X (103) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Oh why, mess around-- I love this beer and have for years. It is everything a big impy stout should be...viscous, balanced flavors (of anise, cocoa, coffee, and molasses), semi-sweet, and just plain unflawed. love it.
Dr_Fellini (828) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Coganís Pizza. Pours a deep brown to black with a tiny rim of creamy light brown head. Aroma is an amazing mix of cocoa, roasted malts, huge vanilla, touch of bourbon. Flavor has a nice sweetness to it, light roasted malts, vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden, creamy body. Exquisite.
martin00sr (1585) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @CBC15. Black with big creamy white head. Roasted aroma, coffee and light licorice. Thick, slick mouthfeel. Bittersweet licorice with cocoa and coffee notes. Long, sticky and bitter finish. Good stuff.
drjay44 (2962) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2015. Pours a medium, gradually diminishing, beige head, with minimal lacing over a black (SRM 50) body.......nose is tobacco, Bourbon, fruits including raisin, plum, cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, minimal hops, boveril, balance to the malts.......taste is sweet with dried fruits including plum, raising, cherry, fig, brown sugar notes, mild cocoa, chocolate, with slight coffee from the roasted malts, Bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, finishing with a light hop/roasted malt bitterness, balance to the malts.......mouth feel, thick chewy body, alcohol burn slightly present, carbonation makes a creamy mouthful. This is a rich, thick, heavy, sweet, complex beer. It is more on the sweet/desert end of the style, with minimal umami notes. The alcohol is almost, but not quite, hidden by the heavy sweetness. The sweetness is almost too dominant. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8
MrOrla (690) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at cbc. Dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol bourbon, wood. red brown color nice foam, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
aleksander9 (775) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
-short review cbc- molasses, cherry, chocolate, spicy alcohol. Super slick. Well refined imperial stout
WABeerFiend (324) - - APR 27, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 edition. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 03.25.15.
A: Bourbon, chocolate, fig, vanilla, raisin oatmeal, dark fruit, allspice, and molasses. Amazing smell. Bourbon dominant, but balanced.
A: 1/2 finger off-white head, which recedes quickly to a ring with spots of foam. Black body with lots of see through brown and red in the glass.
T: Bourbon, raisin oatmeal, cherry, and molasses dominate. Oak woodiness, nuttiness, vanilla, and allspice are subtle.
P: Silky smooth. Itís on the lighter side, but still somewhat syrupy.
O: Itís amazingly complex. The alcohol is hidden for 14% ABV, though it does warm nicely. Bourbon dominates, but all of the flavors are balanced. Itís a world class beer.
Maxbier (699) - Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap a Frisco, Columbia. Dark brown black with thin tan head. Aroma is oaky, boozy, molasses, vanilla and Cuban cigars. Starts of with alcohol warmth and dark chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Finish is roasty dark chocolate and vanilla. It is a sipper, but I had trouble sipping it because it was just so tasty.
dlovell2 (1214) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Frisco with Maxbier for a rare weeknight outing. Poured dark brown with amber tint and tan colored head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, bourbon, and oak. Flavor is sweet caramel, raisins, brown sugar, molasses bourbon oak and bittersweet chocolate. Finishes with lingering dark chocolate. Another amazing Firestone Walker offering.
Koskela (400) - Marysville, California, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the 2015 parabola.
Amazing the aromas. There is choc cherry and vanilla in this dark brown brew with no head. A choc cherry cordial. The taste is choc sweet woody as the after taste comes the wood comes out along with cherry and a warming taste from the 14%. It's full bodied and low carb. A great beer.