tiong (3818) - 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.
burg326 (3764) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a black color with aromas of roast, coconut, molasses, light tobacco, and booze. Flavors follow suit a solid beer overall.
Nate (3740) - 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.
djd07 (3699) - 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
Nuffield (3691) - 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.
SHIG (3602) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured black with a thin beige colored head. Aroma is vanilla, woodsy, and roasted malts. Strong bourbon bite, vanilla, coffee bean, roasted malts, alcohol burn and hints of chocolate melded with complexity. Finish leaves the tongue dry and tingly.
sonnycheeba (3592) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of creamy, off-white head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, sweetbread, figs, dates, and floral hops. Flavor is some dry malts, vanilla sweetness, dark fruit esters, oak, booze, faint hop bitterness and light toffee; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
vtafro (3563) - 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.
RobertDale (3550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Hopfest 2013. Pours dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and coffee. Very complex. Very good.
jrallen34 (3483) - 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.