sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - NOV 11, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black/brown with a tan head. Vanilla and Bourbon aroma. Full thick mouth feel, sweet, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, are some flavors you’ll come across when drinking this gem.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at blind tiger with max, Andy and slander. Pours a pitch brown body with no head or lacing. Aroma is delicious molasses, sweet maple and bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with notes of molasses, melted caramel candy, chocolate brownie, sugary syrup and bourbon barrel. Great.
alexsdad06 (4522) - Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle sampled multiple times (from notes). Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have big caramel, molasses, bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, lighter tobacco and dark fruity notes come in, easier to drink fresh than some of the other years and has aged pretty well.
Lothore (451) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- Pours a blackish hue with a very small, light brown head.
S- Caramel, milk chocolate, spices, dark fruit.
T- Dark fruit, fig, caramel, raisin, slight alcohol burn on the finish.
M- Thick with fairly low carbonation.
D- This is an excellent beer to sip on. Reminds me of a belgian quad. Still a little hot.
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark ruby color, very thin head. Nose is rye malt, chocolate, and old cardboard. Flavor is dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, hints of alcohol and cardboard. Body is on the medium side. A warming sensation after the sip with a light alcohol flavor toward the backside. The oxidation throws me off a bit, perhaps it was an off bottle or was not store correctly. meh
AdamJackson (2099) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grabbed this in a trade last year. Opened alongside other FW beers. Snifter, fridge temp
A - Pretty dark, oaky, barley wine / stout looking beer. minimal head.
S - Nose has lots of dark fruit, vanilla, figs, red wine, chestnut and birch and maybe even some oak. Slight cardboard
T - Yep, cardboard and strange off flavors but overall, very sweet, still pretty boozy and prunes, grapes and blackberries. Lots of roasted charcoal, licorice chocolate
M - Heavy, slick and tannic
O - This is a solid beer from drinking this along side 17, there’s no comparison.
PotjeBier (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle aged for three years. Huge thanks to richiesd. Very dark brown color. Small head with no retention. Aroma’s (here we go): dried fruit/raisins, bourbon, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, alcohol. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet, chocolate, alcoholic, dried fruit. Pretty strong alcohol feel in the throat (warming). Long finish with toffee, some roast and dried fruit. Awesome stuff.
high_on_hops (549) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. The aroma is lots of bourbon, but mellowed from the aging. The flavor has lots of great chocolate and caramel with a solid bourbon backbone and a great finish.
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budznsudz (461) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a quickly receding tan head. Nose is caramel and dark fruit. Taste is brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and fruit with a nice bourbon heat.
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a dark brownish black, very little tan head. Seems a little spent aroma-wise, but notes of Bourbon, brandy, stone fruit. Body thick, well-balanced, not hot at all. Pretty nice.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes of review 12/17/10.
22oz bottle from Huck’s in Spokane for $20.
Poured from bottle to snifter multiple times.
A: Pours a tarry black which cannot be penetrated by light of any kind. The loosely packed burnt cream foams fades out quickly and we are left with a ring of lace edging the glass. Nice, sticky lacing down glass. Can agitate a hedging of bubbles with a stern swish of the glass.
S: It’s obvious winemakers had a hand in the blending here. Strong, sexy backbone of sweet toasted malts are accentuated by the fine flavors of toffee, caramel, coffee, figs, cocoa beans, and all this is reminiscently embodied by American oak. I strongly suggest letting this one warm to 55-60F, the multiple layers of nose love will continue to bloom.
T: Coffee, with strong flavors of cocoa, caramel, fig. A slight taste of candied Bing cherries moves in and and seems to hint at a amaretto influence here. A slight resin still remains from the hops, giving a hint of a bite, which helps to cut the heat from the alcohol that is still present on the palate; time will remedy that issue.
M: Lively bubbling as I swish over tongue, the beer converges into a light meringue texture before returning back to it’s thick, sticky base. This is a great feature as it allows for nuances of the nose to come out over palate.
D: This was my first Firestone Anniversary, and the beer lives up to the hype. It’s a steal at $20/bottle, if you consider I spent two and a half hours drinking a single bottle. This beer is great for cold weather, cigars, and should not be paired with a meal. You could pair with some salty and/or pungent cheeses, maybe a beef tartar. This beer is something to be had, and will be had by me over the years to come.
Serving type: bottle