phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a deep, dark, basically opaque brown with a small, wispy khaki head. The film and ring last a while. The aroma doesn’t quite pop like in other years but offers smooth chocolate, roast, and oats, bourbon, oak, tequila, vanilla, and toasted brown sugar. The flavor opens up more, with bourbon and tequila heat up front, oak, earth, vanilla, caramel, roast and oats, and dark fruits. Booze on the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Doesn’t get more complex than this series. Still, doesn’t stand out like other years.
badlizard (5540) - 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.
douglas88 (5480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the Foothill State Store. I had a sample of this a few months ago at Mikey’s party, but I resisted rating it. See, I have some limits:) Pours a deep mahogany color with a small greyish head. A deep nose of berries and massive bourbon. The flavor throughout is huge almost defining bourbon barrel, some vanilla, berries, heat, burnt caramel, light fruity hops. Obviously complex. Mixes together well.
Braudog (5462) - 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)
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, 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!!
thirdeye11 (5380) - 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.
Bragesnak (5328) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK.
Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices´. Flavor with alcohol, caramel and fruit
Mora2000 (5310) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Moth. Dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is very complex. I get some huge bourbon, oak and maple notes, as well as a little bit of anise. The flavor is equally impressive. The charred oak and bourbon notes really come through strongly. There is also some vanilla and maple, as well as some roasted malt and brown sugar. Wow. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really glad I got to try this one.
swoopjones (5250) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
anaother amazing Firestone Beer, amazing rich, complex. ruby dark pour, bourbony, woody, caramel & toffee richness, wisps of maple, chocolate, vanila.....the list goes on. Allw orks together seemlessly. well done
mcberko (5228) - 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.