talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a translucent, deep, dark ruby color with an average, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a fully lasting, firm, frothy layer and leaves some similar lace. The nose is very nice, very smooth for a 13% beer; plenty of coconut, bourbon oak all over, Belgian chocolate, light peppery spice, faint cherry, toasty vanilla, and some tobacco. The flavor is drastically different with a prominent spicy bourbon role that lingers all the way to your belly; tobacco, vanilla bean, toasted oak, molasses, light Belgian chocolate, some coconut, and a slight raisin note. The palate is full, silky, creamy, warming, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long, warming, oaky, filled with spicy bourbon, some coconut, and toasty notes lingering. Where to begin... Just a very well built, blended, bourbon-aged, strong, BW with unique character, unique complexity, and a prominent bourbon strength that only accentuates the uniqueness of the beer. It was amazing how the nose was rich and smooth yet the flavor carried so much of the spicy bourbon notes and warmth. This one was so smooth in the nose and bold in the flavor, it makes me curious how it will age. But even with the high pricetag, I do want to try one in some years to see if I find it as entertaining as this version is. Only time will tell. Great work from Firestone.
ciocanelu (139) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUL 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very balanced and extremely drinkable for a barleywine. Alcohol is present only in the aftertaste giving a warming sensation as it goes down. The barrel is very present, along with a lot of caramel and even some hops on the finish. Syrupy body, very easy to drink.
Alengrin (3225) - BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Renowned American style barley wine, with creamy, moussy, light greyish beige head, breaking in instants; colour hazy copper with ruby hue. Powerful and enchanting bouquet of sweet cherries soaked in brown rhum, ruby port, white pepper, vanilla, Hennessy cognac, candied figs, Belgian chocolates, candied orange, strawberry, oaky tannins, hints of mocha ice cream, caramel, almond, roasted coconut. Intense taste profile beginning with lots of candied, but not sticky sweetness, raisins, candied cherries, hint of orange, softly tingling carbo with velvety, vinous mouthfeel, noble sourish touch, smooth caramelly, slightly nutty with a lovely milk chocolate touch to it, while the initial candied sweetness lingers on; finish is a reprisal of all this, but with drying oaky woodiness added, a dash of citrussy hop bitterishness and of course a deep warmth of brandy- and bourbon-like alcohol, perhaps very slightly burning on the root of the tongue, but not disturbing at all; wonderful bittersweet, warming barley wine, not as hoppy as many other Americans in the style and therefore perhaps better suited in the English barley wine style. Wonderful and exemplary for the style.
Maarten1993 (500) - - JUN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank at ZeeBra 2015 (20-6-2015). This was a dissapointment for me. Very overwhelming bitterness, with very present whiskey dominated by the intense alcohol one-dimensionality.
Abio (1773) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Decent brew from firestone, with a lot of different tastes that gets trough. Some wood, vanilla and chocolate, but also something pleasant that I canít really name, but seems very familiar. Nice one.
Barrelbelly (703) - BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla somewhat sweet aftertaste. Warm alcohol finish.
koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle shared with jasonn. 2013 vintage. The pour is a beautiful dark ruby brownish color with a thin khaki colored head and some spotty lacing. The aroma is beautiful. There are tons of malts and a beautiful vanilla character. Beyond that the dark fruits and a nice bourbon carry it through the end. The flavor is pretty malt forward, and very good. The caramel and vanilla mesh beautifully with the oak and light bourbon. The malts take a back seat to all of the alcohol heat. The mouth feel is velvety and nicely carbonated. Really smooth. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty with a good bourbon character and a nice vanilla. Excellent barleywine.
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maxwelldeux (4164) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2015 vintage. Pours a cloudy darker brown color with very little head on it. Nose is quite complex and really nice. Bourbon notes come up at the front, but they donít overwhelm the woodiness. There are also hints of dark fruit and caramel to it. Though a bit sweet, itís drier than I would have thought, and quite warming. Smooth caramel raisin paired with bourbon. Really nice...
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red pour with no head. Aroma is very sweet. Lots of candy and a little sherry. Mouth is a little on the light side, but this was a pretty old bottle (2012). Lots of great flavors. A little citrus, vanilla, candy, sherry & port. Alcohol is present, but doesnít overwhelm. No lace. Very tasty.
alexsdad06 (7028) - Ohio, USA - MAY 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle shared by a kind soul at Chickow day. Pours dark caramel browncolor with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have great ccaramel, oak, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, dark fruits, cherry, alcohol well hidden, smooth, great sipper at 9:30 am.
drmet (271) - Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, GERMANY - MAY 28, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
-pours a clear ruby with almost no,quickly dissipating head,beige in colour
-low-medium carbonation visible
vanilla,coconut,Bourbon,prunes,carame jam,brown sugar,dried orange peel,alcohol
-Vanilla,Bourbon,caramel,toffee, body,low carbonation
-alcohol quite present,naturally with 13% abv
A tad too sweet,otherwise a perfect Beer