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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   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. Don’t 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (715) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle. Bloack like a stout with tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma is toasted grain and nuts. The flavor is well balanced with notes of chocolate, coffee, nuts, herbs, and lactic acid. It finishes spicy and piney. It is very fresh, medium bodied with a lively but quick carbonation and an astringent finish. This is a very nice and drinkable beer. It seems a stout at first but has a complexity that unfolds.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2309) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1048) - 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. I’m also impressed with the head retention; it’s 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 there’s one thing noticeable, it’s that the further the flavors progress on the palate, the more ’roasty’ 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; it’s 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 don’t dry out the finishing texture like I expected...or even wanted. Luckily, it’s light enough so that drinking it won’t 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 we’re talking about how this one lives up to the basic definition of the ’winter warmer’ moniker (meaning does it lift the soul and warm the orifices), I’d say it’s a success. I’d 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 (4169) - 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 (1710) - 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 (884) - 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 isn’t on the shelf near me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4992) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Can - pour is dark ruby, almost black - substantial, dense, off-white head - nose of toffee, hazelnut, tobacco, dried fruit, a hint of smoke - pretty intense flavor profile - equal parts sweet, toasty, and bitter - dark bread, toffee, roasted nuts - wintery spice profile, which is impressive, since there are not spices used - a bit of tobacco - lightly warming alcohol - spicy, moderately bitter finish - I am very much enjoying this.

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.


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