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

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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
Ranking:
#326
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
1,241
pDev:
7.01%
 
 
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Photo of Zythophile
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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 QuakeAttack
4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bugsmcl
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajramirez1
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of osseo222000
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpa112
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dental
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PprBurke
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ToddBeans
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chcshammonde
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
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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4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.57/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vidblain
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
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 SoCalBeerIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ivan52
4.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of David_Porter
4.82/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cmukid87
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avitra
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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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B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1,241 ratings