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

B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)
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From:
Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #5
ABV:
14%
Score:
98
Ranked #361
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 7%
Reviews:
256
Ratings:
1,092
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 22, 2022
Added:
Jan 15, 2010
Wants:
  497
Gots:
  351
SCORE
98
World-Class
B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)
Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
L: Dark deep brown pour from a 22oz bottle into a sniffer - Almost pitch black on this. Slight lacing appeared to surface.
S: Chocolatey malts, baking chocolate similar, slight caramel, fruity aromas. Smelling the bourbon/whiskey batches too.
T: Smell like it tastes but extra smooth. Surprisingly smooth, big chocolatey, cherry notes with slight bourbon taste. Dark malts, slight caramel. Very fine and extraordinary beer.
F: Medium to heavy bodied - rare for a beer this big, that's how you know it has potential for a world class. Not carbonated.
O: This beer is good, complex, very drinkable and rich. It's a perfect Christmas drinker and so easy to drink. Cheers!
Dec 22, 2022
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Reviewed by hopley from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2016 version, drank 12/2022 out of a tulip. thick, solid, tasty, not too over the top in any direction - just a great solid barrel aged stout. From an aging perspective, I probably sat on this two years longer than I should have, but that’s splitting hairs…!
Dec 10, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a deep, dark brown. Aroma is incredibly complex. A balance of brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak and even some nuttiness. Taste lives up to the aroma. So many flavors, sweetness and well balanced. It comes in waves. In addition to the brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak, there are coffee and chocolate flavors. Full body and very smooth. Overall one of the best Strong Ales, I have had the pleasure to taste!
Dec 05, 2022
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Reviewing a 2016 vintage. Dark brown, minimal head and lacing. Scents of cinnamon, vanilla, and woody barrel. With some age, the taste is subtle, but there’s plenty of cinnamon spiciness, vanilla, and caramel. Big body-boozy, a medium thickness, and a clean finish. This was one of the beers I really wanted to try from Fremont, and I think I got a couple of vintages. At least I hope I did, because a six year old version of it is amazing.
Dec 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by desint from Belgium

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.55 by powbucks from California

Sep 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.93 by Chilmer from Iowa

Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.71 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.8 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2022
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Rated by BMBCLT from South Carolina

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
2021 Vintage
Jul 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.31 by Dsimenson from California

May 07, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A friend of mine visited Colorado for a family Christmas and he brought back a bunch of RR goodies 12-31-21 including this 22 oz bomber for $24.99. Bottled 2021; consumed 5-7-22. ABV = 13.5%

Beer poured black with a tan head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is wonderful, vanilla, coffee, leather, and bourbon provide a wonderful aroma ahead of each sip.

Taste is a huge bourbon-soaked malt base that lends some toffee and coffee, a touch of vanilla, cacao, and leather. Finishes expertly balanced between the extended barrel time and a lot of hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and extremely smooth resulting in each sip being extremely satisfying.

Overall this is on par with BCBS if not better!
May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by smi69 from New York

Apr 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured at 55°. Creamy tight dark tan head briefly sits atop a dark opaque body with ruby see-through; poor cap retention leaves a small island of micro dots and medium ring; bands of soapy lacing and heavy legs on swirl. Bourbon, caramel, spiced plums, and tobacco nose. Semi sweet toffee, bourbon, spiced plum pudding up front; oaky vanilla and tobacco with light bitter hops and coffee middle; sugary raisins as liquid warms; bitter sweet dark chocolate finish. Alcohol bite on tip of tongue; medium minus carbonation and medium body; smooth with a light drying oaky barrel tongue coating; despite the boozy bite, minimal warmth from 12.8% abv. Overall excellent; well blended/balanced ; barrel flavors compliment base; barely spicy for a “winter” ale, yet enough to notice; and just enough alcohol to make me sip rather than drink deeply; I like how there is some hop bitterness, like a fine English-style Barleywine; a great Winter Warmer!
Mar 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.26 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bomber poured into a 24oz snifter (I don’t remember the last time I had a bomber!)
2020 Limited Release, 12.8% ABV
thanks to Instagram @beeraficionado
L: dark brown body; foamy tan head
S: oak, bourbon, booze, brown sugar, caramelized grain, leather
T: rich & complex: caramel, toffee, oaky bourbon, vanilla, cacao, coffee, brown sugar, molasses, leather, tobacco leaf, earthy hops
F: very full body, creamy & smooth, ample carbonation, excellently balanced
O: now that’s what I call a winter warmer!
Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2020 bottle. Very exciting, first big beer I’ve had from Fremont. Sat on this for over a year and a half. SO incredibly mellow and smooth. The description is perfect. Well-spiced with hints of wood, rich bourbon, vanilla, etc. Drinks so easy that I’m happy to have a second bottle to age for a few more years. And pairs well with sweet and/or rich food. Simply divine!
Feb 01, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 release. Received from @snaotheus in the NBS BIF #14. Poured into a stout glass at 59°. It pours a very dark walnut, with cola hues at the bottom of the glass, and a large, foamy, khaki-colored cap and thick, clinging lacing. It smells of roasted, oaky malt, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and nutty char. The taste is sensational with notes of charred nutty malt, dark chocolate, oak, leather, tobacco, vanilla, roasted barley, and noticeable but mellow bourbon. As it breathes the chocolate becomes more pronounced. The flavors blend beautifully. It finishes with a good dose of bitterness. The mouth feel is luxuriously thick and creamy with mild carbonation and the 13.2% ABV is remarkably well hidden. It drinks very easily. Overall, because it's a blend of different barrel-aged Strong Ales, B-Bomb is unique and comparison to other ales is difficult. I'm enjoying it immensely on a frigid, snowy, January night and am grateful for the opportunity.
Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2020 vintage; consumed on 1/18/22

Pours a clean nlack body with deeper mahogany highlights and is capped with multiple fingers of dense, creamy, dark khaki/hazelnut foam; solid head retention yields to a half-finger of lush cap, a large, richly frothy collar, and a limited array of mounded, webby lacing set firmly to the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with notes of leather and prickly underpinnings of antique cedarwood; a dark fruit profile with a discernible cherry prominence eases over the mid-palate to steady caramel on the neck end of the bouquet as rounded bourbon and deep barrel inflection courses through the close.

