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 (413) - - 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! PBAndJ (2) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2013 does not count
Always great. Perfectly balanced malt, barrel character, alcohol, bitterness, and roast. Huge aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, and caramel. ineptbeerman (3) - Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2012 does not count
Tastes delicious, like stuff i like to put in my mouth. Makes me feel warm and happy, like a hug. jweiss (18) - Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2013
My favorite Washington Beer. This strong ale is an absolute beast. Pours as thick as a stout with a delicious balance of bourbon flavors. Warning, it is heavy on the bourbon flavor. If you like your’s on the more subtle side then this may not be the one for you.
onceblind (9419) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Inky black pour with a thin light khaki head. Superb aroma of oak, chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, roast, a touch of molasses and maybe also a hint of cinnamon, sweet and chocolaty and bourbonny-woody. Smooth and velvety body with a creamy mouthfeel, loaded with oak, brown sugary bourbon, vanilla, deep sweet chocolate, and a little roast and molasses at the finish. Lovely body with lovely chocolaty blackness with lots of very smooth, very mellow oak and bourbon. Amazing. sebastokrator (116) - - DEC 12, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2016 Pours dark black with some brown head. Nose is bourbon, tobacco, fig, and raisin. Taste is toffee, raisin, with some tobacco. The barrel comes in near the back with bourbon and oak. Medium bodied, low carbonation, very creamy. Alcohol warmth on the finish. Outstanding. B-BOMB is the best thing Fremont produces, hands down. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - APR 4, 2012
Deep, dark brown almost stout/porter appearance. Bourbon and maple nose. Full bodied and extremely rich. The bourbon, roasted nuts and vanilla take turns washing over the palate. Nothing subtle here, but delicious! Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
From notes. Bottle share courtesy of Bytemesis. Thank you! Huge aromas and flavors of vanilla, nuttiness, toasted coconut, caramelized sugar, creame brûlée, creamy chocolate and BROWNIES!!! Tons of Bourbon Barrel-Aged character. I love this style! Full bodied, rich and creamy, with lower carbonation. In comparison, sweeter and richer then Kentucky Dark Star.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me... kokobucks (16) - - JAN 16, 2015
Wonderful. Maybe a tad longer, a month or two in the cellar would add a little to it, but it is great now. Smooth dark ale. Nice balance of spice and bourbon.