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:
#234
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
1,210
pDev:
7.01%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
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Photo of jason_nwx
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanflc
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chitownfanatic21
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of AleHunter805
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mnine
3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of durlta
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pouring from the bottle, B-Bomb pours like nothing I've seen before. Thick, coagulated looking and appropriately the color of dried blood. In the glass, it looks deep and brown. Not quite clear, but not exactly muddled either. A thin, tightly formed group of light tan bubbles hug the coastline, but nothing else.

With the crack of the cap, sweet bourbon fills the air. Vanilla and wood encapsulate chocolate, prunes, dates, fig, caramel, and tobacco.

This is sublime. There are so many familiarities to some of my favorite barrel aged beers, and subtle nuances that elevate the experience. As implied in the aroma, bourbon, wood, and vanilla are there, but the kicker is the chocolate and spice. As if malted chocolate balls were coated in nutmeg and cinnamon, and filled with toasted hazelnuts. Wonderfully executed.

Very smooth and sweet, B-Bomb’s complexity is matched perfectly by it's feel. A mild carbonation let's the flavors tingle it's receptors. The 13.0% abv is masked well, but still insists on flexing its muscles with a good amount of warmth. The creamy and sticky finish allow you to take your time and savor each sip.

Another outstanding offering from Fremont. I'm quickly led to believe they have one of the best barrel aging programs in the country. I hope this exceptional beverage can find its way into the hands of any who adore a well made barrel aged beer. I will be getting this and it's variations whenever I can from here on out. Cheers!

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

Bottle compliments of JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby!

It pours a pitch black. No sign of any other colour, even when held up to the light. Small tannish head of foam with some lacing.

My nose is permeated with the smell of bourbon. Other aromas include oak, vanilla, light coffee, caramel.

Taste follows the nose, with some toffee, and warming but not interfering alcohol.

Complex flavours going on here and I'm probably not doing them justice with my descriptions, which I can live with. The beauty in a beer is the actual encounter; any words added are limited by the person's ability to describe what's going on in a meaningful way. I defer to others who CAN accomplish that task.

Full bodied with ample carbonation.

Simply outstanding and if I was a younger bloke, I would seek out another bottle to cellar. I reckon that the sky's the limit with this one.

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

By look and smell I'm not on board with this... it's cloying, dense malt liquor aroma is not what I anticipated.

Flavor is improved with dry dark fruit and faint aromatic spice.

Feel is great. Thick, full, filling creamy.

Overall I've been really off lately. I'll mark this as a try again down the road.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jeremiahoden
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Afeo
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thnx to my bro-in-law for sharing this gem. Rich, raisins, candy, boozy, delightful! Dark appearance, no head and extreme lace all over the glass. Flavor sticks to you. Highly enjoyed...will have again.

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Photo of taospowder
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of amano_h
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tree bark, old leather, charred wood, french vanilla, moist chocolate brownies, and a little bit of toffee adorn the aromatic notes of this brew. Raisins, dark fruits, and a little bit of fusel-alcohol heat follow shortly after, with more of the leather-y bourbon characters sandwiching the more complicated nuances toward the end; there's an intriguing sense of layering/balance that's detectable even by the act of merely smelling the brew itself--I'm not all that big on sugar or dessert, but this would go perfect with a rich chocolate brownie smothered in reduced bourbon/caramel syrup.
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The flavors that come through from this beer are just... impossible. Moist chocolate brownie, drizzled with bourbon and caramel syrup would be the easy way out to describe the sensation on the tongue: a slight hint of smoke, nubuck leather, french oak, and vanilla extract form the first Part A of the flavor rondeau. Part B is composed of caramel sauce, dark fruits, and raisins, which abruptly reverts back to Part A with the more bourbon characteristics spearheading the counteroffensive. (Part C is the break you take between sips; repeat Part A and B in ABA pattern until bottle empty)
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Medium-bodied, but I'm assuming that's for the best. All the nuanced flavors and characteristics probably couldn't be expressed to their full potential if the body and consistency of this brew were close to motor oil status as all stout-fanatics wants every dark beer to be. Negligible carbonation with an unbelievably creamy mouthfeel which gradually fades with the passage of time.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great beer no doubt.. malt, booze, sherry, Dark fruit... more malt lingers. Will taste fabulous after sitting for about 6 months more.

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Photo of jwswigs
4.32/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 1,210 ratings