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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2013
22 oz bottle, 2012. What a nice extra. Black with a crema head. Intense aroma of bourbon, dates, soy, chocolate and caramel. A sharp tang then a brief shudder as the alcohol hits. Taste is bourbon, raisin, fig, molasses and spice with lingering oak. A big brew; could use some mellowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a deeper blackish pour, some good thickness, mellow legs. Some brownish glow in the body, edges. Good haziness, frothy tannish head. Dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are toasty, carmelized and a gentle cocoa. A bit older, firmer oak, some vanilla, some tannic barrel and gentle dark fruit. Some cocoa, firmer whiskey comes in as it warms. Initial is medium bodied, a bit thicker, some firmer barrel presence. Firmer barrel leads into some heated ABV on the palate, some roasty and cocoa elements, toffee and toast, gentle dark fruit, spice, more cocoa. A firm barrel presence in the middle, touch of thickness but not too much in body. Backend is a bit more toasty, biscuits and caramel, some vanilla, gentle toasted coconut feel. Gentle dark and dried fruit, firmer whiskey, barrel and vanilla. A bit of toffee, toast. Firm barrel. Pretty solid one, with some interesting dark fruit jabs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
Thanks to Julian for this one! Nice big reddish brown pour, tan head. Loads of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, prunes, raisins, light sherry notes. Yeah this is big and boozy and I love it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2013
Wow, this is surprisingly awesome! The beer pours unclear dark chestnut brown, almost black, with a decent dark beige head. The aroma is so delicious, bringing vanilla, big bourbon, spices, and some brown sugar. The flavor brings sweet vanilla, brown sugar, some molasses, and tobacco. The blend is big and so nice.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
PBAndJ (2) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013 does not count
Always great. Perfectly balanced malt, barrel character, alcohol, bitterness, and roast. Huge aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9215) - Vero Beach, 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 (3207) - 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 (1603) - 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 (15309) - , 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 (2355) - 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....

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