Unicorn Tears
Fremont Brewing Company

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From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
Sweet / Milk Stout
ABV:
12.9%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.23 | pDev: 7.57%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
37
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 11, 2021
Added:
Jun 11, 2017
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  8
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Milk Stout with Cherries

In the Time Before Light, Unicorns ruled the Universe. And Time passed. Until it stopped passing and began to make Beer. And it was good. But Time was Lonely, so it begat two Breweries. And thusly Fremont Brewing and Perennial Artisan Ales were spat into the World. And they made Beer. And it was good. When, Lo, one Day, they made Beer together and aged it in Bourbon Barrels for a long time. And then they added Cherries. And Aged it a long time. But it wasn’t good enough for their elevated taste. So, they added Unicorn Tears. And it was Good. Behold, Burst Forth into the World is Barrel-Aged Unicorn Tears. Enjoy only with those that are worthy. …Never Play Leapfrog With A Unicorn…Cheers! Matt & Matt and Phil & Emily.

40 IBU
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2017 Bottle
22oz poured into a tulip

A- pours a thick jet black color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that has good retention before settling into a thin film floating on top

S- aroma opens with a bold cherry note, adding notes of cherry pipe tobacco, stewed black cherries and chocolate covered cherries. Undertones of brownie batter, bitter dark chocolate, charred malt, oaky bourbon barrel, caramel and a hint of coconut & vanilla

T- the cherry comes through immediately up front, providing a light kick of tartness, followed by some sweet cherry cordial-like notes. Mid-palate brings out a bold sweet caramel and toffee note, as well as chocolate brownie batter and dark chocolate. Undertones of pipe tobacco, oak, barrel juice and coconut. The finish gives more bold cherry that turns sweet by the linger, as well as more caramel and chocolate

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- bold cherry, but it doesn't overpower, rather complimenting an outstanding base beer, well done
Aug 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by rab53 from Washington

Nov 22, 2019
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Rated by Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Is a good AIS but is just too sweet for myself. Overpowers a lot of the beer with that sugar.
Nov 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
What can I saw about Unicorn Tears? Send me another for a more complete review! It was decadent and smooth. Besting all but maybe one that I’ve had of the style! I will never have this to trade. I’ve tasted another’s at a beer event, but if I score my own it’s all mine!
Apr 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.8 by vfgccp from New York

Oct 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jul 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.17 by Noles9585 from Washington

Jun 08, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by rspauldi from Texas

Apr 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by user785335 from Florida

Apr 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by Samact from Vermont

Mar 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by GDawgs34 from Georgia

Mar 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.2 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Mar 18, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle at RBSG. Pours out dark black , small tan head. Aroma of chocolate covered cherries, coffee, roast grains, barrel. A bit of sweetness in the flavor, black forest cake, vanilla. A bit boozy.
Mar 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.39 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Mar 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by uturn from Florida

Mar 14, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Skellbop from New York

Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Mar 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 05, 2018
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle $22.99. I like the label and the name. Beer was black-ish. Aroma was booze, cherries, nice. The flavor had this subtle cherry flavor that was almost tart, boozy, good beer. I liked this one but its just not as good as Fremont's other barrel-aged beers which are stellar.
Mar 04, 2018
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose, I get considerable vanilla, couple with coffee, light bourbon and milk chocolate. While I didn't seem to pick up any of the cherry flavor on the nose, the cherry flavor was definitely noticeable on the palate. That being said, it wasn't overdone, and seemed to blend in well with the vanilla, light bourbon and chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly full in this rich, sweet , and the beer comes across as soft and creamy on the palate, with a long finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, despite the sweetness. I found this beer to be a bit cloying, but still quite enjoyable.

Interesting beer for sure.
Feb 19, 2018
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Rated by Keepnitrl from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Definitely notice the cherries and the bourbon. Not so sweet.
Jan 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.27 by rarigney from Washington

Dec 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by Lucoli from New York

Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by t2grogan from Arizona

Nov 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by Furlinator from California

Oct 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4.48 by ellswrth from Oregon

Oct 18, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
a thoughtful collaboration with the much loved perennial, a couple of giants getting together, at least in my mind. cool idea for a beer, and with the likes of these two and the rarity and prestige of some of their solo work, this was an obvious one to try. the bottle is a bit absurd, purple glitter adorning the wax, covering my hands, then my glass, then my lips, somewhat obnoxious, but they keep pushing us further and we keep letting them right? this one is on us. the beer is great, matte deep brown with a regal looking shaving cream thick tan head with excellent retention, almost nitro looking from the bottle, gorgeous. strong whiskey in the nose and taste, more of the spirit than the wood, but still with a fine maturity overall, some vanilla adding a sweet balance to what i perceive to be a tartness from the cherries. the fruit is natural, but also tastes a little medicinal to me, cherries always do in dark beer for some reason. chocolate covered, dark chocolate, and a little tangy. its not astringent or anything, but it does cut though the smoothness of this a little bit, not breaking it down, but breaking it up i suppose. i like the fruit, but reckon this would be at least as good without it too. the oatmeal is obvious, this froths and swells and fills every cranny of the mouth, yet is dry by the finish, i love that! the wood comes out more as it warms, and so does the vanilla note with it. its very well refined and integrated, and its a winner and a rarity for sure, trade bait i would think, but it was fun to just drink it and not care too much also. its not as different as i wanted it to be, no so gripping, but its awfully good!
Oct 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.45 by M_chav from New Mexico

Oct 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.59 by Lucnifter from California

Oct 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois

Sep 10, 2017
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Reviewed by yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: black, no head, pours thick
S: not a huge aroma, some chocolate and cheery. Minimal bourbon
T: semi sweet tart cherries with some bourbon.
F: thinner than I hoped, sweet dark juicy fruit. No alcohol, but lacking.
Sep 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.21 by Beerbom from California

Sep 09, 2017
 
Rated: 4.87 by SuperDavidC from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by Jgolka from Washington

Aug 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.14 by Raziel313 from California

Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Very dark appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a pleasant blend of bourbon and chocolate. Taste is also a blend of bourbon and chocolate that is very smooth. A little thin.
Aug 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.61 by Jamison85 from Indiana

Jul 31, 2017
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Reviewed by EdwardAbbey from Washington

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
With the caveat that I'm probably the wrong audience for a fruited stout, and that my expectations, given the two players involved, were almost certainly unreasonably high, I found this to be good, but also slightly underwhelming. Alas and alack...

It needed more body, more chocolate, more robust roasted malt character in general, more barrel, and a lot less slightly tart cherry. It was in no way a failure, but it struck me as something of a disappointment.

Still, the collaboration between these two great breweries, and the great people (and friends) involved, is something to cheer about. May there be more to come from them in the future...
Jul 29, 2017
Unicorn Tears from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 47 ratings