Brew 3000
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English Barleywine
4.53 | pDev: 9.49%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Brew 3000Brew 3000
Notes: English-style barleywine aged thoughtfully for a year in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels. Commemorating our 3,000th brew, Brew 3000 is our thanks to all of you for being our unwavering companions on this beer journey.
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Photo of sulldaddy
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. The beer pours a deep mahogany to cola brown color with rich garnet highlights when I hold the glass up to the light. A fizzy khaki colored head of 1 cm foams up and fades away to a sturdy edge layer within a minute of the pour.
The aroma on this beer is sweet and malty, I get caramel and brown sugar with a good dose of molasses and what seems like maple syrup. I also get some raisin and a good hit of bourbon, but it doesnt smell boozy. No hop presence on the nose. Very agreeable nose IMO.
First sip reveals a medium body with sticky texture and very fine and spacious almost non existent carbonation. The beer coats my palate with each mouthful and leaves my lips sticky.
The flavor is matching the nose and my expectations for the style. Lots of malt and complexity, with no hop note to make comment on. I get brown sugar, caramel, toffee mixing with some raisin or fig notes and a hit of bourbon on the finish. I also get a little bit of vanilla, but no booze, heat nor black peppery bite for such a big beer (13.2% according to bottle).
This is a very good english barleywine, with lots of malt complexity and wonderful mouthfeel. Im really enjoying this brew and wish I had another bottle in the cellar....Anybody wanna trade?? :)

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Photo of darktronica
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours moderately thick and syrupy, but still translucent, with a small amount of head that fizzes away audibly and quickly. Very sweet, caramel verging on maple syrup, with light grape and leather notes.

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Photo of rypkr
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2019 bottle

L - coca cola like. Hear initially appears bubbly but settled down to a thin layer of froth. Thick and oily lacing.

S - like everything you want in an English barleywine. Dates and figs and bourbon. Vanilla, cream, brown sugar. Oak, toffee, caramel. Reminds me of a jw Lee's but not as potent.

T - fantastic. Sweet, fruity, vibrant. Oaky and leathery. Whipped cream dessert like decadence that came out of a bourbon barrel. Toffee is probably the most forefront descriptor. I imagine this age phenomenally. Like the nose, it also is very reminiscent of JWLee's and at a much younger statment.

F - is awesome. Thick and very, very rich. Sticks around on the palate long, long after each sip.

Overall - world class.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer #11

Beer: Brew 3000
Brewery: Fremont Brewing
Location: Seattle, WA
Style: British Barleywine
ABV: 13.2%
Description: This English-style barleywine ale uses floor-malted English barley, Noble hops, and extended barrel-aging to bring you a complex and subtle craft beer flavor experience. We brewed this to celebrate brewing our 3000th brew, and we look forward to sharing it with you, our craft beer family.

Appearance: 4 - dark, nearly black. Surprisingly it's a bit translucent.

Nose: 5 - still amazing, and similar to the Vermilion, just not as intense. Subdued.

Taste: 5 - also delicious! A more mature brew than the first. Subtle and inviting rather than overpowering. Boozier.

Mouth: 5 - like drinking a soft caramel.

Overall: 5- another treat! I DO have a bottle of this to age.


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Photo of Sabtos
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark red-mahogany, but clear, with a short tan head that crackles out to a thin khaki ring.

Rich layers of malt, bourbon and caramels pair with mild dark fruits and even a little red wine. Light notes of black pepper contrast with an almost maple-esque vibe from the oak, pairing well with ribbons of brown sugar. Aged dates develop more as it warms, as well as a delicate milk chocolate flavor.

The drinkably medium body has a softly effervescent carbonation, while a just barely sticky feel comes with the tingly numbing semi-dry finish. It's almost got a cola character to it, with a touch of sassafras, but it's much more complex, and pleasantly velvety.

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Photo of brentk56
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours cola brown with a thin beige cap that fades to a ringlet; a few spots cling here and there

Smell: Toffee, raisin and fig with a hint of treacle and chocolate; Bourbon tones envelop

Taste: Toffee, raisin and fig forward, with treacle building the sweetness; a touch of chocolate, in the middle, with the Bourbon adding complexity; impeccably blended through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A beer I knew I would love from the moment I heard about it; I generally don't care for most of the sweet beers that are all the rage today, but an English Barleywine....not that's something that's close to perfection

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Photo of stevoj
4.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Jeremy. Dark brown, flat. Sweet aroma, raisins and chocolate, hint of booziness. Taste continues the sweetness, sticky, more chocolate, brown sugar. Ok, worthy of the hype.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

5oz at Caskcades. Dark dark Amber, small head, no carbonation. Smell is bourbon, dates, oak, booze. Taste is the same but richer. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. This is great.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Stupid dark brown with only a tiny tan ring. What it lacks in looks it makes up for in every other aspect. Toffee, vanilla, bourbon, oak, barley, dark fruit, and slight grains. Taste is pretty much the same, though there is a certain sharpness of the flavors, with very expressive wood and dark fruit in particular. Not overly sweet on boozy. Feel is multi-textured with sharpness, graininess, booze, chewy malts, and a smooth finish.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in 8oz goblet, for the princely sum of $14. Poured a very dark brownish red color, with no head or lacing.

