NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours black-brown with a dark tan head. Nose is a bit muddy. Resiny hops, chocolate, roast and barrel. Faint tart note to nose as well. On tasting, somewhat thin. Oak, cocoa & roast. Dry with a pretty sizable bitterness. Quite harsh on the finish and somewhat forgettable. A damn shame that this lacks finesse. The base beers are awesome...
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Anniversary beer’s continue their downward slide since 13. 14 was good, 15 tolerable, 16 is just plain bad. I’m overly sensitive to tequila but it dominates the taste and finish. The aroma is more bearable, but the depth I expect out of FW just wasn’t there. With such great beers in there, I expected so much more, seems like a waste of velvet merkin and ddba.
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours nearly black with small but persistent head. Aromas are killer: chocolate, bourbon, vanilla/oak, plum/raisin, on and on. On the tongue you get massive oak and sweet molasses, some coffee roastiness, tobacco spice/zing. Nice finish on hops and booze, with a residual spicy chocolate thing. Whaddabeauty.
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Peacehammer (585) - California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opened 12/25/12. Pours black, with little head that quickly dissipates. Bourbon on the nose, and alcohol notes similar to most spirits. Flavor profile is a lot of bourbon and brandy flavors on the whole palate, with a thick mouthfeel and a roasty nutty chocolate flavor. Some finishing alcohol burn. I’m very impressed by how balanced and smooth this is. Big apple brandy aftertaste. Exceptional.
Imperial_Scout (355) - Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown almost black with minimal head. A ton of bourbon and boozyness upfront, so much so that other people in the room could smell it from across the room. A lot of different flavours. Vanilla, sweetness perhaps from the brandy, toffee/caramel, and some fruit flavors. A lot going on here and really can tell what I would call this, but I do like it. Its something different and I can’t wait to see what age can do to this.
rxeight (975) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Way to much in here. Vanilla bourbon some sweetness might be the brandy. Thinner than i expected. Maybe some age will get this sorted. But now way too much going on.
BoostIPA (1051) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a thinish looking black with minimal head. Strong, strong bourbon aromas. Like, just watered down bourbon. First sip reveals vanilla, bourbon, oak, wood, moss. Killer aroma, killer taste and smooth as a Canadian malt likka. Pure gold.
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut, cream, cocoa. Flavors are strong vanilla, tannic, really dry harsh.
brian60625 (721) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8 ounce glass from the tap at the Skylark in Chicago. Aroma is sweet bourbon and malts. Appearance is liquid black with a thin, dissipating foam that quickly fades to a film residue on top. Minimal lacing. Taste is wood and loaded liquor. Impressively drinkable despite the ultra-high abv. Medium mouthfeel and light side of medium body...not too shabby body balance in light of the pitch night color. Overall, as much as I want to be a Firestone critic (see brewery namesake d-bag Andrew Firestone of the tire family business and Bachelor Season 3), this is the mighty good stuff doled out to us commoners by the brewing plutocrats. Just look at that ridiculously long brewer’s description. I begrudgingly enjoy it, a lot.
budznsudz (421) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cola brown with a foamy khaki colored head that sticks around a bit. The aroma is light but pleasant with some booze, maple syrup, cola, and cocoa. The taste is light but rich with nice carbonation and a silkiness that coats the tongue. I’m loving the bourbon stout elements along with the light fruitiness of the tequila barrel and the barleywine like malts. This beer has a bit of an identity issue, but I guess that’s the point when blending. Really satisfying.