Brew 2000 - Barrel Aged Barley Wine
Fremont Brewing Company

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English Barleywine
4.59 | pDev: 5.01%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Brew 2000 - Barrel Aged Barley WineBrew 2000 - Barrel Aged Barley Wine
Notes: Aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

Down & Dirty: Maris Otter Pale and Carafa 2 Special malts with White Wheat and Magnum and Golding hops.

IBU: 55
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 83 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring clear varnish brown, this fills to dull black with a short but solidly firm tan blanket.

Maple, brown sugar, and splintery oak come together and emulate bourbon syrup amplified by a viscous, thick body broken up by a crackly yet fine carbonation that finishes somewhat sticky. Caramel, roasted nuts and a mature heat begin to create a brandy character over time.

I realize some of what I'm describing are decadent pastry elements, but it is all quite mature and moderately balanced, and pretty perfect if I'm being honest.

I recently had Brew 3000 before this. For this to be older, and still have no off notes? I have to rate it even higher.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Mar 16, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap at the brewery on its first release. I'm rating it now with the 2017 bottle that I squirreled away for about 22 months. English barleywines are about my favorite style, and Fremont is about my favorite brewery, so I admit to prejudice before I get to the facts. I'm disposed to think this stuff is fantastic. I only had one glass of Brew 1000, and never could get a bottle, so I'd waited for B2K for quite a while. It didn't disappoint.

The appearance is dark, dark, dark. There's no head to speak of. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, and raisins, and a lot of other stuff. There's all that in the taste, as well as a bit of coconut, a fair amount of caramel sweetness, and just the right amount of bourbon.

How does Fremont manage such perfect balance in its barrel aged masterpieces? The blend of flavors in this beer is amazing. It's a not hodgepodge of things thrown together, it's an incredibly smooth concoction, in which the whole is truly greater than the individual parts.

I can't really remember the fresh beer in July 2017 to compare to this bottle with some age on it in May 2019. It seems to me that the beer is perfect right now, but I probably would have said the same thing in my earlier tasting.

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VashonGuy from Washington, May 25, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A very dark brown with a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose reminds me of M, though with a less spice note. Dark caramel, toffee butterscotch buckwheat honey, bourbon, vanilla mild leather. Palate is sweet with dark caramel, honey toffee, butterscotch, sweet with mild leather. Alcohol is well-integrated in the flavor palate. This has the potential to be absolutely epic in 2-3 years.

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4.68/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Shared from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a brown body with a khaki frothy head that leaves some lacing and a ring of retention.

Aromas are sweet caramel candy, toffee, molasses, peanut brittle, candied raisins and freshly baked vanilla cake. On the tongue is sweet but balanced molasses and candied fruits, molasses and vanilla-bourbon, sugar cookies. Mouthfeel is thick and rich.

One of my favorite barleywines ever. Second only to Great.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Sep 07, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that I was very lucky to score from my local shop for $22.99. Dark brown color, almost black. Aroma is mild bourbon barrel and sugar. Very sweet flavor, bourbon barrel influence is there but not overpowering, boozy, delicious. This was a fantastic barleywine, too bad it is so difficult to get.

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ArrogantB from Colorado, Jul 22, 2018
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4.81/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a cloudy golden dark brown color, with a very small head and no lacing.

This smells like boozy and whiskey-soaked caramel candy, dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, coconut, oatmeal cookies, dark fruit, and toffee.

This is absolutely exception, and represents the absurdly decadent heights this style can reach. It's so rich and warming, with a great oak character- it adds a killer spiciness and a nice char to the beer. There is boozy caramel, candied rich molasses sweetness, toffee, dark creamy chocolate, light smoke, oatmeal cookies, raisins, creamy vanilla, and sweet silky bourbon. This has everything I want in the style.

This has a wonderfully creamy and silky mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper, because you don't want to get to the bottom of your glass and not have any more of this beer.

