B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of our winter ale has a warming spicy aroma and rich carmelly notes of bourbon, wood and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolatey malt flavors and subtle hopping.

Down & Dirty: 2-Row, Crystal-120, Munich, Roast Barley, Carafa-2 & Chocolate malts with Columbus, Willamette & US Goldings hops.

Aged in 15 year-old American oak whiskey barrels. Blend of 24 and 12 month-old bourbon aged Abominable Ale.

Added by olympuszymurgus on 01-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#235
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
1,210
pDev:
7.01%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpa112
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dental
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ToddBeans
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those beers where I actually regret not buying three of them or more. The barrel is so awesome on this beer, and it melded perfectly with the rich roasted malt and caramel flavors. Really delicious.

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4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'll be the first to admit that I don't know what distinguishes B-Bomb as a "winter ale" (or strong ale) versus a stout. I believe it has to do with the blending of different vintages of barrel-aged beers, but that's just my vague recollection regarding strong ales. But the winter ale part? No idea.

Being as it's finally almost not-winter here in MN, I figured I might just drink a B-Bomb and finally review it.

B-Bomb pours a deep, rich, dark brown. There is just the slightest hint of head to the beer - otherwise, it appears nearly void of carbonation. I didn't bother smelling it while cold but left it to warm up a bit - and then it has a richly complex aroma of bourbon and leather. This made me a bit cautious. I keep thinking of Rusty Nail whenever I think of leathery beers... this should not be a bad thing as I actually LOVE The Rusty Nail, but it still makes me nervous for some reason.

No reason for nervousness, though - B-Bomb is oh-so smooth. The taste is quite complex with lots of tobacco and leather and molasses and bourbon - which still manages to be very syrupy and sweet. It imparts a nice bourbon warmth to your chest, which I find really enjoyable. My only gripe, admittedly minor, is that I just didn't get a lot of barrel notes from the beer.

That aside - B-Bomb is terrific. I think I prefer The Rusty Nail and Dark Star, but that certainly would not prevent me from buying another bottle of B-Bomb! I'd love this with a bowl of fiendishly spicy chili on a cold winter day!

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avitra
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On my search for the perfect winter ale, this comes somewhere in the middle. Look is very Portery, extremely dark, which is not necessarily my favorite. Very little aroma, and while there are warm notes of nutmeg, red fruit, subtle dark chocolate and vanilla, there is something lacking, almost void or empty in the flavor. As if it's more boozy and warm that it is flavorful.

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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. Pours an extremely dark, viscous brown with a half-finger of tan head that rises from the depths after decanting. Minimal lacing aside from retention of a ring around the surface, but long-lasting legs when swirled--a really gorgeous appearance. A bit muted on the nose in comparison to the flavor profile, but with fig, muscovado, blackstrap molasses, and a light dried tobacco accent. More nuanced plum, sherry, tannins, barrel oak, and more on the palate. Tongue-coating without being syrupy in a bad way, a very enjoyable sipper.

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4.88/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 bottle was amazing
Great smell, nice thick body, dark colored, taste was very nice with a long lasting sweet taste at the end. Very nice thick feel on the tongue. Delicious.

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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1,210 ratings