dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, toffee almost no hops presence at this point.
Appearance is deep brown with no head and minimal lacing. Taste matches the aroma with almost no burn and comes off pretty sweet.
Overall I was really happy to share this one but those in the crowd who’d tried it before siad this one isn’t aging as well.
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - celebratory of Devils winning ECF. Pours dark walnut brown with tan head. Nose/taste of walnuts, dark toffee, charred caramel, molasses, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and raisin. Complex. Slight alcohol in finish. Medium body.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
@HallingHansen tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, raisin, plum, chocolate, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Flavour is roasted malt, raisin, chocolate, oak, vanilla and alcohol.
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Nice nose of whiskey/bourbon, some sugary sweetness. Taste is very well developed of barrel aged barleywines, lots of sugary sweetnesss, some stickiness, and lots of alcohol presence. Very easy to drink.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak head. The aroma is malt, dried fruit, sweetness, vanilla, fruit and wood. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcoholwarmth. The palate is sweetness and alcoholwarmth. Overall a really good beer.
Ughsmash (7428) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured medium chocolatey-brown with a short-lived, but easily-resuscitated smoked beige head. There was a lot going on in the aroma.. redder vinous notes and charred oak led, with sweet bourbon and dark molasses not far behind.. black pepper and a hit of smoked peat deep down.. warm, but not unreasonably so.. really nice. The flavor found a base of milk chocolates and molasses with accents of sweet vanilla, bourbon, and tangy oak.. chocolates and cocoa come back on toward the back, and ride delicious rye whiskey through the long, belly-warming finish. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. oily and coating in a good way.. the boozage was well-masked.. excellent brew!
Marsiblursi (3070) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with almost no head. The aroma is oaky up front with butter, wood, vanilla, light coconut and light dill. Chocolate and mild caramel. Undertones of cinnamon, brown sugar, molasses, dark cherries and dark fruits like raisins and prunes. Soft, mild and creamy on the nose. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Oaky and chocolaty. Undertones of brown sugar, dark fruits and hints of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is super silky, round and light oily with a light carbonation. Some tannins and alcohol on the finish. Medium to full bodied.
hallinghansen (2469) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown body with a small head. Aroma is roast, tobacco, dark fruit, bourbon. Flavor is chocolate, roast, tobacco, booze.
peteinSD (1435) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle very generously provided by Amy - many thanks! Pours a dark brown with a quickly fading tan head that reduces to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Steady ebb of carbonation. Aroma is up front dry rye followed by sweet brandy before giving way to clean, sharp bourbon with distinct vanilla, a bit of oak, and lingering bourbon over smooth, sweet malt into the finish. The aroma reminds me of Bagby’s last stand at PP Carlsbad. Taste is a rye/brandy melange with distinct, soft bourbon notes over sweet malt with some roast/leather (perhaps the tobacco character suggested), just a whisper of alcohol heat, and a pleasant caramel/toffee flavor. Clean, coating mouthfeel with only a smidge of oxidization toward the final third of the flavor profile and it doesn’t make the beer any worse for the wear IMHO. Certainly the various barrel influences must have been more distinct when this beer was first released but I do not get the sense that the beer is "over the hill" or degraded to the point of meaningfully detracting from the drinking experience. Perhaps the beer is getting close to the tipping point but there is a well-integrated smoothness to the overall blend and the dominating barrel aromas/flavors that I’m really enjoying. Firestone Walker is so good at pulling off barrel aged beers like blended wines. Excellent beer and I’m glad to have enjoyed a bottle. Cheers Firestone Walker!
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle at Utah holiday tasting. A great rich malty beer. Notes of plum, dark stone fruits, vanilla, and hints of port. A great big beer that needs to be shared.