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 (1712) - 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 (5859) - 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!
AdamChandler (4265) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops grabbed this when we were in Chicago. Last bottle at Binny’s! Enjoyed 2 months later split 2 ways in a snifter at 55F.
A - Looks black in the glass. more of a very dark amber against a lit. Nice creamy head that fades to a thin line.
S - Nose is fantastic. Lots of oak, pie crust, very sweet, pumpkin pie, persimmons, coconut and vanilla.
T - Wow. The taste is VERY coconut forward. Lots of tropical coconut, lots of dark fruits, raisins very oak heavy...a hint of cherry and molasses and maple syrup. I get more pumpkin, it’s just a really great beer.
M - Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice oily texture. Impressive stuff!
O - I loved this beer. all of my favorite tastes all blended into a single bottle. I could nurse a 750ML of this all day.
BucannonXC5 (1365) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass: .25L glass (8.5 oz.)
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Feb. 7, 2014
Consumed: Feb. 7, 2014
Misc.: Part of BLAH’s fifth anniversary week
Poured a dark mahogany, almost pitch black color with two fingers of tan head when I got it. Fantastic foamy layered lacing on the sides of the glass. Good retention.
Smelled boozy, Jim Beam, bourbon, toffee, caramel, tobacco, light sour fruit and plum.
Tasted a bit better than the smell. Still boozy, bourbon, Jim Beam, sweet caramel, toffee, faint butterscotch, tobacco, plum and fig.
Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.
Just a great beer overall. Not quite what I hoped, but still very, very good.
t8dd (46) - Mascoutah, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma is all bourbon-caramel, vanilla, wood, boozy. Dark amber with no head, nice lacing. Tastes amazing, lots of bourbon barrel presence with alcohol heat, dark jammy fruit, sweet and roasted malt. Long, long finish. Got another bottle I plan on aging. Will be interesting to see what time will do for this one.
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pineypower (3005) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours out almost pitch black with a very thin grayish- white head. Aroma is of under cooked, gooey brownies, chocolate, light caramel and toffee, mild boozy bourbon notes, syrupy sweet notes, oak and some toasted coconut. Taste is super complex, toasted coconut, sweet chocolate syrup, oak, bourbon, some vanilla beans, caramel, tobacco, light lingering alcohol notes in the finish that are borderline boozy. Really complex beer, this was fantastic.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Expecting something similar to last year really.
Brown ale with some caramel hues, a decent short living sheet of tan foam. Smells sweet, bubble gum, vanilla, bourbon, cotton candy, cola, sweet cocoa powder. Flavor is alcohol, sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak, a little bitterness, some caramel. Nice flavor. Medium bodied with low carb, semi dry finish. Nice beer.
Steve_0 (3743) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with my dad. Pour is pitch black with a frothy brown head and great lacing. Big bourbon, coconut, bready, figs, raisins, toffee, caramel, deep earthiness, cocoa, and espresso in the aroma. Taste is earthy, brown sugar, toffee, plums, coconut, coffee, toasted malt, whiskey, and grasy characteristics with a mouth coating roasted finish. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Another great anniversary blend from Firestone Walker.