WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My god this an amazing beer. And all I have to say is that I disagree with highlandlad in many ways. Had 2, 8 ounces glasses of this amazing brew and I canít believe its not bottle yet. Pours black with no head. Nose is super bourbon with a lot of nice sweetness. Taste is exceptional, a true bourbon beer, Epic, EPIC, EPIC. The bourbon really works with the beer and its not boozy, its very balanced between alcohol and flavor. So damn good!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Itís evident from the ratings that this years is a lot better than years past. This monstrosity pours brown with a thick halo of light tan, somewhat lacy. Nose is literally insane..thick as fuck for a brown ale of any kind, with big notes of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, and chocolate but super thick and creamy beyond belief. Flavors are like the nose...thick, creamy vanilla custard, chocolate mousse, soft but evident bourbon. This is by far the best brown ale that I have come across. holy shit.
TimE (3466) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Its hard to believe this is a brown ale. The only thing similar I have had is Hakusekikan Brown Ale, which is equally as nice IMO. Dark brown color, molassess, brown sugar, truffles, caramel, brandy and milk chocolate come off the nose. The mouth reminded me of a top notch espresso with ample caramel syrup and frangelico, dusted with cinammon. Slight oaky character that doesnít add or distract. Cinammon chocolately finish. Amazing. Age has helped this beer. Alcohol is not noticable at all.
wagman (14) - - MAR 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Tons of coconut, vanilla taste. Huge bourbon flavor. Sweet like brown sugar. Warming alcohol down the throat. Awesome rare beer.
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LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the SD strong ale fest 06. lots of carmel, brown sugar, molasses, alongside some vanilla, carmel ,and some wood and nuts. decently mellow. probably my fave of the fest
IrishBoy (3900) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewery at the Firestone 14 Release Party. Nose is bourbon, raisins, oaky vanilla, toffee, and light alcohol. Hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is bourbon, wood, vanilla, and dark fruit.
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.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was probably my favorite beer at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest. It pours clear dark reddish brown color. The flavor starts out roasty like a brown ale but the sweetness of barrel aging takes over and it finishes brown sugar sweet. Very nicely done
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Triple Rock Gravity Firkin Fest. Deep amber/ brown color with an ivory head. Chocolate and bourbon aromas. BIG chocolate flavors- like a candy bar in a glass. Somewhat lactic and hot. Tons of bourbon. Lingering chocolate/ musty finish. A nice Barley Wine.
JohnnyJ (4628) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Firestone night at Stone Bistro. I loved this beer. Poured a Dark brown with light tan head. Hugely bourbon, with rich biscuity malt, vanilla, oak, molases, and notes of dark fruit. Itís like bourbon soaked sweet bread. The alcohol is warming, but I didnít think it was overpowering.