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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of beefandbean22
5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of HopHead84
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


The rapture never occurred, so here I am opening up a barrel aged beverage. Huge thanks to bgramer for the super generous extra from a brewery I'd never heard of. Poured into a snifter. Bottling number 1 of the 2010 batch.

A: Ruddy dark brown and opaque with a big creamy off white head. Sort of ruddy and swampish. Not a particularly attractive color. Good retention and some scattered lacing.

S: Lots of vanilla and caramel with a moderately powerful wood profile. There's an unmistakable bourbon presence which seems to be of high quality. The oak is lightly spicy on the nose. Some earthy notes with a little chocolate as well, and alcohol is well hidden. All the different characteristics are well balanced and on the whole, the beer gives the impression of subtlety and nuance. Just a trace of smoke.

T: Very mellow, exhibiting exceptional balance. Notes of vanilla and caramel meld with bourbon, light chocolate, light roast, and a dash of chocolate. The balance is something to marvel at. Alcohol is restrained. Very nice. This is closer to a 4.25 in flavor. The marriage of caramel and bourbon is superb.

M: Creamy, silky, and sticky. Upper medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A well balanced, highly drinkable, and thoroughly enjoyable bourbon barrel aged strong ale. I've been enjoying the hell out of this for the last two hours. Really killer stuff.

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

Split a waxed 22 oz 2 ways. Bought at the brewery 12/2010.

Ar: bourbon, toasty wood and brown malt, vanilla, excellent barrel character

Ap: Brown clear, med/low head off white head, good retention

T: Rich delicious bourbon, dark fruit, toffee caramel, vanilla, wonderful smooth barrel character, plum, prune, cherry

M: medium carbonation, medium body, warming alc end

O: Great barrel character, not super rich and full bit definitely good. Sort of like a lighter bodied, higher carbed, less rich angel's share (but for what it is it is plenty rich), in ways it is similar to abacus

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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for sharing. 2010 vintage, bottling #3, bottle number 19 out of 240. Pours a murky, reddish-brown with no head, just a soapy skim and sudsy bubbles around the shoulders. Nose is malty, slightly vinous and also expresses figs and raisins. Fantastic flavors - bourbon, vanilla and a buttery quality on a nice malty backbone - dark fruits are interspersed nicely through the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium-light, perhaps a little watery, with a mild carbonation. This is a great beer. I would classify it as being closer to an Old Ale than an American Strong, however. That being said, a truly exceptional beer if you have the opportunity to try it.

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

A: Poured a nice mahogany color with a dirty white head and good carbonation

S: Bourbon, lots of smooth rich cocoa and vanilla

T: Big blast of smooth milk chocolate upfront, then the bourbona nd vanilla lays infollowed by swet sticky caramel, toffee taste

M: Nice, coating, medium to big body, lots of flavor and nice booze feel, warming

D: Oh yeah. Easy to drink and a very good beer overall

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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask (apparently a one-off firkin for 12 beers of Xmas in Seattle, which kicked off here tonight) at Naked City, Teutonic B-Bomb (6, 8 and 12 month old abominable aged in bourbon on vanilla beans, as they called this version) is dark, cola brown, pretty much still, with a big-bubbled khaki collar leaving no lace

Smell is massive bourbon, really emphasizing the sweetness of the spirit (which incidentally is my favorite). A little bit of roast peeks out as it warms, but it's really appealing to this bourbon lover regardless, especially with the vanilla.

Taste is the same, bourbon bomb indeed, delicious. I love bourbon, and the bland base beer works well here as a delivery vehicle. With plent8y of bourbon, as well as vanilla and coconut notes from the barrel itself. Super tasty, but the lack of depth in the regular abominable (which, incidentally, I'm having at the same time to compare) holds it back a bit. They didn't announce the bean aging until after I'd started enjoying it, but it really shines.

Mouthfeel is great, the soft, light body afforded by the cast really suits this beer, giving it a dangerous quaffability.

Drinkability very good, this is a super tasty bourbon barrel dark ale that is smooth as silk and light in the body. Packing plenty of flavor, I could drink a lot of this without realizing what hit me!

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

This beer is also known as B-Bomb. The pretty mahogany of the base beer stays the same in this version, as does the the retention and lacing.

On the nose the bourbon is certainly noticeable, but not overpowering. The bourbon comes across a little bolder on the tongue and slightly detracts from the source beer. The body remains about the same. Drinkability will, of course, depend on your tolerance for bourbon. I like bourbon and it complements this beer nicely, but does overpower the tastebuds slightly.

This beer is worth seeking out, it's certainly worth the road trip from Portland to Seattle. If you're west of the Cascades, you should try this.

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4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a delicious treat! The Abominable is a delightful beer in itself, but this bourbon barrel version is outstanding. A beauteous brown beverage with ruby highlights. Like what a grizzly would look like after a session in a Seattle salon. Smells like bourbon and vanilla with a little caramel and chocolate. This is a bourbon sandwich, it starts with that classy bourbon bite, before mellowing into an exceptional winter ale, with the caramel, coffee, and chocolate flavors prevalent before giving way to the crumbling intensity of the bourbon on the back end. As this baby quickly disappears, it leaves vanilla and bourbon heat trickling viciously. Should've gotten a growler, but they were short-handed and it would've been selfish to hold them up any longer after their graciousness.

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