Winter Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
180 Ratings
Winter AleWinter Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Abominable Ale

This is a tasty Winter Ale to snuggle up to, released for the winter months when snow blankets the terrain of the mind and the body craves warmth and, let’s be honest, it’s dark and wet most of the time so your beer better be damn good. Winter Ale is dark like the weather with roast chocolate and warm malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Because Beer Matters!

47 IBU

Added by beertunes on 01-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
17
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sixpoint
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tylerstravis
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M_chav
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle as a Christmas gift from a friend. Thanks! Pours nearly pitch black with a massing khaki brown head that sticks around a good while. Aroma of straight up malt extract--in a completely good way--some light hops, molasses, more sweet malts. Whoah. Flavor is sweet up front with big malt body to the Nth degree, some lightly earthy hops that balance things tremendously, finishing with some light roast and smoke, and long molasses notes. Big body, medium low carbonation. Right on. This is one of the better non-BAs in this style that I've had. Really delicious and relaxing. Have to try the bourbon version now.

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Photo of Drknight
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eternal218
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Into a Weyerbacher tulip from a bomber (muled to MN from Seattle by my sister, thanks Hot Shot Boss!)

A: deep dark brown with a thin khaki crown
S: chocolate malts, roasted barley, faint hoppiness but not pronounced enough for me to specify
T: starts with some nice malty layers, a little chocolate, some caramel and a little pale malt breadiness, some toasty notes, and the back half has some orangey/melony and earthy/spicy hops, some kind of fruitiness (maybe starfruit) and some more sweetness (caramel? chocolate? licorice?). All in all, good body, some bitterness and also fairly sweet in a way that lingers.
M: wet, low to med carbonation, hides the alcohol pretty well, moderately chewy and creamy but not too heavy.

Overall: Good...I can't quite get to loving the way all the different parts hang together and it is a little too sweet for me, but I can respect and enjoy it, and it is well made.

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Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterPenguins
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of litolpea
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stratusjeans
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EB1
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of julielynndubee
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with little light transmission and a half finger dark khaki head with good retention and lacing.Aroma of sweet bready malt with hints of caramel, dark dried fruit, mainly raisins and dates, light hay; earthy winter spices. Flavor is caramel malt with some toastiness, dark dried fruit, cinnamon and clove, cocoa, light molasses. Finishes with earthy spices and light hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. This is exactly what I hope for in a winter warmer; seasonal spicing in a rich malty body. The malt depth and woody, earthy components make it clear why this makes such a good base for the BA version. Very nice seasonal.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta say- if you're expecting a traditional "winter warmer" style beer before taking your first sip of this beer, you are in for a bit of a surprise. If this was sold year round as a porter I wouldn't be surprised at all. Deep dark appearance, tan head. Very malty but not in the same way a lot of winter ales are;Very roasted chocolate and nut taste, still has that hint of boozy aroma though. Has a roasted nutty finish, dark chocolate linger. This is a great beer, but a bit of a different direction than your typical winter warmer.

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Photo of msds
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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