orangesol (567) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to clockworkorange for bringing this one to Stakemís Fish Fry.
A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white / tan head leaving very thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon. Some definite oxidation creeps in at the end of each sniff but that is to be expected.
T - Starts off with lots of sweetness - mostly toffee, brown sugar and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and some light bourbon warmth. Little to no booze and only a marginal amount of oxidation present. Finish is a little sweet, lingering on the pallet for only a short period of time after consumption.
M - Full body with a nice mild sweet flavor and moderate carbonation. Very little, if any alcohol is left and only a marginal amount of oxidation.
O - This one has held up surprisingly well. It still had all of the flavors I was expecting and the oxidation, while present, wasnít overpowering. Glad I finally got to try this one.
Frydaddy (17) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I figured this had aged long enough! Iím not sure what should have showed up or not...but here goes. The blends I thought were perfect. Some below made the comment of Marshmallow flavor. Iíd have to agree. It was silky smooth and almost zero alcohol taste or mouthfeel. Zero oxidation and was bottle perfectly. I can see why this beer has received such a high marking!
If you happen to have a bottle, Iíd drink it now as the beer might start to change in the other direction.
solidfunk (2611) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iím feeling marshmallow and great age, if it has a taste. Caramel malt with some booze and subtle barrel flavours. Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Nice barrel in finish, bittersweet taste. Creamy texture. Big thanks to Sammy - itís more like my birthday than his with a beer like this.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a blending, elements of a strong ale, an imperial stout, a barleywine. Orange, oak wood, booze. Black with a bubbly head. Bourbon aroma. A smooth drinker.Thanks OCB.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Richardís Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in full 11-16 Vertical. Pours a richer brownish pour, good haziness, a bit dark and some glowing brownish amber edges with tannish head atop, dies to a mellow film, laces ok. Aromas are gentle dark fruit, oak, and mellow whiskey. Some caramel, carmelized malts, and toffee. Some whiskey, vanilla, raisin. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thicker with caramel, gentle oxidation, toffee. Some dark fruit, dried raisins, mellow whiskey and wet oak. Touches of vanilla, caramel, and some gentle whiskey. Middle and backend shows firm barrel, some toast. Whiskey, gentle ABV related heat. Some vanilla, firm toasty and carmelized malts. Lingering purple and dried fruit. Mellow oak, touch of vanilla and butterscotch. Still some firm tannic oak and spirit as we finish, toasty and carmelized. Pretty damn well put together.
beernbourbon (1214) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at STL bbbb, thanks for the taste! Pour is brown with minimal tan bubbles. Aroma and flavor loaded with sweet caramel malt, light funk, faint spice, and some oxidation. better than the 10 but still past prime i think. There is just a little tartness in this that im guessing is not intended but is still nice. Glad to have tried this.
dreadnord (1014) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours light brown and gets dark as it pools in the glass. The head is super thin and quickly becomes bubbles around the rim. The nose is coconut, vanilla, wood, caramel, molasses and hints of chocolate. The taste is super sweet with a smidge of bitterness in tact. Still delicious. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The body is heavy and the finish is long. Still drinking great!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled on 9/2/2012 during an FW 11-15 vertical. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet and woody. A full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, sweet, boozy and woody. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. Slight touch of oxidation, but mostly wood and bourbon. Very smooth. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. An interesting tasting. The group consensus was that the was not a whole lot of difference between the 11, 12 and 14, but that the 13 was thin and tasted so different from the others we wondered if they changed the recipe.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
Firestone Walker tasting, including FW 10-14, Abacus, Parabola, Walkerís Reserve, Black Xantus.
Order of preference and notes: 13, 12, 11, 14, 10
Abacus and Parabola still shined. Along with FW 13, these were my three favorites of the lineup, with FW 12 not far behind.
The beer appears dark brown, transparent to a certain degree when held to the light. The head is a thin beige cap that fades within a few moments, leaving sparse lacing.
The aroma is of roasted malt, toffee, booze.
The flavor in FW 11 is certainly better and more palatable than FW 10. Everything is more balanced, and the heat is toned down a notch.
The finish still brings a boozy kick, but thankfully, lacks any harsh burning sensation.
Overall, a solid beer, good representation of the style, and worth a try if you have the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-27-2011
JPDurden24 (1384) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared by Daknole. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of has some oak, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is very malty with some chocolate and some resin hops and an alcohol bite. Good stuff!
JaBier (4352) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Aledude at his birthday. Pours hazy dark brown with a thin beige head. Grainy barleywine nose with slight chocolate and hop along with some dark fruit. Malty and grainy flavor with chocolate and slight hop before a boozy finish.