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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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 vintage: 14% abv
2017 vintage: 13% abv

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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (1690) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 31, 2012
On tap @ Super Deli Mart. Pours dark caramel brown with a thin oily head. Aroma is a little cocoa and strong bourbon. Taste is boozy - roasted malts, licorice, toffee, some chocolate, and oh by the way - bourbon! Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. This is delicious. Lacks the complexity of some other barrel-aged favorites, and extraordinarily overpriced at $20+ for a 22oz bottle, but nonetheless a treat.


4.5
zoucrew102 (2241) - - JAN 9, 2018
Bomber, 2017 vintage. Rich caramel malt aroma with decadent chocolate, vanilla, coffee, oak, leather and bourbon. Pours dark caramel brown colored with a light toffee brown head that has little retention and some lacing. Starts with decadent caramel and chocolate malt flavors with notes of leather as well as rich, full body and a silky, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes impeccably smooth with some coffee, bourbon, vanilla and oak flavors. Excellent winter warmer!

4.4
Thisis12ptfont (1233) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 8, 2018
Aromas of aged malts, prunes, raisins,dark malts, wort, figs, chocolate, cocoa, toffee, star anise, oak, slight coffee, leather, corn syrup and molasses. Pours black as night with a half finger foam and intense lacing. Taste brings distinct brown sugar, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, gingerbread, toffee, coffee, black licorice, raisin, almonds, pecans, cigar smoke, roasted malt and faint peat smoke upfront. Mid palate gives way to spectacular notes of barrel wood, sawdust, leather, oak, corn syrup, vanilla, oats, alcohol sugars, and toasted caramel. Finishes remarkably smooth with very little booziness. Overall, this is an absolute gem with incredible flavor. Tastes very close to drinking actual bourbon. A+ rating.

4.2
Bill Becker (2008) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 31, 2017
Bottle compliments of JohnGalt1. Thanks Toby! It pours a pitch black. No sign of any other colour, even when held up to the light. Small tannish head of foam with some lacing. My nose is permeated with the smell of bourbon. Other aromas include oak, vanilla, light coffee, caramel. Taste follows the nose, with some toffee, and warming but not interfering alcohol. Complex flavours going on here and I'm probably not doing them justice with my descriptions, which I can live with. The beauty in a beer is the actual encounter; any words added are limited by the person's ability to describe what's going on in a meaningful way. I defer to others who CAN accomplish that task. Full bodied with ample carbonation. Simply outstanding and if I was a younger bloke, I would seek out another bottle to cellar. I reckon that the sky's the limit with this one.

3.6
ABUSEDGOAT (2904) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2017
2017/13%: Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is big time barrel notes of vanilla and wood with caramel and lesser notes of chocolate and darker fruit. Full bodied, fairly one dimensional despite all the barrel aging and blending. Full bodied, alcohol hidden well, quite drinkable.

3.9
Jyrsa (1008) - - DEC 22, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Bottle with friends. Clearish dark brown with brown head. Oak, vanilla, raisin. Wood, char, vanilla, raisin. Very dry and sucking for the ABV. An interesting experience.

4.1
Tide (4566) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Bottle from a friend. Blsck color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee, nuts, a bit of dark fruits and licorice. Bitter finish with roasted malts, chocolate, bourbon, oak, licorice, dark fruits, nuts and a bit of coffee. Exquisite imperisl stout.

4.5
jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle, 2016 vintage that spent about a year in the back of the beer fridge. Dark brown color with a thick finger of brown head. Smells delicious with chocolate, vanilla, and sweet bourbon barrel goodness. A warming drink; sweet bourbon barrel, vanilla, and a hint of faded hops. It’s seamless... sort of like a really great imperial stout, but lighter? Really a nice beer and just right for a winter warmer.

4.3
Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2017
Sample at Hops & Pie during the "GABF Week, CSA Portfolio Tasting" on 10/04/2017. Black pour with a medium thick tan head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing. Aroma of bourbon, malt, vanilla and chocolate. Full-bodied with flavors of bourbon, oaky vanilla, roast malt and fudge. The finish is oaky with a bourbon and malt aftertaste. Very good beer all around.

4.2
pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 13, 2017
Bottle Share - 2016 Limited Release: Sweet and boozy. You can taste the barrels all the way. Solid winter ale. This will warm you up.

4.3
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2017
Bottle, somehow 2013 vintage. Pours a pitch black beer with a thin and quickly disappearing tanned head on top. Aroma has coffee, bourbon roast, some spices, alongside a boozy body in the aroma. Flavor is sweet, lots of molasses, some balanced booze, sugary licorice and off course, lots of bourbon. Very syrupy mouthfeel and sticky sweet aftertaste. Awesome stuff!!


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