Ancient One B-Bomb
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
14%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 7.57%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
62
From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
92
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 62 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DefenCorps
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at Imperial on Alberta for their Fremont event last night.

A very dark brown with a dark brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. Soy and leather notes are present but a noticeably less so than in the AO Dark Star. Mild spice, vanilla, bourbon, roast grain. Palate is a little disjointed, though - the individual flavors are excellent but don't necessarily come together . Heat, leather and wet tobacco are present.

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Photo of aleigator
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
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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aleigator from Germany, Feb 26, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev +0.4%
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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SadMachine from New Jersey, Oct 22, 2017
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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
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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PhilHarmstead from New Jersey, Oct 22, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -11.1%
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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dleiner from New York, Sep 06, 2017
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4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
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 jeremiahoden
4.99/5  rDev +11.1%
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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. Just wow. 2016 vintage.

Not going to get into much detail here, other than this is the best barrel aged Barleywine "Old Ale" I have ever had next to, or on par with BourbonCounty Brand Barleywine. Almost the same beer actually if you blindfolded me. Beautiful fudge component that complimented the toffee. Superb. Very smooth for the ABV

A Unexpected, I'm blown away beer, which is always a nice treat. Especially during the Holidays.

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RBassSFHOPit2ME from California, Nov 26, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Black opaque pour with a minimal tan head. Smells of bourbon, and more bourbon. Tastes is a nice bourbon dark chocolate beer but is a little thin on the mouth feel. A really good beer.

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lupercmda from North Carolina, Oct 20, 2016
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4.64/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml double waxed bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola brown body, opaque and nearly black. One finger thick offwhite head, good retention, minimal lacing, thin collar. More or less what I expected. Smell is a rich and complex admixture of oak, bourbon, light smoke, leather, chocolate and some black coffee. Whoa. As it warms, a bit more vanillin comes out as the smoke and leather seem to recede a bit. Phenomenal. Flavour is also complex, with more of the vanillin and bourbon demonstrating its presence, coffee, light spice, oak, caramel and light tobacco. The bourbon is smooth here; a lot of flavours I attribute to the bourbon without it being particularly boozy. Mouthfeel is fuller bodied, rich and substantial without too much in way of syrupy or thin; it's in the right place. Overall, an excellent rendition of B-Bomb, seems like they accomplished what they wanted to do with blending the barrels. It's a fair step up on top of the base B-Bomb for sure.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Oct 16, 2016
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4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generously shared by Drazcon the other day at Arch Bridge.

The beers pours out the color and consistency of motor oil, with good head retention and lacing. The bourbon presence is huge in this beer, and really drowns out most everything else. Yes, there's still considerable dark chocolate, milks dud, light molasses, vanilla and dark fruits, but the most noticeable aroma is the high class, high end bourbon barrel this beer was aged in. The flavor profile is more of the same, with once again the bourbon flavor dominating. It makes the beer come across as a bit hot on the finish, but it also tends to cut/counter some of the intense sweetness one typically finds in regular Bbomb. Mouthfeel is otherwise fairly full, but also surprisingly supple and light. The beer is not the least bit heavy, tiring or cloying, despite the 14% abv. I guess you could say drinkability is pretty good, all things considered, though at 14% abv. one small glass was all I needed.

Excellent beer for sure, but at $35 for a half bottle, I just can't justify the price. Is this beer better than regular Bbomb? For me the answer is yes, but the qualitative difference is not huge, so it makes no sense for me to buy one of these beers as opposed to 2 bomber size bottles of regular Bbomb. Still, very glad I had the opportunity to sample this.

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John_M from Oregon, Sep 28, 2016
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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another hit from Fremont's barrel program. Had this side by side with the Ancient One Dark Star and this took home the prize. It's not world's better than the Dark Star version, but those spices come out here.

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t2grogan from Arizona, Sep 18, 2016
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I preferred the B-Bomb version over KDS on tap. It was more ready to drink now.

Additional barrel aging (in 35 YO Heaven Hill barrels) really added an extra ooph and complexity to an already great base BA beer. I just wish it was easier to get.

Can't wait to open my bottle(s) in a year or two.

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sukwonee from Washington, Sep 15, 2016
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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big notes of dark fruit and caramel. Hints of some vanilla, spice and coffee. Big chewy mouthfeel. Incredible beer. Takes bbomb to a whole other level

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EltonSean from Illinois, Sep 12, 2016
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4.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L- 5 Beautiful pitch black. A little less viscous than the AO Dark Star, but looks like spent motor oil.

S- 5 Tons of bourbon character. Not a super hot nose, but you can gather its a high ABV brew. Caramel, oak, coffee, cinnamon.

T- 5 This is a hot one on the palate. Between the ABV and the time spent in 35 year old barrels, it's all bourbon and roasty malt. Some of that same coffee and spice backbone, but it's a young BA Strong Ale...not sure what else you could ask for.

F- 4.75 Thick, but not chewy. Very coating feel, but not quite as viscous as the KDS.

O- 5 Amazing effort from Fremont. Beautiful beer.

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golfbybryan from Washington, Sep 12, 2016
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4.9/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Simply Amazing. I only had a 2oz poor but ill remember this forever. Jet black like any of their BBomb, but this was mixed with some aged in 36 or 38 yr old Bourbon Barrels, I cant recall exactly what year.

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Stardusthotel83 from Washington, May 15, 2016
Ancient One B-Bomb from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 62 ratings