j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Jacob and Tom. Pours a clear ruby brown with a large creamy beige head. Bit of iodine in the front, moves into some sweet vanilla and bourbon, wood and caramel. Beautiful sweet caramel and a bit of chocolate, warm alcohol but not boozy. Sweet bourbon, cocoa, a bit of wood. Super smooth,a bit of umami. Long warm sweet caramel into the finish.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with the family. Aroma is candied nuts, belgian chocolate, figs, and vanilla. Pours deep red and thick with a nice small white head. Taste is brazilnut, vanilla, licorice, citrus, oak, and chocolate. Much hoppier than last years with some cool rye/licorice notes dominating the bourbon sweetness. Neat but not as intense as last year. Still a great brew.
tgncc (2986) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is brown sugar, fruity, light smoke, tobacco, sweet, vanilla, lots going on. The appearance is deep brown, red hue, opaque, off-white head. The flavor is sweet, brown sugar, fruit, bread. A bit of a mess, like barley wine and porter and stout and IIPA all thrown together, which is what this is. For once, I’m not totally feeling their blend of beers, which is usually perfect. Don’t get me wrong, this is good, but not quite great. The finish is a bit weak, sweet, vanilla, oaky, VERY light bourbon. Medium in body, indeed, a tad less than medium overall, and a bit watery. I confess to being a tad disappointed by this, but only because I had such high expectations.
jcnielsen (2398) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Oak, caramel, roasty sweet, slight booze aromas. Roasty, bourbon, slight alcohol burn, vanilla flavors. Pretty tasty.
dinkle50 (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby red with a thin head. Gingerbread and toffee aroma. Graham crackers come to mind as you sip on this. Light mouth. Taste is very sugary. Lots of toffee. Hints of alcohol and some vanilla. Crazy complex.
Pailhead (5348) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some reddish-orange highlights and a small beige head that fades to a thin ring. The flavor starts with chocolate, caramel, and a hint of molasses. The finish has light-moderate coconut, light vanilla, maple syrup, and faint bourbon. It’s medium bodied with with mild carbonation. Overall...wow is this is insanely drinkable for 13.3%.
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: thanks, Kevin! Deep brown pour, appears black in the glass with a light khaki head that dissipates to a chunky collar rather quickly. Aroma has notes of brown sugar, toffee, buckwheat, cocoa powder, wet oak, faint bourbon, mild vanilla, caramelized sugar, & some sweet chocolate faintly in the back-end. Lots of stuff going on, lovely. Taste is crazy smooth; cocoa nibs, grainy buckwheat, toffee, light coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, mild oak tannins, & a warming bourbon presence throughout. This stuff is insanely smooth for 13.3% & has a well integrated, beautifully complex aroma & flavor profile.
dmac (4438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a medium to thicker dense pitch black body with a smaller tight foamy deep beige head. Aroma is boozy, notes of vanilla, caramel, burnt toast, dark chocolate, molassess, burnt dates, fig, English toffee, bourbon barrel. Medium to slightly fuller bodied with a high amount of alcohol heat and softer carbonation, this is just a tad too hot for my taste. Flavor is just as good as the aroma if not a slight bit better. Notes of bourbon, vanilla extract, burnt caramel, some toffee and molasses, dark chocolate and roasted coconut, barrel, bourbon, some citrus rind. really nice beer but just a touch too hot.
BelgianBeerGal (3289) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Christmas Eve bottle (continued into Christmas morning) grabbed in Phoenix. I can’t believe how easy drinking this was at this point in its life. This was not hot for 13+ ABV. I really like the sweeter, dark sugar barley wine flavors.The hops here are buried deep but it worked for me. Very tasty and definitely a great sipper.
hopwine (472) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a muddy very dark brown with tan head. Big barrel presence on the nose and flavor. Bourbon, vanilla, coconut, fudgey chocolate, toffee/caramel sweetness. Very faint hop accents poke through a bit. Another awesome anniversary from FW.