sic1314 (3501) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured deep dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of smooth caramel, bourbon alcohol, dark fruit. Full body, smooth yet filling, flavour as the aroma, fudge, dark chocolate.
deanso (5487) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis @ Pre Borefts tasting
Thin tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Lots of chocolate and some alcohol burn. Well balanced. A lovely beer.
craftbeerdesign (2187) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours a dark brown with deep red highlights and an off white head. aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate, sugar, dark fruits and vanilla. full body with cinnamon, vanilla, chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon, brandy and dark fruits. sharp and strong finish with some alcohol, barrel notes and deep sweet malt tones along with layers of barrel notes.
smith4498 (3043) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from a trade CaptainHook. Pours very dark brown color with light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, dark fruits and oak. Up front bourbon and roasted malt flavors with molasses, raisin, fig, vanilla, chocolate and oak. Full body with minimal carbonation. Another excellent FW anniversary beer. Thanks Jeremy.
hapjydeuce (946) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled direct from the Paso Robles brewery. Ive been on a Firestone Anniversary spree the last few weeks, drinking 15, 16 and now 17 sequentially as I steadily clear out the cellar. My involvement in the craft beer world is diminishing as priorities in life change, but I will always hold the Ratebeer community close to heart as one of my true passions in life.
This anniversary ale is a step in a different direction than the previous three, with a heavier influence of brown ale character and barley wine. The color is a deep brown / copper, showing medium carbonation that settles out nearly flat. The aroma is filled with oak, cocoa powder, wet soil and tree roots with coffee and caramel. The flavor comes off sweeter and less bitter than the previous blends, with less emphasis on the alcohol heat and Bourbon influence. Chocolate liqueur and shredded coconut show through from the barley wine. Finishes long and sweet with a slightly oily palate. Delicious. I like the previous versions more. I probably jumped the gun here... based on my experience with much older Firestone Anniversaries the aging has done it wonders. This could benefit from the same treatment.
Jow (2207) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Tom at the End of History tasting. pours deep maroon. Nose is of dark fruits and burnt sugar. tastes of figs, plums, rum, chocolate, bourbon sweetness finishes it off. decent with a hint of alcohol on tongue
jtclockwork (8628) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Tom at end of history tasting. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose/taste of oak, brown sugar, alcohol soaked fig, dark fruit and bourbon. Full bodied.
TheBeerGod (5294) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown to near black pour with a short tan head. Aroma is big bourbon notes, vanilla, lots of toasted coconut, molasses, brown sugar, sweet malt, caramel and toasted malt. Taste is big vanilla, molasses, coconut notes, alcohol, toasted malt, caramel, sweet malt, brown sugar, light chocolate, rum cake and candied fruit. Body is medium-full with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Very sticky with lots of boozy warmth. Ends with more vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon notes, caramel, dark fruit, toasted malt, sweet malt notes, light chocolate and brown sugar. Tasty!
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"These ave gotten a little stronger over the years, ad you can tell a little. That is really the only "fault" in this beer. It’s ridiculously smooth and has a near perfect body. Just a touch of too much alcohol on the nose and flavor prevent this from being ecstasy in a bottle. Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, and leather up front and center. Complex and usual. This years blend is stout heavy, and I love my stouts. Stuck between 4.5-4.6 outta the gate. I’ll go low for now and see how it ages."
PartyFowle (45) - - SEP 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into a snifter.
Bright, fruity nose. The blend is apparent here -- it’s heavy on the brandy-aged brown ale and fruity English barleywine. Dark, sweet cherries, figs, toffee, caramel, a bit of toasted coconut. A dash of earth and milk chocolate. Raisins, blackberry. Sweet, smooth, rich.
Flavor is equally tasty and complex. Malt-forward, lots of caramel and toffee drizzled with vanilla, ethanol, oak. Dates in the back, caramelized aged oranges. Strawberry. Creamsicle-like. Again, some earthy hop bitterness and touches of chocolate malt.
Velvety medium-light body. Mild, tingly carbonation. Ethanol is biggest in the nose, a little tongue numbing, but well hidden overall.
A tropical drink, almost. Cherry/orange, with caramel and vanilla.