Menkros (36) - - SEP 5, 2012
2.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a hazy orange, no head. Smell is apple cider and banana bread. Not hiding the alcohol at all. Not my cup of tea.
---Rated via Beer Buddy Deez nuts
MadRobin (1694) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap 5 oz. sampler at Lures Bar and Grille.
Clear, dark orange red with off-white head and no lacing.
Aroma of orange, banana bread, cherry, bourbon and brown sugar.
Taste of bourbon, brown sugar, alcohol burn, vanilla, mildly bitter hops and more.
Very full body and medium/light carbonation.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
zizzybalubba (1316) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Murky brown pour with a frothy beige head. Aroma of toffee and citrus that seems like it will be equally assertive in both the malt and hop profile. The flavor does not dissapoint with notable toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and whiskey barrell on one end of the spectrum and on the other orange peel, pine, and grapefruit rind. The blend is far better than I anticipated given my ho-hum feelings about DBA but this is an entirely different animal. It’s no wonder Firestone is amongst my top 5 American breweries. Very nicely done.
Doghair (242) - Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice thick off white foam. Color is a cloudy light burgundy. Aroma is sweet malty caramel. Taste is sweet malt and caramel. Sort of a slight coffee finish. Not very complex. Light carbonation. Nice barley wine. A little sweet and without depth but good. Worth a try if you come across it.
More beer please...
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toffee and butterscotch aromas. Toffee, butterscotch, tropical fruit and port flavors. Overall simply fantastic.
italianjohn (2232) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale cloudy amber pour, thin off white head .... aroma of oak, bourbon, caramel malts, vanilla and toffee .... taste is of oak, vanilla, light bourbon, toasted and caramel malts as well as toffee .... the mouthfeel is bitter and has slight heat to it ... finish is dry bitter, light bourbony and some lingering warming abv ... You can see the relation to the Anniversary ale big time in this brew .... very well done abv hidden pretty well considering its 12%
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Caramel-amber with fair (but barrel-aged), creamy, beige head / Winey, sweet nose of oak, caramel, citrus, and pine / Full body, sweet and chewy, with excellent hop balance and bitter, slightly hot, finish / Flavors of fresh caramel, orange, cinnamon, pine, oak, and licorice / Should age.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Deep caramel, moderate to thin foamy light beige head, little lacing. Very nice toffee, roasted marshmallow, vanilla, and oakish aroma. Lordy, on the tongue its equally as nice. Not too heavy or thick, the oak shows up a bit more. Seems very bourbon like to me. Not the thickest body, but its not cloying either. Sweet, bourbony, warming, very nice. It seems like the younger brother to Abacus/Sucaba. Expensive, but very enjoyable.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 S: Barrels - oak and bourbon exemplifies trough vanilla, coconut and aged wood. Malt - caramel, brown sugar sweetness. Ver little hop bitterness - alcohol warmth in the back ground A: Dark ruby, thin khaki head that dissipates quickly T: Alcohol warmth - bourbon and oak woodiness. Caramel/toffee malt sweetness, spice from British yeast P: Full bodied soft-med carbonation O: Great right of the bat, would not feel much need to age longer. Very mild in comparison to other FW barrel aged beers, but very enjoyable - has an English feel overall.
Wombata (358) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Aroma: Cedar, canned mandarin oranges, malt
Flavor: Moderately bitter orange from start through finish.
Comment: Balanced, though fruit quickly fades on the finish. Pleasant lingering bitterness and good aroma. Solid.