robforbes (2173) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a cloudy dark brown with a very small tan head that goes away quickly, and very little lacing.
smell is of chocolate, bourbon, a touch of espresso, and some dark fruit.
taste is of dark fruits, bourbon barrel, chocolate, coffee, malt, a touch of vanilla is in there, hops come out in the back, and some licorice. ends strong and thick.
Staffan47 (906) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bourbon och champinjoner. Alkoholvarm men inte stickig. Kola och choklad. Härlig balans. Svartbrun/mörkbrun och klar. Signerad flaska, vilket givetvis ökar smakupplevelsen rejält. Underbar balans på fattonerna.
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at City Beer in SF. Pours a dark maroon color. Small off white head. Nose is vanilla, chocolate, apple pie. Flavor is like a chocolate shake, with vanilla and slight coffee and smoke notes. Nice mouthfeel, perhaps slightly watery, which seems to be a trait of all FW beers. Better than I remember FW 16 being, for sure.
RobertDale (5319) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Martin City Brewing. Comes a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and fruit. Taste is bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, and wood. Very complex and very good!
Zymurgeist2 (1783) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau for the FW SF Beer Week event. Pours a deep amber-brown that is clear with minimal head. Sweet and boozy on both flavor and aroma. Not nearly as complex as some of the other anniversary beers.
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bomber with SHERM1016....thanks! Pours a dark dark brown with minimal head. Initial nose is dominantly a barley wine with notes of sweet caramel / sweet malts. Let it warm and tastes change to chocolate / expresso stouts....and booze. Very tasty.
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, thanks Aaron! Split with dwm1034. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, caramel, some whiskey, oak, vanilla, with a smooth, boozy finish. A very nice blend.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours an opaque black brown with lighter cola edges. Light to medium tan head that thins in a hurry. Good lacing.
S- graham crackers, vanilla, marshmallows, rhubarb, wood, rich chocolate, molasses, honey all co-star.
M- medium oily body that is very fluid. No chewiness. Medium sweet to cola palate seems out of place, but no offensive. Good carbonation.
T- starts off bland with cola, mineral water and some cheap milk chocolate. Richer flavors come on the middle. Grains, toasted malts, figs, honey, marshmallow, molasses come next. Ending is bitter and dry with zinc, hops, chalk, banana bread, cocoa, and rhubarb.
Bule (1807) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle pours a brown color without much head. Complex flavors finishing with prevalent bourbon flavor. Smoothed out with some time to breathe.
AirForceHops (6065) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from Binnys Lincoln Park location on Black Friday. damn near black with a thin retention around the rim of the snifter. The nose reminds me of BCBS 2013 release, coconut and huge notes of vanilla and slight barrel hints. to try and break down this masterful blend of mixing the brews would be sure lunacy. The brewer that blended this was over the top, great at his job. I can taste a barley wine\stout\bold ass American punch you in the face strong ale. The ABV content is there but not distracting. Hot damn this is bitching!