The 1st Nail (2013) | Fremont Brewing Company

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The 1st Nail (2013)The 1st Nail (2013)

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Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are a family-owned microbrewery founded in 2009 to brew small-batch artisan beers made with the best local ingredients we can find. Located in the historic Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, we taught the horseshoe crab to swim and the Pine Box boys to explode stereotypes with their minds! A year ago the Pine Box redefined the Capital Hill beer scene and in a fit of bad judgement, they asked us to brew their 1st Anniversary beer. Honored, we created this Imperial Oatmeal Stout with depth and secrets not to be revealed until several years have passed. Pale barely, smoked barley, brewer's licorice, cinnamon bark, oh my my. Enjoy this tribute to determination, vision and hard work of a couple beer-obsessed gentlemen and their legendary gathering place.

Added by Adamostella on 04-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite beer of those that have never graced a barrel. Certainly my favorite dark beer of that kind. The cinnamon, licorice, and smoked barley are neither subtle nor in any way heavy-handed. They simply play off each other in a dynamic, delightful way, and make this beer, with the rest of the base, satiny-smooth despite its heft. It's not at all hard to imagine why the BBA version of this, the Rusty Nail, is so revered. Having had this one, I revere it.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

HUGE thanks to libbey for this one...

A: Pours a deep dark black with about a half a finger of dark tan head. The foam fades fairly quickly, leaving a thin frothy ring of bubbles along the edges of the beer. The beer has good legs. It's coats the glass, tints it, and settles down with the foam as it drinks. Minimal lacing though.

S: The nose is sweet and spicy. It smells a bit like cinnamon toast crunch. I get roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon/sugar, hot pepper spice, and caramel. I am excite!

T: Wow. It starts out smooth and sweet with big roasted bitters, toast, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate. The cinnamon and hot pepper notes begin to shine right after the first sip. I was not expecting it from this beer, and it's glorious. The finish is sweet, bitter, and spicy. Really excellent.

M: Full bodied beer. It's smooth and coating all the way through. Syrupy to start, but it fades to mainly heat in the finish.

O: This beer is legit. Put it up there with Hunahpu. The sugar and spice play off each other perfectly, the roast is just right (not overpowering), the flavors mingle on the palate, and finish perfectly. Love it. I wish I had more of it.

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4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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On tap at Beer Authority. Pitch black, big dark brown head. Sweet, spicy and big. If it was more readily available, I'd have one for breakfast instead of coffee.

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4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The 1st Nail (2013) from Fremont Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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