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The 1st Nail - Fremont Brewing Company

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

We are a family-owned microbrewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Located in the historic Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, we taught the horseshoe crab to swim and the Pine Box boys to explode stereotypes with their minds! A year ago the Pine Box redefined the Capital Hill beer scene and in a fit of bad judgement, they asked us to brew their 1st Anniversary beer. Honored, we created this Imperial Oatmeal Stout with depth and secrets not to be revealed until several years have passed. Pale barely, smoked barley, brewer's licorice, cinnamon bark, oh my my. Enjoy this tribute to determination, vision and hard work of a couple beer-obsessed gentlemen and their legendary gathering place.

(Beer added by: Adamostella on 04-03-2013)
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A really nice looking stout - full creamy mocha head with nice retention. The cinnamon is pretty potent - unlike any other beer I can think of. Dark chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, some light heat. Everything seems to work but I never want to drink more than 6oz of this at a time again - tastes like a christmas cookie.

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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.

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