Brew 5000
Fremont Brewing Company

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From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
ABV:
12.2%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.46 | pDev: 9.87%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
81
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 19, 2023
Added:
Mar 30, 2021
Wants:
  7
Gots:
  15
English-Style Barleywine Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels

Fremont Brewing began as a dream in 2008. Years later, our dream has come true in each and every one of you, our craft beer family. And like every family, we have had our ups and our downs, but we keep coming back together knowing we are stronger together. In your hands is a special nod to you, a gift for now that will continue to give many years from now should you have the patience to wait…Brew 5000. This English-style barleywine ale uses floor-malted English barley, Noble hops, and is aged in 10-15 year-old, single use bourbon barrels for 16 months to bring you a complex and subtle craft beer flavor experience. We brewed this to celebrate brewing our 5000th brew, and we look forward to sharing it with you, our craft beer family. “Barleywine Is Life." – You

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

Color: Dark brown

Aroma: Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee and other sweet aromatics, with dried fruit and some stone fruit notes. Whiskey and oak linger in the background

Flavor: High sweetness, slightly bitter and definite lingering sweetness in a medium body with alcohol warmth and mouthwatering
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Ratings by Wasatch:
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Reviewed by Wasatch from Colorado

4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
22 oz. Bomber
Green Wax/Capped
Limited 2021 Release

Poured into a Westy 12 glass a pretty nice translucent dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice quick/small/fizzy tan head, which leaves a nice medium size island, and some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums, dates, grapes), vanilla, oak, bourbon, licorice. The taste is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums, dates, grapes), very nice vanilla sweetness, very nice bourbon note, oaky, licorice, a very nice sipper. Full Body, ABV hidden very nicely, a very complex brew. Overall, this is a big beer, very tasty. Glad to see it around here, again.
Jun 20, 2021
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dull and turbid dark brown, feigning black, with a thin khaki head dying to an unevenly bubbly collar.

Though starting with intensely distinct brown sugar and maple, it's not too sweet because of a contrasting bourbon char and dark fruit counterpunch.

Side by side with Arabesque b1, I began to also find this to be suddenly woodier, while also exhibiting a lightly boozy lozenge characteristic.
Oct 19, 2023
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Look - Blackish brown with a nice tahn rimming and lacing
Smell and taste - fantastic malty caramel toffee with a ton of barrel
Feel - medium full body with a light creamy carb
OVerall - just fantastic!!!
Sep 25, 2023
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Sweet caramel and brown-sugar malty, dark fruity raisins, and a cinnamon vanilla bourbon boozy nose on this one! Taste follows with a well-balanced, sweet toffee malty, brown sugar, and an integrated bourbon finish. A little more bourbon warmth comes out as it warms and opens up. This is drinking fantastic at the moment! This is phenomenal!
Jul 03, 2023
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Dark burgundy colored pour with thick, dense caramel colored creamy lacing.

S - Brown sugar and toasted toffee with light Bourbon.

T - Brown sugar, Bourbon, toasted toffee.

M - Medium body and a silky texture.

O - Pretty darn good and worth checking out.
Jun 24, 2023
 
Rated: 4.34 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle.

Caramel brown color.

Bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, oak, toffee vanilla, plums, raisins, figs. All the great classic bw executed well as alway! Great barrel integration .
May 21, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas

Apr 22, 2023
 
Rated: 4.49 by loganburgh from Michigan

Jan 27, 2023
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours a fizzy semi small head with fair retention, fair lacing, dark cold brown color

Nose some dark malts but no roast, burnt caramel, toffee, hint of candied dark fruits, mild waxy oxidation, little chocolate, baking spices, raisin

Taste is quite sweet, syrupy heavy sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, condensed caramelized sugar, little dark toasted brown malt, mild bitterness, little vanilla, faint waxy oxidation, mild baking spices and dark fruits, raisin, butterscotch, no barrel, sticky sweet finish

Mouth is fuller bod, a bit rich but not really chewy, syrupy sticky sweet though, lower carb

Overall this was a mess, no barrel at all, really sweet and sticky which was unpleasant, flavors and aromas were also mostly just the sweet sugar characters. I def won't finish this
Jan 22, 2023
 
Rated: 4.46 by vfgccp from New York

Dec 16, 2022
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Removing this brew from my “wants” list courtesy of @snaotheus in BIF14 , thank you!

Dated 4/1/2021, opened 6/18/2022

Ranked #9 on BA for the barleywine style

Brewers Notes: English-Style Barleywine Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels

Fremont Brewing began as a dream in 2008. Years later, our dream has come true in each and every one of you, our craft beer family. And like every family, we have had our ups and our downs, but we keep coming back together knowing we are stronger together. In your hands is a special nod to you, a gift for now that will continue to give many years from now should you have the patience to wait…Brew 5000. This English-style barleywine ale uses floor-malted English barley, Noble hops, and is aged in 10-15 year-old, single use bourbon barrels for 16 months to bring you a complex and subtle craft beer flavor experience. We brewed this to celebrate brewing our 5000th brew, and we look forward to sharing it with you, our craft beer family. “Barleywine Is Life." – You

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

Color: Dark brown

Aroma: Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee and other sweet aromatics, with dried fruit and some stone fruit notes. Whiskey and oak linger in the background

Flavor: High sweetness, slightly bitter and definite lingering sweetness in a medium body with alcohol warmth and mouthwatering

Waxed and capped bottle poured into a spiegelau tulip snifter, dark brown/ruby red accented liquid with tiny streams of mice carbonation , fizzy taupe foam cap that quickly recedes to a ring

Aroma is sweet bourbon, tobacco, leather, raisins, dark fruits

Taste is sweet, brown sugar, bourbon soaked raisins, dark fruits , toffee. This is a sweet barleywine. The toffee flavor expands as the glass warms

Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy, syrupy, the sweetness lingers , the 12.2% abv is invisible

Oh my goodness, this is good, i will sleep with a smile on my face tonight , thank you @snaotheus
Jun 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Jun 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Bruno74200 from France

May 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Received from my sender in NBW BIF #15 (Thanks Jammin!)
Poured the color of strong tea and had a manilla colored 1” head.
The aroma was mild for me (chemically damaged nose) but sweet malts did tilt through.
The taste, oh the taste. I had a bomber to myself and I still wanted more. Smooth and slightly sweet and full tilt malts swirl with oak and bourbon for a superb flavor. I seriously considered not brushing my teeth tonight so I could keep tasting it,
The feel was excellent, I sipped the entire thing over 90 minutes and it was good.
Thanks Jammin, this was really, really good!
May 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.51 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Apr 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.69 by o29 from Texas

Apr 15, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pours a gorgeous mahogany brown that is a little cloudy, which fits these big (12.2% ABV) barleywines really well, and there’s a tight, creamy tan head up top for good measure. Absolutely beautiful beer. The nose has a significant toffee note and a HUGE stone fruit aroma that presents as dark cherries, and a nice oaky booze note from the barrel that tosses a bit of vanilla into the mix. O. M. G.

The toffee flavor is upfront on the taste, a rich and creamy treat that sets the tone for this beer. The dark cherries follow, and they are the perfectly delicious complement to the rich toffee on my palate, with some booze and oak at the very back of the taste. Incredible balance in a complex beer.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy, fitting this beer to a “T.” This is the best beer I’ve had in the last year or so. Magnificent stuff.
Mar 28, 2022
Brew 5000 from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 81 ratings