Taste brings leather accented with cherry and a budding, slightly smoky char toward roasty caramel and almost floral oak through a mid-palate deftly grazed with baking spices and a deepening, airy cacao nib char on the back end as bourbon vanillins linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body sporting a fuller carbonation rounding to a taut, effervescent fluff; clean, silky textures with underlying char peak over the mid-palate, drying moderately to an extensive, level warmth through the finish.

A layered composition of leather, fruit, and malted chocolate is tied together with a unique tango of vibrant woodiness and hearty bourbon; hearty and rustic in character, deftly effervescent in execution, this strong ale is an apt benchmark for a style spearheaded by intriguing edges in variability.
Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2018

Pours black with little to no head and no lacing.

Tastes of dark malt with mild bitterness, caramel, vanilla, coffee-earthy, oak, leather, dark savory fruits and a tad boozy. Very nice!
Jan 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.44 by o29 from Texas

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Had 2 versions with stuff in the them, this is my first time with the nekid variety. 2018 bottling from Tavour.

There is just so much going on here. Cocoa, toffee, raisin, leather, vanilla, and a whole helluva lot more are all noticeable but well incorporated. A thick, warm, coating of sweet, sweet bourbon brings it all together. As it warms there are hints of soy sauce at the edges. I think I might enjoy a fresh bottle just a little more. This vintage should be fine for a while, but I don't see it improving.
Dec 30, 2021
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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great one to cap the night. Nearly unequaled in the depth and robustness of bourbon barrel flavor. Pours nearly black with light brown head. Aroma is oak, chocolate, the kind of cherry and vanilla exuded by bourbon barrels. Taste begins with sweet bourbon barrel vanilla, oak, and chocolate and finishes with cherry, Dr. Pepper, oak and roasted malts. Hints of caramel, toffee, molasses, tobacco, shoe leather. Thick and sticky sweet body with mild but adequate carbonation and a bit of alcohol warming. Would go great with a cigar and a game of biliards; think gentleman parlor room.
Dec 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by irishevans from California

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 Fremont B-Bomb for a special occasion…older son’s wedding. They’re in the tropics, I’m in a hail storm. Oh well.

I tried the 2018 coconut version before but not a regular B-Bomb. This was from a few years ago, some early Tavour scores.

Poured cellar temp to a Glencairn yields a burnt copper color, with lively cinnamon head that sizzles quickly. Nose is char and spice.

First sips bring a lot of charred oak wood off the bat. The bourbon bite is close behind. It’s all powerhouse, winter warmer most definitely. Middle is leather-esque, some noticeable spiciness, and a deep, dark ale foundation. Finish is extremely dry, leaving mostly oak and spice linger.

As it aerates, more flavorful stone fruit flavors in the mix. Almost, in a way, similar to duck’s blood soup with fruits. Polish reference.

This is not a subtle drink. It’s very aggressive, making it a good choice for this cold weather. 14% ABV.
Dec 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2019 drank in 2021
Look - Really nice thick dark brown with a lasting tan head and lacing
Smell - boozy spice chocolate
Taste - nice spice coffee chocolate
Feel - medium full body and medium crab
Overall - pretty good but I could see the adjuncte ones being better
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.65 by Resistance88 from California

Nov 08, 2021
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Rated by oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2020 Vintage - Incredible. Wish I had bought a 2nd. Lots of complex layers and flavors.
Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
If you are lucky enough to have this beer in your hands, you are in for a treat. If you aren't, your life sucks. This is a glorious beer. Pours soul-tainted black with a fluffy head that leaves no lattice behind. The aroma is of coconut, bourbon and cinnamon. The taste? I just need a moment. Ahhhh. It is a wonderfully balanced cinnamon and coconut taste with obvious bourbon barrel characteristics. Smooooooth. You walk among giants if you are tasting this beer.
Jun 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.45 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

May 16, 2021
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Rated by erickc from Washington

4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap at Special Brews Lynnwood, WA. This was on nitro.
May 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by nataku00 from California

Mar 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by 0x4a64 from Minnesota

Mar 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.71 by WAstateSEA from Washington

Mar 15, 2021
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Reviewed by mkh012 from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2020 release, opened on 2/20/21. I meant to age this one but got impatient.

Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a ring.

The nose is the highlight of the beer. Chocolate, caramel, cherry, bourbon, and leather. Subtle savory depth, resembling salt or soy sauce. Simultaneously delicate and impactful.

The taste features similar notes, with minor herbal bitterness and metallic undertones that thankfully fade almost completely as the beer warms (from ~50°F to room temp). Dark chocolate, caramel, and cherry. This really coalesces as my palate adjusts. A balanced blend of malty chocolate/caramel, bright cherry, and rich bourbon.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a mildly drying finish.

Overall, very good. It doesn't quite reach "wow" territory for me, but I also opened it a bit early. As it stands, it's still quite complex and highly recommended. An easy 4.5.
Feb 20, 2021
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Rated by SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
HEAVY.
DEEP.
INTENSE.
Feb 01, 2021
B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
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