Camons (3706) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ CBC. Pours very dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma is rich malts, toast, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, little alcohol. Wonderfull, i could snif this forever. Flavor is rich malty, winelike, toffee, woodnotes, bourbon, sweets, vanilla, licorice, light spice, light alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. 040513
drewbeerme (3645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black with creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, hazelnut, cream, cocoa. Flavors are strong vanilla, tannic, really dry harsh.
thornecb (3644) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.
IrishBoy (3618) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2012 Draft XVI release. Nose is light bourbon, vanilla, raisins, chocolate, and a flowery note. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is fruity, big oaky vanilla, and bourbon. The barrel characteristics really stick out. 7/4/8/4/15 3.8 11/3/12
Bomber at home from Firestone at the release. 11/15/12 Nose is oaky vanilla, brandy and bourbon, light amounts of milk chocolate, and golden raisins. Very similiar to the draft at the release; the barrels really dominate the nose. Clear dark brown with a very small beige head. Flavor is huge amounts of oak and vanilla, raisins, toffee, and bourbony alcohol warmth. Finishes with a light amount of bourbony warmth and a tiny bit of bitterness. I think I will wait for a while before drinking more bottles to see if the immense flavors of the Parabola, DDBA, and Stickee Monkee begin to emerge from the masking of the barrel aging. I will let the rating stand as is for now until I see if more discernable flavors emerge.
boFNjackson (3580) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ The BeerMongers during Christmas Eve Eve Barrel Aged Beer Fest... Poured dark, black, fairly opaque with a thin forming, off-white head. Nose came off like espresso cookies dipped in whiskey. Nice depth, some complexity for spirits and wood. Mild roast, but mostly smooth and un-abrasive. Quite nice fresh, could go a million directions as it ages. Notes of bourbon, cookie dough, pasty sweet malts, booze, brandy, whiskey, mocha, and dark chocolate.
JohnnyJ (3532) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at stone. Pour is a clear deep dark reddish brown, with thin head. Bourbon, raisin, molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet dough, light brandy, and a touch of rye-like spiciness. Despite the flavors and strong barrel character, this beer is very smooth and silky. It feels like a much lower abv beer without sharp edges, which is almost a downside. Good, but there is so much barrel aged stuff out there today, its not that "special" anymore.
jrallen34 (3463) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Anniversary beer’s continue their downward slide since 13. 14 was good, 15 tolerable, 16 is just plain bad. I’m overly sensitive to tequila but it dominates the taste and finish. The aroma is more bearable, but the depth I expect out of FW just wasn’t there. With such great beers in there, I expected so much more, seems like a waste of velvet merkin and ddba.
Nate (3327) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at House of 1000. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bread pudding with caramel sauce. Sublime nose and only improves and expands as it warms. Dark black opaque with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, smooth. Alcoholic warming, slightly boozy. Sweet start with bread pudding, caramel, oak, vanilla, and licorice. Warm finish, heavy with oak and vanilla. Delicious sweet after but not cloying. Nice example of what you can do with brewing.
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Drew. Thanks! Pours black-brown with a dark tan head. Nose is a bit muddy. Resiny hops, chocolate, roast and barrel. Faint tart note to nose as well. On tasting, somewhat thin. Oak, cocoa & roast. Dry with a pretty sizable bitterness. Quite harsh on the finish and somewhat forgettable. A damn shame that this lacks finesse. The base beers are awesome...
Sledutah (3192) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the holiday party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, plum and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and oak
Nice and smooth.