xocnotnert (7) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was the first anniversary ale I tasted from Firestone, it was a gift to a friend on his wedding day that we shared between 3 friends. I have had it again since then and every time I drink it I remember how amazing it was.
italarican (1516) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Massive bourbon and milk chocolaty flavor. There’s a slight acidity that works. Thin body that somehow holds the robust flavor profile well.
bigguns22 (721) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very complex beer that is great wish I had more. Dark black in color with a tan head. Aroma and flavor are very much alike tons of wood,vanilla,bourbon and dark fruits.
Zymurgeist2 (1213) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrua for FW’s SF Beer Week event there. This beer is so rich, deep and complex. Full deep, dark fruit aroma and taste. Deep clear sherry like color.
AirForceHops (4081) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle shared by Adam. Dark brown with lasting white head. Aroma is really nice. Traces of bourbon vanilla, oak barrel, dark fruits and hints of molasses. Flavor is very nice. The complexity changes after every few sip. The stout influence is really forward. Caramelized malts, oak, some toffee light vanilla, with the body nearly all stout aspects. Texture is oily and smooth. I enjoy the master blending of this brew. I used to feel like blended beers where kind of pointless but after a few FSW blends I changed my mind. This is just tasty.
tkgeiger (2) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: roast, chocolate, touch of bourbon, cherries
Appearance: black, tan head that disipates to thin layer. Nice lacing
Taste: chocolate, cherries, bourbon, oak, alcohol sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, silky texture. Dry finish
Overall: Amazingly complex. In each sip, flavors layer themselves. Some come and go. Others last for minutes.
Warning: if too warm this beer is heavy and hard to drink.
KyotoLefty (7192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost black, bubbly head. Huge nose. Bourbon and vanilla, wood, caramel chocolate, plums and raisin. Big bourbon barrel flavors, vanilla, chocolate, lots of dried fruits, very good use of the barrels. Great balance. Hugely tasty.
tectactoe (3000) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Super dark, brown body that nears black towards its core, capped with a tiny tan head - small but long lasting as a thin film. Aroma is very robust; big bourbon & vanilla combo up front... Oak, brown sugar-y sweetness, spicy alcohol, almost with a rye-like quality to it. The taste is even bigger... notes of warm bourbon, maple syrup, toasty brown sugar coated figs, darks, & other various dark fruits. Back-end full of boozy vanillin & plenty of oak, tannin, & wood. Slight cocoa powder & toasted caramel coating aftertaste, also with lots of bourbon. Big, sticky body. Super big beer, here, with a large bourbon presence... Almost seems bigger than 13% ABV at times, but it remains a solid sipper throughout.
olr1984 (1234) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Oak molasses figs and slight vanilla taste.
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Always great. I enjoyed 15 a touch more but this is still to die for. It is a must have. A little lighter body than 15. (to me)