slowrunner77 (3443) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Man...don’t know where to start with this one. This year’s blend (which over the last 2-3 years has become THE seasonal release) is rather stout heavy (42%). So was XIII, my personal favorite. This year’s is maaaybe a notch lower in pure awesomeness...better than 14, a step behind the barleywine heavy 15 (hard not to try and rank these in my head, but I love em all). Probably THE most complex of the blends. Still sweet leaning, a little heavy and sticky, but surprisingly lacking in alcohol burn. Warm? Yes. Hot? No. Aroma sensory delight...cocoa, mocha, leather, wood, bourbon/vanilla, and a hint of brandy and yes, tequila (very very subtle, a tiny bit more in the flavor). A floral honey-like sweetness from the Helldorado (probably my favorite componenet), light toffee and caramel (DDBA) and dark fruit. Taste is likewise so ridiculously complex (though bourbon and cocoa dominant, it goes waaaay beyond those flavors). Slight twang from "other" barrels and an ever so slight note of rye and hops from the Wookie (like last year’s use of DBL Jack, just to temper sweetness. Expensive at $22 per, but you can tell the craftsmanship that goes into something like this. One of the most decadent and complex beers I’ve had. And the best part? No hint of surprise in that statement. "
SirLimpsalot (2162) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Basunen 14-9-6: ganska snäll doft men en trevlig smak med en fantastisk mjuk balans. Lite alkohol men trevliga toner av mogen frukt och rusin. Inte all värdens men ganska ok.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
---- Soberness not garanteed!
hapjydeuce (941) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, sitting at the back of my dwindling personal stash. Like all of the other Firestone Anniversaries, I picked this one up direct from the Paso Robles brewery sometime around Thanksgiving 2012... I think that’s the right year. Color is near-black with slight transparency when held up to light. Beautiful dark copper color around the edges. Low carbonation forms a bubbly tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is smothered in cherry chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon and oak. Tanned leather, tobacco and sweet chocolate follow in the flavor, with spicy nutmeg and maple syrup. The flavor is immediately bombarded by the warming character of the barrel liquors. Unbelievably, I think I taste the tequila barrel. As of finishing, I still haven’t decided if this is a good or bad thing. Interesting for sure. Oily mouthfeel, very nice palate. Overall the brandy, bourbon, and tequila notes came through damn strong, maybe just a bit too much for my tastes. Definitely a slow sipper. Not my most favorite of the Firestone Anniversary bunch, but a unique one to remember. The heat could benefit from a few solid years of aging.
SHIG (3590) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured black with a thin beige colored head. Aroma is vanilla, woodsy, and roasted malts. Strong bourbon bite, vanilla, coffee bean, roasted malts, alcohol burn and hints of chocolate melded with complexity. Finish leaves the tongue dry and tingly.
Stuu666 (2314) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is woody, taste is sweet rich chocolate, vanilla.
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At Big Texas Beer Fest 2014. Pours dark brown with medium creamy head. Armoa is roasty toasty, spicy hops. Taste like pure chocolate, big roasted malt, caramel, toffee, somehow still silky smooth, big bold beautiful flavor. Love it.
maley1 (783) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, ripe red fruits, vanilla, slightly oaky, coconut and bourbon. Full bodied, medium carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, long bourbon finish.
Prufrockstar (980) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife at home while our kid is visiting grandparents. Seems like cause for a nice bottle of beer. "Hoppy or not hoppy?" I ask. "Dark and strong" she replies. I listen, because I’m a good husband. Pours dark with khaki head. Aroma is everything I expect from a FW annivesary. Chocolate, toasted coconut, caramel, toffee, tobacco, cherries. Taste is decadent -- sweet but not cloying, rich, lovely. Full body, silky smooth texture, soft carbonation. Overall: lovely.
vtafro (3462) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some sugar, yeast, oak and barrel aromas. Clusterf*ck of flavors, oak barrel, dark malt and other various tones.
dfearnley (973) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup ... FW Anniversay Vertical
Whiskey, brown sugar. Dark brown no head. Hot. Heavy rye, oak. Good with cookie.