Brew 3000
Fremont Brewing Company

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Barleywine - English
4.48 | pDev: 9.15%
Dec 30, 2021
Feb 22, 2019
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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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4.34/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a bottle (02Mar2019) into a small festival taster

L: pours a clear dark amber brown (too dark to see through the middle) with a bare minimum of foam at the edge. The slightest bit of slow visible carbonation at the edge as well. No lacing, not seeing much in terms of legs either

S: inviting nose, rich and sweet malty aroma. Get figs, raisins, chocolate, caramel. A bit of bourbon barrel and vanilla. A hint of cinnamon or something similar as well. Again sweet but fitting; not not much abv heat on the nose

T: follows the nose well, liquid sticky pudding the first impression. Solid dessert flavors but not in the pastry stout sense. Figs and raisins on the fruit front, plays well with that sweet toffee-esque note. There’s a nice baking chocolate flavor that comes through toward the finish - helps cut through some of the initial sweetness. Abv works well, warming as I sip but not boozy - comes through more as it warms. Overall find the flavor lacks a little something in complexity, but it’s very good

F: medium body, light+ carbonation. There’s a slick feeling to the swallow, but it’s not super viscous or full

O: very tasty, rich barleywine. Checks the aroma and flavor boxes - happy to sip on it, would have liked some more depth but outstanding nonetheless

Dec 30, 2021
4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 25, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark plum burgundy with transparency (albeit, dark enough it's not easy to see through). Head is half a finger of khaki foam. This is an aged bottle, which would explain the lack of foam. Aroma is raisins, fig, plum, molasses, and toffee. These really come in like a shotgun blast, with little bursts of flavor here and there. Slightly muddled, but really just well folded together. Flavor profile is raisins, fig, plum, molasses, toffee, and candied sugar. Big time sweetness, but with just enough heat from the alcohol to keep it in check. That's not to say it's "hot" at all, in contrary, the heat is subtle enough to maintain the balance, while also announcing it's presence. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a full and creamy texture. Overall, "wow" in my notes. It gives off big time candy bar vibes, but not in a cloying or sickly over-the-top way, but rather, a boozy adult candy bar. While I can't speak to how this drank fresh, it's drinking incredibly well right now (about two years of age on it.)

Served in a 12oz tulip from a 22oz bottle.

May 16, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by SierraNevallagash from Maine

Fremont - Brew 3000

Thank you so very much to Brandon for this long-time want!

650ml bottle - purple wax - poured into a snifter at 50°F.

Pours a deep, dark rosewood brown, sitting just a few shades lighter than black, and surrounded by a few sticky brown bubbles that dissipate very quickly, leaving absolutely nothing behind. With a swirl, the ale clings to the glass, leaving legs behind.

Nose: Dense and saturated, B3k explodes out of the glass with imposing aromas of dark toffee, brown sugar, Cavendish pipe tobacco, vanilla bean, burned caramel, toasted muscovado sugar, molasses cookie dough, and maple syrup. There's some dark,fruit elements - primarily Turkish fig, dates, and a kiss of plum,  as well as a unique floral note. Not hops, but sweet summer blossoms. Tons and tons of bourbon-soaked oak. Beautiful.

Palate: B3k greets the palate sweet and malty - quite sweet, almost dessert proportions, with a suggestion of pure maple syrup. Notes of gomemade soft caramel, butter toffee, butterscotch, creme brulée, caramel flambe, vanilla cream, brown sugar, toasted pound cake, and Irish cream all weave together to form a truly dessert-like flavour profile. Just a faint touch of toast - like bread crust, and then the barrel begins to cut through enough to lend a touch of dryness, but not nearly enough to reduce the imposing sweetness. Oaky and woody, with some splintery barrel, barrel char, and secondary vanillin and caramel notes, with a touch of fruity fig, and then bourbon, finishing sweet, with maple syrup and sweet grains.

Mouthfeel/Body: Absolutely full-bodied. Rich, chewy, thick, sticky, and slick, with a bit of viscosity. About as thick as you'd want a barleywine, while possessing just enough fluidity to keep it from drinking completely syrupy. Effervescence is quite low, but there's plenty of bubbles - just very fine and mellow. Sticky lips, and tongue-numbing booze.

Overall: This is a rather tricky one. Taking everything about it into consideration, it is an absolutely world-class barrel-aged barleywine. You can immediately tell that it's a quality ale. Thr maple quality without any maple syrup? Amazing. My one and only real gripe is the sweetness, which I find to be a bit much, hindering the drinkability, as it doesn't really dry out. If you like dessert beers, you may feel it's perfect. Underneath that sweetness, this is still a spectacular beer.

Mar 02, 2021
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.58 by VashonGuy from Washington on Nov 08, 2020
4.29 by eppie82 from Illinois on Oct 26, 2020
4.46 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado on Oct 24, 2020
4.37 by BAsbill from California on Oct 14, 2020
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2020
4.75 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Sep 05, 2020
4.7 by Vysta from Missouri on Aug 22, 2020
4.24 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Jul 04, 2020
4.55 by EMH73 from New York on May 08, 2020
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4.86/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by sulldaddy from Connecticut

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?? :)

Apr 04, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by darktronica from Indiana

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.

Mar 21, 2020
4.28 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Mar 08, 2020
4.61 by Brian29 from Ohio on Feb 14, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 13, 2020
4.25 by cherche from Washington on Feb 09, 2020
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4.94/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

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.


Feb 07, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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.

Jan 29, 2020
4.77 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 26, 2020
4.49 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jan 21, 2020
4.54 by mig100 from Texas on Jan 18, 2020
4.5 by stortore from Illinois on Jan 17, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jan 11, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

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.

Jan 07, 2020
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4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by snaotheus from Washington

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.

Dec 29, 2019
4.75 by Duffman79 from Connecticut on Dec 22, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

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.

Nov 30, 2019
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3.27/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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.

Nov 27, 2019
4.5 by paulish from New York on Nov 17, 2019
4.35 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 11, 2019
4.54 by Hopelessly0 from California on Nov 02, 2019
4.73 by crobinso from Colorado on Oct 11, 2019
5 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Oct 08, 2019
4.79 by SFACRKnight from Colorado on Oct 06, 2019
4.62 by mmoore9363 from Arizona on Oct 04, 2019
Brew 3000 from Fremont Brewing Company
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