after4ever (5292) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22, capped and foiled. Pours jet black with a sluggish and dense but thin dark tan head. Big coffee nose hits you in the face, a little alcohol fuminess on the nose as well, lots of chocolate, campfire, and a bit of black pepper on the nose as well. Thick sticky body. Little carb. Alcohol presence is not intrusive on the mid palate despite it being pretty noticeable on the nose. Coffee, chocolate, black pepper, roast, campfire, and a background note of dense caramel on the mid palate. Great beer.
DuffMan (5196) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark lustrous near-black in the dim light of the pub, dense brown head that sits still on its throne. The nose is sweet and dark, and portends a richness that raises my hopes high. Toasted coconut floods the palate, vanilla, chocolate, roasted marshmallow, dark fruits, especially dark cherries and fig paste, reach the senses later, after my mouth is finished marvelling at the wonderful sweetness. Subtle spiciness. Luscious. Silky and velvety. It ranks as one of the most complex and deliciously interesting beers I’ve had. A new top-ten for me. I love finding a beer like this.
badlizard (5158) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at city beer. Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, light cherry, caramel, bourbon, oak and alcohol aroma. Tastes of chocolate, plum, fig, red wine up front transitioning to roasted grain and cocoa nib with a light bitternes and finishing with pear, brandy, and subtle bourbon with caramel and oak notes and a lingering candy taste and alcoholic warmth on the far back end. Nice complexity.
jtclockwork (5105) - , 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.
Braudog (5026) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Dark like a midnight sky without starts, covered with a firm fluffy blanket of light tan foam. The aroma is an amazing invitation, rife with muscular whiskey and raisin. This drinks with a wonderfully warming alcohol burn, running over with an amazingly lurid blend of amazing flavors -- a bit of molasses, honey, cocoa, oak ... This is a masterpiece. (#4989, 4/16/2013)
marcus (5010) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a disappearing tan head and a bourbon and treacle aroma. There is a satisfying dark molasses flavor with a carbonated oak finish and a warming alcohol trail. Very complex and tasty.
thirdeye11 (5001) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) very deep, very rich ruby/espresso color, ring of tan bubbles. Nose of rich caramel, cream, bourbon, light vanilla, complex as hell. Taste, for a very young 13% barrel aged beer, is exceptionally smooth. Taste has notes of caramel, light pine hops, vanilla, lightly roasty, creamy, brown sugar, tons of things going on in this one, chocolaty as well. Medium bodied, complex linger also.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served in a Firestone Walker tulip. Nose has moderate smoke and underlying coffee and dark chocolate. Some roast as well. Flavor has too much smoke for the rest of the beer.
sfhodense (4793) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, liquorish, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and coffee. Very complex.
TheBeerGod (4635) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark cola colored brown with a short, foamy tan head. Nearly opaque. Aroma is booze, chocolate, vanilla notes, molasses, dark fruit notes, roasted malt, and oak. Taste is slightly spicy with more chocolate, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, booze, caramel, burnt oatmeal and soft hop notes. Body is medium-full with soft carbonation and lots of boozy warmth and sugary stickiness. Ends with more booze, oak, vanilla, molasses, roasted malt, dark chocolate, light spiciness, chocolate covered fruit, light coffee, burnt caramel and soft hops. Perfect winter sipper!