Coconut B-Bomb
Fremont Brewing Company

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #225
4.53 | pDev: 5.74%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Coconut B-BombCoconut B-Bomb
Notes: This year’s release of B-Bomb is aged in 12-year-old American Oak bourbon barrels and is a blend of 9, 12, and 24-month old barrel strength Winter Ale. This special edition adds toasted coconut to complement the bourbon, oak, cacao, and leather notes achieved from B-Bomb’s extended barrel aging and barrel blending. Each barrel contributes a different note, and combining each barrel to create a coherent tone is a distinct art and true pleasure. Please do enjoy this unique barrel-aged ale today but know that Coconut Edition B-Bomb will age gracefully for years to come. Don’t Be Afraid To Be Abominable.
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Photo of UWDAWG
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Look- Black, medium brown frothy head, slightly below average head retention, average lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, coffee, toffee, oak, slightly coconut.

Taste- Bourbon, coffee, toffee, slight coconut notes, semi sweet.

Feel- Full body, sticky, syrup like, slightly below average carbonation.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a thin a tan head.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, toasted coconut, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon.

T - The taste is heavy bourbon, vanilla, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, oak and finishing with some lingering toasted coconut.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finsih.

O - This is a pret stellar beer. The coconut is subtle and really enhances the base beer.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a thick black with a small to medium tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass.

S: Toasted coconut delights the nose, followed by bourbon, vanilla, some oak, notes of leather, caramel and toffee, some chocolate and dark stone fruit. Lots going on but smells very inviting.

T: Lots of bourbon, vanilla and oak, with some leather, dark cherries, chocolate and caramel and toffee, a nice natural toasted coconut adds to the balance. Booze is noticeable but not as noticeable as I expected based on the abv.

F: Smooth slick body, mouthfeel is medium, not quite as big as expected.

O: This is a a very nice Bourbon barrel aged winter ale.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Vintage
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that quickly reduces to leave nothing behind

S- aroma opens with caramel, toffee, raisins and figs, followed by earthy leather and tobacco, burnt brown sugar and molasses. Toasted coconut brings out the bourbon barrel, adding spicy wet oak and a hint of vanilla

T- sweet and malty up front with bold notes of molasses and brown sugar, followed by caramel & toffee. Mid-palate brings out notes of cherry tobacco as well as oaky bourbon barrel juice. The finish brings out coconut sweetness, as well as a hint of vanilla. Lingers of coconut and dark fruits

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a slightly creamy, warming finish

O- original B Bomb is probably my favorite strong ale, this one doesn't quite hit that level, however still very enjoyable

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Photo of matts2896
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Palette explodes with rich dark chocolate, dates, vanilla, marshmallow, dark berry reduction, molasses, leather, tobacco, seasoned firewood. Coconut is incredibly well integrated and gives an unobtrusive oily backbone. Could be a Jordi Roca Mounds bar riff, but even that would be a short-changing of Fremont. Phenomenal

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Photo of CaptainHate
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 release given to me by my West Coast daughter as a Christmas present with orders not to wait too long to crack it open. Poured into a DFH tulip from a pint and 6 ounce bottle. Inky dark brown body with a hefty dark tan head. Head eventually fades to nothing but this is a sipper to savor so time constraints are lblown away. Smell is of coconut with lots of dark boozy malty fruits. Taste is just a carnival of competing flavors all of which are pleasant. Alcohol, while obviously present, is well balanced and not overpowering. Mouthfeel is fine for a strong ale like this. I'm definitely a fan and then some.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle. Pours deep brown. Smells of coconut all over. Coconut and nutty malts. Bourbon. Tons of booze. Tastes of coconut. Nutty malts, bourbon, oak. Lots of sugar. Heavy, sweet, boozy. Everything wrong with beer is happening here, but it's tasty.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber
Silver Wax/Capped
Limited 2019 Release
ABV: 13.2%

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice dark brown/black color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which also leaves a pretty nice medium size island, and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a pretty nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, dates, raisins, cherries, plums), with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, pretty nice bourbon/oak note, vanilla, with some licorice, slight coconut, roasty. The taste is awesome, malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (grapes, figs, dates, raisins, cherries, plums), with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, very nice bourbon/oak, very nice vanilla sweetness, licorice, nice little touch of coconut, pretty nice roastyness. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very tasty complex brew, a very nice sipper. Overall, this is one pretty awesome brew. Definitely nice to see this one around, this year. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of Tilley4
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just an absolutely amazing beer...

