stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Root beer colored pour with a little head. Aromas of count and whiskey booze. Flavors of tobacco, malt whiskey and oak. Long dry finish theta envelops the palate.
blklab2007 (1951) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a very dark brown in color with a covering of off white head. Aroma has juicy barrels, oak, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, thick brown malt, chocolate, and custard. The description of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough is right on with sugars and marshmallow. Mouth feel is a solid medium with great coating and low side carbonation. Flavor busts out an amazing blend of barrel flavors matched up with huge rich base beers. Oak, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, mid range malts that are rich and chewy, dark brown sugar, molasses, and a snap of heat showing it’s true strength. I have been drinking this anniversary series for five years now and it never fails to impress me with the detailed paperwork, fantastic packaging, and most importantly blending of lots of flavors in such a skillful way.
Travlr (11132) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Deep dark maroon brown color, beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of gingerbread house covered with dark chocolate and dark fruit, with a pot of coffee brewing inside. Taste is rich, complex dark fruits, dark roast, lots of character. Great silky full mouthfeel. Really delicious.
MrFecesious (952) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the bottle, Leo! Dark brown. Aroma of woody rye, vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, licorice, prune, booze. Taste is sweet. Boozy burn, good bitter-dry finish. Still relatively smooth, but pretty hot at the moment. This'll mellow out very nice over time.
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Wow. Dark red-tinged black. The head is animated, the most interesting thing I’ve witnessed in almost 6000 beers ... the carbonation dances around, like sprites dancing around on a thin cloud. The aroma si rich with vanilla, bourbon, roast. This drinks with an equally flavorful -- thick with chocolate, more vanilla, a bit of banana, oak, and even a little bit of ful milk. Quite complex. Amazing. A+. (#5608, 8/6/2014)
keanex (1435) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled October 7, 2013.
Glass: Firestone Walker Reserve tulip.
Appearance: Very deep garnet body, near opaque, with a short and short lived tan head. The head settles to a light coating on top with a large ring.
Aroma: The aroma is incredible. Brownie mix rings first with an accent of coconut and bourbon. Oak is definitely present as is vanilla with a dash of spice. Excellent.
Taste: Cocoa is the prominent flavor here, becoming a bigger role in the finish as dark chocolate and sweet brownie mix. Upfront some spirits are noted, some bourbon for instance, caramel is mild and some fig makes an appearance by the finish. Bourbon is noted on the finish with some oaky tannins, tobacco, cherries and mild booze. This is an excellent sipper, though not as rich as I expected.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with mild to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Another fucking killer beer from Firestone Walker. No brewery does a barrel aged beer like these guys and no one does a blend like these guys. Absolutely outstanding.
mcberko (6311) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a near-black with a small tan head. Aroma is super complex, with loads of complex bourbon notes, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel - wow. Flavour is exquisitely complex, with loads of cocoa, bourbon barrels, vanilla, caramel and candied sugar. Huge flavour, with amazingly complex bourbon and vanilla notes. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wow, this is one of the best Firestone Walker anniversary beers. Phenomenal.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown that lets no light through. Pours with almost no head that subsides to a micro ring of white.
Aroma: Dark chocolate, spirit soaked wood, gingersnap/gingerbread, molasses.
Taste: Toast, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, hot and sharp spirit barrel, roasted dark malt, caramel, chocolate chip cookie.
Mouthfeel: On the medium side of full bodied, lively carbonation.
Overall: I enjoy this better than last years stout heavy blend, and would say it’s drinking perfectly. Not as boozy as previous years either. Very well integrated.
maley1 (780) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla. Taste of burnt malts, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, ripe fruits. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little alcohol heat. Long bourbon and honey finish.
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014-07-08. Ruby tinged dark body small beige head. 3+ Aroma of dark malt, alcohol, dark fruit. Vaguely Belgian undertones. Flavour is pleasant, sweet up front, dryish alcoholic finish. Bit of bourbon? Simple but rich. Medium to full bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3+ Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh
vtafro (3255) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Ruby dark pour with pink head. Light sweet, fake malt and fruit flavors. Aromas are sweet malt, fruit and barrel tones.