The Rusty Nail | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Rusty Nail begins life as The First Nail, an oatmeal stout of epic proportions with brewer’s licorice, smoked barley, and pale malt and is then aged on cinnamon bark. She becomes The Rusty Nail after spending 15 months in 12-year old bourbon barrels.

Added by fsck on 03-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#97
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
474
pDev:
6.35%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
212
Gots:
90
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of matthewsween
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2017 vintage.

Look: Half a finger brown head, black body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Bourbon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cherries, mild cinnamon, mild oak.

Feel: Full body, mild carbonation. Mildly sweet upfront, balanced finish. Mildly warming alcohol presence.

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Photo of 7irondave
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BSecaida
3.64/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rickrem
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft in So Cal.

Very dark brewed coffee color with thin brownish head and no Lacing.

Damp oak wood, chocolate and black licorice on the nose.

Chocolate is dominant here. The black licorice is fairly tame and hints of bourbon and oak fill in.

Give me a fireplace and a cold winter night although it's August here.
Nice sipper with a medium viscosity and slightly slight carbonation.

Great barrel aged stout. Throw in a luxardo cherry, a dash of Peychoud bitters, a twist of orange over ice and you've got an awesome cocktail.

Cheets

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Photo of jcflorian
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ptykozoon
3.63/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty damn dark. No head but a bit of a ring.

Tar, dark syrup, raisin, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso. Menacing.

The Rusty Nail is a good name for this. Very dark chocolate with roasty bitter burnt flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and coating. A bit hot - this tastes ~15%.

It's not very complex and there's nothing that really balances the abrasion but it serves it's purpose.

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Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.99/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018. Red wax sealed. 14.5% abv. Pours thick, oily and dark brown. Wonderful aroma of cinnamon, vanilla and bourbon. Amazing flavors of licorice, oaked wood, dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. Smooth and soft feel. May be one of the best aged stouts I've ever indulged upon!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of motoxrdr21
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tywhite
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DraftDaddy
4/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rizzy17
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidR_9
4.47/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 release.

Pours thick black, tan khaki head, great lacing and legs, slightly stains the glass.

Nose is big deep dark bourbon and oak notes, licorice covered in cinnamon, vanilla, and dark chocolate, really light touch of smoke too.

Taste is ridiculously balanced with the Smoked barley and oatmeal roastiness upfront, brewer’s licorice takes over with the rest of the notes on the nose blanketing over - oak, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, sweetness, then more licorice with a strong and smooth finish of deep, sweet bourbon.

Mouthfeel is super full and coating, high chewiness, and silky.

I’m really enjoying this masterfully crafted BA oatmeal stout despite my usual distate for licorice. When it’s done like this, anyone can enjoy it.

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Photo of TylerJ
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of 505beergeek
4.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of rarigney
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2018 release. Appearance is very dark brown with a generous dark brown, fairly persistent head, that recedes to a stable thin ring, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma is a mix of cinnamon, bourbon, licorice, and oak. Taste is absolutely delicious. It’s slightly sweet, with an immediate cinnamon presence, without being overpowering. Vanilla, licorice, and bourbon are also present and each compliments the others perfectly. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and silky smooth without the alcohol heat one might expect from 14.5%

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Photo of n2185
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EJJ1848
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of billydrinksbeer
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sobeleg
4.37/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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The Rusty Nail from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.57 out of 5 with 474 ratings