Brew 1000 - Bourbon Barrel Aged
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
Barleywine - English
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)
Wants
  195
Gots
  35
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
Reviews by masterofsparks:
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masterofsparks from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 13, 2016
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EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.93/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you soaked a fine Italian belt in caramel, toffee, bourbon, sherry, vanilla, coconut, maple syrup, and a soupcon of tobacco, then let it sit, under ideal conditions, for a very long time, before gently wringing out the belt into a glass, you might end up with something like this. The flavors here are deep, delicious, and seem to go on forever. It is also as smooth and lush as liquid velvet. A truly worthy monument to all that Fremont has done since their inception.

Sep 24, 2015
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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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Anaxagoris from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brown with some awesome ruby highlight, virtually no head, leaves some legs in the glass when swirled. Pretty damn good looking dark English style barleywine.
S: has some dark fruit in the nose (prunes, dried currant) nice warming alcohol in the nose. Has a slight sherry note.
T: taste follows nose nicely. Dark fruit, sherry like quality. Has a little caramel and bourbon. Lot of alcohol but not super harsh or hot. Just nice and warming. Great taste.
F: super chewy! Just coats the mouth and won't go away.
I: super solid BA barleywine. Will probably thin out with age and I recommend drinking fresh

Sep 23, 2015
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John_M from Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with excellent head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, the beer smells great. There's considerable bourbon in the aroma, but I also pick up milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee, brown sugar and maybe even some plum. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but the mouthfeel is amazing. It's very full of course, and there's not a sharp edge anywhere. The beer is very soft and creamy, and the alcohol blends in seamlessly into the flavor profile. You can tell this is a big beer, but the alcohol is exceptionally well integrated into the flavor profile. The finish in this beer is nearly endless.

Stunning. Easily one of the finest barleywine's I've ever sampled. Fremont brewing continues to knock it out of the park.

Oct 26, 2015
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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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Hawkfish from Washington

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

Sep 24, 2015
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twelveinches from Washington

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

Jan 17, 2016
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Fahmie25 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 28, 2015
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fehrminator from North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 14, 2016
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spycow from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 17, 2017
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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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snaotheus from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015-09-30
22oz purple-waxed/capped bottle served in a large snifter. Roughly a third of the beer left in the bottle (for my wife when she comes back from kids' bed time), so I should have little or no sediment. I think it's only a single batch, so I'll not worry about dates.

Pours black with a tiny ring of head that neither fades nor grows. Modest amount of very fine, very slow carbonation. I would not expect an English Barleywine to be so black, although I would be more open-minded for an American Barleywine. Putting a bright light behind it, I can see that it's really a very dark, cloudy brown. Smell is "Jesus, bourbon." Chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol.

Taste is surprisingly sweet and soft. Bourbon takes a step to the side, and it's super fruity sweetness instead. Alcohol bite keeps it from being cloying, however (although this is an EXTREMELY rich beer, and I would recommend sharing a bomber rather than consuming the whole thing). A little, tiny hint of tea that reminds me of Newcastle. I feel like I could keep on sipping this and detecting new stuff.

Mouthfeel is thin, slick, silky. Overall, very good beer.

Oct 01, 2015
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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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elliot23 from Maryland

4.96/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Exceptional at all stages! Wish I had another one to age for a few years.

Oct 07, 2015
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Bobbydigi from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 06, 2016
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.34/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

04/08/2016

Apr 09, 2016
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NWer from Washington

4.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What's not to like? A Deliciously sweet English Barleywine. I'm glad I tucked a few away in my cellar.

Sep 25, 2015
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Adamostella from Washington

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 29, 2016
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TheBronze from Washington

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

Jan 30, 2016
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facesnorth from Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Feb 08, 2016
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mattsmith413 from North Carolina

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

Jan 02, 2016
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liamt07 from Canada

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

Aug 27, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 30, 2016
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Impfan from Washington

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

This may be the most astounding barleywine I've ever tasted. A plethora of winy, red fruit skins, smooth bourbon, port/sherry, molasses, raisins, chocolate, prune, plum, clove, vanilla, pecan pralines, tobacco, toasted coconut and old leather. All these esters are rich, deep and very intense, while, simultaneously coating the palate in a gentle and refined way. The finish is nearly infinite, and while this is quite sweet, it never crosses over into the realm of cloying.

Fremont continues to astound my palate, particularly when it comes to their barrel aging program, and I think this masterpiece is its crowning achievement.

Oct 03, 2015
Brew 1000 - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 200 ratings