DYCSoccer17 (3290) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. The aroma on this has some nice bourbon notes. Not too sweet. More of a woody, barrel character in this. Some pitted fruits and raisins are also detected. Some leather and tobacco are also in this. A very decadent aroma that is reminiscent of North Coast Bourbon Old Stock. Fantastic. Moderately transparent ruddy-mahogany body with a bit of a smallish off-white head. Decent legging. Starts fairly sweet with some brown sugar flavors, before some bourbon takes over in the middle. Tobacco, some roastiness also follow. There is also a dry woody, barrel character. This finishes a bit boozy and somewhat ethanolic. A little harsh around the edges, but still really tasty beer. Not quite in the class of Bourbon Old Stock.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bleeng. Thanks!
Pours a deep, dark, and sexy black with a nose of gently aged bourbon and oak, roasted sweet chocolate, and a touch of pipe tobacco. Flavor follows suit but the bourbon and oak is deeper and a tad musty. Thick and chewy on the tongue. Awesome beer.
hamilton23 (604) - Alpine, California, USA - JUN 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
oured from a bottle at Hoffer’s Cigar Bar
A: Dark brown, nearly black with a finger of tan head.
S: Bourbon, bourbon and some bourbon. There is a little vanilla, but really just alcohol and bourbon.
T: Follows from the nose, hot bourbon and some vanilla. I really wanted this to be a bit sweeter, but it just is not there.
M: Smooth, silky, easy drinking at the high ABV
O: I had high hopes for this beer and while it gets a good rating, I was hoping for just a touch more sweetness and a little less bourbon. By comparison, Alpine Great blows this away in terms of sweetness and complexity.
bleeng (1496) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the May 2011 Houston RB tasting-thanks to me. Dark brown but clear. Nose is chocolate with hints of barrel and alcohol upfront. Taste is chewy, fluffy, chocolate, barrel, vanilla with alcohol almost too hot. This one was difficult to get my hands around-I could not figure out this beer but I really enjoyed this as a scotch/brandy type sipper. Seems a bit young. I’ll let the other bottle age for a year or so and then return to it.
patrickfannon (1235) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 22 oz. Split with Sean and Vinnie on Memorial Day. Courtesy of Vinnie. Pours a dark bloody ruby maroon with a two-finger off-white head. Lacing is minimal, and after awhile, it dissipates and leaves a clean, flat surface. Aroma is heavy on dark chocolate, ripe cherries, vanilla, lightly roasted malts, molassess, and some slight grapey, yeasty notes. Rich, velvety body with a sort of loose, well-rounded mouthfeel. Almost chewy and yet very juicy. Finishes with a slight burn and bit of roasty cocoa flavor. Very nice barley wine, but this tastes much more like an American strong ale.
HonusWagner (1328) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesn’t create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and I’m not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?).
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another one that I couldn’t identify who brung the thing, regardless, danka. This was a pleasant surprise. Get sum.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s, Norristown. Lucky to have been in town when the Firestone event was going down, and thanks to Matt and Craig for saving me some samples! Very fine pour, ruby-to-mahogany spectrum, with a thin but fine and frothy head that lingers, leaving nice retention. Body appears to be a bit oily, but not at the expense of appropriate carbonation. Nose is powerful, with heavy bourbon the dominant element but with notable vanilla, mild fruit, toffee, a hint of molasses perhaps, like a complex liqueur. Body is quite full, not from carbonation but from sheer substance. Flavors are as complex as the nose, with wood, sherry, vanilla, and very intensely combined and integrated malts all coming together like a port that has elements of a mildly hoppy strong ale or old ale. Really a terrific beer, but the only knock for me was that the bourbon was too promiment throughout for my tastes. Even so, an easy 4.
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle… Hazy, dark, mahogany ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. The aroma is a rich, decadent mélange of white oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla and coconut. Full-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and modest carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma in that it is a delicious marriage of caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut and oak. Malty, rich, warming finish. Kudos to dosbeerigos for sharing his bottle of this elixir!
markwise (4424) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Big thanks to dcschiller for hooking this one up. Pours a brown with red highlights and a tan head that recedes. Nose is the definition of depth and complexity: caramel, toffee, booze, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some candied coconut, slight cherries, and some joy also. Flavor is similarly wondrous: this one manages to tread the line of too bourbony very well, like a gymnast walking over croc-infested waters. Flavor gives notes of wood, brandy, bourbon, cherry, marshmallow, vanilla, toffee, and a big alcohol presence that is not unexpected, but shows in the wild, long legs. Light to medium in body and every bit of 10% alcohol. A thing of beauty!