Brew 1000 - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
English Barleywine
ABV:
13.1%
Score:
99
Avg:
4.62 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
200
From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
99
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Notes: Fremont Brewing Company began as a dream in 2008. Years later, our dream has come true in each and every one of you, our craft beer family. And like every family, we have had our ups and downs but we keep coming back together knowing we are stronger together. In your hands is a special nod to you, a gift for now that will continue to give many years from now should you have the patience to wait...Brew 1000. This English-style barleywine uses floor-malted English barley, Noble hops and extended bourbon-barrel aging to bring you a complex and subtle craft beer flavor experience. We brewed this to celebrate brewing our 1000th brew and we look forward to sharing it with you, our craft beer family. It is said that 1000 represents the immortality of happiness and we hope this beer brings you immortal happiness, or at least one fun night...Because Beer Matters!

Down & Dirty: Mars Otter Pale and Carafa malts, White Wheat, with Magnum and Golding hops.
Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 200 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours light brown but black in the glass. Fuzzy cola head that fades fast
S: sweet bourbon, caramel
T: very sweet, great bourbon is the star. Underlying caramel notes.
F: ultra smooth, medium thickness.

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Photo of craftnewb
5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Noticed the thick viscosity of the beer when pouring into a snifter. Barely got any head despite am aggressive pour. Beer looks oily but taste amazing for a BA barleywine. The barrels def come out on every sip. Cheers, Freemont.

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craftnewb from Virginia, Apr 17, 2017
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fremont knocked it out of the park with this one!! I am not a gigantic barleywine fan, but this is absolutely killer. Thick and voluptuous, full bodied yet taut. Highly recommended.

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brians52 from Virginia, Apr 17, 2017
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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is almost a stout. Dark brown, almost black, Lots of chocolate and coffee, malt, whoppers, raisin, dates, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, great barrel character and bourbon, viscous mouth feel with strong carbonation. It's one of the best barley wines out there.

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danh53 from Florida, Mar 10, 2017
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an exceptional beer that I am very glad I tracked down… Had as part of a barley wine tasting session along side many other world-class barley wines and it was second only to Anabasis. Nice caramel notes here

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Mocha, onyx, and chestnut hues with a thin sandy head
S: Bourbon, figs, raisins, and vanilla on the nose
T: Liquefied oatmeal raisin cookies with a shot of Grade A maple syrup and some slight heat and depth from the barrel aging
F: Wonderfully thick and rich feel with a surprising amount of carb for a 1.5 year old beer
O: A decadent BA barleywine for sure. Personally, this was a bit sweeter to me than Aaron, Great, or King Henry, but to me that is a positive - this bordered on a dessert-like digestif. Rich, savory, and worthy of serious contemplation - easily up there with the best barleywines I've ever had.

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, Dec 28, 2016
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4.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better barleywines I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Once again Fremont exceeds my expectations. A huge abv is covered up by delicious sweetness, but be careful with this one, because you'll definitely be feeling it by the time you're done.

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Photo of Nuggetz
4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Murky dark brown appearance and a great brown sugar smooth bourbon aroma. Taste was so smooth with caramel bourbon-y chocolate swirl sundae topped with brown sugar candy. This was one world class barrel-aged barleywine.

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Nuggetz from Texas, Aug 19, 2016
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to get to try this from a very generous BA bro Gunch52 and this does not disappoint. Not a huge barleywine fan but this was next level.

Great brew

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Photo of Gunch52
4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely one of the best barleywines out there, behind Aaron and King Henry.

Great mouthful and a lot of carb for a barleywine. Pours darker than expected as well.

World class

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Gunch52 from Texas, Aug 19, 2016
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4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Certainly a Top 5 barleywine.

It does not quite measure up to Aaron or 2013 Bourbon Country Brand Barleywine, but the flavor and the mouthfeel are world class.

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rodmanfor3 from Vermont, Jul 01, 2016
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 650ml bottle

A - Dark brown, opaque, minimal layer of dark brown head with no lacing
S - Caramel, vanilla, figs, prunes, some leather, and bourbon
T - Follows the nose, vanilla, dark stone fruits, oak, caramel, toffee and a little bit of chocolate. Lingering booze in the finish but nothing overwhelming.
M - Thich, heavy, chewy, rich and delicious.
O - This may be the best beer I've ever had, it's certainly in my top 5. Absolutely incredible.

