Gription79 (1578) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some hot alcohol in the nose. A nicely blended beer, but I enjoyed XV more.
thomat (1550) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ CBC 2013. Dark amber with a tiny tan head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, mocha and hops. Full body with a long balanced finish.
ngeunit1 (1543) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a dark black with a bit of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a fairly quick pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, tequila, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, toasted coconuts, dark fruits, Brandy, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, vanilla, tequila, dark fruits, and some toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak, Bourbon, Brandy, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and bit of citrus hop. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, toasted coconuts, Bourbon, Brandy, Tequila, chocolate, molasses, and booze.
M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Amazing blend of flavors. Very complex but still has a great deal of smoothness.
Niko100 (1486) - New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, & some bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, some oak, chocolate, dark fruit, spicy hops, and caramel/toffee; Warm booze finish; Nicely balanced; Overall, very good - but I expected a bit more.
XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big barrel aromas with some sweet whiskey/rum notes. Taste is some nice barrel with a bit of dark fruit, alcohol starts to really come through as it sits.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bytemesis (1413) - 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.
arrogantb (1398) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle split and poured into FW proprietor’s reserve glasses. Dark black with minimal head. Smells similar to past anniversary beers, barrel, vanilla, coconut but also a hint of strong booze. Flavor was good at first but also extremely boozy, I blame the tequila barrel aged beer even though it was a small component in the blend. My friend said "its hot as fire" which was a good description of how the alcohol overpowered this one. Sadly, this was my least favorite anniversary beer from Firestone, it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t as rich as previous offerings.
Serving type: bottle
tastybeer (1313) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy GT, thanks! Pours ruby, tan head, little retention/some lace. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, light roast. Taste is lightly bitter; sweet, barrel, vanilla, chocolate. Palate is soft, creamy, rich finish. Really nice.
poisoneddwarf (1307) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber. Rating #1200. Pours almost opaque dark dark brown with a medium collapsinng beige head. Aroma consists of decadent caramel, oak, top o’ the line artisinal chocolate caramel candies, coconut, vanilla, light booze, dark fruit--holy shit, how do they get beer to smell this awesome? Taste is just as good and holds the same notes; it’s mostly sweet, never cloying, with a lightly bitter anise-tinged finish. FW continues to blow me away with these Anniversary beers. Softly carbonated with a velvety mouthfeel and full body. If it weren’t for the somewhat mediocre appearance, this is a perfect beer in every way. I’m thinking it tops XIV, which I’ve long considered the best beer I’d ever tried, but I’d have to compare them vertically to really tell. This is my new #1. Awesome, brewing at its absolute apex.
adamjackson (1229) - Canaan, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber no head
Odd leathery fig and maple smell
Rich and decadent like rum cake. Some tequila sweetness sort of boozy chocolate and molasses. Tons of shoe polish as well