wchesser (1168) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep mahogany brown and burnt caramel color. Nose of booze, light cocoa, oak, toffee. Taste follows, with the most prominent thing being an inkling of cocoa powder poking through toffee, and booze. A tad hot, but delicious, with a lightly sweet finish. Not cloying. Stood up with dates with mascarpone, walnuts, and tamarisk honey.
ThirstyBird (1568) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - NOV 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear mahogany with small tan head. The smell is rich malt, caramel, brown sugar and a little heat. The taste is big caramel, supra rich sweet dark malt, spice, a little heat and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium+ body that is slick with mild carbonation. Wow! Delicious and special as usual for the FW anniversary beers.
DesertDevil (528) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Subdued aroma of chocolate, caramel, oak, and a hint of sweet whiskey. Pours clear dark brown with a bunch of suspended particles. Sharp, odd vegetal taste with very thin chocolate syrup, maple, and mellow bourbon. Thin body with a sharp, hot finish. This one did not age well; everything is quite muted. It was so much better when fresh.
Niko100 (2009) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak/wood, vanilla, & some coconut notes; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, oak, dark fruit, caramel/toffee, spicy hops, and some chocolate; Warm booze finish; Nicely balanced; Quite complex and very good.
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home as I work through the FW anniversary backlog. Dark bronze and brown color with a thin khaki head. Pretty still and no lacing which make sense based on the barley-wine heavy blend. Huge aroma of caramel, molasses and shockingly enough some hops. Flavor is reminiscent of a caramel-sweet British barley wine with a little kick from hops.The booze pops up in the finish. Does warm nicely. Well done.
Steasy66 (885) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown with lacy tan head. Aroma is big on honey, some toffee. Really approachable and delicious, honey, caramel, toffee. So smooth, so great.
Inbreak (2131) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 19.06.2013, tap @ The Ginger Man NY:
Nice creamy longlasting head. Aroma is mild and well balanced, dark malts, dark sugar, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, cocoa, oak, alcohol, bourbon, grass, dark sugar, vanilla, citrus. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice one.
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle shared by brew3crew. I have had this a couple times and thought that although a bit hot, it was the most drinkable of all of them fresh. Pours a clear deep copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a big sweet caramel base, vanilla, brown sugar, hints of chocolate, toasted oak, touches of citrus and dark fruits, mild spice all with a full body and fairly smooth character given the abv. Alcohol is there, but more out of the way than most FW Anny beers.
tmongoose (1303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber shared and what can you say but i died and went to heaven and all they had to drink was firestone walker xv. poured a dark brown with a brownish head. aroma of bourbon, malts, chocolate and coffee. overwhelmning the nose. the flavors are so intense and so many it was amazing to work your way through this beer. not knowing immediately how this one was make i was in awe on the flavors on the end you get a smooth alcohol burn that is just soothing.
umich03jm (1976) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Summer Secret Santa. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with a little head that fades to a ring. Aromas jumps out at you. Big oak, caramel, toffee, honey, cocoa, citrus, and dark fruit. Taste is syrupy sweet with a mild bitterness. Packed with oak, caramel and toffee. Finish is dark fruit and citrus with a moderate booziness. Medium to thick body, syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, a really nice sipping barley wine. I think I liked XVI better but it’s hard to compare, I had them at completely different ages.