Fremont has done it again, and shown why they have one of the most incredible barrel programs in the country. This is a top 3 barleywine of all time for me, it's somewhere in the realm of Aaron and Great. In this case, barleywine is indeed life.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Jul 16, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with thin beige head. Aroma is very sweet molasses and caramel. Some bourbon notes. Flavors of similar to nose with some alcohol heat. Thick, sweet and chewy. Very nice barleywine.

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3.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at barley wine tasting Dark, clear brown with tiny ring of head. Peat dominates the aroma and taste, very Scotchy. Dry, malty. Malty with heavy peat overtones.

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stevoj from Idaho, Apr 01, 2018
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4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Deep maroon and mahogany hues with a rich khaki head and moderate lacing
S: Oak, figs, and dark fruits
T: Oatmeal raisins dunked in bourbon
F: Chewy viscous body with a subtle carb
O: Awesome. This was a slightly more restrained version of Brew 1000 in my opinion. Top shelf barleywine is rare and this beer very much belongs in that club. Expertly crafted beer by Fremont, as always, and desperately hope I can trade for a Brew 3000 if that ever gets produced!

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Fireman_RK from North Carolina, Mar 29, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is in the upper echelon of barleywine all time for me, its incredible, exactly what i want in the style. a beer like this always makes me kind of sad in a way too, like, the reason nobodys favorite style is barleywine is because there are so many poor and mediocre examples of it out there, and beers like this, the really superb ones, are rare and hard to come by. i mean, there is a good ipa in most bars in the country, but finding good barleywine is sometimes impossible. this deep shiny chestnut red brew is the quintessential example of the style as far as i am concerned, loaded with rich, long boiled complex malts, maple and brown sugar sweetness, and with some barrel char, heavy oak, and bourbon character, vanilla and sweetness and toffee, its incredible. there is a darker element to this, a roasted grain sort of composition thats not quite stouty, but gives a little more sturdy depth to this than we often get in the style, and there is plenty of body along with it, sticky almost, but smooth, gliding down, not as intense as some can be, mellow in its enormity. i get almonds, toasted seed bread, something earthy about this, and the vanilla from the whiskey in the finish. very little carbonation here, sort of sips like a cognac. wonderful sweetness and complexity throughout this, the right amount of good bourbon on it, and just a fancy and special drinking experience. i could drink way more of this than i ever should. i hope to encounter it again, its near perfect as barleywine goes. everyone should get a chance to drink this one and become a barleywine enthusiast!

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5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fremont at the top of their game. Not only one of the best barleywines ever produced, one of the best beers period. Makes Bourbon County seem pretty pedestrian.

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Robomunky from Washington, Dec 30, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: pours a inviting brown color with only a film of brown head
S: big smooth and rich bourbon barrel with the classic caramel covered raisins I love it babw's
T: rich bourbon soaked caramel covered raisins. Sharp sweetness is smoothed out by the bourbon and oak. Awesomely executed babw with the barrel leading the way.
F: medium thickness, fully coats my mouth and sticks to my teeth. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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4.24/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Arch Bridge the other day. This was the peated version.

The beer pours a pretty dark amber brown color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, initially I just got brown sugar and vanilla, with a hint of underlying smoke from the peat. The flavor profile was more of the same, and initially the sweetness was almost overwhelming. However, as the beer slowly warmed (it was clearly too cold initially - I think this is a beer best served at near room temperature), I picked up caramel, butter toffee, dry sherry and a lot more smoke (both on the nose and palate). That helped tone down the sweetness as well, thought it was still a bit much I thought. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and while the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, it's noticeable. The finish is long and sweet, with some noticeable smoke.

Couple of thoughts. I haven't had the bourbon barrel version of B2000, but I had the B1000. IMHO, I think the bourbon flavor goes better with the base beer than the scotch flavor does. Also, much more so than the B1000, I really think this beer can use some time to open up and show it's best. Still a great beer, no doubt about that, but at least at present this is something of a one note pony, that really needs some time to show its best.

