tiong (3704) - 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.
Nuffield (3667) - 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.
burg326 (3662) - 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.
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.
djd07 (3473) - 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
sonnycheeba (3470) - 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.
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...
RobertDale (3399) - 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.
pantanap (3353) - 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.
hayduke (3342) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle obtained from THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA. Poured a near black with a medium size and very thick dark tan head and sticky lacing. Nose of ripe dark fruit, chocolate and oak aromas. Full body. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is so very rich with bourbon and wine barrels, vanilla, and and lots of ripe fruit. The alcohol shows, but seems jus right in a beer this rich. Rye shows in the very delicoous finish. Really an amazing beer.