The Rusty Nail | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American 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:
89
Ratings:
529
pDev:
6.36%
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
96
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 529 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of RNbeerfan
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Juggerr
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dadthew
4.83/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bl00
4.01/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black with half in tan head. Huge cinnamon nose, powdered sugar. Slight licorice. Taste follows the nose, sweet, cinnamon, licorice. Nutty and coffee notes at the end. Cherry once it warms. Bitter finish, somewhat dry at first though sweeter as it warms. Thick creamy mouthfeel. I'm having trouble getting over a note on the nose that reminds me of baby powder. This really holds the beer back for me. A solid brew nonetheless.

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Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.59/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Half glass share, 2018 from the bottle.

Pours viscous, crude oil black with a thin and creamy dark tan foam. Surprisingly it stays well.

Amazing aromas once the booze disippates. Cinnamon and licorice with noticeable over a deeply toasted bread and brown sugar.

Flavor is even better. The cinnamon and licorice once again noticeable but much more mild than expected. Complimenting rather than overpowering. Sweet booze and wood along with a deep roasty bitterness. Exceptional.

Thick full feel with a soft creamy carbonation. Again, very roasty with a solid balancing bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable but very well controlled.

Absolutely one of the best tasting barrel aged stouts I've had. Perfect integration of adjuncts that enhance the flavor.

Looking forward to finding this again next year, for a longer and more detailed review. Cheers.

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4.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Share with Lingenbrau:
Need more for proper review, but a damn near perfect combination of the beer, barrel, and ingredients (licorice/cinnamon).

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Photo of mklisz
4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.46/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an epic treat. Not indulgent, rather epic. The melange of tastes and aromas combined with the singularity of mouthfeel that only Fremont can coax out of a stout is unreal.

I say it’s not indulgent or decadent because this isn’t a pastry stout - it’s a fucking beer. Malty, smoky and an appropriate almost hidden bitterness combined with never-cloying sweetness, earthiness and slickness. All with an underlying savory aspect complimented by warming alcohol.

Coffee, anise, oak and port wine. Luscious mouthfeel.

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Photo of illtexzona
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sprowt20
4.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and rich, almost like drinking a port. Dark in color, very thick in mouthfeel and a highly boozy flavor. Delicious dessert beer to be shared among friends.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sohearn
4.64/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.29/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2018 version on draft: aroma isn't much but it goes down so smooth and pleasantly sweet. Very good already. Can't wait to see how it ages and maybe grows that aroma little bit.

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Photo of ajmarohn
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lare453
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momma_Knapp
4.87/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dee282
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cinnamon bomb

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Photo of JLK7299
5/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2018-11-01
22oz bottle served in a tulip. 2018 release. Given to me by a friend at work.

Pours black, initially with a small head but it fades quickly to a small ring. Small amount of fine carbonation. Smell is rich, sweet, coffee, anise, booze, bourbon of course.

Taste is the same collection of flavors, but altered in balance, and with cinnamon added. Cinnamon seems to mute the anise and bourbon a little bit, which brings out coffee a little more. Sweetness is still very much prevalent.

Mouthfeel is very thick, very sticky. Overall, it's a good beer.

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.88/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of lsthwy
4.25/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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The Rusty Nail from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.56 out of 5 with 529 ratings