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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Average: 4.44 | pDev: 6.98%

Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 1,262

American Strong Ale | 14.00% ABV

Wants   Gots 

Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Notes: Winter availibility. 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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Photo of Dr_C
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is of the 2017 limited edition which was 13% ABV

Poured into a pint class, the brew was a deep brown, nearly black with a small tan head, perhaps a finger think that had very small bubbles that lingered for a long time.

Aroma was wonderful. Bourbon, cinnamon, chocolate were all very forward on the nose. Also a hint of coffee was present.

Taste...OMG. Bourbon, and coconut were the two most forward notes for me, followed by cinnamon and a hint of dark chocolate. The balance was wonderful and better than many other bourbon barrel aged brews that I have tried which often can have too much bourbon. There was also coffee and maltiness on the back end and I am guessing that the chocolate flavor came from the coffee. The booze was relatively sweet and was the only thing that prevented me from rating the taste as a 5...a touch less would have been better.

Feel was thick but not as heavy as I would have thought.

Overall, this was a great brew. Powerful alcohol had my head swimming halfway through the pint.

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 Vintage

Look: Pitch black. One finger of dark tan (almost chocolate milk-like) head with excellent retention.

Smell: Sweet dough, chocolate, bourbon, and cherries.

Taste: Sweet coffee-roasted malt, honey, and vanilla. Very mild bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich, with very little carbonation.

Overall: A sweet, warming dessert beer.

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Photo of Herbertly
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

B-Bomb 2018. 22oz bottle shared between M and K.
L: Dark black. Tiny bubbles rise along the glass. Quickly vanishing thin head.
S: Bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, anise, leather, and roasted malt.
T: Wooden scotch ale, molasses, smoke, roast, and bourbon. As it warms, turns sweeter and flavors mellow into well balanced bourbon traces.
F: Alcoholic numbing zing, but no pronounced heat. Smooth heavy creaminess and easy to drink for its abv.
O: Was not expecting B-Bomb to live up to the hype, but it truly does. An absolutely outstanding beer. Very nice to have a bourbon barrel aged 'winter ale' that is smoother on the palate than the more common heavier stouts.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best barrel aged blends I’ve had. The coffee cinnamon and coconut variants are good but mask the delicious subtle nuances of the base. Bourbon soaked brown sugar plums, chocolate, hints of coconut, leather, tobaccos, black cherries, anise and molasses on the nose and palate. Reminds me of Firestone XX. Highly recommend grabbing any bottles you find. Stashing a few away for years to come.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with impressive dark brown head. The bourbon immediately hits you on the nose. Chocolate, lactose, toffee, brown sugar, and malts come through after this. Taste is amazing. Lots of milk chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, dark fruit, molasses, and a touch of bitterness on the back end. Kind of a tree sap - coffee grounds kind of bitterness. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and viscous. Alcohol heat is very much detectable, but not in a bad way. Overall, a fantastic BA stout.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black and opaque as though the beast absorbs the light! Topped with 2 fingers of ruddy beige head.

Smells of bourbon, red wine, cherries, black liquorice, coffee, and dark chocolate.

The taste is of umami soy sauce, black liquorice, bourbon, wood, red wine, chocolate mousse, and turkish delight. Very complex.

Medium, foamy and smooth body has the beast, like velvety chocolate mousse, with some bubbles.

Excellent, complex and beautiful brew. This one is restoring gorgeous. I got this in a bar in Medford, Oregon, and I am drinking it in Redding, CA, Jan 28th, 2019.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.84/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber
Mahogany Wax/Capped
Limited 2018 Release

Poured into a Tree House glass a very nice dark brown color, with some pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus tan head, which also leaves a pretty nice medium size island, and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, pretty nice bourbon/oak note, vanilla, with some licorice, roasty. The taste is very nice, awesome, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of chocolate/toffee, very nice bourbon/oak, very nice vanilla sweetness, licorice, nice roastyness. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very tasty complex brew, a very nice sipper. Overall, this is one pretty awesome brew. If I see another bottle I will pick it up. Definitely nice to see this one around here. Highly Recommended!

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty, but not nearly as well balanced as the coffee/cinnamon version. It does hew more closely to the American Strong paradigm. Looks like a very nice stout, very opaque with nice dark mocha head. Aroma is not overwhelming but solid, loaded with malt and booze. The taste brings on the sweetness, bourbon, barrel wood, caramel and darker malts, vanilla and more boozyness (it is 14%!). All nice but not quite playing as nicely together as they might. Feel is spot on with perfect creamy carbonation. It’s a very good beer fresh, a couple years in the cellar may make it great.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Imperial on Alberta for their Fremont event.

A very dark brown with a dark brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is huge with vanilla, bourbon, spice , caramel, honey, earth , allspice, nutmeg. These flavors are replicated on the palate in excellent balance.Full body. Soft caramel flavors linger in the finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 edition poured into a snifter. A hazy amber copper color with a thick tan head. Big spicy aroma with some oak and bourbon. The taste followed. A nice warm bready and spicy platform, with barrel on top. Definitely tastes like the holidays.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warm but not hot. Hints of bourbon but not over the top. Smooth with hints of cinnamon. This is an amazing balance of flavors that generally are hard to mix in a way that is so balanced.


