alexsdad06 (5320) - 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.
Prufrockstar (813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife at home while our kid is visiting grandparents. Seems like cause for a nice bottle of beer. "Hoppy or not hoppy?" I ask. "Dark and strong" she replies. I listen, because I’m a good husband. Pours dark with khaki head. Aroma is everything I expect from a FW annivesary. Chocolate, toasted coconut, caramel, toffee, tobacco, cherries. Taste is decadent -- sweet but not cloying, rich, lovely. Full body, silky smooth texture, soft carbonation. Overall: lovely.
vtafro (2952) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some sugar, yeast, oak and barrel aromas. Clusterf*ck of flavors, oak barrel, dark malt and other various tones.
dfearnley (881) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup ... FW Anniversay Vertical
Whiskey, brown sugar. Dark brown no head. Hot. Heavy rye, oak. Good with cookie.
Ferris (2988) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Milder nose than the rest, light sugars and raisin. Dark amber with a rich beige head. A little hot and dark, almost burnt caramel. Finish is bit hot and long.
kbudd19 (560) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 year vertical! Dark brown pour, aroma is malty, oak, bourbon, a bit of nuttiness, very nice. Taste is fairly sharp, a bit of rum and bourbon, some slight ash, surprisingly shapper than 17.
aleigator (180) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you very much for this, Jason! Dark brown, almost black color, with a small beige lacing. Aromas of honeyed malts, coated up by gentle bourbon aromas, both warming and fervent.
Earthy, warm malts form the first impression, which turns sweeter, as coconut flavor along with a huge enjoyable bourbon and rum note become visible on the palate. Alcoholic notes get detectable, as they wash over honeyed malts. Still, the overall balance of this beer remains, due to a complex chocolate defined body, wrapped up in intriguing cocoa and mocha flavors, which get softened on the palate by a fantastic oakiness. Bourbon flavor adds a gentle, stinging complexity to the toffeeish malts of the beer. Subtle coffee bitterness, along with warm alcoholic notes shape the complex aftertaste, completed on the palate by wooden oak. Full bodied beer with a very smooth mouthfeel, fantastic balanced.
RexTalionis (2337) - FINLAND - JUL 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black in color with a tan head. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolatey oaky notes in aroma. Marzipan sweetness, vanilla and bourbon in taste mostly. Later on also some toffee and chocolatey tones appears. Vinous notes in finish.
TheJestersBeer (2033) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 bottle @ GABF 2013.
Pours a dark mahogany with a brown head.
Complex, woody aroma, vanilla, roasted malt, hops, caramel, chocolate.
Sweet, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Spicy, complex taste, caramel, vanilla, dried fruits, chocolate, oak, cinnamon, port wine, madeira wine.
Complex, rich, powerful. (2013-10-10)
craftycarl21 (2208) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, thanks to Grant! Classic rich chocolate colored pour with plum colored tints. All off the usual suspects in terms of characteristics for this series, with caramel, molasses, ganache, vanilla, marzipan, hints of toasted coconut, boozy bite, touches of butterscotch, almond and nougat, and a drop of fig and raisin. Big, rich, but delightful; I shouldn’t ever drink a bottle of this, but if you told me to sit down and drink one it certainly wouldn’t be a problem. FW’s usual stellar work on display here.
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 0.65l bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a deep park wood brown one, lots of particles and some floaters in the glass and it had a nice small quickly sidesticking beige top. Not to extreme on the nose at first. Light wood sweet, lots of dark caramel, vanilla, nuts and sweetish toffee. Opens more up after gaining some temperature. It has a really gliding mouthfeel with a soft to average carbonation level. Superbly great flavors here. I get lots of wood with sweet glazed dark fruits, traces if prickling alcohol lingering. Bourbon wood and that typical vanilla sweetness finishes this off. Lovely! 04.05.2013