danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep mahogany brown hue with a nice soapy light brown head. The nose is full of brown sugary, light molasses, dark chocolate, nice oak notes, aged hops, butterscotch, all sorts of fantastic stuff. The flavors enter with tones of butterscotch and caramel, aged hops take the middle with some tangerine and grapefruits. Butterscotch and caramelized light molasses follow on the finish with a bittering oak ting in the aftertaste. There is a little kumquat and grapefruit over caramel and butterscotch for a while but that bitterness fades some. Lot’s of barrel characteristics with the Brandy and raw/Union Barrels being the must inflectional at this point. The mouth is a little bitter at times and a little stingy from oak and could use some melding and smoothness. The body of the Parabola just doesn’t come through as much as I expected. Lot’s of barrel characteristics. Overall I think this year should of been enjoyed a little fresher even though there is still a ton to offer. Great beer and I love this anniversary line. I wish the price was $8-$10 cheaper but I will still buy them until they really disappoint.
Bacterial (2201) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ok I’ve had this beer a few times and never rated it. This is one of the beers that catalyzed my inner beer geek. Shared a bottle of this last night at Blue Palms with my brother. Dark brown pour with just a slight head. Massive toffee, caramel and vanilla in the nose. Rich, complex taste with bourbon, oak, caramel and toffee all in spades. Just a wonderful beer.
gEUS (1473) - Linden, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep dark brown with an intense dark amber hue, small light greyish beige head. When opened just from the fridge, there was a huge peach melba flavour - very agreeable. When warmin up, raisins and oak vanilla get the overhand. The body is quite thin, with loads of sweetness and alcohol. Taste is coffee, mocca, vanilla, some liquorice and chocolate.
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle gift from SJ trade. Aroma is absolutely amazing. Vanilla, wood, Earth, and Molasses. Flavor matches aroma , but add chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. Amazing.
Beerman6686 (5340) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Downhill a bit now. Poured a lighter brown with a beige head. Aroma was of lots of.oxidation, mint cardboard and figs. Flavor not quite as oxidized but certainly down hill and past its prime.
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At bottleshare in Seattle. An old bottle of mine, glad to finally crack it with friends. Huge raisin and fig. Cream, rich body. Soft tannic, soft tobacco. Creamy caramel, sharp alc note still a bit present. Tannic malt. Raisins, primarily. Pretty tasty. Heavy malty brown, lingering tan foam.
Dr_Fellini (830) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color. Aroma and flavor are bourbon, chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, everything nice. Extraordinary beer, as are all of the anniversary ales.
tcon25 (267) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft pour at Brouwer’s Firestone anniversary vertical, dark brown almost black pour, a lot of these are going to sound the same will try a and keep it different as best as I can(other then this part) awesome Bourbon aroma, chocolate coffee carmal taste assuming this will be the most mild blended of the years. Absolutely amazing. I have tried all of them before posting this.
charule (1587) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to local trade. Poured dark brown clear with min beige head. Aroma sweet strong vanilla bourbon candy. Light carb med bod. Sweet light choc coffee taste.
Art (2264) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared thanks to charule. Pours a murky brownish golden color. No head. Big oxidized raisins and dark fruits aroma. Based on the large amount of oxidation in the nose, the taste surprised me. Taste held up nicely. Candied raisins. Sweet. Medium body.
Prufrockstar (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Matt L -- thanks for this treat! Clear dark ruby brown pour. Small ring of head. Raisins, plums, figs, you know the type. Deeply caramelized sugar, verging on burnt but basically perfect. Sweet, decadent, full body, background cardboard. This is lovely. Really lovely.