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

BA SCORE
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1,101 Ratings
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:
1,101
Reviews:
191
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
7.29%
 
 
Wants:
489
Gots:
327
For Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

This is the current year's vintage (2015). Can't believe I've never actually reviewed this one before.
4.25/4.5/4.5/4/4.25 (4.39)

Dusty black beauty with a creamy creamy dark khaki brown head.

Impressively next to no alcohol on the nose, it's coffee and oak and vanilla and bars of dark chocolate and dried fruit.

Once again, 14% is folded in to a dangerous degree, I would guess several percentage points lower in a blind questioning. Again, I am reminded of those overpriced chocolate bars with dried/candied fruit in them that my dad likes to get for my mom. Aside from chocolate and dried dark fruit, there is an oakiness and a boozy sweet finish. I explored the downside of BA beers in the beer I drank last night, but this one likewise avoids that finishing alcohol note I always associate with too much sour mash. Kudos.

Not quite as thick as I remembered/hoped, but smoothe and creamy. Carbonation is fine pinpricks and allow the various flavours to come in waves. Alcohol presents on the finish as warmth, but not heat, if that makes sense. Finish is sticky sweet and bitter and it's a filling brew.
I've had this on tap every year since... I don't know the last three or four years anyway, and I've got bottles going back at least as far sitting and waiting for a vertical to put me horizontal, so I can't believe that this is the first time I've sat down to review it. This is an incredible brew, and I am excited (and slightly worried) that I now live mere blocks from the brewery. Huzzah!

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Photo of cd34
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Josholson666
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robc3366
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zuidman
4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

An absolutely great stout. Only bettered by the coffee-cinnamon version

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

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

Photo of dmhurdle
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tunic
4.73/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Keananmichael5
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RichH55
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Poured from the 22 oz bottle, 2014 Vintage, purchased at Chuck's 85th St Market. Never mind the price, it's a massive brew of world-class intensity. Just have a little bitty glass once in a while to remind you of optimism and the good things in life.

Very dark brown with a gorgeous pile of thick beige foam, lasting long and sticking to the small Pilsener glass. Sweet with malt, that covers the flavor spectrum from light through caramel, burnt sugar, dark roast, and hints of blackened barley. The hoppy bitterness serves to balance nicely, leaving an aftertaste of bitterish licorice.

Deep aroma of Bourbon with a buttery note. Flavors of dark raisins soaked in rum. This is not overly thick or sticky, but its sweetness is buoyed up by the clouds of carbonation. Some sharp notes like dried tart figs. Delicious with a whirl of flavors ending in some vanilla and the woody bitter tang.

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Photo of kodt
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 1,101 ratings.
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