onceblind (4965) - 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.
djd07 (4938) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Backcountry Pizza. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, oak. Thick mouthfeel with sweet roast, vanilla, light booze, silky finish. Yes
JK (4813) - 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.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, liquorish, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and coffee. Very complex.
solidfunk (4784) - 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.
JohnnyJ (4731) - 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.
skortila (4687) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled @ Zeebra #2. Sampled 5cl. The aroma is a bit weak, but putting the nose a bit more in and over the glass results in tones of raisin, grape, wine, bourbon, different fruits. Brown coloured beer with a very thin head. The taste is quite on the bourbon side, has sherry and a rather dry finish. Quite thin. It is nice to taste such a ridiculous blend, but it remains just that; a ridiculous blend. No balance, too thin. Bit a waste of all these ingredients, barrels, effort, etc. But to end positive, the aroma is quite nice. :-)
Nisse666 (4675) - 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...
thornecb (4667) - 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.
vyvvy (4470) - 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.