Arayaga2 (1806) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chestnut brown with a bit of white head and nucleating bubbles within. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and boozey pineapple. Taste is mostly the same, but lighter and sweeter than I’d expected. The oxidized barrel notes are definitely there, as is the bourbon, and some cola notes. $14/22oz
johnnnniee (2410) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bert’s
Pours a touch hazy reddish amber color with a decent sized tightly bubbled tan head that shows moderate retention. Aromas of caramel, brown and caramelized sugar with lots of juicy pitted fruit. Vanilla with a hint of woodiness. The flavor is sweet sugary malt with hints of oak and vanilla and a somewhat overly present alcohol heat. Hints of pitted fruits and a light smoked toffee round the flavor out. Thick body light carbonation, sticky syrupy with an alcohol burn. Very flavorful but shows all of the12% abv. could use a bit of time to mellow but I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another given half a chance.
lefossoyeur (465) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper Brown with no head. Plummy nose, a bit lactic, caprylic, ans loads of caramel. Full body, caramel palate, vert light carbonation. Juste OK for me...
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany pour with a thin light tan head. Full nose and flavor of toffee, caramel and some dried fruit. Barrel influence is subtle and lasting in the finish.
bytemesis (3437) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2012. Pours cloudy hazel with some big floaties, small creamy tan head that slowly dissipates leaving nice lacing. Aroma is a wonderful blend of toffee, vanilla, bourbon, malted milk powder, dark fruits. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter, lots of barrel, oakiness, vanilla, toffee, dark breads. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. A touch hot and some astringency.
Beerhunter111 (8082) - 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 (592) - 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 (1557) - 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 (3883) - 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 (1785) - - 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.