Lovingly referred to by Fremonters as the B-BOMB, this bourbon barrel-aged edition of Abominable 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.
(INFUSED WITH COFFEE AND CINNAMON)
Final Rating: 4.37/5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
2014 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Fremont “can” glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade. Note that ABV on label is stated as 11%, not 14% as is currently listed on BeerAdvocate.
Pours a brown, nearly black, stout-like body with a mocha colored head that reduces at a moderate rate to leave a ring of brown foam, a little lacing but not much.
Right off the bat you can smell heavy bourbon aromas, specifically vanilla and sweet caramel, toffee, sweet molasses, milk chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee but not much really. Cinnamon is non-existent in the aromas.
On the tongue are smooth, rich notes of sweet caramel, bourbon, sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, followed by the adjunct ingredients – first light cinnamon, then a nice roasty, toasted flavor presumably from the coffee.
I do love the mouthfeel of this brew – it may be the best attribute. Extremely rich and creamy, easy to drink, thick, velvety with low carbonation.
A very nice brew. Reminds me more of a stout than a strong ale. Had to take -0.5 off the final rating because there simply wasn’t enough cinnamon or coffee in both the flavor and aroma. Overall world class though.