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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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484 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 7.45%
Wants: 360
Gots: 149 | 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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4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

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%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

PG2G, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

mjtiernan, Jun 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Cynic-ale, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

saxclar123, May 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

IPAIsaac, May 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

dspinler, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

Cottzilla, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

ThePorterSorter, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Resuin, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

DiscLizard, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

ellswrth, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

buffs9, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

MacQ32, May 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

ianroodt, May 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

imyourhero21, May 14, 2014
Photo of Beerzebub
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.

Beerzebub, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

QuentinCall, May 09, 2014
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, May 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

JWalterWeatherman, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

bleedsblu, May 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Davihaw, May 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

PHBoiler, May 01, 2014
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.