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

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B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

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

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this beer from ArchEnemyBrew in a trade. Thanks Hollis!

poured into oversized snifter.

2011 limited release.

Appearance: Really cool lookn old school bottle label with thick red wax. Mucky brown bodied beer almost light black in color. Just a hint of red when held to up light. 2 fingers of light to medium beige colored head that drops down to a thin cap on the beer. not much lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Big bourbon notes, big wood, huge malts, also got a little spice and fruitiness to it. Caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. This beer smells like its going to be fierce and assertive!

Taste: Massive bourbon and oak notes, but its sooo smooth. Vanilla, Carmel, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, raisins, figs, honey, hint of cocoa. Some really subtle smokey notes in there too. Lots of things to pick out of this beer, great complexity. Finishes with a mild betterness that adds balance so that the beer does not finish overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is what brings it home! Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy beer. Its mouthfeel is rediculous. You know this beer should be a sipper, but it goes down really quickly / easily. The alcohol is both mildly spicy and warming; not harsh at all.

Overall: I love it when breweries can make a barrel aged beer with near perfect carbonation like this. It makes the beer experience that much better. It balanced and its complex. Big flavors yet remains smooth. Just a great beer! Its makes me think this is a beer that would have been the brain child of a collaboration between Firestone Walker and Hair of the Dog. It reminds me of an english barleywine and an Olde Ale blended then barrel aged.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of andrewinski1
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to Derek for sending this one my way! Shared three ways. Poured into a chalice. There is a very tiny head atop a very dark almost black like a stout colored body.

The aroma is full of vanilla, caramel, with subtle fruity undertones.

The taste is chocolatey vanilla malt with a soft oaky finish. The bourbon flavors are well integrated.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a full bodied slow sipper.

This is very delicious. Great stuff.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Andy for sharing this wax capped bottle. Poured into a chalice. Pours a dark brown with a small layer of khaki head.

Rich boozey toffee and caramel with raisins and a nice roasty bourbon aroma. Real nice smelling with some sweet milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. The flavor is a lot like the aroma. Nice toffee and butterscotch flavors with some dark fruits and some milk chocolate and vanilla. Gives of a real nice bourbon finish with oak characters.

The body is full with smooth carbonation. A little hot on the finish. Overall this one is real tasty. Glad to have the chance to give it a whirl.

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a deep red color with an off-white head. The aroma has a ton of bourbon and wood notes, as well as some oak, maple and caramel. The beer smells amazing and has all the notes you want in a bourbon barrel aged beer.

The flavor is just as good as the aroma. I get a lot of chocolate and some light roasted malt notes, as well as some nice bourbon, maple and vanilla. There is also a nice oak undertone in the flavor.

Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.87/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased two bottles of the 2011 vintage at a local Whole Foods store (I live in Seattle) @ $16.99 each. One bottle to age, the other bottle opened immediately to enjoy.

A: I am currently sitting in a relatively dark room... maybe this is the reason why it just looks black too me. Maybe I see a bit of reddish tone in the black... but it looks black. Very little tan head. Nice lacing.

S: All bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Smells amazing. I am expecting a HUGE beer with lots of complexity from smelling it

T: Tastes like exactly like it smells. Man, this is a great tasting beer. It doesn't really taste like "American Strong Ale" as this website describes it. Maybe it's not syrupy as an English barley wine, but... if I had to guess without knowing what this was, I would say this was an English-style barley wine.

M: A bit too much carbonation? It's decent, but maybe it should be a bit more smooth. There is a slight alcohol burn - tolerable.

O: This is an excellent beer, IMO. Best local beer I tasted to date. Hope this beer gets produced more and distributed wider. Maybe a bit pricey though (although worth the try - yes you should seek this one out).

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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Youradhere sent me this in our trade. I owe you one!

22oz bomber waxed top. 2011 release. 9.5% Alc according to the label.

A- Pours a deep cola brown color with a thick head that leaves good lacing.

S- Reminds me of a nice English Barleywine with some bourbon and oak aromas. Dark fruits, alcohol, vanilla, wood, and a touch of chocolate all come through.

T- The bourbon steals the show right from the start. Huge bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors initially that give way to some caramel and chocolate malts in the finish. A touch of bitteress creeps through to add a bit of balance. A good dose of alcohol rounds out the flavor.

