tiong (5608) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle @ CBC 2013
Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Excellent aroma of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, cocoa, syrup and ripe fruits. Taste is smooth, complex and hoppy with loads of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, syrup and molasses. Finish is hoppy and roasty with vinous notes, oaky wood, syrup, salty licorice and vanilla. Extremely well balanced but complex.
drfabulous (5569) - 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.
bytemesis (5567) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear ruby black, quite beautiful actually, with a small beige head that dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, barrel notes; more winelike than bourbon/brandy. Flavor is the same, very complex with medium sweetness, light woody astringence, and perhaps some bourdon character. Medium body. Drinks quite, almost offputtingly, hot. Very interesting beer, but a little hot and almost too complex IMO.
Nisse666 (5562) - 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...
vtafro (5545) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some sugar, yeast, oak and barrel aromas. Clusterf*ck of flavors, oak barrel, dark malt and other various tones.
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at city beer. Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, light cherry, caramel, bourbon, oak and alcohol aroma. Tastes of chocolate, plum, fig, red wine up front transitioning to roasted grain and cocoa nib with a light bitternes and finishing with pear, brandy, and subtle bourbon with caramel and oak notes and a lingering candy taste and alcoholic warmth on the far back end. Nice complexity.
Boutip (5468) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a dark cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, caramelized malt and toffee is pretty singular and quite enticing. Taste is a super complex mix of an English barleywine with caramelized and toffee malt with light chocolate notes with some strong whiskey with woody and vanilla notes also noticeable. Body is full with medium carbonation and some warming alcohol notes. Quite an enjoyable treat to finish the night.
JK (5411) - 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.
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices´. Flavor with alcohol, caramel and fruit
AirForceHops (5264) - 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.