mcberko (8737) - 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.
Scopey (8544) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours dirty dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, dried fruits, toffee, vanilla, jammy, oily wood and roasty brown sugar. The taste is rich, roasty, wood, leather, vanilla, boozy, toffee, bourbon, earth, varnish and dried fruits, with a smooth, toffee finish. Fullish body and fine carbonation. Great balance and very enjoyable. Nice depth.
arminjewell (8519) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tannish head, aroma is big bourbon, oak, coconut and vanilla, some plum, dark chocolate, some tart fruit into slight smoke and roast, some coffee opens in at the end. Taste is a mix of cocoa, molasses, caramelized sugars at the front into vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon comes through into big dark cherry, plum, raisin, a slight tequila note pops through with a slight heat component. As the blend went, the biggest flavors correspond with velvet merkin and stickee monkee, though the tequila from PNC comes through a bit as well. Tasty stuff, glad this was opened a couple of years old.
DocLock (8421) - 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.
DSG (8199) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Dark brown with a beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malt, vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Sweet and malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon and an alcoholic finish. Full-bodied.
DrSilverworm (8183) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Very dark brown, near black reddish clear color. Minimal khaki head. Few loose dots of lace. Great cookie dough, brownie batter, vanilla aromas. Great, rich bourbon barrel character. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Head fades to virtually nothing. Moderate sweet taste, some light burn in the finish, light bitter. A bit boozy, but a solid American strong ale. Prefer this to 14 by quite a bit, though it’s not nearly as good as 15 in my experience.
BMan1113VR (7898) - 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.
BVery (7680) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Bomber. Unbelievably good! Huge blend of bourbon, brandy, whiskey, tequilla, wood, and roasted/sweet malts. Blends very well together - awesome!!
DuffMan (7630) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 Re-rate : RBAG 2014 vertical tasting. This was far less complex, thinner, and hotter than when I had it fresh. Almost a completely different brew. 3.7
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. 4.5
sebletitje (7492) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bouteille 66cl de Ibrew2or3, cheers Dave for bringing this fine gem.
Brune foncé, col léger café au lait - moka avec un très beau doré au verre.
Arôme est envoûtant offrant à la fois une complexité de barrique et bourbon, le tout sur des notes biscuitées, toffee et caramel.
Palais est délicieux, note douce de caramel mais sans tomber dans le faux le tout mixé à des notes de barriques, doux sucre brun.
Boisé très léger et une impression de toffee couplé à une certaine douceur vanillée. Franchement dur de trouver les mots tant la bière est complexe tout en restant agréable à déguster. On se retrouve entre les malts, le dessert avec des notes de grillés, et chocolaté, subtile touche torréfiée complété par un barrel-aging efficace.
Dur de décrire cette expérience. Quoique portant nombres de similitudes avec les autres versions, Firestone démontre encore sa grande maîtrise des assemblages de fûts. Du tout grand art que cette bière.