beerguy101 (5338) - 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 (5843) - 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 (2139) - 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 (3760) - 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 (3084) - 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 (1377) - North Carolina, 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.
JPDurden24 (1664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has vanilla, bourbon, toffee qnd some dark fruit. Flavor has some caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon with a little bitterness. Another great FW anniversary ale.
radarsock (1126) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Been saving a bottle, perhaps for this specific tasting at Adam’s. I guess a thanks to myself in order! Pours a maple syrupy cordovan tone with no discernible head; whatever head there was, it certainly had faded quickly into nothingness in my glass. Smells of brandy alcohols, aged oak, backstrap molasses, burnt rubber and hops. Tastes of molasses straightaway, followed by oak, cinnamon, persimmon, and milk chocolate. Ends bittersweet and thin.
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by RadarSocks at my cabin in NH. Enjoyed at room temp in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - Poured dark brown. No head at all. Black in the glass with some red hues.
S - Wow. I can smell the bourbon from 2 feet away. Always a good sign. This is a very hot and boozy beer. Tons of bourbon and whisky on the nose. Lots of smokey oak and some hints of vanilla.
T - Fantastic. BIG huge dark fruits up front. Lots of figs, some black cherries and some dried prunes. In the middle, dominant oak and some cocoa as well. It’s this weird Oak/Coffee/Chocolate mix that really blends well in the middle. The finish is hard to point out. Charred and smoky notes from the barrels, vanilla from the barrels and this semi-sweet barley wine esque finish.
M - 10% carbonation, heavy body. It coats your tongue but no tingling that I was expecting. Very much a mouth filler and heavy and boozy and hot and oh so delicious.
O - I enjoyed this beer tremendously. It’s for sure a sipper and one that I was expecting to have fallen off by now. Still drinking great. Enjoyable.
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
651mL at Woodshop 7 as part of the complete FW vertical FW10-FW15. Clear maroon pour, deep. No head. Nose is tomato paste, savory soy and truffle, brown sugar, bourbon, sweet carrot, candied beets. Brown liquor. Taste is rich ganache, hazelnut, toasted nuts, candied pecans. Bitterness to balance. Very rich and excellent. A nice surprise. No cloying body. Taste really opens up to amazing roasted candied bitter nuts. Palate is spicy, oily, bitter. A very nice surprise. Has held up well.