Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Rich, darkly sweet aroma, with toffee, milky chocolate, soft bourbon, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, dark cherry and faint alcohol, certainly quite welcoming. Deep, dark red-brown color, hazy, with a slight, fine head. Flavor features plenty of malt up front, with dark, caramelized sugary sweetness, more bourbon and vanilla, chocolate and wood, peppery alcohol, fig, tobacco, very faint citrus and pine in the background, likely lots of other things occurring that I consumed this too quickly and greedily to capture fully. Thick, warming feel, but enough carbonation to carry the massive flavors well, body is of course enormous. Finishes long and lingering, really powerful stuff but so refined and luxurious. Extremely well done, this is excellent.
OmegaX (1369) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Waited quite some time to try this one. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, some oak, caramel, and a bit of chocolate with butterscotch flavors. The body was a nice dark brown with a thin off-white head. Flavor wise, this one is subdued bourbon flavors (vanilla) and mainly chocolate and butterscotch. I enjoyed this one quite a bit especially as it warmed up. Medium bodied and easy to drink.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500th rating! This brew poured a deep red body with a thin messy head. Scents were all over the place; cocoa, raisins, molasses, oak, bourbon and cherries. The taste was heavy and comples, lots of toffee and cherries with a solid chocolaty malt backbone. There was a hint of vanilla in the background, which aided the warm alcohol finish. Can’t thank OmegaX enough for sharing this bottle.
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at blowtoad for Veronica bday. Beautiful dark clear brown pour with ring of tan head. Extremely complex. Good sweet red hop with lots of nuanced chocolate covered cherries, dark rum soaked fruits. Does not have nearly the alcohol heat that I expected. as kristen summarized "It just leaves your mouth happy."
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of oak, vanilla, amaretto, and hints of cherry. Pours deep red with no head. Taste is complex with oak, cookies, and slight bourbon. Truly wonderful.
Nik925 (783) - USA - FEB 13, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
After a few rounds of barrel aged Lost Abbeys, I was worried that this beer would blend into the mix...I need not worry. This is a very unique brew...sticky sweet yet somewhat dry (figure that one out). The bitterness is spot on and there is a bit of hop flavor drifting through the buckets of malt flavor. There is a lot of alcohol taste to this though, and there is no getting around it...it is a very dominant. Fresh outta the keg probably brought it out a bit more. While there are so many good and unique elements going on here, it is more than a bit harsh. If you have a bottle, I would tuck it away for a few years to let everything come together. A pretty awesome beer, but the score just isn’t there.
Leighton (17469) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn. Pours clear, dark ruby with a fine foam head. Brown sugar nose, sweet malts, some of which are tangy. Big sweet, brown sugar flavor, some bourbon, toast, light roast, burnt sugar and wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with light sting, wood, bourbon, brown sugar. A bit boozy overall, but still lots of nuance peeking through. Very good.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear, dark, deep ruby ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Good retention. The bouquet delivers chocolate, fudge and toasted oak with splashes of bourbon and brandy. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is a bundle of chocolaty, bourbony, vinous, port-like fun. Finishes silky and warming. Another world class blend from the fine folks at Firestone Walker! Thanks so much to darkguardian for sharing his bottle!
Christian (12553) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Sweet caramel and malt flavour with oak and a faint fruity touch.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz, boxed and black foiled bottle, from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful garnet color topped by a full, creamy, beige head that leaves rich, sticky rings of lace through the entire pour. aroma is incredible, amazingly complex, with rich notes of toffee, vanilla, figs, and subtle cinnamon up front backed notes of black cherry, dark chocolate cake, and toasted coconut in the background with subtle, woody bourbon, maple syrup, and grand marnier-esque orange notes emerging as it warms. flavor is simply wonderful, again, amazingly complex with smooth, rich notes of woody bourbon, vanilla nougat, black cherries, and brandy soaked raisins & figs up front that smoothly transition to notes of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, cinnamon bread, and rich dark chocolate with beautiful notes of toasted oak, tobacco, and earthy hops on the back end. palate is smooth and medium bodied with perfect carbonation and great balance of sweet and savory notes from each element of the blend. overall, another outstanding anniversary brew from FW that’s right up there with XIII. can’t wait to see how this one ages.