Ed5388 (2485) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Cellared for the last year. Opened on Christmas night 2013. Pours a thin dark brown/almost black color with a finger of foamy khaki head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is very complex. Up front lots of oak, bourbon, pine, roasted malt, burnt toast, and end with rich toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, and rich roasted coffee. Mouthfeel very dry and on the thin side, but lots going on! Very good!
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. Almost black pour with a small tan collar for a head. Huge nose. Full of vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, cocoa, and a hint of brown bread. Sweet on the palate with dark caramel, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. Full bodied with a finish that gets dried out by the high abv. Superb.
devman171 (1183) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours brownish black with low head. Aroma is toffee, dates, oak and whiskey. Taste is very smooth dark sweet malts with the alcohol oak finish.
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a black color with a small sized head. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, roast, and coffee. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
Frahmo (316) - Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber. Beautiful black pour with some tan foam. Complex flavors are well combined and hid the alcohol content. Flavors are muted and subtle after a year of aging. Much better now then it was a year ago. Body was pretty light and unexpected in this big brew. Worth the price.
DrSilverworm (8161) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Very dark brown, near black reddish clear color. Minimal khaki head. Few loose dots of lace. Great cookie dough, brownie batter, vanilla aromas. Great, rich bourbon barrel character. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Head fades to virtually nothing. Moderate sweet taste, some light burn in the finish, light bitter. A bit boozy, but a solid American strong ale. Prefer this to 14 by quite a bit, though it’s not nearly as good as 15 in my experience.
IndianaRed (2764) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Frahmo deep dark down with faint light tan head. Big soft burning woody aroma with caramel and overripe prunes and raisins. Fairly hot and boozy and moderate to thin bodied. Dish burning flavors Lighter than a stout, very faded hoppiness and federally delicious. Clearly has some age in the bottle.
pilgrimoutlaw (841) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TJ’s for their 10th anniversary event. Pours nearly black reddish brown with filmy tan surface head. Alcohol, vanilla, toffee, roast, oatmeal, coffee. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full, sticky body. Not nearly as good as the XV was.
swoopjones (6744) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
anaother amazing Firestone Beer, amazing rich, complex. ruby dark pour, bourbony, woody, caramel & toffee richness, wisps of maple, chocolate, vanila.....the list goes on. Allw orks together seemlessly. well done
harrymel (1549) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saw this in the store, decided to try it.
Pours a toasted, dark tawny with a rim and confluent etching of light tan foam. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, hints of resin, some oak, a bit of bing cherry, some vanilla and nougat. Taste is boozy up front, sweet, some bourbon, some cherries, vanilla, marzipan, bits of oak and tawny porto. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. A nice beer, a very enjoyable beer. I’m starting to think that this series is worth a try annually, but not really worth the money it demands to get into the bottle....
Serving type: bottle