The aroma was very sweet, dominated by vanilla, and had a low alcohol component.

Same on the tongue. The typical grain-malt flavors were missing, no real alcohol heat, and overpowering sweetness. none of the often present leather or tobacco aspects.

The body was, as expected, full and smooth, but was also very syrupy, and had a sticky-sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, except for the syrupy aspect. It coulda been a bit drier.

Overall, while a nicely made brew, it missed the mark style-wise for me. More similar to a modern pastry beer from Grape Lotion than an English Barleywine. I don't think its value fits its price, but, as always, YMMV.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
1.69/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Poured from bomber, very little carbonation and head. Smelled promising, nice vanilla bourbon notes expected. Taste is sugar, little bourbon flavor. Mouthfeel is dummy thicc syrup. Hugely dissatisfied, thinking of dumping after first few sips. Goes to show how people will put hot garbage up on a pedestal. I’m with the other low rating, this is trash. There is no reason to have such a high final gravity with a barleywine. Could honestly be a pancake topping.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L = dark brown with light brown head
N = Rich toffee, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit, molasses
T = Creamy toffee, malts, candy, dark fruit, bourbon, molasses, raisin, cherry, syrup, wood
M = super thick and creamy

Overall, this is an amazing BA barleywine

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Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to K.D. for this bottle, as I’ve been on a barleywine kick & my stash of Central Waters BBBW is down to about 75 bottles. 22 oz. purple-waxed bottle split, reluctantly, with my wife.

The pour is the deep, dark red that harkens to the best of Scarlett Johansson, which makes me like the beer even more. The aroma is sheer decadence. Leathery barrel, brandy I know isn’t there, brown sugar, Abdallah caramel. Damn.

Brew 3000 leaves me 100% erect. The caramel, bourbon barrel, & lush brown sugar hit the palate like a Jim Hoey fastball (hard, not to the backstop, that is). Lower levels of toffee, figs, oak, light booziness & an ending nip of bitterness. Sweet. Thick, dripping caramel. Wish I had another few bombers of this so I could experiment with drinking two or three & experience the resulting hangover.

Bloody fantastic. Fremont rarely disappoints, & this exceeded my expectations. Borderline magnificent.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from a bomber into a PAA Dino glass, this beer pours out a little darker than the normal barleywine. It forms in the glass like a black cherry wood. Enough bubbles muster up to form a crown about one finger width, tan in color. It settles in thinner than a pinky and holds, leaves no lacing throughout. 4

Putting my nose in the glass provides me with notes of leather, a very dry oak, dark fruit, raisins, dried plums, fig Newton cookies, slightly warming bourbon and burnt brown sugar. 4.5

The taste brings a pronounced sweetness. A lot of brown sugar and candied dark fruit dancing around the leather and dry oak backdrop. Lighter sweet layers of vanilla, toffee, caramel and brittle (without the nuts). It has a very light black tea aspect, but nowhere near as much usually detected in American barleywines. 4.5

The feel is not as dry as I would’ve expected after smelling the nose. It is slightly dry while showing a sticky sweetness throughout as well. It’s medium-full bodied and doesn’t leave me desiring for more body. Very well balanced on booze and warmth; it’s in there but nothing like I feel say, bourbon county barleywine is, at the same ABV. 4.5

Overall, this is a beautiful treat. Only my second offering from Fremonts barrel aging program (the first being at a share) and it does not disappoint. They gave me everything I would’ve asked for in a bourbon barrel aged barleywine and did so with extreme care and delicacy. 4.5

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

I missed Brew 2000 so was really hoping my expectations were not overly high. A beautiful auburn brown hue with nearly zero head and the nose is fainter a smell than I’d hope for, even as it warmed. In the end though the proof was in the tasting and it blew me away. This is why I used to love Barleywines so! It took me back with that sweet sticky syrup and heavy figgy notes, but the balance was expertly obtained by the perfect level of carbonation to cut through and allow the incredible flavors to dance on the tongue!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $24.99. First sniff off the bottle was oxidation. Dark brown appearance. Aroma is brown sugar and bourbon then heavy ethanol. The flavor is super sweet, extra brown sugar on top of bourbon barrel and molasses. I swear I tasted pancake syrup. It’s good but too sweet compared to Brew 2000. Might need a year in the bottle.

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Photo of rarigney
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is transparent mahogany with a thin tan head that has decent retention but almost zero lacing. Aroma has elements of toffee, bourbon, and dried fruit, prunes or raisins perhaps. Taste is immediately sticky sweet, with bourbon, vanilla, and dried fruit. Medium to full bodied with a mouth coating sticky sweetness.