M- Full bodied with high carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

O- A truly nice brew. Big bold bourbon flavor initially with a smooth well balanced finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.95/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage. Served in a snifter and a fairly aggressive pour reveals a quarter inch off-white head. The smell is big vanilla, bourbon and malty sweetness, and the taste reveals much of the same. The mouthfeel isn't quite as creamy as I would have expected, but overall this is a fantastic beer.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, not much head or lacing

S- Interesting, the vanilla and oak come through nicely. But it comes off smelling like big-league chew; in a good way.

T- Delicious! What a nice surprise as I had no expectations going into this beer. A little bourbon heat, but mostly vanilla, oak and caramelized brown sugar.

M- A little thin and hot, but the flavor makes up for it here.

O- A bit spendy, but I wasnt disappointed, I cant think of many delicious barrel-aged beers from this state. This is one of them.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Javi.

The pour is dark brown in color with a small khaki head. The aroma starts off with lots of roast and a bit of coffee. Bourbon is there, but not very strong. There's more oak than bourbon. Some toffee sweetness with a bit of dark chocolate. Again, not much bourbon flavor, but there is some oak and vanilla. A bit of roast and coffee with a fair amount of dark chocolate. Moderate sweetness of caramel and toffee. Actually sort of mellow.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.67/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour. A touch of light comes through on the edge in the glass. One finger light mocha head with good retention and lacing.

S: Big bourbon, butterscotch and vanilla. Oak comes through very good but doesn't over power. Nice dark chocolate notes. Very light spice notes.

T: Dark milk chocolate upfront. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, and a light winter spiciness from middle to end with big chocolate coming back in the finish. Light alcohol burn.

M: Full bodied. Light carbonation. Silky smooth.

O: A wonderful beer. Very tasty. The vanilla comes through awesomely. Look for this beer. Fremont is by far the best Seattle brewery, IMO.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ommegang flute. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black with red highlights at the edges. Thin fine light brown head dissipates into a ring, light lacing. Aroma is bourbon with slight hints of vanilla, wood and dark malt. Flavor is amazing, dark and caramel malt and dark fruit and strong bourbon. Oak and malt in the finish, with a hint of hops. Nice heavy, viscous body. The bourbon is so distinct this tastes like a boilermaker made with a stout and bourbon. Really tastes good. I'm very impressed.

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Photo of BillHilly
4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served at 50 degrees in a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark brown, no head, small ring

S: Bourbon and more bourbon, vanilla, toffee

T: Roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon slight hop finish

M: Nice carbonation - more than I expected given the pour appearance, sticky

O: Dang good brew...was a pleasant surprise for sure...the best local beer I have had.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of MysterySwirl
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this bottle as an extra. Haven't really read anything about Fremont Brewery in Seattle. It looks like a thick dark brown chocolate milkshake with very little head, even with a fairly aggressive pour.

The aroma is just fantastic. Sweet, oak, bourbon... Hints of vanilla.

Sweet, bourbon, dark, caramel, toffee, vanilla, alcohol is well placed, complex but everything is in great balance. There must be various barrels aged at different times to achieve this complexity.

Smooth, easy to drink. Light carbonation works well. It seems to coat your entire mouth almost like a thin syrup.

Just delicious, I can't get over the bourbony vanilla smell... it was fantastic. This beer should get Fremont noticed.

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

Appearance: Dark and pours well with a decent head.

Smell. I just love the smell of this dark ale. A bouquet of aromatic compounds smashes in to the smell buds. Hold your nose over the glass and deeply sniff in the aroma of coffee, chocolate, exotic spices.

Taste: Amazing. The fist sip has an amazing punch. You can definitely taste the bourbon accent. The is a faint taste of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Not too heavy.

A great beer. Disappointed they would only allow me two bottles. With aging, this should be a fantastic beer. Plan to get some more when a second batch is released in Feb 2011.

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4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nice looking waxed bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a dark brown that is topped with a very short lived mocha head.

S Lots of bourbon with wood, vanilla, alcohol, and some faint chocolate. But bourbon is by far the dominant note here.

T More bourbon wood and vanilla. However it is backed by a very strong chocolate flavor that provides some nice balance to all the bourbon and keeps this one from being one dimensional. Also present is a faint holiday spice note.

M full body with full carbonation and a warming alcoholic finish.

Overall this is a pretty good bourbon barrel aged beer. The only problem is that it is quite rich which makes it difficult to drink a lot of. An excellent effort by Fremont Brewing that is worth seeking out.

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B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1,241 ratings