The 1st Nail - Fremont Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Tried this beer several times at the Washington Cask beer fest, so I feel as if I have a pretty good handle on what it's like. Served from what looked like a 5 gallon pin/firkin.
The beer pours a blackish brown color, with the consistency of motor oil. It's maybe not quite as viscuous as dark lord, but it's close. Head retention is fairly decent, and lacing is very light. This is a beer that appears to have seen some serious barrel aging. The nose displays considerable licorice and vanilla (which is to be expected I guess), but with some underlying bitter dark chocolate and light coffee as well. The beers smells pretty good, but the palate; holy mother maria!!!! This beer comes across as liquidified licorise, but with considerable vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon and light coffee as well. There's also a roasty, smoke quality to this beer as well, that I didn't immediately pick up with the first glass I got. I felt the smoke quality helped to balance the richness somewhat. The beer is definitely rich and sweet, and so it's pretty hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this. On the other hand, the low carbonation works well with this beer, making for a very full bodied beer, with a very long, licorice infused finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but even so, I was a surprised when I saw the abv. was in the 12% range. The alcohol is really integrated very well into the flavor profile.
Wow! This beer is quite the mouthfeel. Another impressive effort from the folks at Fremont Brewing.
Serving type: cask
03-24-2014 15:40:36 | More by John_M
4.35/5 rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Another awesome Fremont bottle provided by Doppie. Cheers man!
From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed for the 1st anniversary of The Pine Box
Oatmeal stout with licorice and cinnamon
APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a small, medium looking, dark tan head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a half swirly wisp and ring. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and dark caramel. Baker's chocolate, a touch of licorice and the cinnamon really comes out as the beer sits, giving it a bit of a spicy touch. This is really well balanced and quite enticing.
TASTE: Roasted malts with cinnamon and light fruity flavors, like grapes and raspberries, doused in a flood of dark baker's chocolate. This must be a result of the added licorice. The fruity combination with the cinnamon makes the flavor quite different than the nose initially. A boozy, spicy and fruity finish with roasted flavors, cinnamon spice, touches of licorice and bitter dark chocolate lingers nicely on the palate. Quite different than the nose had suggested, but quite flavorful, well balanced and decadent. Really good.
PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes sticky on the palate. A touch of heat lingers.
OVERALL: This was excellent. The cinnamon and licorice in this one gives it a fruity, spicy element that really sets it apart from others in the style. The oatmeal helps too, making this a full and creamy stout for sure. While this one doesn't include chilies in the recipe, the cinnamon and roasted, chocolate flavors puts this one in the same realm as Hunahpu perhaps. A quality, quality beer that I'd gladly drink again. Thanks again for sharing Doopie!
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2014 15:51:51 | More by Jeffo
4.23/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours an oily black w/ a 1/2-finger reddish mocha head that quickly settles to a thin collar. Looks basically like motor oil.
Aroma is loads of cinnamon, nutmeg and roasted malt. Bitter, sweet, spicy and earthy all at the same time.
Taste follows nose. Tons of bright peppery cinnamon tempered by the deep dark roasty malt. Vanilla and nutmeg too. I can only imagine what this would taste like with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Good thing I've got another bottle.
Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, but not syrupy. Despite the lack of any real head there's plenty of carbonation here to keep it relatively light on the tongue.
Overall, here we have another home run from Fremont. 22oz might be a little too much of a good thing, but without a doubt it's a tasty brew.
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2013 03:58:58 | More by draheim
4.36/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured jet black with good carbonation presenting a nice mocha colored cap, decent head retention and some minute lacing accompanies
S: Big nutmeg, cinnamon and milk chocolate
T: The initial taste screams cinnamon stix, nutmeg and milk chocolate. The initial flavors sordove wear off but stay around..a nice milk chocolate, bourbon and booze sting comes in and says hello. The finish is a bit spicey, bourbon, cocoa
M: Full bodied, robust, a nice amount of heat and sweetness. Great flavors and good creamt mouthfeel
Serving type: bottle
09-12-2013 01:29:16 | More by barleywinefiend
The 1st Nail from Fremont Brewing Company
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