frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep amber body with a rich, fruity and well-brandied aroma. Flavor has a strong whisky character... much of the expected malted flavor is lost to alcohol. Sweet yet peppery finish and a bit astringent on the palate. ~~~~~ Just found this in a notebook from when the LoSBD used to go to FoBAB. Good times.
Blairgus (3388) - California, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
29 May 2015, tap at FW Barrelworks. Light, meaty brown. Nose is huge! Brown sugar, nail polish, reminds me of sherry aged whisky. Med/thin body and moderately fizzy. Sweet, lots and lots of oak (again, reminds me of whisky barrels), meaty, brown sugar. Smells amazing! Tastes really good, just not as good as it smells. But amazing!
PartyFowle (668) - - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark but mostly clear mahogany with a thin, light tan head. Booze-heavy nose. Lots of bourbon and ethanol, tons of caramel and toffee. Some grassy hops. Slight nuttiness. Liquid toffee in the flavor. Very sweet, very smooth. Caramel, a bit of dark cherry, a touch of toast. Boozy but smooth. Medium-full body is heavy, syrupy and sugary. Lots of tongue-numbing alcohol and heat. Mild co2. So sweet and smooth. I love toffee, so I love this.
slowrunner77 (7196) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Not really a brown ale anymore in anything other than color. Big, rich, sticky, and sweet, though some toasted characteristics still there. Not very hot for how strong it is! Lots of vanilla and oak, with less brandy, and even less brown ale. Quite good if you dig the barrels."
baraciisch (2323) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at FWIBF 2014... Caramel brown in color... Aroma of sticky caramel... Flavor is caramel, toffee, nuts... Malt forward, enjoyable
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Ratman197 (11356) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. aromas of bourbon, oak, cocoa, light caramel and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, caramel, cocoa, light fruitiness and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bourbon finish.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at DLD 2014. Pour is deep copper/brown with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor of brown sugar, caramel, brandy, milk chocolate, and oak. Finish is oak, sweet chocolate, and spice. Alcohol is well hidden.
Gription79 (2650) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on draft at Barrelworks. I got bourbon, coconut, hot alcohol, big chewy malt sweetness.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was told this is a barleywine infused with Mexican sugar (panela?). It has a medium brown, almost orange-red color, with a beige/light brown head. The aroma is nice and clean, sweet, and slightly roasted (in more of a brown ale kind of way) with moderate alcohol, and a touch of tart, fruity apple/pear-like hop sweetness. Itís very nicely balanced, and I love the idea of a Bravo barleywine with Mexican sugar. The flavor is all the same. Itís very cool and wet in the mouth, the kind of barleywine youíd drink on a hot summer day, with a little fruitiness to liven up the experience. I love itís great, invigorating aroma. Itís so nice. This reminds me a little of Sucaba, but more fruity. Maybe itís the sugar, I donít know. Itís like a wetter, slightly sweeter Abacus. Er, Sucaba. Itís really lovely. Thanks to this beer, Firestone Walker is now officially my favorite brewery.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2013 On tap, pours a medium brown color with a white head that leaves a really small amount of lacing. Smells of caramel, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Tastes of all the same things in the smell and slighty boozy. Mouthfeel is heavy and oily with light carbonation and a bone bry finish. Overall I thought this was a bit too sweet. Still really good for a barrel aged beer.