JBoan (176) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Sparky! Pours dark brown/black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, oak, vanilla, coffee and char. Taste is booze, vanilla, coffee and bitter baking chocolate. Full bodied with very little carbonation (5 years old) but a great amazing beer!
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks Richard! Dark brownish black pour with off white/tan head, aroma brought big notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, hints of nice molasses, touch of slight honey in there, touch of dark chocolate in there as well, nice dark fruits. Taste is a mix of sweet dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, and molasses into vanilla, oak, nice bourbon in there, finishing fairly sweet, nice and rich. Delicious.
scanovajr (674) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown beer with a beige head. Aroma is sweet with strong malty notes, lots of wood, alcohol and chocolate. Taste heavy malty and sweet, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and lots of wood again. Smooth with a burning alcohol sensation. Full body. Amazing beer
theisti (3806) - Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber shared by Bobby at a tasting. The pour is a darker copper, brown with a smaller tan head. The aroma is deep rich caramel and nutty malt, good amount of booze whiskey / bourbon, some vanilla barrel notes, and more of the sweet malt. Really big nose, rich full, well integrated. The taste is the nose, with equal parts caramel sweet malt, whiskey alcohol booze and the general vanilla oak barrel. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation, dry booze sweet finish. Nice one, thanks for sharing Bobby.
DocJitsu (1588) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque, flat, very dark brown. The mocha-tan head doesn’t grow beyond a finger high. It attenuates into a panacea-patterned patch of bubbles that sits atop the deep-sea-dark liquid. The oak age has imparted a very appealing, sweet aroma of vanilla and coconut. Some coffee notes underneath. The nose is very smooth. Slick and just faintly thick mouthfeel. Slides through the palate without sticking or coating. Ample alcohol warmth, but not off-putting. A lot of tobacco right at the beginning. A quick blast of alcohol overlapping the tobacco in the beginning. Vanilla, then dark chocolate, then coffee, then tobacco. Not much of the coconut in the flavor that comes through in the aroma. An extraordinarily complex beer with distinct, yet seamlessly adjoined stages done in true FW fashion.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep reddish black, very little carbonation. Flavor is soft malt, banana bread, yeasty esters. Some heat on the back end from the alcohol. Lingering stickiness. Very smooth, seems to have aged well.
mcberko (13523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is super complex, with loads of dark dried fruits, brandy-like liqueur, bourbon and booze - no hint I oxidation. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with notes brandy upfront, caramel, and deep dark fruits. Extremely deep and sophisticated. The body is sticky and liqueur-like. ABV is hidden really well. The age has done this wonders. Elegant and complex. Awesome stuff.
hapjydeuce (996) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled. Aged well since this beers release back in 2008 I think. I never rated it upon tasting the first of the two bottles I picked up from the brewery. I had no idea this beast would develop into what it has become... Poured a dark mahogany with an oily appearance; some yeast sediment suspended near the bottom. A light amount of carbonation is still present. After warming in my snifter the aroma is incredible...old leather, charred oak, brandy, molasses, a slight hint of cedar and tobacco. The flavor has mellowed and blended something fierce; amazingly smooth transitions between the sweet brown sugar and raisin notes up front and the smoky oak, bourbon and chocolate tones behind it. Just outstandingly smooth...no harsh character in the profile at all. Palate is perfect; thick and oily and it coats the mouth like butter. The alcohol heat has subsided with aging and has made this a real treat to be savored. With the extra years on it, this is one of my favorite barrel aged blends so far. Its a shame I didn’t buy more...
thome50 (1283) - Morro Bay via Orange County, 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 (9565) - 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.