ericdevin (969) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bier Stein, Eugene. Pours a dark brownish black, very little tan head. Seems a little spent aroma-wise, but notes of Bourbon, brandy, stone fruit. Body thick, well-balanced, not hot at all. Pretty nice.
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes of review 12/17/10.
22oz bottle from Huck’s in Spokane for $20.
Poured from bottle to snifter multiple times.
A: Pours a tarry black which cannot be penetrated by light of any kind. The loosely packed burnt cream foams fades out quickly and we are left with a ring of lace edging the glass. Nice, sticky lacing down glass. Can agitate a hedging of bubbles with a stern swish of the glass.
S: It’s obvious winemakers had a hand in the blending here. Strong, sexy backbone of sweet toasted malts are accentuated by the fine flavors of toffee, caramel, coffee, figs, cocoa beans, and all this is reminiscently embodied by American oak. I strongly suggest letting this one warm to 55-60F, the multiple layers of nose love will continue to bloom.
T: Coffee, with strong flavors of cocoa, caramel, fig. A slight taste of candied Bing cherries moves in and and seems to hint at a amaretto influence here. A slight resin still remains from the hops, giving a hint of a bite, which helps to cut the heat from the alcohol that is still present on the palate; time will remedy that issue.
M: Lively bubbling as I swish over tongue, the beer converges into a light meringue texture before returning back to it’s thick, sticky base. This is a great feature as it allows for nuances of the nose to come out over palate.
D: This was my first Firestone Anniversary, and the beer lives up to the hype. It’s a steal at $20/bottle, if you consider I spent two and a half hours drinking a single bottle. This beer is great for cold weather, cigars, and should not be paired with a meal. You could pair with some salty and/or pungent cheeses, maybe a beef tartar. This beer is something to be had, and will be had by me over the years to come.
Serving type: bottle
VertBaconStrips (2139) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up at Belmont station in Portland right after the release. First half of the bottle was awesome. Fumes: wonderfully sweet and thankfully not sickly so like my last bottles of MoaS. No order - orange, caramel, almond, lime, vanilla, slight chocolate, marzipan. Choking flap: same but less fruit and that is replaces with some mellow alcohol bite and a faint bitterness. More caramel, pepper, orange and almond still there, raisiny plum thing. Not unique but better by little nuances everywhere. This is very very good.
mgnewman5 (7) - - DEC 10, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rich, caramel and bourbon. Similar to the 15 and better than the 16 and 17.
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BelgianBeerGal (3289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in TN over Thanksgiving. This is definitely a barley wine centric offering. Even with some age the hops come through initially but quickly disappear into some sweet caramel malts and toffee. Beware drinking this too cool because you lose so much of the character. Small, cellar temperature pours into a snifter are the way to go.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours light black, no head.
Smell big oaky bourbon and caramel, bit of roast
Taste smoke and oak, vanilla, roast, sweet caramel
Pretty damned good still
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep black with a small, frothy, beige head. Aroma has dark chocolate, vinious, vanilla, plums, liqourice. Low carbonation, fabulous oily and fat mouthfeel. Flavour has oak, raisins, blueberry, liqourice, chocolate, mild roasted. Lingering warming finish with firm bitterness. A great sipper.
DesertDevil (609) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22-oz. bomber. Lovely nose of dark chocolate, cherry cordial, charred oak, and slight bourbon. Pours the color of strong coffee. Mellow chocolate swirls with stale chicory coffee on the taste with still fairly hot bourbon, a hint of toffee and brown sugar, and a strong, sharp malty finish (like a Barleywine). Moderately thick body that held up very well after three years in the cellar.
Lukaduke (2488) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep caramel color almost mahogany with a finger of so of fizzy khaki foam. The nose is beautifully sweet and inviting, cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, toffee, toasted coconut and tootsie rolls. The palate follows with huge complexity of sweet layered flavors, burnt brownie, coffee, chocolate syrup, cocoa dust, amaretto and a kiss of hoppy walnut bitterness that cleans up the palate on the finish and begs you to drink more. So complex yet so balanced and drinkable. YUM !
Reynolds314 (2687) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Three years old and still phenomenal. Tons of rich toasty caramel and bourbon, Some light coffee and chocolate and figs are all present. FInishes not too sweet which is miraculous. Just great.