DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle with Timfoolery. The 14th Ann is one of the best beers I’ve ever had so I think I was little to hyped up for this one. Still a great beer will all bourbon and malty goodness, but maybe just a little past its prime.
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Monument at a huge markup. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, cocoa, Hershey's syrup, and roasted maple syrup. Flavor definitely dominated with bourbon with other nose characterics catching up in the flavor. Some burn here, even after years of age. Not as good as the FW14, so was a letdown. Still, an excellent beer to ring in my 800th rating! Cheers!
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ineedbeer (786) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is really nice. Roar and chocolate with dark fruit esters. Quite a bit of vanilla and oak; the vanilla fades as it warms. The alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Esters are mostly fig an prune with a bit of a sherry note.
Pours black with dark brown notes on the edges. Thin mocha head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing but some medium legs.
Taste starts with milk chocolate notes with hints of roast and coffee. Mid palate the eaters hit - nice dark fruit. The finish has bourbon, oak and a good amount of vanilla as well as more roast to balance. A light hop note is present and there is medium low bitterness. A slight touch of astringency and there is a decent amount of alcohol spice in the finish but it mixes with lingering chocolate and roast notes.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium low carbonation. Astringency is low and alcohol warmth is medium. A nice creaminess to it with a bit of a sticky finish.
Overall this is super enjoyable and only just now showing signs of slight oxidation. I think I will let my other bottle go another year or two for a nice vertical. My only complaint would be that it might be a bit thin, but it gets better as it warms.
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adnielsen (9284) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Huge thanks, Ratman! Pours a dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Spicy cinnamon, burnt sugar, caramel, big chocolate, somewhat boozy, delicious aroma. Thick dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, rich caramel, toffee, a touch boozy, a bit woody flavor. Super smooth and lovely.
RasmusOtt (1199) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, a lot of figs and a lot of barrel qualities. sweet liquorice, black currant, dark cherry and vanilla. Taste of dark ripe fruits and berries, like thick red wine (Syrah), liquorice, savory, vanilla and wood.
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle as shown at Camp Beer. Pours a very dark brown with medium creamy tan head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong roast smoke bourbon and chocolate. Thick mouthfeel with a rich chocolate and roast with light bitter finish. Hides alcohol well, a very good American strong ale from Firestone.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to whoever traded this to me! Shared recently with some hometickers and this one was tasting splendid (though probably best not to sit on it for too much longer if you’re in possession of a bottle). Dark brown pour, oily and medium carbonation after the head lies back a bit. Nose was huge and caramelly, with oak, bourbon, and dried fruits. More along the lines of an old ale than the aggressive 14, and it gets sweeter and more port-like as it warms. Still got some hops and booze, but - though balanced impressively - is emphatically after dinner sipper.
mixmasterob (883) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from bhensonb. Dark brown almost black pour with a small off white head. Aroma was full of dark cocoa, bourbon, oak, cherries, bits of licorice and molasses. All over the place, lots going on. Gorgeous. Favors were smooth and incredibly rich. Good bit of caramel sweetness, bourbon, wood, vanilla, somewhat vinious. Mouthfeel was big and viscous with light carbonation. Velvety smooth. Top notch.
DesertDevil (534) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, part of a vertical (thanks, daknole). Pours darker than 12, but not quite black. Fairly heavy bourbon on the nose. Still quite hot, but very smooth complex blend, with notes of licorice, molasses, and dark chocolate-covered cherries. Medium palate with a prickly finish.
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to RasmusOtt patrone. Aroma is complex and influenced by different kinds of barrels. Lots of black currant notes probably originating from red wine barrels, sweet liquorice from the malts. Dark cherries and chocolate, a savory note, vanilla and berries in the finish. Familiar to a fruit-heavy Syrah. Taste is full of black currants and berries - both as in sweetness, but also in the sense of a tannic edge from the oak. Tobacco notes, a healthy amount of liquorice notes. It puzzles me that at the same time, it has the liquorice that is closely related to roasted malts, but there is not a hint of roasted malts. It is very resemblant to a european Syrah, because of the fruitiness, the tannic elements and the heavy berry note. Low carbonation and bitterness, making the resemblance even more evident. Nose is incredible - taste is Very unique and entertaining, and most of all; delightful!