The 1st Nail (2013) | Fremont Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fremont Brewing Company
Washington, United States
fremontbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
9
Avg:
4.27
pDev:
9.37%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
13
For Trade:
2
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Catch up rating from last night. First in a line of many imperial stouts. Color and pour normal, silky smooth body, up front ABV and following burn. Body right on for an oatmeal stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of John_M
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer several times at the Washington Cask beer fest, so I feel as if I have a pretty good handle on what it's like. Served from what looked like a 5 gallon pin/firkin.

The beer pours a blackish brown color, with the consistency of motor oil. It's maybe not quite as viscuous as dark lord, but it's close. Head retention is fairly decent, and lacing is very light. This is a beer that appears to have seen some serious barrel aging. The nose displays considerable licorice and vanilla (which is to be expected I guess), but with some underlying bitter dark chocolate and light coffee as well. The beers smells pretty good, but the palate; holy mother maria!!!! This beer comes across as liquidified licorise, but with considerable vanilla, dark chocolate, cinnamon and light coffee as well. There's also a roasty, smoke quality to this beer as well, that I didn't immediately pick up with the first glass I got. I felt the smoke quality helped to balance the richness somewhat. The beer is definitely rich and sweet, and so it's pretty hard to imagine drinking a whole lot of this. On the other hand, the low carbonation works well with this beer, making for a very full bodied beer, with a very long, licorice infused finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but even so, I was a surprised when I saw the abv. was in the 12% range. The alcohol is really integrated very well into the flavor profile.

Wow! This beer is quite the mouthfeel. Another impressive effort from the folks at Fremont Brewing.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation presenting a nice mocha colored cap, decent head retention and some minute lacing accompanies

S: Big nutmeg, cinnamon and milk chocolate

T: The initial taste screams cinnamon stix, nutmeg and milk chocolate. The initial flavors sordove wear off but stay around..a nice milk chocolate, bourbon and booze sting comes in and says hello. The finish is a bit spicey, bourbon, cocoa

M: Full bodied, robust, a nice amount of heat and sweetness. Great flavors and good creamt mouthfeel

O: Excellent!

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
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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3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber, avery goblet.

from notes

A really nice looking stout - full creamy mocha head with nice retention. The cinnamon is pretty potent - unlike any other beer I can think of. Dark chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, some light heat. Everything seems to work but I never want to drink more than 6oz of this at a time again - tastes like a christmas cookie.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeffo
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another awesome Fremont bottle provided by Doppie. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Brewed for the 1st anniversary of The Pine Box
Oatmeal stout with licorice and cinnamon

APPEARANCE: A black pour yields a small, medium looking, dark tan head with decent retention. Head fades rather quickly to a half swirly wisp and ring. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and dark caramel. Baker's chocolate, a touch of licorice and the cinnamon really comes out as the beer sits, giving it a bit of a spicy touch. This is really well balanced and quite enticing.

TASTE: Roasted malts with cinnamon and light fruity flavors, like grapes and raspberries, doused in a flood of dark baker's chocolate. This must be a result of the added licorice. The fruity combination with the cinnamon makes the flavor quite different than the nose initially. A boozy, spicy and fruity finish with roasted flavors, cinnamon spice, touches of licorice and bitter dark chocolate lingers nicely on the palate. Quite different than the nose had suggested, but quite flavorful, well balanced and decadent. Really good.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of a bite at the swallow and finishes sticky on the palate. A touch of heat lingers.

OVERALL: This was excellent. The cinnamon and licorice in this one gives it a fruity, spicy element that really sets it apart from others in the style. The oatmeal helps too, making this a full and creamy stout for sure. While this one doesn't include chilies in the recipe, the cinnamon and roasted, chocolate flavors puts this one in the same realm as Hunahpu perhaps. A quality, quality beer that I'd gladly drink again. Thanks again for sharing Doopie!

Note: Had this one again last night (8-12-2015) and it is still every bit as decadent as it was two years ago. Thanks again Doops!

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

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev -6.3%

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