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): 13.20%

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. The Rusty Nail pounds your palate, challenges your perception of all that you’ve known of beer, and leaves you wanting … another sip. “A fine beer may be judged by one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” – VWP.
Age this beer, please! But try one now … go on.

Down & Dirty: Pale, Vienna, and Smoked malts, Midnight Wheat with Flaked Oats and Magnum and Yakima Goldings hops.

50 IBU

Added by fsck on 03-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
267
Reviews:
51
Avg:
4.66
pDev:
6.22%
 
 
Wants:
186
Gots:
63
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mshea805
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Not a fan of licorice and really hate smoked malt so I was always scared to try this beer, it is however neither smoky or heavy on licorice flavor. Nothing remarkable on the nose but perfect thick chewy body. The cinnamon is present and delicious but never overpowering. Big chocolate and oak with the licorice adding a subtle spice element and warm cinnamon lingering on the finish. Overall another masterpiece from Fremont, I expected clashing flavors from the ingredients but it all comes together beautifully.

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Photo of LumpkinBrews
4.98/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BNarc
4.56/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of notchucknorris
4.29/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of littlebeer
4.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ha-sheem
4.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mig100
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.38/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ferocious
4.28/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.83/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of edthehead
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark dark brown with milky brown bubbly sticky head that loiters around and pleases with a perfectly balanced bourbon cinnamon licorice nose and taste through the final sip. Major full mouthfeel as well. This is a must try. Thanks Mike for the trade!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.94/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a thick looking dark black, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty incredible, like chocolate fudge covered in cinnamon vanilla icing, some light smoke, swet licorice, and espresso.

As always, Fremont just knocks it out of the park here. It's incredibly complex, with a thick deep cinnamon character here, it's almost reminds of cinnamon icing on a cinnamon bun, or something like that. There's also blackstrap molasses and brown sugar, light smoke, very light sweet licorice (thank god- overwhelming licorice could have ruined this), caramelly bourbon, and vanilla-heavy oak, toasty and warm and delicious. This is unbelievably delicious, really.

This is pretty thick, but not incredibly so, with a good level of carbonation, and a high level of drinkablity despite the ABV.

This one of the best stouts I've ever had- just amazing stuff, really.

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Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spycow
4.42/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.65/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of thatsarealplane
4.79/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NickThePyro
5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of McBAINx
4.73/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dshansen1184
4.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up my 2017 bottle today, so decided to see how this tastes after a year of cellaring (per advice on BA). Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque in the glass, with a one finger dark brown head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, dates and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor is semi-sweet dark toasted malt, licorice, bourbon, dark dried fruit and a little toffee and cinnamon. Finishes with bourbon infused chocolate and dark malt. Nice lingering aftertaste of licorice, chocolate and bourbon. Medium to heavy bodied with great creamy mouth feel. A fine bourbon barreled imperial stout. Looks, smells and tastes great and the thick body shows off the oatmeal stout base well. Lives up to its high reputation. Nicely balanced with only the bourbon seeming to push forward a bit, but still well supported by the heavy malt body. Really nice.

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Photo of draheim
4.59/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes.

22oz (2016) into a tulip. Pours a deep rich mahogany brown w/ a soft rich layer of dense foam that settles to a narrow collar. Inviting.

Aroma is big dark dried fruits - figs and dates - layered over caramel malt, brown sugar, pipe tobacco, leather. Chocolate and spice, molasses.

Taste follows nose. Sticky sweet, decadent. Caramel, toffee, more chocolate and tobacco. Sweet dried stone fruits. English barleywine-esque crossed with an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel is slick and heavy. Coats the palate and lingers like dessert.

Overall a big rich complex delicious beer. Outstanding and just about the effort (standing in line for more than an hour) to get one.

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Photo of jtk21351
4.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oakhtar
4.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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The Rusty Nail from Fremont Brewing Company
4.66 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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