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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
2015 vintage: 14% abv
2016 vintate: 14% abv

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Bomber poured a clear dark redfish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, cocoa and light roasted malt. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak and light bourbon with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1514) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2015
22oz 2014 vintage bottle pours dark brown black with a finger of frothy dark brown head. The barrel treatment really brings the base beer to another level, lots of gooey marshmallow and vanilla spice added to the stout-like character of the base beer, some coconut, coupled with dark fruit, dark chocolate, bitter roast, and a nice layer of sweetness. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Very deep, dark brown pour with reddish tints and decent ivory head. Nose and flavor bring big caramel and molasses to the fore, with hints of roast, almond, fig, and vanilla rounding out the background. Bourbon is pronounced, but more rounded and seamless in its fitting into the beer as compared to this years BA Dark Star. Rich and sweet, but not overdone. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2015
Sampled at Fobab. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of bourbon and malt. Taste is bourbon, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some dark fruit. The bourbon tries to overwhelm. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (3203) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2015
On tap at FoBAB 2015. Murky dark brown pour. Aromas of dark fruits and vanilla. More old ale aromas than the coffee and cinnamon version. Boozy and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark ruby red color that appears almost black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lace left behind. Strong barrel presence in the nose which is dominated by bourbon and a strong oak presence. Slight toothpick oaky character with a little bit of coconut, marshmallow and vanilla along with spicy and sweet bourbon notes. As it warms, Im picking up sweet and roasted malt as well as a bit of dark fruit. Hints of chocolate cake, fig, dark cherry and other vinous berries. Fuller end of medium bodied with soft carbonation. Really nice mouthfeel for the style. Thick but not viscous with surprising crisp carbonation that really helps. Again, the barrel presnce is really prominent with lots of bourbon flavor but its not hot or overly boozy. Sweet bourbon with some spicy rye along with dry, toasted oak, vanilla bean and some toasted coconut. After the beer warms, Im picking up more dark malt, spice and vinous fruit sweetness. A little peppery spice and rye compliment the spirit flavors. Theres also some cherry and other dark berries along with some silky chooclate sweetness and subtle roast. Still, this beer is a bit bourbon heavy but the lack of heat makes it pretty easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2931) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2015
2013 Vintage. Dark brown pour with a slightly guy white head. Big bourbon nose with a hint of spice. Caramel and toasted marshmallow. Really nice taste. Malty, just a hint of booze and a nice bourbon finish. Mild spice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3027) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2015
Enjoyed at Freetail Bottleshare 2015... Notes of dark chocolate, bourbon, roasted malts... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (12007) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Zer0. Pours very dark brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of bourbon and woody barrel, vanilla, toffee, molasses, light chocolate, leather and some dark fruits. Flavour is light heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (9717) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2015
33cl shared at October THT. thin creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Lovely barrel notes


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