Brew 6000
Fremont Brewing Company

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #21
Ranked #884
4.4 | pDev: 8.64%
Oct 29, 2023
Mar 29, 2022
English-style barleywine ale aged in bourbon barrels.

Fremont Brewing began as a dream in 2008. Years later, our dream has come true in each and every one of you, our craft beer family. And like every family, we have had our ups and our downs, but we keep coming back together knowing we are stronger together. In your hands is a special nod to you, a gift for now that will continue to give many years from now should you have the patience to wait… Brew 6000. This English-style barleywine ale uses floor-malted English barley, Noble hops, and is aged in 10-15 year-old, single use bourbon barrels for 16 months to bring you a complex and subtle craft beer flavor experience. We brewed this to celebrate brewing our 6000th brew, and we look forward to sharing it with you, our craft beer family. “Barleywine is life.” – VWP

Down & Dirty: Maris Otter Pale and Carafa 2 Special malts with White Wheat and Magnum and US Goldings hops.
ABV: 11.9% IBU: 30
Color: Dark brown
Aroma: Brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee and other sweet aromatics, with dried fruit and some stone fruit notes. Whiskey and oak linger in the background
Flavor: High sweetness, slightly bitter and definite lingering sweetness in a medium body with alcohol warmth and mouthwatering
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours dark brown. Aroma is very interesting -- subtle notes of each of bourbon, toffee, oak, dark fruits and vanilla. Taste follows nose but is more intense. The dark fruits and oak are prominent followed by the vanilla, burnt sugar, toffee and bourbon. Mouthfeel is full. Incredible barleywine.
Oct 29, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a purple-waxed 22oz bomber into a CW snifter. pours puddle water brown but thicker and denser with a thin sandy brown foam head. light bourbon and oak on the nose with toffee and light vanilla and dark fruits. gentle oxidation which always brings out a little bit of a wet cardboard flavor to me. taste pretty much follows. toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon, light vanilla and chocolate. really tasty stuff. thick, syrupy mouthfeel. lower on the carbonation. another excellent brew barleywine from fremont.
Oct 28, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by o29 from Texas

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Received a bottle from DIM 3-8-23. Bottled in 2022; reviewed 10-25-2023.

Beer poured dark brown with an okay off white head.

Nose is awesome, full on with the barrel with dark fruits lurking in the background.

Taste is something spectacular! The large malt base gives me plums, raisins, and brown sugar while the barrel gives a good dose of vanilla to go along with the residual bourbon. Finishes with enough bourbon to help tame some of the sweetness which is at a very appropriate level.

Mouthfeel is perfection. I think this even beats the perfect Belgian Quads as this is a full bodied, velvety, viscous; just everything i love in a high gravity brew.

Overall, wow, this is better than i thought it would be, thanks Dan!
Oct 25, 2023
Rated: 4.35 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Oct 21, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Sep 17, 2023
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Excellent example of the style, exactly what I want from it. Strong notes of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and dark fruit on both the smell and taste, with a healthy barrel presence. A slight thickness and oiliness, big bodied, mouth watering finish, boozy. They made this a special one.
Aug 17, 2023
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Another beer from last summer's tap takeover at BeerNV. Pours black essentially. Black barleywine seems the most popular style lately. Thin beige head. 1/6". Carver. Hit this lineup before the awesome Alabama show outdoors at Lake Tahoe. Great times.

Aroma hits on whiskey and brown sugar notes. Vanilla and sugar. Eilleen. Throw some oak in for good measure.

The taste is sweet, but manageably good. I guess a list of the usual suspects is in order: burly barley maris otter, vanilla, sugar, whiskey, oak, dessert, caramel, toffee. They stayed away from the hops, even if they went "American" in the sweetness levels. A deadbeat who has to have her checks garnished rather than be an honorable person.

The mouth feel does a great job at hiding the alcohol making this a relatively easy sipper. Sure, the sweetness level does it. This must be like a 500 calorie pour. Doesn't feel boozy or warm. She has cheated on everyone, ever, a habitual liar. I wouldn't recommend this beer to you if you don't like sweet beers though.
Jul 18, 2023
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Many thanks to BigIronH for this bottle!

A - Dark raisin colored pour with thin tan lacing and low carbonation.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, some vanilla, dark fruit, and a little bit of alcohol.

T - Toasted brown sugar, raisins, molasses, vanilla, some dark fruit, toasted caramel / toffee, finishes on the sweeter side.

M - Leaves a sugary residue on the lips, some warming on the way down, big silky, viscous, light syrupy body.

O - This is an absolutely amazing 'Barley and well worth seeking out.
Jun 25, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 24, 2023
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured with a texture of olive oil and had just a little more foam forming for the head that never quite covered the surface but never went away completely either.
Even to my Covid affected nose the aroma was decadent; bourbon and brown sugar and sweet malts were what made it through.
The taste is something more than that, but not much. That is to say, those flavors are there in spades, and they are accompanied with rich toffee and figs and raisins and, well, things I can’t quite describe. But dang, this is tasty.
The feel is viscous and smooth, no carbonation bite at all, and while not as viscous as olive oil, it’s more so than most beers, barrel aged or not, manage to get.
OA, this is what makes beer so appealing to me, just waves of flavors with each sip.
Jun 18, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2023
Rated: 4.1 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jun 11, 2023
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Jun 06, 2023
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
On tap in a tulip glass. Midnight black, thin film of light brown head. Intense flavor and smell both of fried dark fruits, brown sugar, lesser amounts of caramel, definite influence of the bourbon barrel aging without being boozy. Thick and viscous. A true model of the style. Best one I have tried.
Jun 02, 2023
Rated: 4.48 by BSW from California

May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle at share. Mahogany pour with a robust off-white head. Aroma is malty and sweet, pit fruit, coconut. Taste is toffee, plums, brown sugar. Thick, sticky yet creamy feel. ABV does not dominate but allows all of the flavors to shine.
May 10, 2023
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz bottle waxed with purple and poured into a Fremont stemless tulip esque tasting glass. Figured I should go proper glassware to break in the new glass with a Fremont beer.
Label isnt datestamped, but does say April 2, 2022, which I presume is the brew day for the commemorative beer.
The beer pours a fairly dark mahogany color with no light passing through my glass, except on the very edges which reveals a bit of ruby highlight.
Aroma is rich and malt forward with a lot of complexity and sweeter notes. I get toffee and brown sugar mixing with some figs, a good dose of bourbon and a little bit of raisin. No hop character and no fusol heat here either. Impressive for 11.9%
First sip reveals a robust body with slightly sticky texture, leaving some residue on my lips. Carbonation is fine and spacious, fairly gentle on my palate. Feels like a big barleywine, I like where this is heading!
Flavor is rich and malty, just like the nose. I get brown sugar and bourbon notes, mixing with figs and raisin fruitiness again. Here I also pick up some toffee too that lingers through the finish along with sweet bourbon notes. Hops dont show through at this point either. And there is also no warming from the ABV, further enhancing the drinkability of the beer.
Ive had some Fremont beers so far and never been let down. This one furthers my happy impression with these big beers and their general sweetness and complexity. Glad Ive got a few more waxed bottles in the cellar to enjoy!
May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from waxed sealed bottle, the body is an opaque dark brown with very small initial head that rapidly retreated to the glass sides like a small bead of caulk. Not much lacing.

Aroma is sweet barrel, dark fruits, caramel.

Taste follows nose as the bourbon is featured but is not boozy.
Mouthfeel is luxurious. While mouth gets coated, it's not too heavy. The carbonation is light but present and welcome. Easy finish.

Well crafted and excellent barleywine.
May 07, 2023
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