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Bourbon Barrel Aged Abominable: Coffee And CinnamonBourbon Barrel Aged Abominable: Coffee And Cinnamon
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Port_Seat on 12-13-2014

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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
4.37/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark and sudsy in the tall Timmermans goblet. The foam is really a brown color. Delirious aroma of Yukon Jack with Mexican chocolate. Boozy and alcoholic nose. Smooth and silky on the tongue.

My wife says it tastes like the four "Cs"— chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, and coconut. Wow, so spicy. The barrel flavors are really rich. Lots of sugar, again like the Mexican chocolate. I like that this is not the usual flavored imperial stout— this seems to have more complexity and less sugar than the RIS varieties.

The cinnamon gets a little close to cloying, but this is just so strong and so full of interesting flavors. A tremendous and deeply flavored brew to sip. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Railroad Market in Burlington.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Right off the bat we get a beautiful black body. The medium brown head starts off decently large before settling into a much finer dusting across the top.

As soon as you start pouring, that bourbon soaked goodness escapes and wends its way through your nostrils. Sweet and roasted dark notes step forth as well, and the coffee bitter is present as well. Though I didn't pick it up initially, I do definitely catch a faint whiff of hot sweet cinnamon at times as well. Pretty damn excited for this guy.

...And it does not disappoint. Starts out with a round sweet note. Alcohol is present from the git go. Bourbon soaked cocoa nibs and coconut. The coconut is actually pretty prevalent and surprises me a little bit for some reason. It's good though. Roasty and the coconut meets some chocolate and some coffee (but not that super-acrid mechanics-lobby coffee that seems to be de rigeur in brewing [to add bitterness. I get it, and for the most part love it], this is definitely a softer and more fully realized coffee: like that expensive-ass hand roasted stuff that talks about 'notes of hazelnut and blackberry, blah blah blah [yes I get the irony of teasing coffee *ahem* advocates]) and molasses. Vanilla. Lots of things that are mainly all pretty great. I love baking (I may have mentioned this before), and while this doesn't have the full on bakers-delight I've seen in other brews, there's enough subtle nods in that direction to evoke the imagery. The cinnamon contributes to this. as does the molasses. Though that descriptor makes it sound like they dominate. This brew is just an incredibly complex, amazingly delicious and impressively balanced concoction. .
The pour made this appear thick as thick does, but, while not thin by any means, it tends towards the medium side of medium rare, if you catch my drift. Goes the route of the tiny bubbly carbonation, and it helps deflect from the booziness a bit. This isn't a fireball-type, but I'm not exactly surprised to look at the label and see the numbering: 11%.
Bottom line: This is a fantastic beer. One I'm proud to know comes from my city. I haven't had the base B-Bomb in a hot minute, so I can't really offer meaningful insights to compare and contrast it to the cinnamon/coffee variation (no, I'm not cracking into the bottles I've got stored away for a beautiful rainy day some years from now just for comparisons sake. At least not today!). If you've ever got the opportunity to drink this (or any of the variants, or the base bomb, or even the base Abominable, really for that matter) do it. Do not think twice. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200 (wait, no, if you have the opportunity to snag a couple hundo on the way to drinking this, definitely do that. And then use it to buy more of this!).

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Photo of kevanb
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

650ml bottle poured into a Fremont Brewing snifter glass.


The beer pours a nearly jet black color, cola brown edges, light beige head about a finger or two high, moderate retention yielding a few spots of soapy lace. The aroma is lovely, plenty of barrel, bourbon, oak, toffee, leather, lightly roasted coffee, sweet and zesty cinnamon, stone fruits with chocolate that lingers well, super complex and delicate, so inviting and intriguing. The flavors are wonderful, huge cinnamon burst leads the way, mild coffee, light roast and charred profile with some fruit that plays well with the stone fruit character, loads of chocolate, chewy oak barrel, smooth bourbon and toffee, leather, tobacco, spice, heavy grain at the finish. The balance is superb and the complexity is fantastic but what I really appreciate is how much of the base beer I can still pick up, the adjuncts really shine, but don't define this. The mouthfeel is nice, lively body, smooth texture, coats the mouth well, more carbonation than I expected that finishes easily with a lightly warming sensation.

