Nisse666 (3665) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Firestone Walker 16 many thx to Mcberko - trade at CBC, cons and shared with friends at Adams cabin in Solviken outside Grebbestad
AR: dark chocolate, bourbon vanilla, fudgy,
AP: dark brow, high frothy crème brulee colored steady head
F: bourbon vanilla, espresso, dadels, wee licorice, warming fizzy, dry, medium bitternees, not that fullbodied that could be expected, dark homebrewed coffey, figs baked with chocolate in the owen, afterwards - reading the brewers notes, I can only say yes to that there is some Tequila notes as well, brings some complexity but as well making the brew tinner...
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m really suspicious of the "blending" fad in brewing--rarely have I seen it pay off in terms of complexity. That’s true here. But as a barrel aged beer this is still really good. I wouldn’t call this "restrained" barrel aging but it isn’t over the top either. There’s a sippable quality if you like liquor. Good body--supported and vibrant, a little hot. Hedonistically very very good; as brewer skill, less stellar. Bottle.
drfabulous (3557) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark black with thin tan head. This year’s feels more mellow and relaxed than the last few. Slight bourbon and vanilla. Bit of chocolate. Smooth. 13% totally hidden.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2100th rating, couldn’t ask for a better brew to do it with. Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS Firestone tap takeover. Murky dark dark brown with a small foamy beige head. Super complex aroma with rye, chocolate, coffee, raisins, caramel, lavendar, earthy toffee, and honey. Flavor is strong and boozy with some lovely raisin and chocolate tones, a bunch of lovely coffee tones, some honey, some port, and some earthy sweet & boozy toffee. Quite a bit of bourbon and oak. Just smooth and wonderful.
Nate (3522) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at House of 1000. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bread pudding with caramel sauce. Sublime nose and only improves and expands as it warms. Dark black opaque with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, smooth. Alcoholic warming, slightly boozy. Sweet start with bread pudding, caramel, oak, vanilla, and licorice. Warm finish, heavy with oak and vanilla. Delicious sweet after but not cloying. Nice example of what you can do with brewing.
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.
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...
dEnk (3345) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ wwt. Thanks johan! Aroma is molasses, liquorice, caramel, coffee and more. Flavour is thick creamy vanilla bourbon liquorice roasty crzay madness. Awesome.
pantanap (3334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle picked up locally somewhere herein Chicago - missed it on tap on a few locations... Pours just pale of cola black, more of a twang port coloration with less intense edges and topped with a thin ring of light khaki head that reduces to a film around the edges of the glass... Barrel forward aroma with bourbon, chocolate, a modicum of char while waftings of coconut and marshmallow and candy-like inklings of tootsie rolls mingle to and fro. While the barrel notes take precedence, it doesn’t seem overly boozy or harsh in any way. Smooth, sweet, and nice blend of various notes... Flavors are more of the aforementioned with somewhat more brash of a presence overall. Bourbon, roast, touch of coffee, sweeter dark fruit and vanilla throughout. Hints of burnt toast through mid-palate. Onset starts sweet and smooth but a firm gripping bitterness slowly creeps in, sinks its teeth, and grips through until the finish and a little further beyond that. The tailend is a bit aggressive though which takes away from its upfront enjoyability. Medium bodied, not too heavy really and pairs with an expected level of carbonation but perhaps a bit too lively with its prickliness. Nice sipper all around although the backend needs to settle down just a touch. I liked it.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was on tap at Hop Scotch in the Chicago area. It pours to an extrememly smooth body and is near perfect on tap. The 13% was hidden extremely well. Velvety texture and a taste of sweet barley and bourbon. But it was so intricately balanced. I guess I forgot that this was a blend, because it did astonish me on how complex it was.