Coconut B-Bomb
Fremont Brewing Company

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Style:
Strong Ale - American
Ranked #6
ABV:
13%
Score:
98
Ranked #203
Avg:
4.53 | pDev: 5.52%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
335
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Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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SCORE
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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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Yabu from California

4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 & 2018 batches were as good as advertised.

Not a stout, but close to that with complexity .

Not coconut suntan lotion, but just enough balance.

Certainly they are best fresh, not +1 year aged.

Jan 20, 2021
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Bruno74200 from France

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage
Amazing stuff.
Very dark brown with a one finger beige head quickly fading away.
Coconut is very nicely present alongside the barrel notes of vanilla and reinforcing the notes of coconuts.
It's about toffee and cocoa.
Overall it's very balanced.
The mouthfeel is not thin but not too thick either, preventing this to be a cloying beverage.
A wonderful brew

Jan 05, 2021
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2019 vintage on-tap in Garden City; served in a snifter.

A: Poured like the finest of barrel-aged stouts; jet black & opaque with a minimal khaki head.

S: Sticky sweet bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and coconut; impressions of coffee and chocolate as well; sweet and faintly boozy.

T: My goodness this is phenomenal; bourbon; coconut; chocolate fudge; Almond Joy candy bars; coffee with sweet cream; espresso...more caramel and vanilla; so good.

MF: Thick, fudgy, sticky, full, minimal heat.

O: Its a beast of a brew but the sweet flavors meld so well, and the underlying impression of alcohol heat binds together the flavors well. This is a top-5 all-time beer for me.

Aug 24, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

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.

May 22, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

May 10, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

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.

May 02, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

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

Apr 17, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

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

Apr 07, 2020
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CaptainHate from Ohio

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.

Mar 22, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

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.

Feb 08, 2020
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Wasatch from Colorado

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!

Feb 03, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

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!

Jan 31, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

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.

Cheers!

Jan 15, 2020
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

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.

Cheers.

Jan 04, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

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.

Dec 25, 2019
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snaotheus from Washington

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

2019-12-17
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.

Dec 18, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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.

Nov 03, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

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.

Sep 04, 2019
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kitch from Hong Kong

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.

Sep 04, 2019
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

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

Aug 12, 2019
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Sandis from Minnesota

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.

Jul 24, 2019
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micada from New York

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.

Mar 24, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

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.

Mar 11, 2019
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JayWhitson from Montana

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.

Feb 25, 2019
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Fireman_RK from North Carolina

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

Feb 21, 2019
Coconut B-Bomb from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 335 ratings