ACHops (709) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours light reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is toffee, licorice, and huge rum notes. Taste is big caramel malts, brown sugar, bourbon, raisins, with only a hint of bittering hops. Hard to conceal 12% abv. Sticky and sweet. Firestone Walker is great, but DBA is a pretty average beer. Hard to believe these are related.
Beerhunter111 (7838) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Trübes rötlichoranges Bier, fast kein Schaum. Geruch sehr kräftig malzig, reifes Obst, mild. Geschmack nach sehr reifem Dörrobst, Vanille, leicht holzig, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.
andrewje41 (511) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at Special brews. Pours a dark reddish color. Has a sweet brown sugar like aroma. Super smooth and sweet barley wine here with a ton of raisin bread like flavors and some cinnamon like spice. Finishes sweet. Super drinkable barley wine here. Really enjoyed this.
Scott65 (2) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Epic beer, incredibly complex flavors from vanilla, banana, to a hint of coconut and even some graham cracker. All just below the surface of a perfectly balanced bourbon note that does not overpower, but instead compliments the other flavors. Let stand to approach room temperature prior to drinking- cool now cold. Too many flavors may be missed if it is cold.
brenn79 (1544) - Idaho, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage- Pours hazy autumn orange with a one finger of white head that reduces leaving a blanket. Aroma is bourbon, wood-oak, toasted coconut, classic barrel aged Firestone. The taste is similar, oak, bourbon, coconut, some cocoa, caramel, very complex and opens up as it sits in the glass. What can i say, Firestone doesn’t disappoint when it comes to barrel aged beers!
jkwalking05 (3811) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Deep Amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, light prune and raisin. Taste is of vanilla, maple, toffee, heavy wood, and toast.
Darkmagus82 (1727) - - SEP 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-21-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger of rather fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is huge of sweetness with tons of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. Along with these smells are some more sweet doughy and bready smells as well as a light amount of the oak due to the oak barrel ageing. Rounding it all out was a light boozy smell, overall giving the brew a rather warming smell.
Taste – The taste is just as the nose would have suggested, starting out with a hugely sweet flavor of caramel, and toffee. Along with these tastes was a doughy and bready taste. A brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle, with a bit of a oaky flavor coming to the tongue. The sweet flavors fade ever so slightly toward the end of the taste with a little bit of a boozy taste coming to the tongue. While a boozy taste comes to the tongue at the end, it is minimal in comparison to the 12 % abv of the brew, in the end leaving a warming, smooth and sweet bready flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body and low carbonation really help make this a slow sipper and really accentuate all the big sweet flavors of the brew.
Overall – A big and sweet brew with a nice warming and smooth feel. A nice slow sipper.
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"kinda barleywineish in it’s presentation, but with a pale ale twist. you can still taste the original beer in there, which though not one of my favorites, is pretty cool. nice hop malt balance and big body on this one. finished sweet with some englidh hops. 2012-in the bottle, the barrels and hops both come through more. Gotta up the score!!"
TXBadger (1421) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy deep amber almost dark orange color with off-white head. Caramel and barrel mostly on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some sweetness.
radagast83 (4748) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma was sweet malts, vanilla, woody notes. Toffee. Booze. Flavor was warming booze-filled notes, sweet toffee malt. Powerful.
hackobock (1420) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
140801, bottle 2013 vintage.
Pours light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate. Taste is medium sweet caramel, dried fruits, milk chocolate, finish is light bitter, alcohol notes and vanilla. Medium dobied, soft carbonation.