NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit III. Pours a black appearance with a bubbly, light brown head. Kind of spicy tequila, sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, graham cracker, vanilla wafer aroma. Dark chocolate, toffee, s’mores, marshmallows, sweet bourbon, spirit flavor. Incredibly unique. While the boozy notes are noticeable from the barrels, they do create a very cool, unique flavor.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Great wood ageing, still hoppy. Coconut, but does not detract from good drinkability.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Big sweet malty aroma with notes of roast, vanilla, booze and coffee. The taste is roasted malts, toffee, anise, berries, spice, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.
GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL. Tepid, clearer mahogany pour. Weaker yellowish foam. Nose is seasoned tomato, sugary bourbon, black pepper, licorice hard liquor. Taste is money: cinnamon ganache, thick milk chocolate, thick salted caramel, mild spicy alcohol warming. Really rich, dense, dessert palate. Easy to love. There is a long sweetened tea flavor in the finish with a lot of Spenda/aspartame. The sweet bourbon barrel notes aren’t my thing any more. People love this and I can see why. Another good offering from what is probably the best American Strong Ale series.
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours with a deep brown hued body with a largish tan head. Aromas are of barrel, brown sugar, nutty char, tobacco. Lots of barrel, but not quite as much as I was expecting. Medium raisins, dark fruit and lightly faded hops. Strong cola and light molasses. Flavors are of coconut, vanillin, brown sugar. Dry and earthy, leathery, plum, soil, barrel, dark fruit complexity with a nice oak interplay. Mildly fruity brandy notes. Medium carbonation, big alcohol, medium body and tannin. Good for the current season. Tasty right now, but I don’t see much benefit in aging this particular Anniversary.
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick dark black, with some brown through the bottom of the tulip glass. The head is khaki, smallish, and lacy. Nose is figgy and raisins, oaky bourbon, dark malt, cacao, nuts. Very complex woody spirity nose. Tastes rich, very woody, oaky, bourbony, with notes of cacao, pruney and blackberries, cacao, Brazil nut, vanilla. It is amazing how many flavor and aroma notes come through in this. FInishes complex, with well hidden alcohol, but the density lets you know that this beer isn’t for lightweights. This one is great.
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up by Jay for me. Thanks Jay! Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of rich chocolate, oak, vanilla cream, creme brulee, caramel toffee, honey, mocha and light florals. Also minor notes of rye, flaked oats, sticky caramel candy and tequila and brandy barrels. Well balanced. Great complexity. Finishes with a hint of warming brandy alcohol and bright tequila citrus. Another homerun in the Firestone Walker anniversary series and probably the most complex offering to date.
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black beer with a light tan head. Chocolate and coconut aroma with light bourbon. Chocolate and light bourbon flavor with light tequilla and light malt. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light bourbon lingers with light caramel and light other barrels.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by John at work. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Bourbon on the nose right away, roast and cocoa, chocolate, wood. Warm bourbon, cocoa. Long sweet roast, more cocoa. Lots of depth and a good amount of subtlety. Lingering wood, roast, cocoa, chocolate.
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of dak. It pours out with a clear mahogany body that supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma, as expected, is crazy with malts, caramel, molasses, vanilla and then some spicy wood notes. Behind those notes I get smooth bourbon like booziness. The taste is nice and pretty darn smooth with malts and a mild degree of caramel moving into coconut and sweet vanilla. It gets into bourbon and whiskey like notes and then a Single Malt peat flavor too. This all comes together pretty well.