kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Toronado, for the Firestone Walker XII release party. Pours a deep, oily chocolate-brown color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Lots of dried dark fruits, tempered alcohol, milk chocolate and nougat in the aroma; solid barrel aging. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried dark fruits, dark chocolate, and lightly warming alcohol; generous, oily, tempered alcohol; very solid, generous beer. Lengthy finish: chewy chocolate and nougat; roasted malts, and nicely tempered alcohol; nicely dry.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Bomber shared by Odeed; Nose of chocolate covered plums, oaky vanilla, and some light alcohol; black with a small, quick disappating, tan head; flavor has very light bitterness, light alcoholwarmth, chocolate, and some dark fruitiness. 11/20/11 Bomber form my cellar. Only four of these left after this rerate. Nose is oaky vanilla up front, chocolate, and prunes. Hazy very dark brown with a small beige head. Flavor is big on toffee and prunes, musty oak, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. 8/4/9/4/17 4.2
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber, no date--however, it said Bottled on 11/04/08 on the side of the case, so Happy B-day to me. Black with deep brown edges and a 1/2 finger beige head, fading to a thin film and ring rather quickly. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, sweet vanilla (doesn’t necessarily come from the oak), some oak and bourbon up front. Bread dough and a baked chocolate chip cookie are in the middle, and raisins round it out. That said, I had no trouble nosing out the alcohol here. Quite interesting. English barleywine maltiness with plenty of barrel are up front in the flavor along with the cookie notes and more chocolate. Raisins, and faint dried cherries are also present with the sweet vanilla and brown sugar. Dry finish with bitterness peaking around a 3-4 out of 10. Didn’t turn out as boozy as I’d have thought, and the flavor mimicked the aroma quite well. Full creamy body with low carbonation. This is pretty good just bottled, and I’m sure will age well for some time. Update: there is a bottled on 11/4/08 on the neck of the bottle.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on cask and bottle serving.)brown body with a nice light brown head.the aroma is a complex blend of oak,vanilla,chocolate,molasses,and alcohol heat.flavor is much of the same with a bit of butterscotch thrown in.its really nice although id say it needs some time to mellow the alcohol out.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask in Paso Robles. Real dark, with just a hint of light shining through. Smelled incredible, just a host of aromas coming through. Nice and sweet, woody and very complex. Great beer.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells of dark booze, vanilla, and wood. Flavors of the same. Sticky and syrupy. Warm, sweet, velvety, complex. Tons of vanilla. The best characteristics of 10 and 11, but a bit darker.