Coconut and caramel boom off of this! Rich and thick... the coconut is so delicious... pairs perfectly with the booze...

I love Fremont's work... they make amazing beers and this is no exception...

Highly recommended if you can acquire it!

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14 January 2020 - Beer #8

Appearance: 5 - nearly black black with an incredibly frothy nitro head that just won't quit.

Nose: 5 - plenty of barrel and an absolute blast of coconut. Can't wait to dive in.

Taste: 4 - really good, but a bit too sweet. TONS of coconut. Very tasty but just too cloying.

Mouth: 4 - surprisingly thin for nitro. Sticky but not thick.

Overall: 4 - a decadent night cap, but just a tier below what I expected.


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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a stout, I think pitch black. For a "winter ale", I think brick red. This one clearly looks like a stout. Which is ok, it just doesn't look like I'd thought it hoped for. Still, the obsidian body is beautiful, the khaki foam above is minimal, and it has a swagger about it coating the glass with each swirl.

The aroma also leans more on the stout side if the fence, but that just may be our accustomed nature as of late to associating boozy barrel to big stouts. Their is, however, plenty of toasted bread and burnt brown sugar to defend the winter warmer namesake. The coconut would be completely overlooked, or I guess I should say unnoticed if it weren't for the advertisement on the bottle.

Similarly, this continues the theme of stout. Chocolate, caramel, and brown sugar are met with fig, black cherries and... sure, let's go with toasted coconut. Oak creeps up in the finish along with a well established alcohol and indistinguishable blend of spices. A graham cracker base only intensifies as it warms.

Now the hard part. It's sappy, sticky, rich, and smooth. Boozy, warming, sweet, and spicy. Toasty, roasty, fruity, and bold. If I rate as a delicious beer with a wonderful texture, this hits the marks. If I label it as a Winter Ale, this lacks the cleanliness and bitterness it so desperately needs.

As I browse through others reviews before my own, I've noticed a common sense of confusion in style. This, unlike original B- Bombs I've had in the past, has mistaken itself for a stout. While it is without a doubt delicious and well made in all accounts, it's not a "Winter Ale" unless we've just changed the prerequisites with this offering. Regardless of what it is or is not, get one if you can. It's wonderful.


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Photo of maximum12
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks, again, to rawfish for pointing me to a bottle shop with this untried gem. 22 oz. grey-waxed bottle split with my wife while sitting in my boxers in a warm San Diego kitchen.

Dark, dank, musty, old dictionary brown gives way to vanilla, coconut, faint barrel, with a baster of allspice on the finish. Not bad, but not aggressive either.

Coconut B-Bomb - b-bomb, a-bomb, h-bomb, all accurate. The coconut gets a Cold War escalation from mild to spine-tingling within a few degrees. Beneath being struck in the larynx with the coconut is gentle bourbon, appropriate cinnamon (not easy to do), vanilla as Ben Affleck, brown sugar, with a long, leather-smooth finish sliding into a bowl of turkey-prepped spicing. Did I mention smooth? Bloody easy to drink.

The coconut gives a monopropellant thrust to an already lovely base beer. Sub-elite which is to say, excellent.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz silver-waxed 2019 bottle served in a pair of WABL sample glasses.

Pours black with a surprisingly hearty head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is coffee, molasses, cocoa. If I smell coconut, it's toasted to almost burnt. There is something viscerally familiar in the aroma and I just cannot place it.

Taste is all of the above, but dominated by coconut. It works pretty nicely, as long as you like coconut. More vanilla comes across, too.

Mouthfeel is thick and velvety. Overall, really nice beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a silky black color with a dark tan head crowning the glass.

Smell - Coconut was evident in the nose, but did not jump out as much as I imagined it would.

Taste - As expected, coconut was a big part of the initial taste. Dark chocolate followed, seeming to be actual chocolate. The profile was very smooth with bourbon notes adding to the smoothness. There was nothing hot about this beer.

Mouthfeel - Little carbonation bubbles contributed to the silkiness. It was a step away from nitro.

Overall - I enjoyed the fact that the beer was not overly sweet. This one is a keeper.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from fridge temp into snifter. Pours motor oil black with a little bit of light brown head. Nose is chocolate, licorice, coconut, bourbon, cherries, and more chocolate. Taste is insane. Coconut, bourbon, chocolate, molasses, toffee, licorice. Wow - just wow. I could drink this every day. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Overall, this is one of the best BA stouts I have had.

