Winter Ale | Fremont Brewing Company

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3.84/5
Very Good
204 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
Ranking:
#14,499
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
204
pDev:
8.85%
Bros Score:
3.76
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught at Naked City, Abominable is dark, cola brown, pretty much still, with only a wisp of a khaki collar.

Smell is muted, even after letting it warm up and breath for a while, just a little caramel.

Taste is pretty mellow, just a generic malty beer, some caramel, a touch of char. Clean, but underwhelming, I kept waiting for it to open up, but to no avail.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied, perhaps a touch more, but not painfully so. Smooth, drinks like a porter, but with less then average malt (but still dark).

Drinkability ok, it's smooth and inoffensive, and the 7.5% ABV is well hidden. OTOH, it lacks character, and is boring. Average, generic dark ale, although not your typical winter warmer - darker yet less flavor!

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Photo of hreb
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Original review from March 19 2012

22 oz bottle dated 10.18.11. Beer pours a thick dark brown with a chestnut head. Little aroma. Flavor is immediately spicy. Ingredients ("Down & Dirty") claim no additives, so the spice must be all in the hops. Otherwise I might have guessed cloves, based on the "heat" of the flavor. 8.0% ABV (based on this year's label) doesn't hurt, either. There's a malt backbone to thing thing as well, but flavor-wise, it's lost here. Mouthfeel is pretty good thanks to well-moderated carbonation, but drinkability suffers due to the one dimensional bitterness. Verdict: not my favorite.

Update Jan 5 2017, now called "Fremont Winter Ale"

Ok, it's not as bad as I remembered. Or more accurately, not as bas as I forgot, because I wasn't sure I'd ever had this beer (the label changed from red with a sasquatch to blue with herons). It looks a lot better than it smells or tastes, and the spicy clove flavor is out of balance. But there is some sweetness to counter it out, and while I would never call it balanced, it does have a clean finish. +0.25 for that.

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3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Black and small red highlights with thin brown head with mediocre retention. Light chocolate, roasted and herbal aroma. Charcoal and chocolate balanced with light herbal and spice. Very dry finish with moderate but smooth feel and carbonation.

Good subtle flavor up front but drowned completely by roasted malt and dryness. Taking long breaks allows you to enjoy that flavor once again but still it ends in an overly dry feel.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vladdswrath
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark chocolate with a foamy head that leaves a solid, honeycomb lacing on the glass. This looks amazing. The aroma is not that intense, but very pleasant...simple malts, molasses and dark fruity alcohol. Flavor is overwhelmingly burnt roasted malt. Sort of unpleasant actually. I didn't see that one coming. It lightens up a bit as you sip, but that first blast is a shock to the system. Still, it remains somewhat harsh and bitter with lots of smoke, no matter how slow you go at it. Mouth feel is surprisingly thin and dry, again completely not what I expected.

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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance – half finger head on a clear dark brown body.

Aroma – dark malt, chocolate, a little warm spice almost like cinnamon

Taste – dark malt, dark bread, chocolate, a little warm spice that reminds me of nutmeg, but a bit metallic

Mouthfeel – not bad, smooth but that metallic twang at the end detracts

Overall – not a bad winter warmer even if it is a bit off.

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3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz BOMB, bottleworks

the cask version of this layed on a ton of raspberries was wonderful - this review is the bottled base beer

appearance: split/served in great divide shaker pint, near ebony body, splotchy tan head with a nice lace

smell: char, light dry roasty aroma, not much else

taste: Bitter roast, dry char, bakers chocolate, some nice dark fruits, smoke, toffee. Interesting, but benefits from the barrel and cask treatment at the brewery.

mouthfeel: dry, bitter roastiness

overall: ok, not my favorite fremont bottling

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3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a beer competition.

Pours a murky brown with tons of head. Too much if you ask me. No real lacing to speak of with massive bubbles on the head. Smells Pretty non-descript. Some sweetness on the nose and a bit of spice. Tastes dry and sweet. A bit of yeastiness as well. Fairly light on flavour but well balanced.High carbonation and fairly drinkable. Overall, not stellar but definitely not bad

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3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. When I think winter warmer, I imagine some red or ruby hues. This looks like a porter or stout. Nice 3/4 inch head that leaves nice lacing. Not much of a nose on this. Faint roasted grain. Maybe a hint of raisin. The taste is good. Not great. It's an easy drinking beer for sure. Very slight roasty flavor. Bit of sweetness. Again that hint of raisin. Really smooth and balanced. Hops are nowhere to be found. They are in there because it is really well balanced but nothing really shines flavor wise. I like this beer more than my review reflects. This is a good beer for a cold winter day. However I think when you slap "winter warmer"on it, you expect certain flavors to be bolder. This cost $5 and change for a bomber at Full Throttle Bottles. Really good price for this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Winter Ale from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 204 ratings