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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   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


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
2011, red waxed bottle, via trade. pours a deep, dark, chestnut brown (like a good winter ale should) with a creamy, light khaki head that has excellent retention. aroma is wonderful with big notes of candied nuts, pralines, coconut, and vanilla cake backed by subtle cocoa, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark fruits. flavor is delicious as well with smooth, rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, and dark malts up front backed by pralines, black cherries, walnuts, and earthy hops. palate is full bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, sweet, woody finish. overall, a great barrel aged winter ale.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (5299) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2015
Thanks to JefVerstraete! 655 ml. bottle sampled @ “Hot & Sweaty RBBSG 2015”. 2015 Version. Pours black with no head – way darker than I would expect from this style. Nose is thick bourbon with some light raisin, wood, light chocolate, touch spirit, chewy caramel malts,… Taste is vanilla, sugar, light booze, thick caramel mixed with molasses, light coffee, syrupy, candy, exotic sugar,… Thick & syrupy body. Not the best but highly satisfactory for sure.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElManana (1086) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle at RBBSG, thanks for sharing JefVerstraete. Bourbon, chocolate, malts, warming. Good strong beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5897) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2015
2011 Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with medium frothy tan head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla, roast. Thick mouthfeel, rich malt, nice roast, chocolate, boozy finish, chewy, really impressive.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mbgrayson (617) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Pours super dark, with a tan head. Rich carmelly notes of wood, bourbon, and vanilla added to dark roasty chocolaty malt flavor. Very complex yet still quite drinkable. Thumbs way up!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (1217) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2015
dark thick brown.. aroma is vanilla and rich toffee. taste is smooth with a nice toffee and bitter bite, smooth booze and light spice

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5192) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 5, 2015
Lighter on the barrel than the barrel aged dark star. Pours black with decent head and lacing. Roast and some nutmeg. Lots of caramel, and some other spices. A little on the syrupy side for my liking. Very sweet boozy finish. Tap at meridian pint.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (3271) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Meridian Pint for the Founders/Fremont SAVOR event. Shared by solidfunk, thanks! Black with tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate. Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, oak, roast. Full body with a dry finish. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (983) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. We had the 2012 and 2013 vintages, this rating is the 2013). The pour is a nice dark black with a khaki ring of head and no lace. This pours almost like a stout. Really nice. The aroma is heavy on chocolate with an excellent bourbon note and a good vanilla. There is definitely some roasted malts and a healthy dose of caramel. The flavor is very similar. Some dark fruits poke through, followed by the chocolate malts, caramel, vanilla and a little molasses. The mouth feel is a tick lighter than I’d like, with a soft carbonation that’s great. It’s just a good barley wine.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1679) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Pour is black with a good bit of camel colored head and some large bubbles. Nose is really nice, tons of rich wood and bourbon that melds well with a rich dark chocolate cake malt, a light roast, and a bit of caramel. Flavor is very rich up front, body is very full. Bourbon is a bit stronger, still has a lot of rich cake like malt, dark chocolate, faint roast but not as balanced as the nose. Back end thins on the flavor, gets a hint empty in back, some malt sweetness comes in as it warms. Nose is great, flavor falls a touch short, still very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (10664) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2015
Bottle. Thanks Ferris. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon, wood, vanilla, cinnamon spices and chocolate - Full bodied.


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