PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Barry, pours reddsih brown eith small off white head. Aromas of bourbon, bannana, marshmallow, sugar, and booze. Taste is the same with alot of sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and booze. Med to full body, warming in chest. Not too bad for so many blends. It was a little hot but what do you expect for a newly bottled 13 percent brew.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice chestnut brown color with a khaki head. For some reason I was expecting this to be darker. The aroma has lots of coffee, fudge, butterscotch and creme brulee. Like dessert in a glass. There’s some subdued notes of bourbon and wood, but those are secondary. The flavor doesn’t seem quite as sweet, and give this some points for being reasonably attenuated for such a big beer. Not syrupy at all in the mouthfeel. The alcohol comes through stronger in the flavor though. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla stand out. A little hot? Yes, but damn tasty.
sonnycheeba (2528) - 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.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Rated on 6/19/13. A dark brown color with a tan head. A nice rich chocolate aroma and well balanced bourbon aroma and flavor.
tgncc (2497) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful aroma of chocolate, vanilla, licorice, molasses, dark ripe fruit. The appearance is deep but tranlucent brown, reddish hue, light tan head. The flavor is oak, vanilla, chocolate, licorice, sweet, boozy. The finish is boozy, sharp pine. Medium in body, not as full as expected. very, very good, but not quite up to previous years. And so damn expensive!
JanLaursen (2492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 65 cl. Reddish dark mahagony, small beige head. Woody, bourbon, molases. Full body. Smooth texture. Very flavorful, sugary roasted malts, whiskey, peat, licorice, alcohol, hoppy lingering finish. Very much a winter warmer.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yes it lives to the hype which is something in itself. Big aroma of vanilla, wood, cherries and other fruit, booze. The flavor is very complex with each of these emerging. Pours a pretty dark amber with a red tint, small capping head. Delightful after taste that lingers long after the beer is gone. Excellent.
Pyrmir (2420) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @CBC13. Deep mahogany with tan head. Nose is rich and deep with toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is fruity and complex, roasted notes. Finish is very boozy
OldGrowth (2340) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, from brewery. great aroma, sweet. malty, chocolate, caramel, oak, dark orangy brown color, good head that faded to a ring, little to no lace. sweet flavor. medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet bitter finish. WONDERFUL.....rich in aroma and flavor, I poured it slow so maybe I didn’t get best head and lace, nice mouthfeel and considering ABV it drinks smooth. Love the Firestone Walker...
drjay44 (2340) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at a local. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled mocha head, with hints of lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is Bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, plum raisin, dried cherry, tobacco hints.....taste is Bourbon, plum, raisin, fig, light sweetness, as it warms, tobacco, light beef and soy arrive, finishing with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is a very rich, complex beer in both aroma and flavor. Some of the flavors are a bit raw. Bourbon tones are dominant over the brandy an tequila. This needs to age to gain its final balance, and should be served much warmer than the typical bar temperature. BJCP 9/3/16/5/7