daleharshman (965) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Catching up on notes. Tap at Plan 9 Alehouse in Escondido on July 9, 2014 for a Firestone Walker keep-the-glass night. Pours brown with a decent layer of tan head. AROMA of rich caramel, vanilla, sticky oaky bourbon, campfire marshmallows, leathery toasted malts, and port-soaked raisins and plums. FLAVOR is just super rich with bourbon, coconut, remnants of Belgian yeast, sticky dark fruit, port wine, molasses, and brown sugar. Fairly sweet indeed but still far from cloying. The giant ABV is very well concealed. Absolutely delicious stuff. (225, 955)
alexsdad06 (6567) - Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at City Beer San Francisco thanks to a kind soul. Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have big sweet caramel, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, dark fruit, raisins, bourbon, tobacco, full bodied, I would like another shot at this.
Cybercat (3786) - Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours barely translucent mahogany, thin buff head. Bourbon-soaked wood dominates the aroma but lets roast malt and caramel peek through. Flavor has bold fruity - almost wine-like - woody and bourbon tones plus hints of roast malt and caramel. Texture has good fizz and firmness.
GT2 (9166) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[ Tap ][ 4oz ][ FW Barrelworks ][ $2.50 ][ Tasting Snifter ][ 2.22.15 ]
>> Stickee Monkee. Murky brown pour with weak foam. Nose is intense brown sugar, chocolate chip pancake, Twizzlers, blueberry jam. Taste is rich cookie dough, nicely integrated soft bourbon barrel, big maple and brown sugar dominate. Really nice in small doses and makes an obvious case for adding sugar and body to their anniversary blends. Great finish of spicy brown alcohol and maple.
JK (4841) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown color. Bourbon aroma and flavor, combined with sweet malt. Drinkable but too much bourbon for my taste. Alcohol is present on the palate.
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a very dark brown with a motor oil like viscosity. Aroma of toffee, roasted malts and bourbon. Taste is very complex with bourbon, caramel, toffee and vanilla. It has a long sweet finish. Great beer.
joeneugs (3817) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Beer Baron. It pours a dark ruddy brown color with a small light tan head. The aroma has light sweet molasses, rich cherry syrup, plum and leather. The flavor is very sweet in a sugary way up front followed by tons of fig newton, plum, booze, leather and light baking spice. Coconut-like barrel notes near the finish, which is also very sugary sweet. I now see where the anniversary series gets a lot of its sweetness. There’s some really interesting depth of flavor, but unfortunately it’s covered up by all the sugar. Tasty, but only as a fireside warmer and in small portions.
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and dark with flashes of mahogany and a small, fleeting, white head. The nose is a swirl of caramel, oak, booze and toffee. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The flavor is malty and bourbony with loads of alcohol heat. Not painfully alcoholic and even if it was, I’m no pussy - bring on the booze. Pleasant, malty, warming, mouth-watering finish. A treat. Bottle courtesy of ctipping!
Johnsense (922) - - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour. Huge aroma, barrel, dried dark fruit, leather, smoke. Lots going on in the taste, brown sugar, dark fruit, leather, whiskey, smoke. Barrel aging well integrated. Medium to heavy body. Many barrel age but few do it as good as fw
jlruthven (583) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown, some ruby hints. Tan head quickly fades to zilch. Massive alcohol wallop at first: bourbon, oak, some brandy I think? Not unlike an old fashioned cocktail. Raisin, coconut, toffee, molasses. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, nice alcohol heat cutting through the richness. Finishes with a huge raisin note, warming whiskey. Kind of all over the place, but quite good.