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Photo of kitch
3.74/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A 22 fl. oz. bomber, 2018 release. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with a thin brown head that dissipated quickly, but left some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Roasted malts, coconut, chocolate, vanilla and molasses with hints of oak and bourbon.

Taste: Roasty, moderate sweetness, bourbon, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, oak, a touch of booze and hints of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Nice sipper, but it got too sweet as it became warmer. I easily preferred Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb which I thought was near perfect, over this version.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 version

A: Very dark brown with little head
S: Coconut, bourbon, sweet caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, charred oak
T: Coconut, balanced bourbon, milk chocolate, charred oak, light vanilla, dark chocolate, licorice, cherry cola
M: Thicker mouthfeel
O: This has held up very well. No oxidation, super balanced, better than the base and right with the coffee cinnamon variant

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Photo of Sandis
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 version poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. The coconut is present but not strong in the aroma or flavor. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is moderately thick and creamy. There isn't much booze presence but a little warming in late finish. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of micada
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sitting on my back deck in the cold, last vestiges of winter. I have a couple more cellaring, so figured to try this before the warm weather hits consistently. 2018 bomber poured cellar temp to a tulip glass. Nose is subtle vanilla, bourbon, light toastiness. Color is black, which pours with a three finger mocha head that burns fast to a ring with lots of lacing. First sips follow the nose, but with stronger bourbon, more toasty coconut,and barrel. Balanced impeccably. Slightly sweet with a full, creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol hides well, but has a slight warming later. Excellent base stout flavors. Not sure it will warm up, considering it’s about 30 degrees on the deck. Buy it when you see it.

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Photo of darktronica
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2018 release from a bomber poured to a snifter. Very thick and opaque, viscous when swirled with a full finger of fluffy, homogeneous head. Quite coconut-forward, smart to toast it before adding in order to match better with the dark and bourbon-forward notes of the base beer. As always, a gorgeous mouthfeel, luxuriously smooth and silky on the tongue.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Subtle coconut sets this off for me. Not a huge fan of it. Chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar and toasted coconut with hints of tobacco, smoke, leather and char. Very enjoyable but enjoyed regular B-Bomb a bit more. Adding this or coffee cinnamon masks the complexities of the base blend.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark and rich mocha hues with a thin sandy head
S: Dark chocolate and toasted coconut
T: Leads with the bourbon barrel and then complemented by cacao nibs, roasted tobacco leaves, toffee, charred vanilla beans, and a lingering sweetness from the coconut
F: Medium body with ample carb
O: Nice variant in the B-Bomb series; the fresh coconut was subtle for me, but paired well with the delectable robust base profile of B-Bomb - excellent sipper

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Photo of shigg85
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is easily one of the best beers I've ever had. It tastes like a high-quality liquefied Bounty bar. If that means to you what it means to me, you know it's good. Delicious.

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Photo of WA_Brian
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 bottle poured into a tulip at 55°F.

L: Pours a very dark brown with deep brown head. Low head retention, but it's certainly present immediately after pouring.

S: Bourbon with a bit of the alcohol, coconut, vanilla.

T: Lots of coconut, with chocolate and vanilla. Bourbon on the finish. Sweet beer but not to the level that it affects drinkability. The balance here is unbelievable.

F: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. A bit of alcoholic warming on the end, but far less than you would expect from a 14% beer.

O: I will admit, I don't like coconut. I usually find the flavor to be overpowering. That said, Fremont somehow manages to make a coconut beer where the coconut flavor is indeed front and center but I absolutely love it. Credit to the absolute beautiful balance of this beer. It didn't lose anything that made the original B-Bomb great. Great bourbon flavor, complex, hides the 14% really well, yet still lets the coconut take center stage and shine.

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Photo of draheim
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz (2018) into a tulip. Pours that deep reddish mahogany we've come to expect from B-Bomb with a 1-finger light mocha head that settles to a thin collar and film.

Aroma is deep and rich, complex. Malty with bourbon-soaked dates and figs, pipe tobacco, toffee, vanilla, toasted coconut, overall sweet malty goodness.

Taste follows nose. Such a wonderful blend here. The coconut is front and center, balanced with vanilla, chocolate, bourbon-soaked pipe tobacco, brown sugar, and a hint of smoke. Sweet but not cloying, just absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel is spot-on. Heavy and satisfying but not overwhelming. Just right for the level of flavor and complexity.

Overall, just outstanding. Fremont keeps outdoing itself with it's B-Bomb beers, and this one is right up there with coffee/cinnamon in my book.

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