poisoneddwarf (1478) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber. Rating #1200. Pours almost opaque dark dark brown with a medium collapsinng beige head. Aroma consists of decadent caramel, oak, top o’ the line artisinal chocolate caramel candies, coconut, vanilla, light booze, dark fruit--holy shit, how do they get beer to smell this awesome? Taste is just as good and holds the same notes; it’s mostly sweet, never cloying, with a lightly bitter anise-tinged finish. FW continues to blow me away with these Anniversary beers. Softly carbonated with a velvety mouthfeel and full body. If it weren’t for the somewhat mediocre appearance, this is a perfect beer in every way. I’m thinking it tops XIV, which I’ve long considered the best beer I’d ever tried, but I’d have to compare them vertically to really tell. This is my new #1. Awesome, brewing at its absolute apex.
swoopjones (4890) - 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 (444) - 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 (1052) - 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 (3536) - 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 (11174) - 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!
Miked1687 (455) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at coles. Dark Reddish Brown with a medium khaki head. Nose is caramel and toffee with some fruity boozy notes. Taste is malty up front that moves into a Bourbon chocolate body that has some notes of coconut. Semi bitter finish.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with nice tan head. Tons of liquor on the nose. Bourbon for sure, some others as well. Sweet, boozy and tons of flavor. Toffee, chocolate, vanilla, really sweet but the liquors off-set it. I liked it a lot.
Bacterial (834) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at The Hoff’s place - dark brown pour. Some off-white head. Malty nose. Bourbon hot. This is just ok. I’ve had several other years and have loved this. 16 was not the same caliber.
tderoeck (3586) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
29/IX/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ American BBQ and beertasting, my place - BB: n/a (2013-911) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, bit creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, somewhat sugary, vanilla, bit of chocolate. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, vanilla, sweet impressions, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, dried fruits. Amazingly complex yet balanced beer! Aftertaste: lots of caramel, burnt caramel even, vanilla, chocolate. Liquid dessert, and I love it!