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Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company

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488 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 488
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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4.75/5  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
5/5  rDev +12.9%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BillRoth, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

ezperkins2, Apr 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

T_Hass, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

michaeljstraub, Apr 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

carlitos92, Apr 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

jbwimer, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

drmcleod10, Apr 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Zimm, Apr 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

atrocity, Apr 17, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

MarkyMOD, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Claytonbrewsby, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Holmes698, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Saudereth, Apr 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

HoppyBastard2, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

brpendergast85, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jaminjohnson, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kristougher, Apr 01, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Release poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.
A - Pours a very dark brown with minimal head.
S - Smells of malt, bourbon and chocolate.
T - Bourbon and carmel at the fore with chocolate in the middle and a little bite of booze/hops on the finish.
M - Quite thick and mouth coating with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - A very pleasant, warming winter ale. Everything is well integrated. Highly recommended.

kdahnke123, Mar 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

coz, Mar 30, 2014
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.