12th Anniversary Stout With Cherries
Fremont Brewing Company

12th Anniversary Stout With Cherries12th Anniversary Stout With Cherries
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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #941
ABV:
11%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,306
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
14
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Fremont Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
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12th Anniversary Stout With Cherries12th Anniversary Stout With Cherries
Notes: An exclusive blend of barrel-aged imperial stouts:
*Stout aged in 8-10-year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels
*Stout aged in 8-10-year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with tart Montmorency and dark tart cherries from Royal Ridge Fruits in Royal WA
*Stout aged in ex-bourbon vanilla extract barrels

Down & Dirty: Maris Otter, Lyon Munich, Carafa-1 Special, Roast Barley, Dark Crystal, Rolled Oats, Flaked Barley, 2-Row Pale, Crystal-60, Chocolate, and Carafa-2 malts with US Magnum, US Goldings, Willamette, Columbus, and Cascade hops

20 IBU
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 14 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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darktronica from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour with compact, dark head. Cherry pie and boozy heat on the nose thanks to the tart cherry, vanilla barrels and bourbon. Added cinnamon and spiced rum notes on the palate, with a dry cocoa powder near the finish that lends some bitterness from heavily roasted grains. Tannins and anise undertones, with more complexity as it warms.

Saturday at 03:20 AM
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beergoot from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coal-black body; opaque; one-finger thick head, tan, dense and creamy; rings and fingers of foam reach up from the beer. Fine smell of dark roasted grain, a bit of wooden barrel, and a touch of sweet cherry. Rich, wonderful flavor; cocoa with a bit of vanilla; cherries; grain char blended with a subtle hop bitterness; a suggestion of coffee; sweet but with a light undercurrent of booziness. Heavy body; thick and slick on the palate; sludgy dryness offsets the residual sugar sweetness.

This is an anniversary beer done right. This one is artfully blended and showcases the Heaven HIll and bourbon vanilla barrels used in its production. The taste shines through and righteously illustrates the care taken in creating this beer. Very, very delicious.

A fantastic beer. Excellent rich head for a high ABV beer.

Poured at 51 °F; limited 2021 release.

Wednesday at 09:05 PM
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber
Silver Wax/Capped
Limited 2021 Release

Poured into a Westy chalice a very nice dark brown/black color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger tan head, which also leaves a very nice huge size oil slick, and some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of dark chocolate/toffee, with a very nice dark fruit complex (cherries, grapes, figs, prunes, dates) very nice bourbon/oak note, vanilla, with some licorice, The taste is awesome, malty, hoppy, with a very nice touch of dark chocolate/toffee, with a very nice dark fruit complex (cherries, grapes, figs, prunes, dates) very nice bourbon/oakyness, very nice vanilla sweetness, licorice. Full Body, ABV is hidden very nicely, a very tasty complex brew, awesome sipper. Overall, this is one pretty awesome brew. Definitely nice to see this one around here. Highly Recommended!

Oct 11, 2021
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Good head production, although it's fairly quickly gone - no surprise given the ABV, barrel treatment, and blend.

Huge, boozy nose, swimming in bourbon. Up close, additional notes of toffee, caramel, biscuit, honeycomb, espresso. I don't quite detect the cherries, but there's a slightly medicinal aspect to the alcohol, and I suspect that is the interplay between the cherries and the bourbon barrels.

Immediately smooth, rich, and dark on the palate. The cherries do lend a somewhat medicinal aspect, in particular on the back third, that is difficult to get out of your head - even knowing it's all natural. Everything else about this blend works spectacularly: it's sweet, but not overly so; it's rich, big, and boozy, but easy to sip and savor.

Tasting notes of cherry, brown sugar, red grape, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, espresso, molasses.

This one took a while to really grow on me, as the cherries, combined with the high ABV and the bourbon influence, makes it distinctly like cough medicine, and that's a very difficult impression to get over. Others may not get the same impression.

Oct 10, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber received in Bif14 from @snaotheus , capped bottle sealed by a silver grey wax seal

Notes: Stout aged in 8-10-year old Heaven Hill bourbon barrels with tart Montmorency and dark tart cherries from Royal Ridge Fruits in Royal WA

Down & Dirty: Maris Otter, Lyon Munich, Carafa-1 Special, Roast Barley, Dark Crystal, Rolled Oats, Flaked Barley, 2-Row Pale, Crystal-60, Chocolate, and Carafa-2 malts with US Magnum, US Goldings, Willamette, Columbus, and Cascade hops

Chilled 1.5 hours in the beer fridge

Poured into a Spiegelau snifter produces a dense , tightly bubbled two finger brown foam mark , reduces to a pencil thick layer after five minutes , no lacings but Schlerrin marks at the high water mark

Aroma is bourbon on the uncapping . First sniff is bourbon , malts, chocolate covered cherries . Dark fruits, cherries, whiff of cinnamon. Bourbon soaked cherries

Taste is bourbon , cherries , hint of chocolate on the finish . No char . The cherry presence is subtle Hint of vanilla. Hint of cola

Soft, lush , rich , velvety mouthfeel , gentle fizzy sudsing , full mouthfeel , a light syrup . No alcohol heat

Good beer, flavorful potent stout

Thanks @snaotheus

Oct 09, 2021
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and solid lacing; looks great. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cherries, bourbon, light chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, milk chocolate, sweet/tart cherries, vanilla and a touch of oak. Finishes with cherry and milk chocolate. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess, silky mouth feel. I was on the fence with this one since I'm ambivalent about fruit flavors in stouts, particularly if they are sour. Fremont makes some of my favorite stouts, so I sprang for this one and glad I did. The base is somewhat familiar from the BA Dark Star variations, but as advertised with some serious cherry flavor. The cherry was perfect for me, the flavor builds slowly then a wave of slightly tart cherry before sweet cherry mixed with chocolate finishing things off. Layered over is a respectable, but not overwhelming bourbon barrel character. Super well done; rich and flavorful. Fine anniversary beer; happy birthday, Fremont.

Oct 04, 2021
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Radcpa from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown appearance with a slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a nice malt and cherry. Taste is a smooth bourbon malt with cherry accent. A little thin.

Sep 10, 2021
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pitch black body with a brown collar. The vanilla and cherry are super potent in this one. Hits hard in the nose before the bourbon and cola follow, oak is subdued in the background. Yeah I love fremont but this one is messy: cherry is sickly sweet and cough syrup like, vanilla doesn't pair with the oak but instead draws out cola, caramel, and semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon is hotter just amplifying the sweetness, hard to have big sips of. The earth and char are way too subtle to hope to balance. Feel is hot, bright for style, saturated with sugar, and malty. Worst of the series easily

Sep 02, 2021
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wildwood Taphouse.

Black with a dark brown head with good retention and lacing this looks great. The nose is great. Bitter dark chocolate, buckwheat honey, bourbon, vanilla, booze, sour cherries, but rich and creamy, tart and bright yet reserved. The palate opens mildly sweet with bitter dark chocolate, roast, dark caramel, buckwheat honey, all really rich and deep with a touch of umami, before a bright, lightly tart cherry character comes over. While paradoxical, the tartness tempers, complements and completes the bitterness, amplifying the 80+% dark chocolate notes. Smooth, creamy ,rich, silky on the palate, this feels quite magnificent. Impressive.

Aug 21, 2021
12th Anniversary Stout With Cherries from Fremont Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 14 ratings