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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   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

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ineptbeerman (3) - Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Tastes delicious, like stuff i like to put in my mouth. Makes me feel warm and happy, like a hug.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldMrCrow (1952) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
2013 Bottle sampled Dec 24, 2014

Pours a *very* deep brown with a tan head. Intense bourbon vanilla nose a bit of cinnamon and chocolate cake. Flavor is overly intense and boozy, tons of bourbon/vanilla oak, relatively sweet but with an almost sour twist that I donít much care for. A bit of salt. Super-hot on the tongue, sticky.

I bought this one after Kentucky Dark Star came out of nowhere to blow me away. But Iím hugely disappointed here. Iím not sure I can finish a snifter of this. Maybe my tastes have just completely diverged from the bigger-is-better crowd, but I donít see the point of beers like this. You canít even drink them.

tl;dr summaryThe usually excellent Fremont BOMBs on this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2014
2013 vintage - Pours cola with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is real sharp and hot with sweet bourbon, molasses, and brown sugar. Boozy molasses taste with whiskey and brown sugar. Thick and slick with mellow carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2011 Vintage. Brown, not much head. Smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, molasses...lots of rich decadent aroma. Thick, viscous palate, with a lot of the same flavors. Some subtle hop bitterness in the end. Really good, but I am certainly glad I had a bunch of friends to share it with...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (249) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle (22oz $16) Vintage 2014. Very dark brown with tan head. Bourbon and quite sweet to the taste. Need to update this rating with details.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5210) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2014
22oz bottle pours a viscous black with some cloudy, brown head. Nose has booze at first but opened up and had lots of charred wood, caramel, sour mash whiskey, toasted coconut. Flavor is a lot better, butterscotch, charcoal, a little dark whiskey, coconut, vanilla, cherry cola. Full bodied but smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2014
2013 bottle from Elise shared at Black Friday tasting. Caramel brown-black body, frothy beige head. Laces up the glass well. Bourbon, vanilla, touch of licorice. Very sweet, but balanced, quite nice. Chewy bourbon candy notes in the finish. Rich caramel, chocolate tones. Nice warming finish. World Class, really holds up. Solid beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2014
2013 from Chuckís Hop Shop for $17.99 last month. Deep ruby brown with a half finger brown head, creamy with fair retention. Big bourbon aroma, caramel and toffee. Some spicy alcohol and light roast, fading tobacco. Flavor big on the bourbon and heat, a bit of sherry. Otherwise follows suit. Still spicy and a bit hot. Bitterness is pretty low. Dry. Medium body with light carbonation. Damn good--rather, will be in a year. Still too hot. I am quite impressed with Fremont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (1322) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
bottle in a trade thanks to jeff!! shared with a friend. 2011 vintage!. dark brown pour with a creamy head. that sweet bourbon is in your face while pouring! roasted malts, vanilla, a lot of oak!, chocolate, dark chocolate, cacao, cinnamon, warm christmas spice like a verry small hint of anise, a lot of sweet settled bourbon, canít imagine what a bourbon bomb this needs to be when its fresh! remarkable beer! wasnít expecting this!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pour from bottle, fobab 2014. Chocolate caramel and bourbon. Boozy, sweet, and malty. Thick and chewy. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
budznsudz (581) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Dark pour with a bit of a cream head. Rich dark malt, mollasses and bourbon make up the lovely nose and taste profile of this amazing beer. Super impressed with this one.

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