thome50 (573) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! Bottle generously shared at Clusterfork. Pours a deep brown with little carbonation left. Aroma is toffee, butterscotch, some mild tobacco. Chocolate more in the taste with a good mouthfeel and some wine tanin. The carb level is low but this beer is still holding up. I’d heard bad things since the first time I tried it 3 years ago. Nice beer and hope it holds up a little longer.
djd07 (2317) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle thanks to Dave. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head that diminishes rather quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Thin mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Very smooth hiding the alcohol well, a very impressive American strong ale from Firestone.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from rbsg #44 poured a small sized head of light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque and a fair lacing. The aroma was dark malt and bourbon. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of roasted malt and . Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
DesertDevil (195) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, part of a vertical (thanks, daknole). Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon and caramel. Taste of malty biscuit with bitter coffee finish. Some oxidation (not surprising given the age), but the quality still shines through.
dreadnord (996) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours brown and turns black as it pools with a small thin head that dissipates quickly. Nose is vanilla, toasted almonds, light coffee. Not as strong as other anniversary beers. Taste is sweet but transitions into a nice bitter finish. The bitter is more in tact then the other anniversary beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, the body is heavy and the finish is long.
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SudsMcDuff (4676) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
alright! happy to try this- . pours a black thick oil .. mild foam .. . deep tar, burnt wood, dark caramel, touch of sherry, and burnt sugar .. . still quite thick, this could go another 5+ years .. . go away john terry, no one likes you!
adnielsen (6195) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Armin’s bachelor party. Thanks Armin! Pours a dark brown appearance with a very small tan head. Quite nice, rich dark chocolate, toffee, light whiskey, caramel, molasses, fig, tobacco aroma. Somewhat fruity, fig, plum dark chocolate, rich caramel, chocolate flavor that’s thick and has just a touch of booze on the finish. No noticeable signs of oxidation and a real treat to drink.
beerguy101 (5206) - 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. wood, boozy and sweet. A full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice balance. Lots of wood, sweet and bourbon. A little more bourbon and wood than the 11. Nicely balanced. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. 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.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) clear deep ruddy brown pour, offwhite bubbles. Nose is very complex, whiskey, graham cracker, vanilla, taste is roasty caramel malt, light caramel, whiskey, barrel, marshmallow, nice err but perhaps past it’s prime by a slight bit.
ryanfolty (1457) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 29, 2012 bottle from footbalm. Black pour with nice head, some sediment and lacing. Aroma was oak, bourbon, molasses, tobacco and chocolate. Taste starts with some nice chocolate, moves into the oak, then the bourbon blends in and finally a touch of alcohol and smoky tobacco. Very thick and smooth, this aged very nicely kind of like my wife. A great way to celebrate our 12th anniversary even if it was a few days late. Thanks to Eric for hooking me up big time with this one!