baraciisch (2909) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black in color... Aroma of licorice, oak, bourbon, roasted malts... Flavor is exceedingly complex, notes of vanilla, roasted malts, and dark chocolate... Delicious
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 22, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the first bottling. Pours thick and black with a small brown head. Looks rich. Nose is big vanilla, oak, light smoke, chocolate and toffee. Dessert. Taste is sweet with great bitter balance. Decadent. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy yet lively with magnificent alcohol warming. Incredibly heavy with a big aftertaste. This beer is amazing.
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch pour, leggy with a swirling light brown head. Heavy licorice and fruit, dark roast, above all, dominating whisky notes. Sweet and incredibly smooth in the mouth, choco picking up, slightly oily medium body with some burn and a warming mocha aftertaste. Really does the alcohol right!
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally decided to open the base beer from my very first trade - thanks bpgpitt10! 2011 vintage (batch 002) poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter:
Pours an imposing pitch black with barely an edge of deep red clarity. A finger of medium brown head sinks down to a stubborn collar, a swirling island of tan retains in the center of the glass. Thin lacing and obvious alcohol legs.
Big, beautiful bourbon character strikes the nose. Milk chocolate and vanilla, boozy raisin bits, a touch of caramel, soft wood character - such a complex smelling beer. Incredible balance and depth.
Holy fuck this is tasty. That great bourbon profile bites the tongue immediately... the flavors exist in complete harmony with one another. Sweet bourbon, vanilla, heavy wood, cocoa nibs, dark burnt chocolate, a bit of dark fruit far and away. Divine.
Iím glad I finally grew the balls to crack this open. What a great beer.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured very dark brown with a medium-sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Aroma and flavor of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, some coffee, bourbon, smoke, vanilla, lots of cherries and dark fruit ... and a bit of red hots. Hmmm. Anyhow, this is an exceptional beer. Long complex finish. Thick mouthfeel.
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich black color; Heavy creamy body; Aroma of smoky malt, oak, vanilla, some bourbon, & licorice; Flavor of roasted/burnt sweet malt, caramel/molasses, dark chocolate, hops, dark fruit, vanilla, and licorice; Finish is slightly bitter; Nicely balanced & complex; A bit sweet - but very good overall.
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a lovely tan head which lasts for the duration leaving not much lacing. Nose is quite sweet with vanilla, molasses, oak and chocolate. Comes together nicely. Very, very sweet in the taste. Loads of vanilla with subtle hints of cocoa and bourbon. Nice beer, but a little too unbalanced and sweet. Still enjoyable
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2011 Batch - Pours a beautiful black with a reddish brown hue, with a tan head with red highlights. Bid aroma with notes of Chocolate, espresso, and woody undertones. Very smooth with sweet fruits, bourbon, cask wood, and mild malts. Not overly complex, but balanced perfectly! Finishes with a little vanilla and bourbon, mild warming from the alcohol. I was skeptic about the price when I purchased this a year ago, but worth it. I wish I had bought two!
BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a draft into a snifter at San Diego Brewing Company in San Diego, Calif., on June 15. About a finger of head when I got it. Color was black with tints of purple in it. Brown, coffee and caramel lacing. Good retention.
Smelled chocolate, caramel, chocolate milk and some light coffee malts. Also some dark fruit, maybe plum? Great smell.
Tasted a big dose of alcohol right away, mainly bourbon. That gave way to caramel, toffee, chocolate and light coffee.
Full body. Average carbonation. Creamy texture. Smooth finish. The feel was the best part of this beer by far. I wish I could have given this a 5.5. Just phenomenal. I kept craving another taste when I put the glass down.
Iíve been wanting to try this beer for awhile and it didnít disappoint. Just a marvelous beer.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle from DBS. Aroma and flavor was of chocolate, bourbon, and toffee. Palate is great for the style. Also had a fair bit of coffee flavor. Really was a great beer, as every special release from Firestone Walker. Simply excellent beer.
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