Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Nessi, Yetis, and… snowmen? Yes… abominable snowmen. These these mythical giants tend to roam all over the world but are more elusive than a greased pig, Emmitt Smith circa 1992, or that girl at the bar who gave you a fake number. Lucky I was able to hunt one of these creatures down. It hails from the land of rain, forests, and one word answers to football press conferences. Located in the northwestern United States, Freemont Abominable isn’t just any rabid snowman, this guy has been caged up in bourbon barrels for a year, making it extra aggressive and hard to hunt down. Can this wild beast be tamed? Time for the numbers…
Appearance: Jet black with a kakhi color head that cascaded into the pint glass. It didn’t stick around too long and there wasn’t much lacing from this beer as I drank. The beer lightened up towards the edges, but was still quite dark.
Smell: Vanilla, bourbon, maple syrup, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, and oak. Of the bourbon aged beers I’ve had on Beer Chatter, I think the smell of this one has to be one of the best, if not the best. So much going on in the smell, but all of the flavors complement one another. I can’t wait to dig in.
Taste: So incredibly balanced and wildly complex. At first I get vanilla, oak, and bourbon, but the flavors meld so nicely together it’s almost impossible to individually pick them out. Some coffee gets introduced midpalate as well as a rostyness from the grain. The bourbon presence in here is not at all overpowering, which I was a little worried about. However, I must admit, I do enjoy my barrel proof whiskeys so my palate may not recognize the punchyness of the booze, but trust me – there is plenty going on in here from beginning to end. Speaking of departures, Fremont ordered up a Venti Mocha Frappachino as a parting gift for you. The finish comes in with chocolate, coffee, and lactose – I don’t want it to go away… I hope this bottle has Everlasting Gobstopper abilities.
All of the flavors in this brew make it so wonderful to drink. Although it’s 11% ABV, it goes down easily. In part it’s because of the medium bodied mouthfeel and also the carbonation, which you don’t even notice. In the case of barrel aged
stouts winter ales, that’s a good thing.
Overall: I cannot believe the job Fremont did here. Their slogan of “because beer matters” is readily apparent in the craftsmanship of this brew. I would give this beer a grade of an A, easily. It beats out barrel aged B.O.R.I.S. and is on the same tier as Backyard Rye. I am really excited to try the coffee cinnamon version of this brew, and I’m thinking the rating on that is already a foregone conclusion. Abominable is perfect for a February hunt.