kaser (2639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light red pour from bomber. Bubbly head. Earthy Grain aroma. Malty and earthy taste. Really good.
poisoneddwarf (1707) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours murky orange-brown with a small collapsing beige head. Aroma is decadent caramel, oaky, raisins, molasses; now that I smell this, I know what a huge component this is to the Firestone Walker Anniversary beers--it smells as delicious as the best of them. Flavor is sweet and savory with a lingering licorice-tinged finish. Body seems a little thin compared to the superior Anniversary beers. I say the Anniversary beers are superior, but that doesn’t mean this is swill; this is truly delicious and masterful--it just seems obvious that it’s but one component that makes those aforementioned beers so good.
BK7 (731) - Turner, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Venti’s South. Oranges and caramel. Creamy. Finish is sticky with a touch of alcohol.
hopscotch (9120) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear, dark and dirty-orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is an intermingling of toffee, coconut and an unidentified fruity element. Full-bodied and buttery with modest carbonation. The flavor is a sweet stream of gooey caramel and rich vanilla. Lengthy, sweet finish. Kudos to newcigarz for sharing this one with the crew!
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22, capped. Comes in a box like the 16, but doesn’t have a double-sided sheet of instructions like the 16. Pours an opaque dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head. Big caramel nose, oak showing, toffee, oranges. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood, and oranges on the mid palate. Long sticky sweet finish.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a copper brown with a small tan head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee as well as some light oak, a bit of nuttiness, and some sweetness. The taste is sweet with lots of caramel, some oak, some light bourbon, toffee, and a light nuttiness. The finish is toffee and some lingering barrel notes. Medium body. Low carbonation.
mcberko (6318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a fairly clean but hazy dark copper with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, booze, brown sugar and some butterscotch. Flavour is very rich, with thick caramel, butterscotch, loads of alcohol (without burning too much), and some light notes of dark fruits. Very complex, hugely viscous mouthfeel and well-balanced. Excellent heavy-hitter here. Firestone Walker have succeeded again.
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a cloudy amber-orange with a very small tan head that goes away quickly, large pieces of sediment, and some lacing.
smell is of wood, toffee, and nuts.
taste is smooth, barley, wood (oak), burnt caramel, malt, a touch of citrus, and somewhat sweet. ends strong and smooth.
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out a nice, deep ruby/amber color with no head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel, oak, vanilla, light dried fruits. Taste is complex, oaky barrel, toffee, caramel, dried bread crust, vanilla, sweet malty notes, more oak chips, and a rather light punch of alcohol considering the higher ABV.
cfrances33 (34) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Gehrig13, enjoyed in a HF stem.
Pour: Murky caramel color, with a finger and a half of white soapy head. Head recedes for a nice film. Leaves little to no lacing
Smell: Big chewy raisins and figs up front. Lot of candied sugar, caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbon finish.
Taste: Follows the nose but the bourbon sweetness hit first. Chewy raisins and figs, lots of candied sugar and caramel. Finishes with bourbon and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth bourbon heat typical of most FW barrel aged beers. Not too hot. Nice. A definite sipper, and quite chewy.
Overall: I was more impressed with this than I was expecting. Quite good. I probably wouldn’t get it over Sucaba or definitely Parabola, but I would have this again.