The Rusty Nail (2017)
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A Note on This Beer
Fremont Brewing’s The Rusty Nail from breaks into the ranks of Barrel-Aged Dark Beer legends with a world-class 4.56 score on BA. With each new vintage, fans offer up treasure chests of Side Project and even Hill Farmstead for a chance to revel in its bourbon-soaked riches.
Released each June in limited quantities, hoards of barrelhounds swarm the taproom to swoop up this top-notch, wax-dipped behemoth.
Today you don’t have to worry about braving the Seattle freeze or looting your prized cellar collection — Fremont opened up their barrelhouse to give us direct access to this shining star of the Dark Beer universe.
Aged 15 months in 12-year-old bourbon barrels on brewer’s licorice and cassia cinnamon chips, this 12.7% ABV beast swells on the palate with dark cocoa and spice atop a finely tuned bourbon profile. Rich aromas of caramelized sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla aromas rise from its obsidian pour, accompanied by a hint of charred woodiness courtesy of Smoked Malts.
Upon first sip, you’ll notice each element present itself in a thick, chewy mouthfeel: dark chocolate, char, leather, bourbon-soaked raisins, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. One more sip and you’ll experience each note weave together into a flavorful tapestry, with a mere whisper of its massive ABV on the finish.
It’s a privilege to taste the fruits of Fremont’s Barrel-Aged expertise that has propelled their national recognition. Get ready to blow the minds of your Stout-loving compatriots. Or hide away an extra bottle to witness how its leagues of decadence deepen over time.
*We’ve done our best to procure a fair amount but we apologize in advance for not being able to accommodate everyone.
Rated 4.56 and #35 Ranked Imperial Stout in the World on BeerAdvocate; 4.44 on Untappd (2017 Vintage Rated 4.47!)