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

L: pours dark ruby red with no head
S: bourbon, sweet caramel, toffee and raisins. It has that typical caramel covered raisins aroma that makes me love babw’s. The bourbon on this is very nice, I hope it’s big enough to cut through the sweetness.
T: very tasty. All the flavors in there aroma plus bigger bourbon and slight chocolate to bring down the sharp sweetness in the aroma. This is world class.
F: very smooth, coating, stickey, no heat
O: wow, this is a great babw. More memorable than b1k & b2k

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pretty epic barleywine here, about as big as they get. deep and rich in color and saturation, brownish reddish and just dense as they come, short little head from the tap, and a super strong aroma driven by hot alcohol. plenty of molasses, maple, dried fruit, toffee, and honey there too, slight soy sauce, red apple, and anise sort of spice, even a rum booziness with the cane sugar in it, even though its nice bourbon barrels this is aged in. i do get a lot of the whiskey, intense in the flavor too, with a good amount of vanilla and barrel char there, nice with the heavy malt sweetness, bran muffins, baked crusty dark bread, bread pudding, caramel, molasses again, its sticky and sweet as can be, but the barrel is robust, lots of oak mellowing this, and even though the alcohol is persistent, but i like that in the style, and it serves to cut some of the sugar. heavy throughout, more of the soy coming out at temperature, vanilla sugar, raisin. cool beer, nothing left to wish for in terms of quality, its just personal preference at this point, but i would put this up there with the best beers in the style. id like to try it again with a couple of years of age on it. fremont always nails it with these types of beers, as good as they get really.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
1.96/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

650 mL bottle. Deep brown body with no head. Smells of brown sugar and bourbon. Nutty malts. Tastes immensely sweet. Huge bourbon. Brown sugar. This is undrinkably sugary and boozy. This beer does not make me feel good.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 22oz bomber into an oversized snifter. pours a shiny dark brown with maroon edges. not much head to speak of. a mocha swirl here and there. smells of whiskey-soaked caramel-covered raisins. perhaps some other darker fruits. taste is similar. lovely whiskey and dark fruit notes. caramel, toffee and dark fruit sweetness a bit of chocolate. feel is full bodied, lower carb. overall, an amazing english-style barleywine. thick, plenty of of barrel character and beyond complex taste. fremont continues to impress the hell out of me.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Fremont can glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours an opaque brown body with a fizzy two finger light brown head that reduces to a ring of retention, leaving little lacing.

Aromas are sweet and not overly potent, with caramel, toffee and a touch of boozy bourbon coming in. Pretty subtle yet inviting aromas.

On the tongue this is straight candy - toffee brittle and sweet milky caramel, syrupy vanilla-malt, honey bourbon barrels, light oak, follow through is simple syrup sweetness with a lightly toasty finish. The body is rich but slightly thin, low carbonation.

A solid barleywine but I’m afraid this might have broken my sweetness barrier, which is pretty high. A dessert barleywine for sure, best for splitting and/or sipping.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Some very serious stuff here. Dark, dark amber and crystal clear, its austere and sophisticated beauty maintains a rather imperious presence in the glass. The aroma starts things off very clearly by identifying itself as a completely badass barleywine. In your face, dude. The blasts of boozy malts are so intense it’s a little hard to tell when the aroma ends and the taste takes off. As the nose moves down into the palate, the honey/brown sugar/biscuit/syrup backbone explodes into a blaze of vanilla/bourbon/caramel goodness. And the mouthfeel, yes, well, I’d have to say that it is as close to perfection as to make no difference. Muscular honey viscosity burning with gentle flames of carbonation and alcohol. This is definitely a barleywine for the ages - it’s amazing now and I can’t wait to see what it will be like after a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Beermongers.

Very dark brown with a thin brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is excellent. The nose is rich and decadent. Toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark honey, a little butterscotch, grain, mildly bready sweetness, dark fruit with raisins and plums, there's a ton going on. Mildly vinous, even. The palate opens sweet with toffee, caramel, a little butterscotch, sherry, buckwheat honey. Noticeably sweet but appropriately so, with a big, creamy palate to carry the flavors. Bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar on the mid palate and linger on into the finish. Fantastic mouthfeel. Excellent.

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

This one pours a nice dark brown color, with a small head and not much lacing.

This smells like toffee/Rolo/caramel/sticky malt, with light bourbon, dark fruit, oak, sherry, vanilla, and chocolate.

B2K had a bit more of a boozy/oaky spiciness that elevated it a bit more for me. This has more of a smooth sweetness to it - a nice mashup of vanilla, dark fruit, and caramel candy. There’s only a subtle bourbon barrel character coming through - it’s more represented by vanilla than oak or actual bourbon. I get a touch of chocolate too.

This is smooth and creamy, with basically no booziness, somehow. It’s surprisingly drinkable.

Fremont sets a high bar for their barrel program, and this just clears that bar. It’s a fantastic beer - a near peak for barleywinedom. However, it’s not quite the full throated banger that B2K was.

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Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 111 ratings