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Kellee from Washington, Jun 09, 2016
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a 650ml bottle.

A - Pours a deep brown with a thin layer of brown head

S - Bourbon, vanilla, fig, molasses

T - Caramel, molasses, raisin, bourbon, vanilla, and just a touch of heat at the end.

M - Full, thick, chewy, fantastic.

O - Easily the best English Barleywine I've ever had. Complex and rich sipper. This is making a run at the top 5 beers I've ever had.

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NJBrews609 from California, May 14, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Quite dark, great clarity, brown with deep garnet highlights. Pours with a syrupy viscosity. For a heavy beer, has a bit of carbonation that swirl back to life as you nurse the glass. Smell is abundant. Rarely do I pour a barleywine and have the nose leap out at me. But this brings tootsie rolls, burnt sugar / muscovado crystals, vanilla, maple, worn leather, hint of dates. Taste follows adding in some oak, hint of spice (clove? allspice?), but really driven by the leathery maple. Insanely smooth. Not a hint of burn. Mouthfeel is full but not sticky, with that hint of carbonation to keep it light enough to be scary drinkable.

World class - one of the great barleywines.

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Kurmaraja from California, Apr 25, 2016
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5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far the best barleywine I've ever had. Blows MOAS away. Incredibly smooth. No heat whatsoever. Flavor has loads of toffee and maple notes. May be best beer I've ever had!

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Kevinpitts from Illinois, Apr 23, 2016
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4.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from halo4one in a recent box. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
Malt: Maris Otter, Pale and carafe malts. White wheat.
Hops: Magnum and Goldings
Aged in Whisky barrels from Kentucky

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium looking, slightly foamy, light tan head with very good retention. A little foamier head but still very nice in color and retention. Clear bistre brown with a touch higher carbonation for the style. Head fades to a full cap. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Good looking dark barleywine.

SMELL: Lots of bourbon, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, coconut, and some light chocolate on the nose. Boozy, with dark fruit notes as well. Really nice.

TASTE: Oak, milk chocolate, dark fruits and bourbon up front. Very flavorful. Booze and candy sweetness at the swallow, moving into a bold and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee sweetness, dark fruits and milk chocolate notes. Some coconut and booze linger as well. Really flavorful and lots going on. Love this stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough and enough weight on the palate, goes down fine with no real scratch and finishes mouth-coating. Some heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is outstanding stuff. Love me some dark barleywines and this one ranks right up there with the best of them. Lovely nose and flavor profile on this one, with excellent balance and very well placed barrel character, and well managed alcohol as well. Loved this stuff, which isn’t surprising, as Fremont has been very impressive so far. Thanks again for this one halo4one. Very much enjoyed this.

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Mar 17, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Murky brown body. Smell is booze, brown sugar, lots of sweetness. Caramel. Bourbon. Some chocolate. Taste is exceedingly sweet. Brown sugar. Caramel. Bourbon. Excessively sweet. Heavy and boozy. This is good, but it's tough to drink.

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Photo of mothman
4.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark in color for the style.

Big bourbon and chocolate. Oaky and whiskey. Vanilla. Full bodied bwine. Everything works here. One of the best. I could drink a lot of this.

Thick and vicious makes this awesome!

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mothman from Minnesota, Jan 24, 2016
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4.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let's see, if I just repeated "OMG OMG OMG" about 50 times, that would qualify as a review, and it would pretty much sum up my reaction to this beer.

It's a beautifully smooth blending of flavors ... it's so well balanced that it almost does the Fremont brewers a disservice to single out one or two flavors. You can read others' summary of what they tasted, but to me, the whole is much more than the sum of the parts. This is a beer with a quiet intensity, like a very fine liqueur.

English Barleywines are one of my favorite styles, and this is the best I've had.

On tap at The Beer Junction.

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VashonGuy from Washington, Jan 10, 2016
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4.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance (4.5/5) — As noted before, Fremont doesn’t mess around with waxing bottles, I can assure you that the fight through their wax will be well worth it, it’s also one of the easier wax-jobs to remove and enjoy the contents of the bottle as well. Brew 1000 gets a cream colored, slightly antiquated looking label, and is topped off with a subtly understated purple wax cap. Okay that’s all good and well, but what about the inside of the bottle, what does this behold? A slow pour out of the bottle yields an incredibly dark brown body of beer, with a somewhat thin and sticky head thats color is reminiscent of the label. There are some thick and spotty spots of lace left around the inside of the glass, it looks somewhat syrupy, very rich looking, I might need a fork and knife here.

