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.55/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Much darker than I'd expected. I'd anticipated a much redder brew, more like a barleywine, whereas this is dark brown, closer to a stout, albeit with ruby rather than black accents.

S - Vanilla and bourbon are present with glorious fullness. Sweet wood and caramel or toffee are also there in full force. Milk chocolate. This really does smell gorgeous.

T - Rich, creamy, vanilla-bourbon, alongside a not-too-hot-mellow-booziness. Tastes lovely, although it would benefit from an increase in cinnamon and nutmeg flavours to add depth and complexity.

M - Fairly syrupy which is to be expected in a relatively sweet beer such as this. It's certainly full-bodied enough to carry the beer, however.

O - Definitely one of Washington's finest beers. The bourbon character is beautifully expressed. I'd like a little more spice and perhaps a little more roasted malt flavour. This is nonetheless a wonderfully crafted brew, and, if it weren't for my preference for the flavour profile of stouts, (more chocolate, peat and coffee) this might score even higher. The abv. is entirely an afterthought. A must try, particularly if you like vanilla and bourbon.

abeeronthebeach, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
4.05/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark, almost black. A few bubbles. Doesn't look too lively.

Smell - Incredible barrel. Bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and some rich chocolate.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Lots of bourbon and vanilla. Very syrupy, but it works. Dark malts are secondary and pop up just in time to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy and sweet, but it doesn't seem to matter in this case. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Barrel is the highlight and the beer is just interesting enough to prop up the barrel flavors.

Alieniloquium, Jun 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Reagan1984, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of mabermud
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Abominable Bourbon Winter Ale was served to me, by myself, from a half growler I filled about half an hour ago. This ale appears pitch black with a smooth, tan, minimal head. There are ultra-fine bubbles that seem to melt from the sides as I move the ale around in my brandy snifter. As I give the drink some time to settle, the head has retreated back into a halo, with a spotty, uneven, smooth, fine cover of bubbles. The smell is of sweet vanilla, caramel, and a hint of alcohol, nothing else. The taste is rich, delicious, and decadent, like a fine desert. There is vanilla, light caramel, spice, molasses, and an obscure, taste of booze/alcohol/bourbon. The mouthfeel is faintly sizzling with sweet feedback. No bitter taste, no after taste, no complaints. Only recommendations.

mabermud, Jun 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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5/5  rDev +12.9%

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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.