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
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Looks more like a porter than a winter ale but the look is good and the black liquid/beige head leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Fruity, with a combination of nectarine and plum along with molasses spice cookies

Taste: Fruit forward, with the nectarine and plum flavors combining with charred malt, up front; molasses cookies build, in the middle; but the finish is somewhat burnt

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting winter warmer (here in the middle of the summer); wish there wasn't so much of a charred flavor on the finish

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a porter with deep dark chocolate color and it's creamy deep beige head,some deep ruby is shown thru when held to the light.Roasted and warming in the nose along with fruity esters and chocolate notes,again alot like a porter.Big roastiness on the palate along with earthy tones,bitter chocolate along with mild fruitiness and sweet alcohol in the finish,I don't get any spice really.To me this is a bigger porter all the way,and a good one.A nice change of pace from the sweet spiced winter warmers.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep reddish mahogany color with an attractive cap of foam and lots of lacing in the wine tumbler. A light body. Warm and rich malty flavor. Tastes like there is some spice in the mix, but the ingredients list insists on just barley and four hop varieties. In any case, it's an intriguing smooth flavor more enjoyable than the common winter clove bomb.

IBUs are rated at 47, but this brew is just pleasantly spicy with a modestly bitter aftertaste. Some sweetness lingers and kisses the lips with every sip. So much dark roasted flavor. Flavor of Mexican cocoa, and I would swear there is a touch of cinnamon.

One of my favorite winter brews this year for sure. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Wine World and Spirits in north Seattle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Had this on nitro at Fremont.

A: Served in a goblet, Abomb was dark brown, practically black with an amazing tan head. Great retention, lasting an extremely long time with sheets of lacing forming down the sides.

S: A good bit of coffee and roast upfront with some faint dark fruit and a bit of spice on the finish.

T: A bit hoppier on the flavor profile, some light pine and a little citrus mixed with chocolate, cocoa, a little caramel, and faint dark fruit.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth from the nitro.

O: A really solid winter warmer, great flavor profile and surprisingly drinkable for 8% and the bold flavors it imparts. Nitro did it wonders, but have also had it on tap no on nitro and like it just as much.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this beer and for 5000 for sending me another bottle of it.

The beer pours a dark brown color with red highlights and a tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate with some nice cream notes mixed in as well. The flavor is similar. The beer is very chocolatey tasting and there is also a nice amount of roasted malt. There is also a little bit of mint in the flavor, which goes well with the other flavors. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Brewforia... Poured into my CC snifter... deep dark brown brew... tan head... good retention and spotty lacing.

Nose is nice and fresh... lite cocoa and pretty pronounced fruity esters... still pretty dry... dark cherry and lesser dried plum...

Flavor mirrors the aroma and begins with a good push of dark malts.... not as dry as the nose... but the fruits bloom nicely... with warmth a blanketing rich maltiness grows and makes this one a pretty good brew. The fruits thankfully make this one better for me as I don't think it is spiced... a bit figgy.. golden raisin.... dark malt and fruity esters.... nuff said.

Great body... coating and still nicely carbonated.... well done no doubt.

All 4's.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a slightly cloudy deep mahogany color with a light tan head that had some retention, but minimal lacing.

A surprising roasty scent greets the nose first, with malt sweetness and a touch of spiciness underneath. The flavors follow along very closely, again the amount of roast is surprising for the style. There is a solid malt foundation upon which a skilled hand built the spice and hop flavors.

The body is full, smooth, rich and solid. Drinkabilty is very good, this is a great choice to snuggle with. Overall, a very good brew, worth some effort to try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

dark brown color, nice head. smell very caramel/malt forward. taste is smooth, lots of chocolate, some plum/dark fruit flavors. quite good. interesting take on a winter warmer. fremont is just solid

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up in Seattle, poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark brown with a light brown head. It's a small head, but good retention and lacing left on the glass.

S - Coffee, roasted malts, and a sweetness, hard to place.

T - Sweet roasted malts, spices, and coffee finish it off.

D - Heavy body, low to average carbonation.

O - Suitable for a winter ale. It could use a bit more spice.

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Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my in-laws for this bottle stuffed in my stocking for Christmas 2012! Had this once before (actually 3 times!) after the 2012 Resolution Run on new year's day in Magnuson Park, Seattle, but this is the full review 1/8/2013

Appearance. Pours a deep dark brown with only a little redish light coming through and capped with a half finger of khaki head.

Smell. Dark malts, caramel and some sweet chocolate. Yum.

Taste. Dark and maybe a bit smokey malts, some bitter dark chocolate and just a touch of dried dark fruits without the sweetness. Quite dry and the alcohol is VERY well hidden ...that much I remember from the last time I had this. I also remember feeling better after that race than any other I've ran.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, below medium smooth carbonation.

Overall. A very nice beer, especially for a winter warmer. I remember a little spice the last time I had it, but not getting much this time ...not that that's a bad thing.

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