Brew 1000 - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Fremont Brewing Company

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Barleywine - English
4.62 | pDev: 6.93%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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.
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kemoarps from Washington

4.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So, obviously this one has been sitting for a bit. Just over 7 years, to be precise. But a beer like this should be able to hold up to some age. I'll keep said time spent in mind however while reviewing. This is my 1000th review, and I've been looking forward to being able to line this up for a while!

Jet black body with a little fuzzy swell of off tan head. Settles into a ring around the glass with moderate lacing too.

Nose is layered and so inviting. Underlying currents of leather and tobacco and cherry. Stewed/dried plums sit atop that and there's an interesting finish that almost reminds me of tarragon.

Still very sweet even with 7 years of mellowing under its belt. There's elements of like burnt caramel and riesen candies, but it's also more of a fruit sweetness... bringing it back to the plums of the nose, but in more of a dried/candied approach. There's some chocolate and coffee as well.

Slick mouthfeel with decent carbonation still. Lingering finish that is rich, and comes back to the riesen and plum from before. 13.1% on bottling, and I could easily be convinced it was 5 points less than that... until I go to stand up, ha.

Mar 11, 2021
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.83/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Celebrating my 5,000th beer rated on BA with Fremont's barleywine celebrating their 1,000 brew. I've been saving this for a special occasion. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of caramel and light biscuit malt, dates, raisins, dried plums, bourbon and a bit of booziness. Flavor is dry caramel and light biscuit malt, dates, figs, dried plums, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon. Lingering dark dried fruit and bourbon. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess, fine mouth feel. Wow, exceeds my high expectations. In four years of cellaring, this has become extremely integrated with perhaps the bourbon being the one stand out character. The fruit and malt flavors have melded and mellowed into a smooth, delicious whole. The malt is mostly the dark fruit style of English barleywines, but also has a good contribution of deep biscuit malt. It also appears to be capable of very long cellaring. There is no oxidation and little indication of age except for smoothness.Really a fine barleywine and one of the best I've had. World class. Glad I chose this one for tonight.

Feb 23, 2021
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aleigator from Germany

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

Pours almost black in color with dark brown to ember red hints, which manage to shine through.

Smells of tobacco, burned oak, campfire, boozy pralinés and spicy molasses. Has a caramel sweetness to it on the nose, together with a lighter nuttiness and heated butter.

Drinks utmost smooth and soft with a well put booziness, which gets playfully balanced by a copious amount of whipped cream. The full body of the beer shines in this throughout, gently enriched by a lighter, late effervescence.

Brings some heavy, caramel sweetened fire smoke to the palate, as well as spicy, warming Bourbon with a fantastic matured oak quality to it. Turns a little sweeter then and smoother as well, with some rock sugar and matured hops among oily molasses and hints of char. Finishes heavier on the barrel with a well pronounced heat, soothing cream and glazed caramel, together with a long lasting, throat warming alcohol glow, accompanied by a solid dryness.

This might be the best barley wine I‘ve had so far. There is no sign of the beer‘s age noteable but instead a fantastic barrel presence, paired with a world class mouthfeel and a very well nuanced, roasty and complex beer.

Jan 30, 2021
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

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.

May 22, 2017
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craftnewb from Virginia

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.

Apr 17, 2017
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brians52 from Virginia

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.

Apr 17, 2017
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danh53 from Florida

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.

Mar 10, 2017
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

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

Mar 03, 2017
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

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.

Dec 28, 2016
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

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.

Nov 21, 2016
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Nuggetz from Texas

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.

Aug 19, 2016
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Nick_Webber-Agnew from Oklahoma

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

Aug 19, 2016
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Gunch52 from Texas

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

Aug 19, 2016
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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.

Jul 01, 2016
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Kellee from Washington

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.

Jun 09, 2016
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NJBrews609 from California

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.

May 14, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

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.

Apr 25, 2016
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

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!

Apr 23, 2016
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Jeffo from Netherlands

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.

Mar 17, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Mar 08, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

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!

Jan 24, 2016
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VashonGuy from Washington

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.

Jan 10, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

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?

Jan 10, 2016
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

4.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 1, 2016: 4.14

Dec 31 2020/Jan 1 2021: 4.44

Must be my evolving tastes as I don't normally enjoy barleywines of any kind. Just too thick or syrupy/sweet for my liking. This, now 5 or so years on, and my last one, this really was quite tasty. The syrup feel and overly sweet taste of normal barleywines and my earlier tasting of this smoothed out and eased up a bit. Has aged wonderfully really. Can really appreciate this type of beer this time around. Wish I had the most recent Brew X000 this year but this is a hell of a way to end such a year as 2020.

Jan 01, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

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!!

Dec 23, 2015
Brew 1000 - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 203 ratings