Beergeek23322 (2026) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/11/2014. 22 oz bottle of the 2013 version. Deep amber with a tan head. Aromas are sugary with oak, malt and caramel. Flavors are sweet and syrupy with lots of bourbon. Sweet boozy finish.
iworkatinitech (24) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Let me start by saying I’m not generally a fan of bourbon but this was one note (bourbon) throughout and I expected more from Firestone.
b33r (636) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy, pale medium brown color with almost no head- just a ring around the edge and light oily lacing. Aroma has insanely rich vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is smooth with huge caramel malts, with nearly no bitterness. A lot of sweet vanilla and toffee, tastes like candy. Thick, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite barley wines.
auerbrau (3126) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Have been craving a Barleywine for awhile and this one has been staring at me on the shelf. Classic concentrated malt aroma, English, with browned sugars and a bit of booze. Flavors are good, with Marisesque malt nuttiness, melted toffee, and cream. The barrel contribution is well measured, with a hint of oak, booze, and oxygen. The oxidation on the hops is already a touch heavy for me. Overall, I always appreciate FW’s attention to detail and the crisp, cleanliness of their brews, but this one is a tiny bit reserved and transparent. Not as much depth or wow factor as I would hope for considering the price and gravity.
HerrBierkoenig (88) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle provided by Cuso, many thanks :). Pours cloudy dark copper liquid. Minimal white-cappuccino head - almost no head. Aroma of vanilla, Christmas pastry, some vanilla and cream liquor- Irish Cream?, orange peel, Curacao liquor. The only deficiency- the aroma could last longer in the nose :) . Very full body, soft to flat carbonation, but strongly drinkable! The alcohol is very well hidden, you have only that heating feel. Taste is vanilla, Christmas spices, simply splendid, candied fruits, sweet. One of my best :) This beer is simply awesome.
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber->snifter. 2013 bottle. Cloudy honey-orange amber with offwhite film. A: malt, caramel, honey, booze. T: same, very smooth and tasty. Aftertaste is light, more sweet than bitter. Quality.
Cuso (3807) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trade with StefanSD, many thanks. Dark amber color with medium off-white head. Biscuity malt, fruity notes, honey. Taste, sweet malt, fruit cake, honey, coconut. Alcohol is dangerously hidden. Very tasty.
netty (55) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Botle provided by Cuso. Many many thanks my friend! I’m very happy I can taste this beer. Beautiful smelling and the same taste. Cover alcohol in barleywine beer. Orgazmus beer. Very best of! I love it.
Dohny (148) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle. Courtesy of Cuso. Aroma: vanilla, cocosnut. Flavor: sweet cocosnut. Full bodied warming alcohol. Great beer.
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Karol (508) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle provided by Cuso, many thanks! Wow! The alcohol is hidden but comes forth later and is damn mild and warming. Malt,malt, malt. Caramel, milk chocolate. I sense mild whiskey characteristics. A beer delicacy of the extraordinary!