faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Botella. Nice deep amber colour, off-white head. Quite sweet caramel toasty malty vanilla like aroma, some bourbon too, alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour: toasty caramel malty dark fruity bourbon. Sweet caramel malty some bourbon bit in the finish.
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark pour. So much in the aroma. Oak, bourbon, raisins, tequila, toffee. Flavor is rich, sweet, boozy, raisins, barrels, charred oak. Nice again from FW!
Benzai (10131) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle @ WWT III. Huge thanks to MrHangover!! Bonus points for the music! Very dark brown to black colored beer with a small light brown head. Aroma of malts, clearly barrel aged, some alcohol, wood. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark malts, wood, alcohol, some bitter. Full body, perfect carbonation. Very very nice beer indeed.
adnielsen (10089) - 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.
hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Murky dark brown pour with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose is nutty and oaken with a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with airy carbonation. The malty, roasty, sweet flavor consists mainly of fudge and dark chocolate. Finishes silky and sweet. Big-time thanks to newcigarz for providing this bottle of world class beer!
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a black color with a small sized head. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, roast, and coffee. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.
Meilby (9625) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, caramel, oak and vanilla finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Sammy (9541) - 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.
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, 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.
mcberko (9344) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark near-black with an amber tinge and a small beige head. Aroma is odd, with coconut, some weird vegetal notes, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavour is very complex, with sweet dark dried fruits, roasted malt, brown sugar and a bit of that vegetal note detected on the nose that slightly detracts. Quite complex and well-blended – we’ll see if my subsequent bottle has that same vegetal quality. All in all, still great, but not one of my favourites of FW’s anniversary beers.