Ancient One B-Bomb | Fremont Brewing Company

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4.47/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ancient One B-Bomb is a blend of 18 and 30-month B-Bomb aged in 12 and 35-year old bourbon barrels. When we happened upon these rare, 35-year old bourbon barrels, we knew they would add an extra layer of intensity and complexity to B-bomb’s bourbon, oak, cacao, leather, and dark coffee notes. Each barrel contributes a different note and combining each barrel to create a coherent tone is a distinct art and true pleasure.

65 IBU

Added by DamienI on 05-15-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
59
pDev:
7.83%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
18
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.35/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.25/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rab53
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aleigator
4.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours coal black with a medium sized, bubbly and stable light brown head.

Smells like opening an old liquour cabinet - incredibly complex oak profile up front followed by a light booze bite, which lingers up the nostrils with leather and old books. Got a nice, peppery spiciness to it, with roasted coconut and dried wild berries, toned down by dusty cocoa nibs and earthy coffee. Lots of danish licorice and dried tobacco blend into this unique melange, creating easily one of the most complex smelling beers I‘ve encountered so far.

Drinks still, soft, with no carbonation left. This establishes a medium mouthfeel with a slowly evolving alcohol warmth, which is pungent enough to almost overpower my whiskey and scotch tanned palate. This is hot. Somehow, this is able to maintain a well rounded balance, making this challenging on the tongue, but not as boozy, as to overpower any of the more subtle flavors of the beer.

Tastes like licking on old, dusty, spirit soaked oak. Right from the very beginning this one seems closer to Bourbon than to beer, if it wasn‘t for the multi layered chocolate-toffee foundation in this. The tongue is on fire early on, due to a peppery, clean and sharp bourbon profile, unfolding rapidly on the tongue in all its demanding facetts. Bitter dark chocolate and glazed caramel are able to withstand the booze onslaught though and establish a balance, which reminds me more of a silk barley wine than of a strong ale. Whipped cream and brittle oak create a unique flavor synergy, which, just for a short glance, lets the drinker forget, how decadent and strong headed this is. It adds a lofty momentum to a behemoth, which never comes close to being a palate wrecker. Quite the opposite is the case, this one keeps you drinking, because it tickles your curiosity. Within each sip, something new and exeptional is to be found, arising from the unique barrel profile.

Tobacco, char, toasty nuts, licorice, caramel, whipped cream, bitter chocolate - this and so much more is to be found in here. Much of it is hard to decipher, since this is so far away from your typical barrel aged beer (if there is such a thing) and there is so much going on on the palate at the same time. It drinks like a 750ml bottle but you can‘t stop sipping. Every single flavor seems emphasized so damn well, its just marvellous to feel them blend together on the palate, creating nothing short of a firework.

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.29/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of taospowder
4.19/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nmann08
3.62/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.53/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rate #4000!!!

Pours almost completely black with only hints of brown when held to the light. A small, light tan head retains well, leaving minimal lacing. Some intense alcohol legs can be seen when this is swirled.

Holy bourbon Batman! This is one of the most bourbon forward beers I've ever smelled, but rather than being hot and abrasive it is rich and refined. Old oak, pure vanilla bean, raw honey, figs, prunes, dark chocolate, caramel, and even slight notes of berry and coffee beans. As it warms raspberry dark chocolate is at the forefront. Fremont really brought it with this one!

The flavor is deep and roasty. This isnt all stout, but rather a marriage of stout and American strong ale. Vanilla and oak dominate, with an assertive booziness. Slightly chocolatey, with a dry vinous finish.

Medium mouthfeel, which is a bit of a let down considering how big this beer is. It coats your mouth, but mostly with boozy bourbon. Moderate carbonation, and bone dry.

This is a really great beer, though it doesn't quite live up to the hype. I'd like more body, and a bit more of the stout flavors to come through and push past the booze.

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Photo of PhilHarmstead
4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and black, save around the edges in the light where it appears to be a cola brown, half a finger head, medium brown with impressive retention, sparse lacing with thick, spidery legs; round and rich bourbon-forward nose gives way to oak, vanilla, milk and dark chocolates, raspberries, and leather, saddle shop; holy bourbon barrel, Batman! Rich milk and dark chocolates, berries, vanilla, tobacco, faint banana and clove; lightly chewy, slightly tannic, appropriate carbonation.

Overall: leaning against your dismounted saddle, enjoying chocolates, whiskey, and chewing tobacco by the fire after a long day horseback riding in the woods and prairie.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.01/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well here is the gem that Tuttle brought to March Madness 2017. Glad I got to try it. Pours a thick and dark ass black. Very thin 1/6" brown head on the top. How they classify this an old ale or barleywine, I dunno, looks and tastes like an imperial stout. Aroma wafted big time dark chocolate, bourbon, tobacco, vanilla and a minor amount of alcohol heat.

Taste was much the same as the nose but with a bigger amount of alcohol heat. It wasn't obstructive, but it was present, along with a sturdy amount of bitterness likely from the heavily roasted malt. Fudge like brownie and toffee continue on throughout the mouthfeel. I liked it, but it was definitely a sipper.

I guess these things go for an arm and a leg on the grey market. Buddy said the PacNW is really striving hard for some trade ammo. I guess I can see why they are hyping this one, it is good, it is in some old ass bourbon barrels. Ultimately though, its a little gimmicky, and doesn't add anything particularly unique in the flavor profile. A good beer, but KBS or BCS seems to be very comparable and at a fraction of the cost or opportunity cost.

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Photo of dleiner
3.99/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fremont is among my Top 5 favorite breweries, but this is a miss. Lots of alcohol burn at all temps. I was super excited to try this bit massively disappointed.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: pours dark and murky brown with only a film of head around the rim of the glass.
S: huge oak, leather, bourbon, dark chocolate.
T: wow! All the elements in the nose so well balanced and so dang smooth. This is incredible!
F: ultra smooth, rich and creamy. It doesn't coat well and is not thick.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.93/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of joemochas
4.24/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bb-magic
4.41/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maljay26
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.99/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of if not the best barrel aged warmer/old/strong ales I've ever had. The nose is the best even over bb4d. The complexity of aromatics and flavor simply wowed me. Even at the end of the night this blew everything away! If you can trade for this do it! Fremont has killed it.

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Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.57/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Blaze5445
4.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of inspektor
4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Ancient One B-Bomb from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.47 out of 5 with 59 ratings