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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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%.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1047) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft. Taste was creamy malt, christmas cookie, charred wood and roasted coffee beans. Really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4050) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2013
22 ounce bottle thanks to Prufrockstar. Dark black body. Tan head. Chocolate up front followed by a hoppy build. Roasty. Veyr nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1617) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pour from a can. Nice dark pour with a tan head and lots of lacing. Nice roasted malt nose with hints of Belgian yeast by products. Really nice taste - slight heat on the finish with a touch of hops and spice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (825) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle from BottleWorks, Seattle. Pours a dark opaque brown, slight amount of tan head. Aroma caramel, chocolate, 2-row Pale. Body full and rich without being overly thick. Finish a well-balanced bittersweet chocolate, with some treacly notes as well. Jealous this isnít on the shelf near me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Growler from Fremont Brewing Company. Personally, I thought the bourbon barrel aged version was a bit better, but this was pretty good, too. Smells like maple syrup and brown sugar. Hops give t a nice kick. Malt flavor coats the mouth and lasts for a while. I will definitely be trying some more from the FBC.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Dark brown, nearly black pour, medium beige head. Sweet roasted aroma, dark fruit, caramel, actually a little fruitcakey. Slightly charred roast on the flavor, bread and caramel maltiness, solid bitterness on the finish with citrus rind and resin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (770) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bomber. Appearance is a solid dark brown color along with a half-inch of tan head. The aroma is along the lines of a Porter or Stout with lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses. The taste is relatively similar with a strong emphasis on the dark roast malt and chocolate mocha flavors in addition to some toffee, fig and raisin notes. Also a mild citrus and herbal hops presence in the background. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy while the finish is dry, bitter and smoky. Overall, an interesting blend of different styles (Porter, Stout, Winter Warmer) with a good balance between the dark roasty malt and hops flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 22oz bomber from Elise. Opaque brown-black. Thin beige head. Mellow mouthfeel, subdued carbonation. Chocolate and caramel tones dominate, with a nice well rounded hop bill offering balance and depth. Chewy dark Brown Ale. A mellow beast, this is quite malt forward for a West Coaster. Some piny gingerbread, toffee. Subtle and unique. Some syrupy black malt tones, some brown sugar. A lot going on, but the tastes really merge together.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Rich, hoppy, American brown ale aroma. Good label. Fairly sweet, woody, cocoa, nicely bitter, a little chalky. Satisfying mmouthfeel and finish. Very dark brown, tan head. Finish goes a bit grassy. Thanks to Triock for hauling this back from the west coast.


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