Verdict: A really spectacular beer from Fremont, so explosive and flavorful. The cinnamon really does the trick here, but the coffee isn't to be forgotten, it might not be as prolific on the tongue, but it helps to bind the beer together really well. This was truly a masterful beer one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying, cheers Fremont.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass; could be a stout from the appearance. Fine half finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, cinnamon and coffee, mouth watering. Flavor follows, a nicely integrated combination of dark malt, molasses, oaky vanilla, bourbon and black coffee. Finishes with spicy vanilla coffee infused sweet dark malt. Medium to heavy bodied with creamy mouth feel. I'm impressed by the balance in this ale. The bourbon is forward, but not overpowering, and the coffee, spices and oak infuences are also nicely balanced. Surprisingly clear vanilla notes that might have been too strong, except they meld with the bourbon very nicely. I really loved the regular barrel aged abominable and the coffee adds nice, interesting new flavor notes.

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

This was, quite simply, the best beer I've ever had. The base beer, B-Bomb, is truly outstanding on its own, because it combines some of the best notes and qualities of a stout with those of a barley-wine, and then complements them with excellent barrel character. The coffee and cinnamon in this variant, so expertly proportioned and integrated, deepen and amplify all these gustatory virtues. They are probably the perfect adjuncts for enhancing the base, unless Fremont decides to add some maple syrup to the equation one day. One can hope, anyway...

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Photo of brentk56
4.51/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours fudge brown, with a modest mocha head that fades quickly to a ringlet; quite a few dots and dashes of lace

Smell: The coffee and cinnamon both come through in the aroma, with Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate and leather; German chocolate cake and Samoas come to mind

Taste: Cinnamon, caramel, vanilla and Bourbon with brown sugar and coconut tones developing; in the middle, the milk chocolate and coffee start to add depth, with leather and oak tones adding complexity; some booziness in the finish and the cinnamon adds some heat to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: I don't often get to taste Fremont beers so I was excited to give this a try; while I found the 2013 version of the base beer a bit too boozy and sweet (though I had it in Feb 2014 so perhaps it didn't have time to coalesce), this is incredible, with the Bourbon adding just the right amount of flavor; the cinnamon and coffee add a lot, as well; (thanks to BA draheim for the Samoas reference - that's my favorite Girl Scout cookie and I get those flavors in this beer)

Thanks, mabermud, for the opportunity

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is one of the best, and most interesting stouts i have ever had. so much bourbon in this, but its different, not the least bit sweet, mature and highly refined. in the glass it looks incredible. big milkshake head on it, dark dark brown color, tons of viscosity, intimidating and luxurious. the nose is awesome too, i get the coffee and the cinnamon both in equal parts right away. not spicy on the cinnamon, more mellow, very appropriately dosed it seems. there is a nice rich roast to the malt, clearly a combination of roasted barley, chocolate malt, and something in the mid crystal range. the flavor is every bit as good as the nose. cinnamon right up front, but again, not hot, and unlike all the beers that add ancho chili or something like that to these, this one doesnt need it, doesnt miss it, and is better off without it. there is a dark chocolate layer to segue into the coffee side of things. the coffee is great, not bitter at all, and really earthy, bringing the sweetness of the bourbon way way down. there is a brown sugar note in there too, and the wood, which is rustic and intense, so different than any other barrel aged stout ive come across, maybe better than all of them. the cinnamon has a little texture to it, helps it stay dry too, very cool. the finish is a combination of all the flavors, the bourbon and vanilla, the cinnamon, the base beer (which owns by the way) and the coffee, which i think lingers the longest. rich and lathery on the feel, smooth as velvet, and palate coating in an amazing way thats not sweet at all. just so incredible, fremont has me hooked with this one, really one of the best beers i have ever consumed.

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

Smells like bourbon soaked french toast. Bourbon and cinnamon pair up to make this taste like heaven. Every sip made me smile. Buy this beer if you ever see it. Worth every penny.

:Edit:: 2nd bottle, picked up more on the coffee, which makes it even better!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice dark brown coloring with a thin finger semi-white to off-white head. Once it dissipated, a fairly nice looking lacing appeared gracefully sticky and slight. The aroma had a sweet to nicely spiced smell. It intertwined nicely weaving through the cinnamon and bourbon barrel and giving off a semi-smooth woodiness I could only hope for more again some day. The taste was spectacular! Holy wow through the sweet light chocolate and emaculate cocoa flavoring gracefully intertwining in a sticky fashion over my taste buds. A sweet sticky aftertaste leads to a fine semi-dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body leaning to a fairly good sipping quality about it. Sticky yet smooth spice rolls over my tongue. Overall, this is an exceptional brew.

