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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 8   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of our winter ale has a warming spicy aroma and rich carmelly notes of bourbon, wood and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolatey malt flavors and subtle hopping.
2011 vintage - 9% abv
2012 vintage - 11% abv
2013 vintage - 11% abv

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9100) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Pours black with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The bouquet is malty and vinous - loaded with purple grapes, dried fuzzy and dark fruits, and a nice chocolate/brownie characteristic. Full-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet, deeply roasted and chocolaty with heaps of dried dark fruits that carry right on through to the chocolaty, carbonic conclusion. Huge thanks to newcigarz for providing this world class beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 17, 2013
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage, courtesy of a friend. Thanks, Chris! Pours a murky, oily dark-brown color with a good bit of viscosity; thin perimeter of medium-tan bubbles. Generous, beautifully layered aroma on this: caramel, toffee, dates, and other dried fruits; well-placed oxidation and a barrel character that’s seamlessly attached: lush bourbon, light vanilla and spice, and a vinous heat throughout. Full body, with a modest (but lively and tiny-bubbled) carbonation that gives this a very pleasant texture in the mouth. Caramel, dried fruits, and a perfectly integrated bourbon-barrel character that follows the aroma notes: lush, seamless, with loads of lightly oxidized, caramel-driven goodness; this is a damn fine beer. Long finish of caramel, soft bourbon, and a touch of wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (1519) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2013
2010 rating - thanks jedwards! Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a mild light brown head. Smell is rich caramel and toasted malt. Taste is rich buttery caramel, dark fruit, bourbon, slightly dry at the end. Medium body with fine carbonation. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
24th January 2013
THE Others tasting. Thanks to Bruce again! Opaque black - brown beer. Tidy pale tan head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Very moderate carbonation. Rich dark malt, dark toffee, Dark chocolate and rich spicy bourbon, well integrated. Semi dry finish. Rich and tasty dark beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle generously shared by my man Tony C. Dark brown/black pour with a small tan head. Muted bourbon aromas. Rich and silky smooth with rich caramel, dark roasted malt and velvety bourbon notes. Under currents of oak and vanilla round out the hand. A real stunner. Thanks Tony....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (1933) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2014 Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a nice dark black color with a small head that fades quickly. Very nice bourbon aroma mixed with vanilla, wood, caramel, chocolate and spices. Excellent taste. Bourbon flavor is forward but there are nice barrel notes of wood and vanilla. A nice chocolate and spice flavor comes through in the finish. Light alcohol burn, fairly thick and sticky mouthfeel, Love this beer. I love that the base beer seems to come through very well. Very impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4567) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle @ THE Others Tasting. Cheers to Bruce for bringing this along! The pour’s deep, murky brown with a small head. The nose is rich toffee, spiced fruit cake, chocolate gateau. Berry and orange peel squash. Hints of raisin and runny toffee. Complex, big nose. The taste is more hot raisin cake. Some vanilla-coated pancake. Rich, roasted chocolate malts, brown bread toast. Complex, full flavors. Big, fat body. Fine carbonation. Overall, a pretty stellar beer that reveals new things with every sip. Hopefully I’ll get to try this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Winter 2012 release. Nose holds slightly dry yeast, spices, roasted caramel malt, bourbon. Needs more body. Taste shows an exceptionally smooth blend of these ingredients, pulling the spice character back in favor of stronger base & bourbon notes. The barrel remains quite nicely rounded throughout, a feat which precious few brews achieve. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6711) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle at THE others tasting, thanks to Bruce. It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar, marshmallow and spice. The taste is wood, roasted malt, Xmas spice, toast, earth, dark fruit, raisin, cocoa powder, toasted coconut and some alcohol warmth. Full body and moderate carbonation. Rich, flavoursome and well balanced. Delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10772) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
Bottle at The Others Tasting, London - tremendous thanks to Bruce for sharing what happened to be one of my top wants! Pours dark brown with a creamy, beige foam head. Rich, sugary dark bread nose, brown sugar, dark fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor, dark fruits, raisins, plums, lightly torched wood, moderate earthy bitternesss, dark leathery berries, faint roast. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with rich grapes, dry raisins, toffee and brown sugar, faint cocoa. Rich and delicious. Well balanced, too, I would say. Excellent stuff.

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