JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I am afraid combining so many beers muddled the different flavors and aromas that might have been originally present. Dark brown beer, sweet malt with lots of sugar. There is no significant hop presence.
JohnnyJ (4539) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at stone. Pour is a clear deep dark reddish brown, with thin head. Bourbon, raisin, molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet dough, light brandy, and a touch of rye-like spiciness. Despite the flavors and strong barrel character, this beer is very smooth and silky. It feels like a much lower abv beer without sharp edges, which is almost a downside. Good, but there is so much barrel aged stuff out there today, its not that "special" anymore.
thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.
onceblind (4512) - 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.
Nisse666 (4486) - 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 crčme 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...
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good, very much so, but I feel there’s almost too much going on here to keep track of. Heavy barrel presence, with tequila especially evident and some oak and bourbon. Pours brown with red tint and decent head and lacing. I liked this year’s a little better than this one. It does get better as it goes down. Tap at Meridian Pint.
dmac (4204) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Beachwood. Poured thinner then I would have like with a deep dark chocolate brown body under an average sized tight foamy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup with some cinnamon along with chocolate, well done toast, flower petals, brandy, vanilla. Average mouthfeel with a slight touch of heat on the finish and average to slightly strong carbonation. Flavor is just as good if not a hair better then the aroma. Notes of syrup, tequilla spicyness, bourbon, wood, chocolate, dark well done toast, tree bark, espresso, vanilla extract. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.
drfabulous (4173) - 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.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers during Christmas Eve Eve Barrel Aged Beer Fest... Poured dark, black, fairly opaque with a thin forming, off-white head. Nose came off like espresso cookies dipped in whiskey. Nice depth, some complexity for spirits and wood. Mild roast, but mostly smooth and un-abrasive. Quite nice fresh, could go a million directions as it ages. Notes of bourbon, cookie dough, pasty sweet malts, booze, brandy, whiskey, mocha, and dark chocolate.
vyvvy (4131) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with a reddish hue and modest soapy tan head. The aroma has maple, vanilla, oak, dark caramel, rich maltiness, licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, and... well... most descriptors that can be give to big maltiness and barrels it seems. A lot going on, but very well integrated. It has a full rich lush body with very soft unobtrusive carbonation. The flavor begins with rich vanilla, dark chocolate, alcohol warmth, mango, licorice and a bit of a bite that seems like wintergreen, but more metallic. The finish has an alcohol heat presence, raw woodiness and a heavy liquor-esque bite. Very good, but almost overwhelming with the different aspects that are there.