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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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #5
Ranked #295
4.44 | pDev: 6.98%
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
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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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
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
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DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
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
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap in Nampa ID; served in a snifter. 2019 batch.

A: Pours essentially stout-dark, with almost no head.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee; strong brown sugar, toasted caramel. Bourbon sweetness. Sticky dark fruits; dates. Moderate milk chocolate and vanilla. Faint earthy bitterness. Smells smooth and sweet. Alcohol is hidden. Mild leather and tobacco.

T: Leads with moderate sugary sweetness; toffee, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. Dark fruit flavors lean into the dates and figs category. Smooth bourbon barrel character finishes with a mild kiss of oaky dryness. Again, there are flavors of darker malt and even milk chocolate.

MF: Velvety smooth with low carbonation. Sticky and fairly drying. Big, full body. Mild alcohol presence isn’t distracting.

O: Always a solid BA winter warmer/English barley wine. The barrel character is nice; the sweetness is upfront and pleasant without being cloying; mild notes I would place on a BA stout as well, but only in the dark sweetness, there is really no roast or bitterness. Very good.

Jan 26, 2021
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Guaro from Italy

4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown almost black with a creamy beige color with good persistence. Elegant and precise perfume of whiskey, caramel, chocolate, fruit in alcohol, dried fruit, vanilla, tobacco, whiskey. On the palate this elegance is repeated, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit alternate with light roasts and a bitter herbaceous finish. A long trail of bourbon that always accompanies the drink and dries and warms the fine sip.
Full body, dense, soft and velvety. Low carbonation. Elegance and muscles, gluttony and balance, great class.

Jan 19, 2021
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not bottling date that I can find, but a 2018 release

Consumed 12/23/20

Merry Christmas to me! Excited to start my vacation from work today and opened this beauty to celebrate. The wax is a pain in the ass as always, but I guess that makes us want it more after we open it? The bourbon notes popped out on my nose after I got the cap off. It pours thick for a strong ale but a bit thinner than my most favorite stouts. It’s not motor oil thick, but it’s not supposed to be I’d say. The lacing stays and it’s a gorgeous looking beer. Not quite all black. I smell sweet bourbon notes with my nose in the glass. On the pallet I love the mix of sweet and spice from the rye. It’s thick and oily on the my tongue. The 14% is well hidden (helped by the age?) Lots of caramel and vanilla notes. Brown sugars here too. But it’s balanced and certainly not a pastry stout beer. A great beer and I’d pick up again in an instant.

Dec 24, 2020
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A very dark brown, not quite black. Dark tan colored head. Almost no lacing but decent head retention

S: Cinnamon and bourbon galore. Stinging alcohol.

T: Damn! Great mixture of cinnamon and caramel and vanilla up front. Some hints of coffee but it's more of an earthy richness than an in-your-face bitterness. Get a good amount of chocolate too even though I don't believe there is any in this. Aftertaste is all oak and leather with hints of cinnamon.

M: Shockingly smooth despite the ABV. Very full and soft feeling with little harshness. Don't get me wrong, it's a bit hot but you barely notice or care.

O: Absolutely fantastic winter warmer and probably the best I've ever had. Great flavors, great balance, great smoothness and everything works together cohesively. Delicious.

Jul 24, 2020
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BerryKumquat from California

3.96/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A simple dark ale.
S: Strong spicy ales.
T: A light winter ale with some spice notes. Overall a light simple spice beer.
F: A light spice beer.
O: A simple spice beer.

Jul 05, 2020
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2.67/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Taste Strongly of soy sauce. Nearly undrinkable. It reminded me of soy sauce so much that I had to poor a bit of soy sauce to compare. The beer was more like soy sauce than the soy sauce.

May 03, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 bottle that had been cellared. Very dark brown with speckling and a mushroom colored ring, classy. Smell features warm bourbon, wood, toasted caramel, dark chocolate, malts o plenty, vanilla, tobacco, warm date, and firewood. Taste came through beautifully, really selling the palate on the beauty of the barrel. The bourbon in particular bonds all the flavors together while the wood enhances, hints of maple and more dark fruit come into play. Feel more classical despite being a neo-style, but brings grace and nuance to the style. Doesn't have adjunct flairs, but doesn't need it, great depth and complexity. Just another killer beer from Fremont! The wife loved it

Apr 07, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful, powerful aroma as soon as the cap is pried off. The smell of this beer is noticed long before you can begin to appreciate its appearance. It's incredibly boozy, swimming with bourbon tones, but there is a lovely dark fruit base beneath the bourbon. It does not smell unlike a port or sherry, either.

Brown sugar, oak, mild oxidation (2018 bottle, reviewed in April 2020), red grapes, raisins, prunes, dark bread, wheat. Inviting aroma, and although it's big and boozy, it isn't intimidating, but rather welcoming with big, strong arms. Strong bourbon arms. Whatever that means. (I swear, I haven't even taken a sip yet.)

Excellent head production for a super high ABV, bourbon barrel aged and blended brew. Very dark body, nearly black; far more stout-like in appearance than an archetypal winter ale. Retention is fantastic. No real lacing to speak of as the head recedes, although sips leave behind wide fields of dark tan bubbles that quickly slide down the glass.

On the palate, there's almost more going on than I can capture. Normally, one big, savoring sip reveals the majority of tones and experience with a beer, with the rest of the journey confirming and expanding upon that experience. My first sip here gives me only one word: Wow!

