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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,099
Reviews:
191
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
Wants:
490
Gots:
325
For Trade:
43
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,099 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 Bottle

Thanks to @rutager for picking up.

A: Pours a deep black coffee colour with medium tan coloured head which slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer.

S: Old weathered leather, cherries, buttery round smell of oak, sweet malts, almonds and a light peaty smokiness. Reminiscent of panaforte with dried dark fruits and alcohol esters.

T: Sweet dried cherries, raisins and other dark fruits together with milk chocolate notes. Slowly morphs into leather, bitter chocolates and wood. Finishes with wet charred oak, old leather, and warming bourbon esters.

M: Thick, smooth viscous, round and coating. Completely envelops the mouth and then finishes with a warming bourbon ester note.

O: Mix of bourbon, oak, old weathered leather, dark fruits and chocolate gives the feeling of reading an old great novel by the fire while sipping bourbon. Smooth, brooding and just a hint of alcohol that caps off an amazing brew.

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Photo of fondyball20
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clay23
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dheldman
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichD
4.91/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage. Once I finally got through the wax, I poured this into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep, impenetrable black with a 2 finger sized khaki colored head. As the head disappears into a ring around my glass I am left looking at a reddish brown ring tint around the edges. I can tell that this isn't a stout, and I can also tell that this is going to be something special.

S: Massive oak and vanilla notes come through almost instantly upon pouring. There's some toffee and caramel that are completed with a bit of chocolate. I also catch a faint hint of alcohol. This is not surprising seeing that this is 14%.

T: Oh my! I don't know if I've ever tasted a more potent bourbon profile in a beer. The oak and vanilla are so prominent here and they really play well with the other flavors. I catch some tobacco, caramel and some chocolate. The tobacco flavor comes through at first with some bitterness and then the vanilla, caramel and chocolate take over and add a crazy amount of sweetness.

F: There is no way that this beer is 14%. At first I wanted to say that this beer is medium bodied, but the chewiness that I get after each sip indicates that this is indeed a big beer. There's a nice hint of bitterness, but the barrel and sweetness is what makes this beer something special.

Overall: This is my first beer from Fremont, but it hopefully won't be my last. This is truly a special beer. I can tell that there was some serious care that went into making this beer. 15 year old barrels and a blend of 1 year old and 2 year old beer adds a potent depth of flavor to this beer that is truly remarkable. The only beer that I've had that is anything similar to this is Bourbon County Barleywine. This beer is better than that. I imagine this is what King Henry tastes like. Truly amazing. I hope I can get my hands on some of the variants.

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Photo of DamienI
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vziznznzyz
4.52/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of raynmoon
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2015 vintage, the newest batch

Pours an almost black, with some red coming through. It has tan foam that is sticking around and looks great.

The smell is whiskey, oak, dark fruits: raisins and plums, and some vanilla. A touch of heat coming through. Fairly strong aroma.

The flavor follows with a strong amount of burnt/ caramelized sugar, dark fruits and whiskey. On the back end I get a strong, savory chocolate flavor, almost like an earthy, dark chocolate.

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Photo of vonnegut21
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of antott0523
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of huysmans
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of evanfox81
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SourAddict
4.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of R3ason
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSJr
4.02/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dleigh
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had a bottle of the '14 that I've been cellaring for a year (long story involving not having enough luggage space to take it on a plane with me, so I had to leave it in my folks' wine cellar). Haven't tried it fresh, which I regret, but I guess there's always next year.

Dark brown with lots of head (especially for a big beer like this). Fantastic smell--bourbon, caramel, char, dark fruits. Creamy, char-y taste with some bourbon vanilla notes. Noticeable alcohol warmth. Really creamy mouthfeel. A little hoppy bitterness to balance it out too? Really quite nice. Hard to place what's so great about this beer--it's like a great blend of charred and hoppy bitterness with some bourbon vanilla thrown in. Great for a cold winter evening.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Chuck's Hop Shop taster. Opaque black body, thin white-brown head.

Smell : Bourbon, vanilla, brown suger, caramelized suger, and notes of coffee and coconut.

Taste : Same as smell, but more apparent.

Feel : Very smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, full bodied. A small alcohol bite, but also warming.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BPMeyer27
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cajzr8
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mmcurran
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of byronic
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yancot
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nassstnate
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,099 ratings.
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