DesertDevil (326) - 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 (1014) - 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 (5374) - .....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 (7595) - 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 (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. 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 (5343) - 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 (1676) - Bourbon County, 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!
callmemickey (1869) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Deep black-brown body, thin khaki skim, spotty lacing. Nose is decadent roasted and chocolate malts. Dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon. Flavor is similar with a rich warming quality on the tongue. Tremendously complex and layered flavors (not surprising with the barrels/beers in the blend. Full bodied. Slightly boozy. The whole series of these beers is a treat and you have to appreciate the effort put into blending this product.
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by bmanning. Thanks Ben!
Firestone Walker tasting, including FW 10-14, Abacus, Parabola, Walker’s 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 is dark brown, with a thin, beige head that leaves some decent lacing behind.
The aroma brings, roasted malt, toffee, alcohol, oak, and light chocolate.
Nice flavor here. This is my second favorite of the FW anniversary series. Well balanced and forward. The beer packs a punch, but does it gracefully.
The feel is much smoother than FW 10 or 11, but still brings some heat, most notably in the finish.
Delicious beer. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-27-2011
kbutler1 (1332) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks Ben. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan collared head. Very stout like aroma, dark fruit, molasses, and roast. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very smooth with notes of caramel, toffee, and roast. Lingering bitterness in the end. Solid.