kimjongill (207) - - NOV 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 From 2011 bottle (Abacus). The aroma is absolutely fantastic. Strong malt with a bourbon barrel scent. The appearance is dark ruby with an off-white head. Taste is spectacular. Lots of oak aged complexity with hints of the various malts involved as well as the bourbon components. It may be a high rating but keep in mind this bottle had 2 years of age on it at the time of tasting.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is a clear dark copper with gold highlights, light head, decent lacing. Aroma is awesome, lots of hops pushing through a malty backbone and slathered in boozy goodness. Taste is pine hops, bready malt, toffee, light dark fruit, caramel, tons of brown sugar. Lots of wood and barrel notes. Lively mouthfeel, not much noticeable alcohol even at 13%. Really nice beer!
MrBeerFanatic (1005) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from henrietta store, 17$. Pours a dark amber looking similar to maple syrup without the syrup. Head fades rather quick. Aromas of coconut, whiskey, cherry, bourbon, and a little cake. When going down the hatch, the alcohol comes through upfront almost strong. The coconut, cherry, caramel and oak/whiskey come through mostly. Little notes of vanilla as well. The alcohol really burns through the nose with sips so the smaller the sip the better, as it will be harder to enjoy and find the complexities. Medium sweet with almost no aftertaste and nothing that lingers. The oak/whiskey flavors are more subdued here. This is a malty brute that should be aged to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed. Bottled 1-5-12.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas, vintage 2012, 12.5% ABV
Dark amber color, small head. Very nice aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak. Full bodied; sweet malt and toffee flavor, toasted oak, sweet, almost buttery; strong bitterness, with some hop resins.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle from Beerdy, thanks a lot man! Dark chocolate color with a good little head at first. Smells a little oaky, woody, boozy, shredded coconut, good. Taste is like nice chocolates, hardly a hint of the alcohol, very well done. Overall, this is probably the second best firestone beer i’ve had after FW11.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-28-2011 00:40:32
Beerzila (7) - Sumner, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2012 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark brown color. Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla. Flavor of oak, caramel/toffee, vanilla, licorice. Nicely balanced and complex; Very good barleywine.
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pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 On tap at Apex 11/4/12. Very sweet (in a good way) with bourbon overtones. Long pleasant aftertaste. On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom 1/25/14. 2011 vintage of Abacus. Burnt caramel color. Aroma is sticky toffee, citrusy caramel, tropical hops, and dark malts. Taste is bourbon, apple, sticky toffee, and molasses. Smooth and syrupy, too easy-drinking for 13%.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Brewkkake for breaking this one out. Thought I had ticked this one already but turns out I was wrong. Very complex aroma, full of vanilla, malts, burnt tobacco and slight booze. Very well balanced and pretty easy to drink.
Steasy66 (1116) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Abacus bottle. Garnet with lacy white head. Somewhat muted nose or sweet malt and bourbon barrel. Taste is nice and sweet with strong barrel. Low carbonation and nice body.
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: loads of toffee and caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slightly earthy. Pours a dark amber/ruby color, tan head with average retention. Massive, rich malt flavor - lots of toffee, molasses, toast, biscuit, and a touch of dark chocolate. Bourbon and vanilla notes complement the big malt bill nicely, medium bitterness. Alcohol notes are pleasant and warming, no harshness. Full body, low-medium carbonation, smooth on the palate. Excellent brew, very rich and complex.