The most dominant tones, perhaps, are bourbon, but blended with a huge malt base to result in a sweet, syrupy, delectable brew. Dark fruit and bread matching the nose; oak and sweet mash (not particularly sour, and no coconut tones); bitter chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, red grapes. There's an ever-so-slight sourness, whether from the base beer or from the bourbon mash; this tone, along with a lack of roasty, charred bitterness, is what really sets this apart from a BBA imperial stout. At the same time, the dark malt base separates it from lighter-bodied strong ales, and a very delicate hand in the hop rate separates it from a barleywine. Still, this beer has echoes of all of them.

Thick and chewy on the palate. Boozy, but with almost no bite; you can really sit, savor, and chew this beer at your leisure. Some back-end heat.

This is just a phenomenal beer, and it will reward your patience with each sip. This is not a beer to chug, nor to take for granted. Take your time with it, perhaps sit down by the fire with a good book (or for us Southerners, relax on the porch or back deck in a lounge or rocking chair), and let this beer slowly reveal its secrets to you.

Apr 05, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, dark chocolate and bourbon.

T - The taste is borubon, caramel, vanilla, raisins, figs, light dark chocolate and oak.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is a big bad slow sipper.

Mar 29, 2020
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Look- Black, medium brown frothy head, above average lacing, average head retention.

Smell- Bourbon, coffee, oak, toffee, slightly boozy.

Taste- Bourbon, coffee, toffee, chocolate.

Feel- Full body, smooth finish, sticky, syrup like, slightly below average carbonation.

Mar 25, 2020
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melzie from Alabama

4.79/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2018 Release in a bomber. Thanks to my biking friend Richard for bringing me one from Seattle.

Remarkably smooth (probably due to great part to the vanilla) for such a bold and full flavor.

Mar 11, 2020
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metter98 from New York

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

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short light beige head that consistently covered the surface.
S: Strong aromas of bourbon from the barrel aging are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of bourbon along with associated hints of caramel and vanilla.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable considering its strength as it tastes rather strong, but nothing like something that is 14% abv.

Note: 2018 release

Serving type: bottle

Feb 29, 2020
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Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown, khaki head. Aroma of baker's chocolate or as my girlfriend said, "it's a lot of smell." Flavors of baker's chocolate charred oak burnt toast cinnamon vanilla whiskey. For 14%, it's not sweet by any means. It is dry and you get all of those flavors. This is definitely something you want to share, but if you shared this with me, I would be very grateful for your friendship.

Feb 18, 2020
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Nugganooch from California

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this fresh in 2015 for a Christmas treat - bottle share with my FIL - Thanks Papaw!
From the 22oz maroon wax capped bottle *label reads BBA Abominable Winter Ale

Snifter glass

Incredible brew, great depth of character while maintaining good balance overall.
Tons of gooey caramel nougat, molasses, oak, vanilla spice, milk chocolate roast, and warming booze. Some subtle sherry like notes of dark fruit and tobacco. The mouthfeel is thick and full with a slick consistency across the palate and modest bittering dryness in the finish. Looks like dark cola in the glass but thick and oily with a short lived khaki tan brim. Minimal stick or lacing to match.

This is everything I look for in a Winter Warmer. Highly recommended.

Looking forward to trying more Freemont brews now that they distro to Southern California.

Jan 08, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown-black, magnificent three finger tan-colored head with layers of bubbles receding slowly. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, licorice and dark roasted malts.

As for taste, this is layered and complex, with the bourbon barrel character leading the way, accompanied by dark and milk chocolates, a blend of dark fruits -- raisin, fig, black cherry, perhaps a pinch of blueberry -- followed by coffee, char and vanilla. Sweet but not cloying.

The feel is heavy and creamy. I actually prefer the Coconut version of this beer for both flavor and the exceptional texture which is soft, velvety and explosive all at once. The feel here is more subdued, but overall this is a terrific beer and leans in the stout direction though billed as a winter ale. Don't hesitate to grab this if you find it.

Jan 02, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

3.62/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black in color with a stable, beige head, receeding to a small ring of lacing.

Smells of spicy licorice, roasted malts and lighter oak barrel. Got a layer of melted milk chocolate atop, together with a note of cinnamon bark.

Has a heavier body, gently featured by a silk, lighter carbonated mouthfeel, revealing the beer‘s complexity in a great fashion.

Tastes of a spiced up oak barrel with loads of licorice, molasses and toffee. Once the bar is set, milk chocolate, maple syrup and a pleasant bourbon warmth settle in, creating an intriguing depth. Finishes with more boozy milk chocolate, maintaining barrel warmth and lighter cinnamon.

Pretty solid, with a well working spiciness resulting from both the barrel and the beer‘s actual ingredients.

Dec 31, 2019
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MaxellXLII from New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking the 2015. Brother-in-law has been hooking me up with these for years and my patience has totally paid off. Toffee on the nose. Very dark. So smooth - fudgey, chocolate up front - a little coconut mid-palate, then a nice bourbon finish. Merry Christmas!

Dec 27, 2019
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redresonatedragon from Washington

4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a near flawless BA brew. Everything comes together very smoothly, plenty of subtle layers of complexity, but easy sipping. Maybe too easy with a such a high ABV that is warming but stays less prominent amongst the dark, rich flavors. Highly recommended

Dec 16, 2019
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Dr_C from Colorado

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.

Jun 02, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

May 29, 2019
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Herbertly from Washington

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.

May 15, 2019
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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.

Mar 05, 2019
B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1321 ratings