Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale - Fremont Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-20-2014 08:45:18 | More by abeeronthebeach
4.05/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-16-2014 20:33:11 | More by Alieniloquium
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.
06-11-2014 01:37:27 | More by mabermud
Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 468 ratings.