Aroma (4.25/5) — Oh well hello there Mr. Bourbon, Heaven Hill has a rather diverse portfolio of Bourbons ranging from the economical Evan Williams range, Rittenhouse Rye, Old Fitzgerald, Larceny Bourbon, Bernheim Wheat, and my favorite – Elijah Craig which has great notes of vanilla, cinnamon, brown sugar, and of course oak. Now, Fremont doesn’t explicitly state which Bourbon barrels were used, but I am going to guess that they used the sumptuous Parkers Heritage 13yr Wheat. Whatever they used it is delicious, and you can certainly understand that this spent 15 long months in the barrels. The aromas are dominated by sweet, delicious Bourbon. Some vanilla, caramel, cocoa powder, dark fruits, oak, leather, cinnamon, spice as well.

Taste (4.5/5) — This was certainly a sipper, and as it warmed up from about 50º to room temperature over the evening it really showcases a broad depth of flavors. Everything from Amontillado Sherry, to leathery and chewy oak notes, balanced with plenty of dark fruits, Bourbon soaked figs and dates, vanilla, coconut, freshly cured tobacco leaves like stepping into a tobacconists Havana flagship store. Each sip brings on new flavors, it sounds overwhelming but its not, there is a ridiculous balance that has been achieved here, this is fantastic.

Mouthfeel (3.75/5) — As expected, this is a huge beer, it is chewy, thick, resinous, heavy, dark, bold, and borderline cloying. If this was a couple notches sweeter it would be borderline undrinkable. I love heavy beers, but this one is certainly up there against the threshold. Somehow none of that really detracts from the beer. All that said, I wouldn’t advise any one person to consume this solo in one sitting. Share this amongst family or friends, or ration the thing out over the week.

Overall (4.25/5) — An exceptional beer to mark a landmark. Keep up the good work Fremont, and please send me a case or two of Coffee KDS, please?

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Moose90 from Washington, Jan 10, 2016
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4.85/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is easily one of the top 5 English barleywines I have ever had. Nice thick brown pour with minimal head. Smells of booze and figs and chocolate. Nice balance of tastes with waves of tastes rolling off the tongue and palate. Nice smooth viscous mouthfeel. Bravo Fremont!!

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lupercmda from North Carolina, Dec 23, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a bigger, smoother BBomb in all the best ways. Dark coloring. The nose was a roasty, heartiness with a lot of bourbon heat. The taste was not hot, instead was a more intense but not overpowering barleywine with great barrel notes. The feel was heart warming and smooth, a very difficult combination to make. Overall, a very great beer.

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mrn1ceguy from Illinois, Dec 22, 2015
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4.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

WOW. Amazing marshmallow, toffee, syrupy goodness. This is probably the second best BA barley wine I've had, second only to Aaron. Probably on par with Aaron.

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souredonbeer from Washington, Dec 21, 2015
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4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is a melange of prunes, raisins for days, vanilla, caramel, sticky toffee, oak, bourbon.

The beer follows with an initial attack of fudgey dark fruits, raisins, sweet figs, and prunes. Onto vanilla, cocoa, Worthers Toffee, a hint of Coca Cola sweetness. The beer is soft and chewy and hides its 13.1% wonderfully. Reminders of a well aged Bourbon County Barleywine come to mind without that beers intense sweetness. King Henry has a new contender.

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dar482 from New York, Dec 20, 2015
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4.7/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Look: Watery dark brown body. The body looks like a quad, not as ugly as Rochefort 10, but not very good looking. The head is light brown, broken, and unimpressive. No play on the sides of the glass, with hardly any lacing. Legging is minimal.
Smell: Grand caramel. Big vanilla. Overripe figs and some gooey, sticky prunes. Alcohol is apparent in the smell, but it is sitting in back of everything else smiling.
Taste: Oh my, everything listed above. Very mild fruit and mild bourbon. Clean start, and clean finish. So smooth and basic. Complex, but not. Everything blends well serenely. Serene and tranquil. Easy drinking. Medium finish. The best English Barley Wine I have had.
Feel: Calm and soft. Smooth and accommodating.

Overall - How'd they do that? Let it warm. I am glad I had this on tap, and I am glad I have a couple of bottles in storage.

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mabermud from Washington, Dec 11, 2015
Brew 1000 - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 200 ratings