keepersj12 (2512) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is really nice. The key is to allow it to warm. it pours a mahogany with red highlights, thin swirling head. It has a complex aroma with caramel, fruit, vanilla, oak, booze among others. The flavor has all of the above with each sip releasing something else onto your tongue. Wildly creative, looking forward to 16.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Pours a dark brown with a bit of small head. Smells and tastes of caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon. clear, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, flat. Over all I was hoping for a lot more then I got. It wasnt all that great I mean better then lots of beers but hardly worth the price. Maybe I just wasnt in the mood for it it was good but over rated?
IanIPA (20) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tape at the Tribes Alehouse in a snifter. It poured a dark brown color but oddly see through. You could taste all the barley wine, stout and IPA all at once which was good but didnít help to much. It was almost overly malty. The taste was almost to strong on the malts but didnít have any of the other flavors I felt it should have. Over all I feel like Firestone should have made a better beer for their 15th
hopdog (8460) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a small sized off white head. aromas of nuts, wood, roast, caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, roast, vanilla, and some wood.
jeff789 (1401) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Big nearly black beer with no head to speak of... Big big big slightly sweet bourbon creamy aroma with notes of vanilla roast dark fruits, exceptionally complex, as the bourbon is big but not overpowering... Deftly blended with notes of dark fruits, vanilla, woods, cream, roast, bourbon, brandy... Full bodied but not overly full bodied, each sip begs you to come back for more with complex flavors, super silky body... Quite possibly the best barrel aged beer ive had...
Beerman6686 (3785) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a dark brown color with a biege head. Aroma was lots of char and oak, some light dark chocolate, some bourbon and alcohol too. Flavor was much the samel, lots of barrel, some mlik chocolate and light smoke. Mighty tasy but one dimensional, almost all barrell.
davey101 (606) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.
A - Aggressive pour yields a frothy 3 finger head. This eventually dies down and after a while all traces of foam are gone. Decent lacing, but amazing alcohol legs. Clear dark brown body with great red tint. Sits in the glass like a hard liquor.
S - Loads of boozy bourbon and oak notes. Vanilla, toffee, candied dark fruits and caramel malts. Hops are not noticeable.
T - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are the dominant tastes here. In the background is raisins, toffee, caramel and just a hint of citrus. The alcohol is present but in the best way possible. Very pleasant warming sensation.
M - The best part of this beer for me. It just drinks so smooth. The alcohol is present but its not harsh at all. The body isnít quite medium, but it just works. This is like drinking a nice malty flavored bourbon.
O - The aromas and flavors arenít earth shattering, but the smoothness of this beer makes it a really great sipper. A really enjoyable barrel aged beer.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Had at FW tasting room. Beautiful bled of flavors. will have again and again. Second time in a bottle. Just as good as the first. Magical
DrnkMcDermott (2738) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Cellar Door. A little yeasty in the first impression, like a youngish barley wine. Not much alcohol at first. Deep dark brown, thin layer of foam with very little lace. But the taste is all that. Mainly in barley wine territory. Sherry sweetness, but with a thread of alcohol building up. Notes of punch tobacco, brown sugar, maybe a nudge of hibiscus. Sometimes I want to swig this down and let it lay me low, other times I want to treat it like a civilized big beer. Despite the long winded explanation above, itís still a big barley wine. Kind of a coffee note, but totally without roast. Just a nice toasty malt, balanced by bitterness to keep the sweetness from taking over.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, some cocoa, light smoke, coconut, dark fruits, and light alcohol. Taste of vanilla, tobacco, caramel malts, some roast, vanilla, and a silky mouthfeel