Edit from 2/12/18. Recently was able to try the bourbon barrel version of this beer at Tin Bucket (during a Fremont BA event). While I liked it a bit better than the scotch barrel version, it still struck me as very young and boozy, and clearly in need of additional time (aging). Frankly, I think a bit more time in barrel would have helped this beer, as I really didn't pick up all that much bourbon (IMHO, this beer has nothing like the BA character the B1000 had). Still an impressive effort, but I think the beer could use a year or two of additional aging to show its best.

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John_M from Oregon, Dec 18, 2017
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4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a muddied brown with just a smidge of head. The initial aroma presents a deep raisin and dark fruit with a hint of barrel that makes you close your eyes and smile to the goodness of the brew that you are about to imbibe. Succulent, sweet, and smooth best describe the flavors. I sure wish I had more, because this is a BA barley wine done right!

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gibgink from Missouri, Nov 27, 2017
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5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown black with minimal tan head. Smells of dark fruit and bourbon. Taste is a sweet rich deep raisin and plum with a very smooth finish with a nice alcohol presence. I have only had one barley wine better than this and it was King Henry. This was sooooo good..

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lupercmda from North Carolina, Nov 14, 2017
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4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fremont is above the rest in barrel aging beers.
L: muted, deep brown, small head but decent retention and lacking considering the style
S: sweet bourbon, not too sweet and not too hot. Caramel, toffee, and roasted malts, some booze but just a hint.
T: in line with nose plus a hint of butterscotch, tasty
M: thick, slightly mouth coating but not overwhelmingly syrupy. The right feel for the style.
O: unreal good. Normally I prefer BA stouts to BWs but I had FO last night and prefer this without question.

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cherche from Washington, Nov 05, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Black in color. Off-white head that receeds into a thin collar. Aroma is vanilla, cherries, chocolate, floral, bourbon and spice. Creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a smooth burn on the back of the throat. Taste of dark cherries, chocolate, orange, vanilla and a little bit of spiceyness. The bourbon is more noticeable in the finish. This is a outstanding beer. I wish total wine would have let me buy two.

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4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From draft; bottle may vary. Even from the pour you can tell this isn't as dense and sticky as brew 1000. Coats the glass with a thin sheen that washes away quickly. More translucent but a lovely mahogany. Smell hints of tobacco but settles into burnt sugar and spice cabinet. Tootise Rolls and Rolos up front, maple hard candy middle, vanilla coming in. Ends with integrated heat, oak, woodier vanilla. Full mouthfeel but just a hair too light ... though I'm quibbling as this makes it more drinkable than B1K and I often consider drinkability a plus. You could drink half of this bottle without it becoming cloying where B1K is more attuned to bigger shares. Horses for courses I suppose. No hop presence whatsoever. No need for further aging. Fine liquid sure to win converts to the "barleywine is life" movement.

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Kurmaraja from California, Aug 07, 2017
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5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This vividly recalls, and reprises, its glorious predecessor. Impossibly deep and rich in its aromas and flavors, there are no less than a dozen different species of caramel, heretofore unknown to the world, identifiable in this beer. And there is also the finest toffee, molasses, bourbon, & dark chocolate--all elevated by hints of maple, leather, tobacco, oak, and the faintest touch of allspice. These components all swirl together in a harmonious dance, with no one of them dominant, or inferior, or in any other way mismatched to its counterparts. It is, finally, as soft and smooth as a baby's skin, and almost as precious.

If barley-wines are the dean of all beer styles, this, for me, is the dean of all barley-wines. Just utterly exquisite, and ultimately transcendent, like the one that came before it, and, the way Fremont keeps going, the one that shall come next...

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EdwardAbbey from Washington, Aug 06, 2017
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4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark appearance that is a characteristic of barleywine with no head. Strong caramel aroma. Taste is also strong caramel with no alcohol taste. No need for further aging

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Radcpa from Washington, Aug 05, 2017
Brew 2000 - Barrel Aged Barley Wine from Fremont Brewing Company
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