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

Poured into a snifter. 2015 vintage.

4.25 A: Murky black color. About one finger of creamy beige head forms and lasts a brief while before falling back into a short ring. About as good as it gets for a beer this big.

4.5 S: Great nose on this! Great interplay between the barrel, coffee, and cinnamon. The coffee in particular comes off as rich and creamy, like a well frothed cappuccino. Lots of oak, vanilla, leathery bourbon. The base is strong with caramel and milk chocolate. Supple roastiness, toffee, with fruits a plenty - plum and fig dominate with currants and raisins.

4.5 T: Again this is great. I drank half the bottle before I re-realized that this is 14%. It seems impossible that such a number is correct. The booze isn't found in the nose or the taste. The coffee and barrel lead the flavors. The cinnamon is much harder to find. Leather, oak, and tons of vanilla. Light roast with layers of caramel, hints of toffee and molasses. Fruits per above. Chocolate to round things off.

5.0 M: This is where this already great beer hits the next level. It's silky smooth and velvety as if it were on nitro. Perfect creamy carbonation. Heavier medium body. Again, the booze doesn't even register. It doesn't even warm on finish.

4.5 D: Damn good beer. Great nose, taste, and a killer mouthfeel. Can't wait to get into the other Fremont beer I just got.

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

2016 Edition
Aroma: Rich aroma of coffee and vanilla. The bourbon really comes through. Roasted chocolate and biscuit from the malts. Just a hint of alcohol.Earthy hops.

Appearance: Beer pours midnight brown with head the color of coffee and milk. Delicate bubbles form the modest head, which subsides relatively quickly.

Taste: Dark chocolate and burnt coconut on the front. Chocolate, black, and biscuit malts.Clean fermentation with no DMS or fusel alcohols and small amounts of diacytel and esters.Enough sweetness to balance the alcohol without being cloying.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy mouthfeel with alcoholic warmth. Tingly sensation in the aftertaste from the cinnamon.

Overall impression: Delightful, well-balanced beer and eminently drinkable. Rich chocolate and coffee with just a hint of cinnamon to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.42/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold Wax bomber

This thing is a damn near perfect balance of spice, coffee, bourbon, cinnamon, and malt. I love the amount of balance taking place. From the nose to the palate, everything just seems to blend so well. Adjuncts can be tricky to work with and overpowering at times, but Fremont makes it look flawless here. The body comes off as a little thin at times, but I have to remind myself that this isn't an imperial stout. Goes down so easy. Masterfully done. Probably should have tried the reg B-Bomb first, but I just couldn't wait on this one. Looking forward to more Fremont.

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Photo of draheim
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a rich brown mahogany w/ a thick deep khaki head.

Aroma is big chocolate, coffee and spice. Earthy, nutty, roasty. Caramel, bourbon, rich pipe tobacco, leather.

Taste follows nose. Rich and complex. Chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, dark fruit, bourbon. A hint of toasted coconut, like those Samoas cookies. Both sweet and bitter, even savory. Tons of complexity here, while staying perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth. Not at all thick or chewy, just right. Really outstanding.

Overall just really a great beer in every way. One of my favorite Fremont beers ever, and perhaps also one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really loved this beer, super impressive, but then i am a huge sucker for cinnamon/ coffee stouts. Perfect amount of sweetness in this beer, no booze at all, and the cinnamon doesn't overwhelm the rest of the Awesome malt flavors going on. Super impressive beer.

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Photo of Houser
4.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

looks like a stout with ho dark it is, with a thick khaki head. smells of spice, cinnamon, coffee, vanilla, bourbon. very interesting. taste follows, with the cinnamon taking center stage with the others taking a supporting role. tastes amazing, and carbonation is a slighty too much, but i dont care. this beer is awesome.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.55/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 22oz waxed bomber into my Fremont globe. This is the 2014 edition.

Appearance: totally black with a finger of rich light-brown foam atop. Quite amazing.

Smell: richly malty aroma with a big dose of coffee which is still very balanced; the cinnamon floats along on top and adds a layer of complexity which is surprising and welcome. I would think the coffee and cinnamon would fight each other, but no -- the confluence is amazing.

