fishonmyplane (437) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very strong, rich ale. For the most part it comes across as an oak-aged stout/barleywine blend, but as noted in the description there are several other styles in there as well. It has multiple layers of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, etc. Sweet but not cloying. They are right in saying that the flavors & aromas open up more as it warms to ~55 F.
I must admit, I am usually skeptical of the approach of mixing together a bunch of different beers in order to achieve complexity. Nonetheless, this is a great sipping beer and the high ABV has a nice warming quality.
smith4498 (3025) - 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 (938) - 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 (2150) - 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 (8405) - , 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 (5249) - 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 (1610) - 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 (17) - - 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.
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Dark ruby brown with tan head. Aroma is complex, alcohol, roasted malt, rum and mild chocolate. Taste is sweet, light roasted, alcohol, rum, light chocolate with a boozy and warming finish really nice
blklab2007 (1962) - 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 (11812) - 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.