wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber. anise is nuts toffee, caramel, hops, rich malty sweetness, and some alcohol wood and vanilla. Flavor is rush caramel, nuts, toffee, caramels, wood, vanilla. This one even lends some serious hop notes to it. Nice rich beer.
Dr_Fellini (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is thick malts, molasses, hint of booze. Flavor brings out more of the barrel character, with a nice toffee, vanilla, molasses. Solid, but probably my least favorite of the anniversaries so far.
kraddel (4766) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, almost black. Small layer of foam. Smell has notes of bourbon. Taste is nice and intense bourbon, over dark malts and an oak-intensified taste. Very nice ! High on bourbon, intense but rather balanced.
ryanfolty (2139) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
August 27, 2015 - bottle that I probably picked up from Binny’s. Celebrating another wedding anniversary and excited to try this as the mix is predominantly barley wine. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma was a nice blend of bourbon, brandy, caramel, vanilla and light citrus hops. The wood came out in the aroma as it warmed. Taste was very smooth and had a nice bourbon flavor / heat throughout that was spot on. Taste also had the caramel and chocolate early and vanilla came out late and in the finish. The brandy characteristics came on late and a very mild citrus bitterness was in the finish. Another fantastic blend from Firestone to celebrate one more year of marriage.
iHateBeerz (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It doesn’t get much more complex than this right here - a beautiful blend - chocolate, bourbon, roasted characteristics, oak, maple, ginger, cinnamon, doesn’t need much else.
ACHops (989) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Brouwer’s. Pours heavily dark reddish brown with thin oily mocha head. Aroma is somewhat thin, boozy malt with roasty oaky chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is rather thin bodied malt, heavily roasted caramel notes, lots of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Big oaky barrel notes throughout. The Double Jack does add a hoppy note not present in previous Anniversary blends. Not sure it contributes much though, against all the other big flavors here. I dunno, something just didn’t work for me in this one. Really tasted more like the constituent blends mashed together rather than a melded blend. Some great favors, just didn’t come together.
tcon25 (309) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 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) this one has more bit to it then the 14 different blend each year, more chocolate and rost in this one just as awesome.
nickd717 (3716) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Mostly clear dark brown with a well-formed and lasting tan head. The aroma has toffee, roast, sticky caramel, whiskey, and maple syrup. The flavor is great, as usual. Somewhat sweet and very complex. Sticky tasting, chocolatey, some oak and booze. Medium-full body with soft carbonation and some heat. Great beer as usual!
Countbeer (5500) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber: Chouffe glass.
Robust beer with beautiful tones like bourbon, cinnamon, white wood, almonds, chocolate, prunes, bitters and a soft buttery massage...
Good carbonation, subtle full body experience and good rich mouthfeel.
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle that I received in a trade a few years ago, finally getting around to open it, good night with the Badgers winning, pours a murky dark brown with a pretty thin light tan head, dissipates very quickly, aroma was of mild bourbon with some oak and vanilla coming through as well, the flavor has a slight chocolate front end with some bourbon and oak in the finish, sleigh dark fruit, lighter mouthfeel than I was expecting, honestly kind of past it’s time and I’m kicking myself for not cracking this one sooner.
TheJester (2218) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Dark with just a ring of head. The aroma is still big, with vanilla and coconut from the barrel, some resin from the hops, some caramel from the malt. The flavour lives up to the huge aroma, bringing some booze into the mix. Truly outstanding.