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

B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale)
BA SCORE
4.43/5
1,121 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
Ranking:
#220
Reviews:
193
Ratings:
1,121
pDev:
7.22%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
Wants:
490
Gots:
334
Trade:
44
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,121 |  Reviews: 193
Photo of akk14
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yasky
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black pour, thumb sized puffy off-white head, rings of lacing. Dark fruit, bourbon, light chocolate notes in the aroma. Aroma is dark chocolate and roasted malt, strong bourbon notes, vanilla, dark fruit, toffee. Thicker body but incredibly smooth. 2014 Vintage

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Photo of dyjuan8
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of PugsandBeer
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Snig623
3.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of vladdswrath
4.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This pours deep chocolate brown, thick and creamy. The head forms almost in slow motion, going from non-existent to one knuckle deep as the bubbles work their way up slowly through the glass. Just gorgeous. Aroma is mostly molasses, raisins, vanilla, and bourbon. It smells like it's going to kick, but it goes down smooth as silk. Taste is incredibly complex. Bourbon and licorice up front, followed by raisins and a good whisky burn that's tempered nicely by a creamy caramel finish. It goes down as thick as it pours, very syrupy, but not unpleasant. It doesn't feel overbearing, even though the dominant flavors are all sweet. Who needs hot chocolate after shoveling the driveway on a cold winter day when you have this?

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Photo of Slack
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz
2016

Deep brown and clear. No initial head but a bit of a minor ring forms. Very minor lacing on a sip.

Nose is Bourbon and molasses, sweet dark fruit, vanilla, and a bit of oak.

Taste follows the nose with molasses, bourbon throughout, raisins, minor oak, vanilla, malt, and minor leather/tobacco.

Mouthful is heavy, smooth, and a bit creamy. Carbonation is low. Finish is semi sweet.

A great bourbon barrel stout. Boozy, sweet, heavy...a sipper. A bit hot still and alot of bourbon. Very much drinkable, very much shareable and very much enjoyable.

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Photo of JStampler
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NWHopinator
3.72/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Look: Minimal head, dark reddish brown.

Smell: Sweet like a barley wine but the bourbon shows up quickly. Some spices in the background.

Taste: Bourbon, spice, slightly sweet. Good balance though

Feel: Alcohol warmth in the throat and chest.

Overall: First sample of Fremont but a very high quality beer. Look forward to others like KDS and variants. I have the Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Star Oatmeal Stout coming and looking forward to that one as well.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noles9585
4.48/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of winningwes91
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2016 release:
Dark brown allows a small amount of light through at the edges. Khaki head ends fairly quickly in athinrim with wisps on the surface.

Nose is molasses, vanilla, and very light bourbon dark fruits.

Taste is similar but thankfully not as sweet as the nose might indicate. There's a little boozy burn with a bit of licorice mid to mid-late taste, but it's easily within enjoyable parameters. Fairly thick feel, but not not overly heavy despite the bold flavors.

A really enjoyable brew that is a fulfilling supper and one that is nice to share with friends.

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Photo of Rich_K
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of goopy
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage; drank 3/25/16.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque dark brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge tan head; nice lacing.

Dark caramel, oak, raspberry & mild bourbon heat notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Tangy raspberry, rich caramel & oak flavors up front; STRONG bourbon heat notes on the finish. Plum notes emerged as this warmed. This is currently too boozy for me, but a decadent treat lurks beneath. I think more time would benefit this monster...

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Photo of strohme2
4.09/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jensenmoon
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spacebear09
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

B-Bomb (Bourbon Abominable Winter Ale) from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 1,121 ratings
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