jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber at Jerry’s. Black with whispy tan head (barrel-aged) / Mellow nose of coffee, chocolate, oak, and alcohol / Full body, very smooth and creamy, gentle carbonation, sweet but with excellent balance and good hopping, lightly bitter finish still with some alcohol kick / Complex, flavors of chocolate, roast coffee, caramel, marshmallow, date, fig, coconut, mint, gin, herb, whiskey barrel / Truly one of the most complex flavor profiles on what is essentially a stout that I have ever tasted. Subdued in the nose, but the flavors opens as it warms. A little out of balance with alcohol still prominent, but what a treat. Thank you FW.
Frahmo (116) - Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bomber. Beautiful black pour with some tan foam. Complex flavors are well combined and hid the alcohol content. Flavors are muted and subtle after a year of aging. Much better now then it was a year ago. Body was pretty light and unexpected in this big brew. Worth the price.
DrSilverworm (4021) - 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.
IndianaRed (2041) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Frahmo deep dark down with faint light tan head. Big soft burning woody aroma with caramel and overripe prunes and raisins. Fairly hot and boozy and moderate to thin bodied. Dish burning flavors Lighter than a stout, very faded hoppiness and federally delicious. Clearly has some age in the bottle.
pilgrimoutlaw (641) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TJ’s for their 10th anniversary event. Pours nearly black reddish brown with filmy tan surface head. Alcohol, vanilla, toffee, roast, oatmeal, coffee. Moderately bitter and sweet. Full, sticky body. Not nearly as good as the XV was.
swoopjones (4915) - 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
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Saw this in the store, decided to try it.
Pours a toasted, dark tawny with a rim and confluent etching of light tan foam. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, hints of resin, some oak, a bit of bing cherry, some vanilla and nougat. Taste is boozy up front, sweet, some bourbon, some cherries, vanilla, marzipan, bits of oak and tawny porto. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. A nice beer, a very enjoyable beer. I’m starting to think that this series is worth a try annually, but not really worth the money it demands to get into the bottle....
Serving type: bottle
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, finger off white head.
Smell bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel
Taste booze and sweet caramel, small roasty, strong beer
Mid body but very strong flavor
Beerman6686 (3550) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a dark red to brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was pretty much all barrel, oak and alcohol. Flavor was similar really, great example of barrel aging, but the qualities of the individual beers are really not there.
TBone (11325) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque ruby color, steady beige head. Vanilla dominates the aroma, maybe some dark fruits too. Medium to full-bodied. Very mellow, covers alcohol completely. Sweetish, vanilla. Very complex and pleasant. I like really much of these anniversary brews.
viyh (71) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super tasty, quite a mouthfull. Oily and heavy. This beer sports a complex buffet of aromas including dark cherry, coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasty malt goodness. Excellent blend!