dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with mahogany edges, minimal tan head and not much lacing. The first whiff of this divine liquid yields rich notes of vanilla bourbon, dark chocolate, mocha, marshmallow, with hints of dried fruits, smoke, and earth. Even as I opened the bottle (beautiful presentation what with the box and all), I thought to myself "oh yes, this is as good as I think it’s going to be!" Taste is slightly smoky (salty) with aggressive notes of chocolate, coffee, and bourbon; not quite as refined as the aroma would lead one to believe. Body is full, sticky, low carbonation, finishes dry, very bitter, stings the mouth with high abv. Overall, this is a fantastic brew, extremely rich and complex but definetly needs one to two years in the cellar before it becomes more approachable, i.e. the bitterness from the roast will subside, abv will become less apparent as complex sugars come to the forefront, etc.
highibus (779) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at 1702. Hugh aroma of alcohol and roasted malt. Flavor is big roasted malt and some lcohol. Bu very complex. It is so velvety smmoth and a nice balance. Wow, unbelievable.
keepersj12 (3050) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even in the heat of July, this is a damn good beer. The aroma of chocolate, coffee and booze from a dark brown pour with a small tan head. The flavor has a lot of chocolate and coffee as well as some vanilla and roast malt. The finish is very warm and boozy on the throat. Nice one.
JorisPPattyn (9242) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours like motor oil, totally headless initially (later rising to a dark brown presence), and black as sin. Sweet, very dark liquorice, like zoete drop , a bit of soy sauce, dark malts with chocolate touches. Sweet, Bourbon, vanilla beans and rather ZOUTE drop (meaning salty, mineral touch) as main features. Very thick, viscous, alcoholwarming backthroat - well, call it alcoholHEATING. Very original, but way less subtle than the Abacus. Many thanks to Evan & Matt!
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with Vinnie. Pours deep cola black with a tall, amber fluffed head which slowly recedes to a sticky ring of bubbles. Aroma of black licorice. Coca-Cola, soft malted barley, dark bittersweet chocolate, bloody cherries, vanilla, oak, rich gooey honey, and soft marshmallow pussy juice. Smooth, rich, crisp slippery palate with a surprisingly mild body. Flavors of rich chocolate, oak, soft tobacco, bitter coffee and some toasty, roasty, tasty malts, man. Finishes with a fucking soft ass whisper, like a ghost stout. It’s mad creepy, tastes like marshmallow pussy juice, and fucking, fucking, yaahhhh mean!? Wu-Tang killah bees. Duddah duddah duddah.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Draft] Black opaque body, burnt foam. Burnt toffee, caramel and molasses in the aroma. Malty, slight thick palate. Vanilla, licorice and charred chocolate with a warming bourbon alcohol finish. Bitterness tempered by the weight of the malt and dark chocolate lingers well into the aftertaste.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, roasty, dark malts, faint bourbon, plum and raisin, overall fairly complex and interesting. Solid ebony color, with a very slight but lasting brown head, and I feel I should mention this stuff has legs that you typically don’t see, even in other examples of the style. Flavor profile is very nicely balanced and even possesses some subtlety despite its enormity, with dark malt sweetness, strong, dark chocolate, bourbon, old wood, toffee and vanilla, really only faintly alcoholic at the finish which is amazing considering the strength. Full, smooth, silky, warming palate, body is, of course, massive. Very nice indeed. Thanks and cheers to JB!
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with very little head. Aroma fantastic right off. Contains elements of bourbon(obviously) currants, heavy sweet chocolate, nuts, toffee, coffee, sweet bread, and burnt malts. Flavor is huge sweet vanilla bourbon notes with caramel and very bitter chocolate in the finish. Just some carbonation in the finish and very heavy bodied and oily on the palate. Some boozey notes in the aftertaste and very very bitter. Nice one. doesn’t lace too well.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - JUL 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Highly overrated beer, as it seems most of Firestone Walker beers are.
Yes, it is strong. The most potent aroma of any beer I’ve tried. If you buy beer to sniff, this would be the one.
But as for taste, it is thin and metallic. It doesn’t linger much and the after taste adds nothing to the depth. No complexity, just hit-you-over-the-head stout flavor, a bit like drinking beer concentrate.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, hopefully my local watering hole will get a keg! Pours pitch black with a thin tan head which disappears quickly as it warms. Nose is fairly what would be expected, roasty dark malts with an deep undertone of vanilla and oak. Very complex flavor, it starts out with everything you would expect from a RIS, but it unfolds beyond the roasted malt to unveil some nice vanilla notes, it has a certain maple syrup sweetness to it which really rounds it out nicely, I also get a certain bit of coconut. It finishes nice and dry with an alcohol burn. Thick, sticky, and viscous mouthfeel, definitely a sipper. Take your time with this one, the characted defiintely changes as it warms. Good stuff.