Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on tap at FOBAB. Served in my FOBAB taster glass.
A: Pours a semi clear brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Nice retention on the head, it recedes slowly to a thick ring and leaves nice splotches of lace.
S: Dark fruits, caramel and some light bakerís chocolate. The barrel is there faintly with some light bourbon and oak.
T: Light bourbon and some heat up front. Sweet honey, dark fruits and toffee all present. There is a spicy hop flavor as well that seems to creep up and recedes at different spots during each sip.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.
O: I thought this was solid overall. There was a little too much heat from the booze for me even at 12%. The beer did get better as warmed up so Iíd suggest waiting a touch before consuming given the opportunity.
Serving type: on-tap
markducommun (801) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deeper reddish-brown, very light reddish head. Toffee, honey. Light tobacco. Quite sweet. Lighter bitterness. Lots of alcohol, quite heavy, oily. Quite long finish. Excellent.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BucannonXC5 (1305) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Trader Joeís in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Purchased: May 23, 2014
Consumed: March 26, 2016
Misc.: 2014 vintage
To say Iím excited to review this one might be the understatement of the millennium. Picked this up awhile back with Rachel at Trader Joeís. It was the last one available and I had never heard of it. I tried a taster of it on June 11, 2015 at Blind Lady Ale House and gave it a 4.5 on Untappd and just wrote: Taste. Wow. I donít have any recollections of flavor and anything else, so this will be from scratch.
Poured a mahogany color with two fingers of khaki-tan, rocky head, which dissipated rather quickly. Average spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention. (Sight - 3.75)
Smelled big whiff of boozy bourbon right away, followed by oaky wood, Belgian candied sugar, coconut flakes, vanilla, dried tobacco and toasted brown sugar. Hidden behind the booziness is some fig, dates and raisins, more leathery tobacco and sugary caramel. (Smell - 4.25)
Tasted just amazing. Instantly remember how good this thing was. Got smoother bourbon than the nose, but still boozy, warming all the way down to my legs. Also Belgian candied sugar, sugar cane, oaky wood, leathery tobacco, toasted brown sugar, maple syrup, sweet caramel, boozy chocolate syrup, vanilla, coconut flakes, plum, fig, dates, dried raisins and cocoa. (Taste - 4.75)
Full body. Sticky texture. Lively carbonation. Long, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.75)
Loved this one. Havenít put together the overall ratings, but might be the best Firestone beer Iíve ever had. Battling neck-and-neck with Sucaba. (Overall - 4.75)
4.57 100 A+
jfb (5256) - Freising, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) slightly hazy deep amber colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of heavy coconut and dill, good quality marzipan, some milk chocolate, dark toffee, fudge and cherry schnaps. flavour is mostly caramel and milk chocolate, very sweet, with lots of earth, some notes of treacle and a light ethanol numbness on the gums in the finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
SinH4 (2080) - Garching, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky dark brown color with tan head. Aroma is yeasts, candied sugar, raisins, plums. Taste is sweet candied sugar and plums, very low carbonation. Thick and viscous. Good, but Belgians are way better at making strong dark beers fruity in a non-candy way.
Saeglopur (1577) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle at BKL MŁnchen 2016.
Dark brown body, with a tiny head.
Aroma of bourbon, barrel, melting dark chocolate, caramel, cocoa, dark fruits, subtle liquorice, some alcohol.
Taste follows this, with some more tea notes, more booze and very dense and creamy.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes alcoholic, warm, medium dry, medium roasty, medium sweet, with chocolate, cocoa, liquorice, wood, bourbon.
Very tasty. Especially the taste is really dense and complex, with wonderful layers of dark malts and barrel notes. A bit too much alcohol presence for my liking though, but that was to be expected. Not my favourite FW beer, but another high class barrel aged strong ale.
oh6gdx (24330) - Vasa, FINLAND - FEB 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught@CBC2015. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is alcohol, wood, toffee, mild floral and burnt sugary notes. Flavour is very similar, and actually rather nicely balanced. Good sipper.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a snifter. 2015 vintage.
3.25 A: Dark brown, almost black color. Less than one finger of short lived, fizzy beige head formed. No lacing left.
4.5 S: To start, you have to have a creative mind to call this a quad. This is very much a big, sticky FW amalgamation reminiscent of one of their anniversary beers. That said, the barrel is the forefront of the nose, which isnít surprising given that Belgian beers and surely quads live in subtlety. Toasted coconut, oak, vanilla, and leather stick out. Moderately boozy. Sticky grenadine, spicy peppery Belgian yeast, candi sugar, brown sugar, molasses. Dates, black currants, raisins, tobacco.
4.5 T: No surprises here. Itís just as sticky and rich as it smells. Tobacco, leather, dates, and black currants are the strongest flavors. Toastiness, cherry juice, brown sugar, molasses. Again moderately boozy. Spicy peppery yeast.
4.25 M: Heavy, heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Very sticky with sugary amylase bunching in the back of the throat.
4.5 M: Itís not a great quad, but it is a great beer. It seems more like a huge mesh of a bunch of different beers. Quite nice.
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aleigator (644) - GERMANY - FEB 16, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stickee Monkee í15 vintage
The beer pours a hazelnut brown color, with brighter ember hints in it. Yields a small, fizzy head, which wonít rebuild after excessive swirling.
The nose offers a tremendous amount of Bourbon soaked oak, spicy, warm, full of coconut and earth mingled vanilla. This gets coated up by rock sugar, toffee and caramel, exhibiting a profound sweetness, gently balanced by the multi layered barrel. The nose finds an additional layer in roasted, warm nutshells, licorice and wild honey.
Drinks with just the required amount of carbonation, subtle, yet well accentuated, preventing the beer from sticking to the tongue, keeps it going with a lot of nuances becoming detectable on the palate. Provides a silk, not overly thick body, ensuring the sugar rush to maintain enjoyable.
Tastes of earth coated, melting toffee, a subtle spiciness, more earth and a nice roast quality, enriching the malts. As the Bourbon gets introduced to the palate, more spices unfold, entangled into rock sugar and a pleasant, slick coffee dryness. While this produces a rich sweetness, it does by no means overpower the beerís overall taste profile, tamed and enriched by the well pronounced Bourbon. Finishes with a noteable bite within the otherwise complete silk mouthfeel, representing a warming, still enjoyably balanced Bourbon peak. A dry spice bitterness represents the introduction to the beers finish, with rock sugar and melted toffee remaining detectable, showcasing a clean, yet appealing ending.
This may be the most complex, well nuanced sweet beer Iíve ever had. At first, Iíve been disappointed by its thinner mouthfeel, then I started to undertand its benefits. The palate reacts more sensitive to peppery Bourbon, the utmost silk mouthfeel and changes within the malt sweetness, without becoming sticky or cloying. Nontheless, this is still a sipper, a pleasant one though.
kermis (9071) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Struise shop Brugge. Dark brown with a ring off white head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, oak and sweet overripe dark fruit. Flavour is light heavy sweet. Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.
Ratman197 (12556) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber 2014 vintage poured a clear redfish brown with a small lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of toffee, fruitiness, bourbon, light molasses and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, bourbon, dried fruit, light oak and a hint of molasses with a smooth lingering bourbon toffee finish.