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Photo of Zythophile
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Look is that super dark brown that doesn't let any light through. Not much head, no lacing.

Main scents are cola and molasses. It's floral, too, with a little bit of anise. Slightly mentholated.

The anise is much stronger in the taste. Medium-dark chocholate that comes across a little toasty. The cola is still there, but it's way in the background. It definitely has alcohol, although it's a mild sting. There's that, but combining in the sugary elements make it a bit like a fine dark rum. Scorched carmel, but that's just the burnt sugar from a different angle.

Well integrated carbonation. It's simply flavorful throughout, not really starting to fade until a good 30 seconds after swallowing. The only thing keeping this aspect from a straight 5 is the level of presence of the alcohol.

Delicious, but being a fourteener, it's an anvil.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of Vidblain
4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of Avitra
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of darktronica
4.44/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of fireazzi
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of Furlinator
4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2017.
Dark chocolate, black licorice and subtle spice aroma. Dark chocolate, pipe tobacco, faint licorice, black cherry, subtle spice and mild bourbon accents. Fantastic!

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Photo of bl00
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 bottle-Dark brown appearance, nose of wood and bourbon. Taste is bourbon, chocolate. Coffee notes come out more as it warms. Sweeter taste than I was expecting, less dry too. Mouthfeel is thick, gets drier after a few moments. While this beer is very bourbony, it doesn't taste like 14%, there is no heat. Really enjoyable, would love to cellar another longer and see what it does.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2017 vintage

A: Cola, very dark brown, thin light brown head
S: Sweet fruit snacks, caramel, bourbon, coconut, dates, alcohol, leather, tobacco, orange zest
T: Vanilla, dates, light bitterness, brown sugar, molasses, big bourbon, dark cherry, charred oak
M: medium
O: Big bourbon character fresh, great blend of fruity notes and vanilla/ caramel. Seems like a more complex version of recent bcbbw vintages

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Photo of brewaddict
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage

L - Pours a dirty motor oil color with slight burgundy color around the edges. No head.
S - I get notes of dark chocolate, molasses, and bourbon
T - Prominent flavors of chocolate fudge and brown sugar. More subtle flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and rye spice.
F - It's got a smooth mouth feel and is a little sticky. There is some chest heat. It is definitely lacking some carbonation
O - B-Bomb has some really great balance. Not quite as chocolaty as MOAS. Not quite as barrel forward as Sucaba. But it's right up there. As with those beers I like the smooth sweetness throughout the sip.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from the bottle, B-Bomb pours like nothing I've seen before. Thick, coagulated looking and appropriately the color of dried blood. In the glass, it looks deep and brown. Not quite clear, but not exactly muddled either. A thin, tightly formed group of light tan bubbles hug the coastline, but nothing else.

With the crack of the cap, sweet bourbon fills the air. Vanilla and wood encapsulate chocolate, prunes, dates, fig, caramel, and tobacco.

This is sublime. There are so many familiarities to some of my favorite barrel aged beers, and subtle nuances that elevate the experience. As implied in the aroma, bourbon, wood, and vanilla are there, but the kicker is the chocolate and spice. As if malted chocolate balls were coated in nutmeg and cinnamon, and filled with toasted hazelnuts. Wonderfully executed.

Very smooth and sweet, B-Bomb’s complexity is matched perfectly by it's feel. A mild carbonation let's the flavors tingle it's receptors. The 13.0% abv is masked well, but still insists on flexing its muscles with a good amount of warmth. The creamy and sticky finish allow you to take your time and savor each sip.

Another outstanding offering from Fremont. I'm quickly led to believe they have one of the best barrel aging programs in the country. I hope this exceptional beverage can find its way into the hands of any who adore a well made barrel aged beer. I will be getting this and it's variations whenever I can from here on out. Cheers!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle compliments of JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby!

It pours a pitch black. No sign of any other colour, even when held up to the light. Small tannish head of foam with some lacing.

My nose is permeated with the smell of bourbon. Other aromas include oak, vanilla, light coffee, caramel.

Taste follows the nose, with some toffee, and warming but not interfering alcohol.

Complex flavours going on here and I'm probably not doing them justice with my descriptions, which I can live with. The beauty in a beer is the actual encounter; any words added are limited by the person's ability to describe what's going on in a meaningful way. I defer to others who CAN accomplish that task.

Full bodied with ample carbonation.

Simply outstanding and if I was a younger bloke, I would seek out another bottle to cellar. I reckon that the sky's the limit with this one.

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Photo of rypkr
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By look and smell I'm not on board with this... it's cloying, dense malt liquor aroma is not what I anticipated.

Flavor is improved with dry dark fruit and faint aromatic spice.

Feel is great. Thick, full, filling creamy.

Overall I've been really off lately. I'll mark this as a try again down the road.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thnx to my bro-in-law for sharing this gem. Rich, raisins, candy, boozy, delightful! Dark appearance, no head and extreme lace all over the glass. Flavor sticks to you. Highly enjoyed...will have again.

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