BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium-short retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel, toast, and biscuit malt, alcohol, floral and pine hops, dates and figs with light oak notes. Flavor is very sweet malt, spicy alcohol, fruity esters, brown sugar, bourbon, vanilla, and a dry finish. Full body, medium carbonation.
AngelEyes (8) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2012 does not count
1.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smells great! Tastes Baaad! Yek! Fuchi! Punches you in the face!!!!
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 (1894) - 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 (1408) - 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 (257) - 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 (920) - 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 (2314) - 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 (1914) - 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 (6241) - 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.