KansaiBeerLvrs (3801) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 12, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber through a trade with beercation. Firestone Double DBA 12% 2014
A lovely clear Amber color with a wispy beige head. A fantastic malty sweet aroma, a bit of booze and spice. Raspy carbonation on a medium body. The taste is sweet, caramel, nutty, biscuit, malty with some berry notes. As it warms up you get sweet caramel whiskey notes. Really good stuff.
csaso (1896) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap - small foamy head, very dark copper/Amber color, complex malty aroma and flavor, slightly sweet, oaky flavor come around towards the end of the sip, good big earthy hop balance, fair alcohol notes, smooth finish, very good overall
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ElManana (1383) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, thanks to a trade with Steve. Vanilla, oak, alcoholic, caramel, english style caramel, bourbon, bitterness to cap it all off. Nice, but I've come to expect more when drinking Firestone Walker.
WillRunForBeer (1822) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours orange mahoghany with a light beige head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, mild floral. Flavor is quite sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee. A bit of oak on the finish.
Chalumeaux (691) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle for the Ratebeer Camp extravaganza. Pours rich copper with a nice off white head. Aromas of bread malt and caramel. Taste is caramel bread toffee and dark fruit with a nice hint of bourbon. I like this beer.
Heather_B (237) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks like an orange mated with a cherry (a burnt orange color). Smells like a barleywine. Tastes like a malty barrel aged ale. Not a bad beer but I wouldn’t seek it out.
rouhlas (1967) - GREECE - AUG 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Light unclear orange color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.
AdamChandler (4049) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 Vintage. Surprised it took me so long to tick this one! Poured like a barleywine. Hazy, burnt orange, 2 finger off white head. Aroma is sweet with caramel, persimmon, apples and raisins. barrel character is light. taste is good. Very thin mouthfeel and carbonation. Lots of sweet, burnt oak, vanilla, toasted nuts. like a baby barley wine and the 12% ABV is very well hidden.
bpreo (2266) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2015
2.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong flavor, but not a lot of alcohol content present. Muddy water appearance. Dessert spices in the flavor, which reminds me of Christmas. Sampled at Tap & Growler.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts with a few caramelized sugars benefit from gentle fruitiness in this malt-driven strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam covers the cloudy red.
-Alcohol is well hidden for this type of powerful brew.
-You could see this as a nice Barley Wine without too much caramelization.
-The malt finish is lovely.
-While this is quite good, I can see why it is mostly being used in blends. It may not have the complexity to completely satisfy the strong ale lover on its own...
On tap at O’Brien’s.