MrsRickyisms (7) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First of all I am visiting my hometown(near Chicago) and my friend specifically tapped this when I didnít find anything on the tap list to wow me. The color is lighter than I normally enjoy. It definitely tastes a little hoppier than previous firestones but I find it balances the slightly syrupy vanilla brown sugar flavors. I taste a lot of parabola which Iíll never complain about considering its in my top 5 favorite beers. Overall I am very excited about drinking many more of these.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Firkin,libertyville, IL...put on tap just for us because we wanted something big and dark, like I like my..um, cars. Pours nice and dark, frothy lacey tan head. Sweet malty nose with brown sugar and vanilla and a spicy hop edge and some booze. Flavors are sweet, dessertish with more brown sugar and vanilla but you can really taste the double jack, interestingly...donít know how that compenent will make this age as a whole...now its a bit syrupy in the body, which is one reason I donít like double jack that much...but I donít know if 5% in the blend has any part in the body here..prolly the relatively high concentration of barley-wine in the blend instead, who knows?..but the flavors are pretty similar the last couple anniverary beers with just more sweetness imo and a bigger hop profile. I dig it, just could use a less syrupy, less sweet body.
Sledutah (4066) - Utah, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle from the State Wine store, thanks for the tip Doug
Appearance: Pours a clear deep mahogany with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Sweet toffee, candy, vanilla, woody and bourbon
Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, woody, bourbon and dried ripe fruit
A great sipper! It is great from the first taste to the last. Hook up the IV, I could live off this. I need to pick up a few more.
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin white head. I feel like the bourbon comes out right away as well as vanilla and caramel. Finishes with hints of raisins and oak. Damn good beer!!!
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours dark brown with little tan head. Aroma is boozy with woody and vanilla notes. Taste is lots of vanilla, caramel, wood, bourbon, but with some maple and raisin notes. The bourbon comes through very prominently, but is is not overpowering or bitter. The mouthfeel is very smooth and velvety with some carbonation. The finish is sweet with oaky notes. Overall, this is a tremendous beer that exceeded my high expectations. Very complex as it keeps changing as it warms up. Delicious.
musinj6 (371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark, semi-opaque brown with perhaps a slight purple tinge with small white head from draught. Smells of dark chocolate, marzipan and dark fruits. Boozy and sweet on the front with many complex flavors. Very long finish that is moderately tart, but smooth. Amazing beer.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Pours a clear dark red with little head. Smells ofnred berries and some hops, though it was difficult at the time (poor environment). Tastes of alcohol, slightly tart dried fruits with a semi hoppy finish. Texture is creamy. Carbonation soft. Finishes with an alcoholic warmth.
douglas88 (5469) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from the Utah State Store- thanks to the tip Dallas! What a nice find in Salt Lake City. Pours a mostly clear light brown color with a small white head (initially a medium head but it goes down quick). A great bourbon and wood nose, pine and butterscotch. A very sweet and decadent beer; warm like a nice bourbon, some vanilla, huge suggestions of a Impy but the barrel holds it back, sometimes barrels play the same role in lambic, some caramel, pine, coconut. Mostly a BW with huge barrels, very sweet but not cloying. As usual with these FW Walker Anniversary beers it is awesome. A sipper and a treat.
phaleslu (5714) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at iTap Soulard. Pours a cloudy brown with a small off-white ring for a head. Aroma of vanilla, dried fruits, oak, bourbon, and with some heat too. Flavor of oak, chocolate, vanilla, dark and dried fruits, and bourbon. Medium body, complex, with mild carbonation. So good. Wow, really nice. Another winner in this series.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwerís. Couldnít believe how many different brews went into creating this beast (see description above). Pours a deep cola brown with very little tan head. This gets more like Angelís Share every year. A cherry chocolate cordial, with some licorice and molasses over the top. Seriously boozy brown sugar. The flavor follows suit, adding wood to the finish -- almost more like cedar than oak. Boozy as all hell -- it really masks the flavor. Too bad -- this one needs a couple of years.