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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark, roasty, chocolatey malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Donít be scared to be Abominable.

Down & Dirty: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Roast Barley, Chocolate, & Carafa malts with Centennial, Willamette & Goldings hops. 8.0% ABV

Formerly 7.5%.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2013
12oz can poured into glass. Dark brown color with a thin bubbly head. Nice aroma of caramel, chocolate and roasted malts. Easy to drink despite the 8%ABV, itís masked very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/6/13. 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a very dark brown color that could - under poorly lighted conditions - be mistaken for a stout. The head is a two finger mocha shade with excellent texturing. Iím also impressed with the head retention; itís still standing a finger high after a minute. S: This has a very roasty quality to it, acting as a compliment to the dark fruit esters and earthy/piny hops that also pop up on the nose. Nothing really stands out about it, but it gets the job done sufficiently. If the aesthetics screamed "stout", the aroma screams "black ale". T: ...and the flavor screams "strong ale". The profile here has a far stronger dark fruit bend to it. Flavors of plums, raisins, figs, and cherries will then give way to a midtaste of licorice (not the nasty black stuff) and coffee. If thereís one thing noticeable, itís that the further the flavors progress on the palate, the more íroastyí they become. The hops - which I expected to dominate, or at least have the strongest pull in the flavor profile - remain subtle throughout; their presence offering a balancing edge of earth, black pepper, and pine to the fruity sweetness. Give it time to warm up, and it will reveal notes of vanilla, chocolate, and walnuts after repeated sipping; itís just complex enough to keep the palate guessing. The best part about this one? The exhales - they have a wondrous dark chocolate/vanilla quality to them. M: Typically smooth, syrupy, and vaguely sweet on its finish. The hop profile and roasted barley donít dry out the finishing texture like I expected...or even wanted. Luckily, itís light enough so that drinking it wonít be a chore. Carbonation is middling but well focused and uniform on the palate. O: This becomes pretty sweet after a while, so it might not be a bad idea to have someone on standby to share this with. Still, if weíre talking about how this one lives up to the basic definition of the íwinter warmerí moniker (meaning does it lift the soul and warm the orifices), Iíd say itís a success. Iíd buy it again if Fremont ever decided to distribute to my state.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (946) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2013
On tap @ Chuckís 85th. Hard to believe I havenít rated this yet. Pours inky brown with medium thin off white head. Aroma is sweet chocolate malt with a hint of floral hops. Taste is big rich chocolate malt balanced with spicy earthy hops. ABV is substantial, but doesnít dominate. Much darker than most winter beers, more akin to a hoppy robust porter. Takes to barrel aging very well. Quite a bargain for the price too, as opposed to BBomb. One of my favorite winter beers, canít get enough of this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1081) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft. Taste was creamy malt, christmas cookie, charred wood and roasted coffee beans. Really enjoyed this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5773) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
(22oz bomber) rich dark brown with dark tan bubbles. Nose of cream, gingerbread, toasty, sweet, graham cracker. Taste is toasty, sweet, gingerbread, anise, spicy, medium body and rich linger.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4189) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Can @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark reddish-brown with an off-white head. Tasted of toasted sugars, chocolate, roast, and an earthy hop spice. But not too bitter. Not overly complex, but a great drinking winter ale.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (2460) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Excellent brew!! Bottle was room temp when I poured it with a thick, foamy, tan head that lasts a while and plenty of lace. Color is a clear, dark mahoganey with lots of tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, roast, fruit, hop. Flavorís like nose, plus brandy and is bitter up front with slight sweetness way in back and good carbonic tang to balance. Full body with a few high points and great carbonation. Finish is a tad long and boozy. Very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2567) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Chocolate, coffee, nutty, earthy. A nice malty beer for a cold winter night.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2962) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Nitro at The Pine Box, Seattle. Deep brown, foamy tight head. Porter sweetness, some coffee. Roasty, smooth body. Sweet esters, coffee, milk chocolate. Medium body. Hops are a little too subtle in this nitro version. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1816) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown medium head. Snell and tasted like a stout chocolate and ashy roasted malt


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