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 Skellbop
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stefko
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: pours light black, pretty thick, especially for a non stout. Pitch black in the glass with a finger of mocha head that fades fast
S: big barrel....bourbon, and oak with some chocolate sweetness.
T: big oak and bourbon notes. I get vanilla from the barrel...wow. The bourbon is smooth but not lacking it's flavor. My only knock is there is a bit of black pepper spiceiness, maybe molasses in the finish
F: very smooth and creamy. Medium thicknesses, but flavors coat and linger.

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Photo of pants678
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, not much head.

Bourbon, roasted malt.

Spicy, bourbon-y, vanilla-y, sugar-y, fig-y. Also, powdered chocolate and just sweet enough.

Feels like a blend of a stout and a barley wine.

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

2015 bottle, opened on 2017-03-07.

It pours with a look of medium density. In the glass, it is an opaque dark brown. There are some big bubbles on the surface and a bit of lacing, with a thin layer of suds. It looks only lightly carbonated.

The smell is a powerful combination of fudge, molasses, and figs.

The flavor is a bit less sweet and more complex. There is still fudge, molasses, and figs, but with more of a caramel and oak flavor, and the hops are more assertive, giving it a bitterness that starts about halfway through. It also gives the flavor something of an earthy quality.

The beer has a medium body with a slick feeling that reveals the sugar and the alcohol. There is, however, not one hint of bite or burn despite the relatively high 14% ABV.

Overall, this is a nice sipper of a sweet and strong beer for an evening.

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Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is boozy with of caramel oak and vanilla. Flavor follows the nose some winter spice and a smooth mellow bourbon finish. Overall this is really nice.

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Photo of Noooddle
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

Photo of thebeers
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage. Ruby-tinted dark brown with a half finger of khaki-colored head that's quick to dissipate but leaves a permanent wisp across the top.

Bourbon with vanilla notes; caramel and chocolate malts; and a definite mulled red wine character, with muted cinnamon and nutmeg, mix together in the nose.

Amazing taste, with smooth chocolatey goodness that's improved by slightly-nutty caramel and vanilla notes. The wintery spices and vinous qualities from the aroma are still present, but hide in the back at this age. The bourbon is definitely still there, though, adding a sweetness and a pretty strong alcohol burn.

Relatively light bodied, but still with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

This is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of TylerJ
4.79/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

2014 vintage, 11% ABV. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Fremont glass.

Pours a deep brown, nearly black body with a beautiful, three finger, frothy brown head that rises and reduces slowly to leave spotty lacing and ring of retention. Nearly perfect, I'd definitely call this a stout judging by the appearance..

Aromas are potent and heavy with lots of bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate - woody and sweet with a bit of sweetness on the nose.

On the tongue, this is a roller coaster! Up front, it's sweet with caramel and sweet vanilla, morphing into bourbon and toffee, dark fruits, finishing super roasty, toasted malt, coffee, with char sitting on the tongue for quite some time after sipping. I have to give this a 4.75 in this category because of how complex this is - over the course of 20 seconds it's a three different beers I feel. Mouthfeel is silky and velvety, thick and rich, low carbonation.

This was much better than expected, and I expected a great beer. I haven't had this fresh, but the 2014 batch is drinking fantastic. The only thing I'd comment on is that this is definitely a stout, not a strong ale.

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Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shmizzen
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AnotherImperial
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of nerdboy19
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RajaSTL
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of NickyDee21
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

This one pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small white head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like charred and spicy oak, sweet and earthy bourbon, chocolate, toffee, and vanilla.

This is just stupid delicious. It's got a killer spiciness on the finish from the oak. The bourbon is mildly boozy, a bit spicy but also sweet, with lots of barrel vanillin, some light coconut, chocolate and lots of toffee. This is so well blended and all the flavors integrated so well- it's crazy there are no flavorings added as there's much flavor here.

This is medium bodied, creamy but also crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

Fremont makes some absolutely bangin' barrel aged beers. This is highly recommended.

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

Photo of sbrock22
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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