This post goes out to all the other bourbon barrel-aged brews out there. Way to go, bourbon. You’ve done well.
I would like to commend all bourbon barrel-aged beers for doing something super awesome. Barrel-aged beers are amazing, and bourbon is amazing, and together you are making beautiful magic.
Fremont Brewing has got something on all of you. And no, it’s not that their beer is the best one out there (but it’s really, really good, don’t get me wrong). It’s that their barrel-aged beer comes out at the same time of year as the non-barrel-aged version (same beer) so you can try them side by side. And that is SO COOL.
Abominable Ale is Fremont Brewing’s annual winter release. It’s quite delicious. This is one of those truly hearty winter ales, the kind of beer where one of them is pretty much all you want. It’s rich, it’s thick, it’s creamy and roasty and malty and chocolatey. And ringing in around 8% abv, it’s a doozy.
But that is NOTHING compared to the barrel-aged version. Fremont Bourbon Abominable (affectionately referred to as B-Bomb) is like a punch in the face, but in the most positive way possible. It’s like you want to be punched in the face. But only by this beer. Because it feels so gooood.
Of course, like any barrel-aged beer, each vintage is slightly different depending on the barrels used, how long it’s aged, temperature, etc etc. But generally speaking, this beer is one of the best barrel-aged brews out there. (It has an overall rating of 98 on Beer Advocate. That is not easy to do.)
I want to describe it to you, but I’m not sure I can. It’s so amazing. They’re taking an already-awesome beer (Abominable) and making it even more awesome by infusing it with bourbon flavor. It’s really rich, super creamy, very strong, warming, intense, sweet, flavorful, hearty. My god. On top of that, it’s like 11% abv, so you get really drunk and feel super warm and fuzzy inside when you drink it.
So, you should probably just drink it. They sell it all over the country now, as far as I’ve heard. So if you ever see a bottle shop with some strange 22oz bottles from Seattle, check it out. I swear it’s worth it.