Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Holy B Bomb, Batman!
I don’t know when I was last this incredibly surprised by an ale.
Deep ruby brown pour with black highlights.
Head is two fingers of tan, dense foam that subsides to form a lasting ring. Lacing is minimal, but decent.
The nose (and flavor) are bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon with underpinnings of dark chocolate, toffee, caramel brown and red fruits almost too numerous to list (date, fig, kumquat, plum, breadfruit, starfruit, mandarin orange/tangerine, pineapple, just to name a few). There is also plenty of old leather, tobacco, coconut, pecan praline, honey, sherry, brandy a hint of smoke, cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander, and even a touch of something like lavender.
This beer reminds me of a cross between Firestone Walker’s Fifteen and Parabola, except it’s richer, and more intense in flavor than either of those, despite being three percent lower in alcohol! This beer may not be as subtle as some, but it’s one of the most complex, dynamic brews of any style that I’ve tasted.
This is definitely the ultimate sipping beer, and would pair marvelously with the stoutest cigar.
Major Kudos to Fremont Brewing for creating that rarest of beers worthy of being called an instant classic. WABeerFiend (426) - - JAN 17, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a Fremont goblet on 07.15.14.
A: Chocolate, licorice, red grape, and dark cherry. Wow!
A: Midnight black body with a little bit of red at the bottom of the glass. Slight tan head that fizzes and recedes to a ring.
T: Dark cherry, vanilla, and red grape dominate. Chocolate, slight woodiness, raisin, and spices are subtle.
P: Creamy smooth. Perfectly medium chewy.
O: This lives up to the hype. It has some alcohol heat, loads of dark fruit, and it’s perfectly balanced. I became a Fremont fanboy after this. Everyone has their own palate, but this one is at the top of the heap for me. Simply amazing!