Taste: coffee right up front, which is just a little surprising. This slowly gives way to rich strong-ale maltiness, followed by a little sweet booziness and just a dash of cinnamon that is, again, entirely bizarre but welcome. A-frickin'-mazing.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good carbonation. It's not exactly creamy, because the bubbles are so small that a very silky smoothness is engendered instead. Wonderful.

Overall: I believe this beer deserves all the accolades it gets. It is a little bourboney/boozy, but this is balanced by the amazingly deft yet unsubtle hand of the coffee and cinnamon. Yumyumyum.

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

It's hard to improve on perfection and while the variant was perceptible, the weight and strength of the BBA Abominable are both great enough to hide some of the details. I consider this equal and of the same as the original - which means delicious as hell!

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Photo of jag21
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very tasty, strong cinnamon but well balanced flavors, good barrel influences

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Photo of Jeffo
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doops brought out a regular and an adjunct Abominable for beer night this week. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Vintage: 2014
Pale, chocolate, roasted, carafa, munich and dark crystal malts
Columbus, willamet and EKG hops

APPEARANCE: A dark pour yields a small, one finger, tan head with decent retention. Fades quickly to a full foam cap. Bistre brown body and no carbonation evident. A swirly wisp and ring remain leaving some falling dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking and rather dark for the style.

SMELL: Lots of adjuncts here. Piles of cinnamon, coffee, sweet cream, and some barrel notes of bourbon, vanilla, sweet milk chocolate and a bit of roasted notes. Really aromatic and nice stuff.

TASTE: Cinnamon, coffee and bourbon up front. Lots of flavor, and the adjuncts don't completely overpower the barrel aged base beer. Big finish of barrel, vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon, bitter coffee and some oak and roasted flavors. Great stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a scratch and finishes mouth-coating. Some good heat and spice lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Fremont never ceases to impress and this one is certainly impressive to say the least. The base 2014 was great while the addition of a few well-chosen adjuncts just adds another layer of fun. Quality stuff and I'd be thrilled to drink any of the Bourbon Abominable variants at any time. Thanks again for sharing Doops. This was awesome.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. I sat on a 2014 too long and decided to pop it today. Surprisingly there was still tons of cinnamon and a good coffee presence as well. The cinnamon was almost to much but overall this was still an incredible beer Perfect creamy thick mouthfeel and nice carbonation.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is a winter warmer version of Prop 2014. Just a cinnamon bomb. The base beer is perfectly highlighted by the barrel. Flavors are balanced. Not overly sweet. The mouthfeel is perfect for a big winter warmer bordering on english barleywine. The cinnamon really shines and toes the line of spicy. Hints of coffee accentuate the base beer and highlight the brightness in the cinnamon. Really complex and really outstanding.

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Photo of barczar
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is cocoa with roast malt. Don't detect much cinnamon.

Big cinnamon with a larger sip. Nice, sweet chocolatey notes. The coffee was fairly lost on me, but it was not the first beer of the night.

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Photo of Meow49
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was a bit skeptical of the combination of bourbon, coffee and cinnamon , but this beer exhibited a beautiful, harmonious and seamless melding of those three components. The body is just perfect, creamy and full, without being the least bit heavy. The flavor is very big and, paradoxically aggressive, and yet, smooth. The finish is extremely long and satisfying, and the drinkability is surprisingly high, despite the huge flavor. Overall, this was an absolute delight, and was the perfect complement to the season.

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Photo of gandres
4.74/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From 22 ounce bottle to wine glass
Appearance: Dark -black brownish on the edges if held against the light
Aroma: Smell of coffee and sweetness like caramel.
Taste: Excellent, smooth, not a lot of bitterness
Mouth fell: smooth buttery
Overall: Excellent beer, but a bit expensive even from Costco at 13.99

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Photo of woosterbill
4.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A: Black body under a solid cap of tan froth. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad.

S: Lovely. Dark chocolate, coffee, cinnamon, caramel, maple, bourbon, vanilla, raisin...I could go on and on. Rich, decadent, complex, and endlessly enticing.

T: Even better than the nose, which I didn't think was possible. The interplay of sweetness, spice, and richness is unparalleled. Vanilla and cinnamon are just enormous, but with enough coffee and bourbon to keep things from being overly sweet. The finish is candied whiskey perfection, and lasts seemingly forever. This is one of the most singularly delicious beers I've ever had.

M: Not quite as luxuriously full-bodied as the flavor deserves, but a solid and well-carbonated mouthfeel all the same.

O: Wow.

Cheers!

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