lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle @ CBC2013. Pours a dark brown colour with a white head. Aroma is very complex with toasted malts, raisins, caramel, tar, cherries and biscuit. Couldn’t be better. Flavour is very, very complex; roasted malts, cherries, grassy hops, wood, salty licorice, dark chocolate and biscuit. Full bodied, so very smooth mouthfeel with a long, lingering, dry, oaky finish with mellow sweetness. Like a fine wine really. One of the best beers I’ve tasted.
douglas88 (7352) - 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.
slowrunner77 (7278) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Man...don’t know where to start with this one. This year’s blend (which over the last 2-3 years has become THE seasonal release) is rather stout heavy (42%). So was XIII, my personal favorite. This year’s is maaaybe a notch lower in pure awesomeness...better than 14, a step behind the barleywine heavy 15 (hard not to try and rank these in my head, but I love em all). Probably THE most complex of the blends. Still sweet leaning, a little heavy and sticky, but surprisingly lacking in alcohol burn. Warm? Yes. Hot? No. Aroma sensory delight...cocoa, mocha, leather, wood, bourbon/vanilla, and a hint of brandy and yes, tequila (very very subtle, a tiny bit more in the flavor). A floral honey-like sweetness from the Helldorado (probably my favorite componenet), light toffee and caramel (DDBA) and dark fruit. Taste is likewise so ridiculously complex (though bourbon and cocoa dominant, it goes waaaay beyond those flavors). Slight twang from "other" barrels and an ever so slight note of rye and hops from the Wookie (like last year’s use of DBL Jack, just to temper sweetness. Expensive at $22 per, but you can tell the craftsmanship that goes into something like this. One of the most decadent and complex beers I’ve had. And the best part? No hint of surprise in that statement. "
kermis (7201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at CBC 2013. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, vanilla, fudge, ripe fruit, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with flat carbonation.
alexsdad06 (7107) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small ecru colored soapy head. The aroma had caramel, wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, booze, vanilla and sine hops. The flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some sweet ripe dark fruits, alcohol with a dry finish. Not quite as ready to drink as XV.
Plovmand (7056) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet malty and has lots of barrel notes like vanilla and dark fruit. The flavor is bourbon, sweet caramel and ripe berries.
swoopjones (6986) - 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
Stuu666 (6779) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is woody, taste is sweet rich chocolate, vanilla.
b3shine (6762) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to taster (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; a semi-transparent cola with bubbly light beige lacing. Smells light; malt and booze with sweet notes. Tastes like it smells, but a little more pronounced. Good on the palate. Decent, but not as good as the XV.
after4ever (6736) - 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.