timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottle Barn. Aroma and flavor of an excellently blended combination of components, which included smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate-covered dark fruit, milk chocolate, etc. Slight sour aftertaste, but otherwise just an amazing beer.
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bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 22oz Bottle A - Pours the color of root beer with little to no head that dissipates immediately. Some lacing. S - Lots of stuff. Fig newton, caramel, toffee, vanilla, praline, & mild alcohol. T - Intensely Complex! Vanilla, caramel, brandy cask, dark dried fruit, boozy. M - Medium/full bodied, warming booze, mild carbonation, & a sweet toffee/tannin finish. O - One of the more interesting/complex beer I’ve had in a while.
hombrepalo (1818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz pour at Piece. Pricey at $15. Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a small off white ring of head around the glass. Aroma of mild chocolate, tobacco, and oak. Mild bourbon, some caramel. Flavor is rich, strong woody and chocolate flavors. Mild hoppy bitterness. Other bitterness from the wood notes. Some saltiness as well. Touches of bourbon and spice. Strong oak tones. Nice, oily mouthfeel, slick carbonation. Finishes on a strong barrel note.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Pours close to black small head ring. Tastes smells of dark fruits booze sweet bit heat from booze. Has caramel vanillia as well. Solid beer. Right up my alley would drink this all year long if I could.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy do I love these anniversary beers. They never fail to impress me. Pours dark and black with a small tan head. Nose is plenty of vanilla, raisins, molasses, toffee, chocolate and hints of coffee and nuts. Taste is big sweet and has a good bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, heavy body and a long drawn out enjoyable finish. Love it.
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark near-black with an amber tinge and a small beige head. Aroma is odd, with coconut, some weird vegetal notes, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavour is very complex, with sweet dark dried fruits, roasted malt, brown sugar and a bit of that vegetal note detected on the nose that slightly detracts. Quite complex and well-blended – we’ll see if my subsequent bottle has that same vegetal quality. All in all, still great, but not one of my favourites of FW’s anniversary beers.
jredmond (5259) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at black sheep in mineola with Linh, dave, Tom and June. Pours a deep black body with thick brown lacing. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit and sharpie marker. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sharp booze, bourbon, light fruit and yeast. A bit too much of a boozy mess for my tastes.
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a darker brown. Bourbon, chocolate vanilla and a touch of something sweet. For such a complex blend the taste is very smooth and goes down easy. Taste is filled with bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Everything is well done and combined beautifully.. My Comments can’t do this beer justice. Great all the way around.
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) very deep, very rich ruby/espresso color, ring of tan bubbles. Nose of rich caramel, cream, bourbon, light vanilla, complex as hell. Taste, for a very young 13% barrel aged beer, is exceptionally smooth. Taste has notes of caramel, light pine hops, vanilla, lightly roasty, creamy, brown sugar, tons of things going on in this one, chocolaty as well. Medium bodied, complex linger also.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a slight ring of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is sweet brandy with bourbon (coconut, vanilla, alcohol spice), tobacco, sweet and dense malt, and sharp tequila. Taste is brandy and bourbon up front followed by vanilla, coconut, sweet barley wine malt flavors, leather, tobacco, alcohol spice, and a bit of tequila on the finish which is a nice contrast to the sweet brandy and malt. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. There might even be some hop bitterness mixed in with the spice from the alcohol and barrel influence. There is a lot going on but the presentation is smooth and orderly. Amazing beer and a testament to the extreme skill of the brewers.