ChicagoGuy (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful topaz color, toffee & maple aroma with bourbon present but not overpowering. Light-to-medium body. Fantastic caramel bread pudding flavor. Quite a bit of bourbon heat now, but I like that - makes this feel like a real after-dinner cordial. I'm sure it'll be nice when it mellows over time too.
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
on draft at library ale house, no head, opaque dark Amber brown, like the color of wood, chestnut or mahogany, fig and baked prune, dark brown sugar and rich nutty oaky vanilla aromas, not boozy tho, flavor follows aroma, incredibly drinkable with a flavor that balloons outward and amplifies over time, not syrupy with good balancing carbonation
stevencon (509) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Nelson longtime want for me. Hazy amber brown with a small amounts of floaters. Bloozey red fruit a bit sweet and some wood character. Wow great warming wood amber barley wine not much hops. Great carbonation for a barrel aged beer.
jsnicholas (374) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (220z $16) : Clear dark brown, little head. Aroma sweet. Taste, carmel, sticky, sweet, slight bitterness. Warming.
andrew_drinks (234) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 vintage from a bottle gathering dust in a German outlet... crazy! Pours deep, dark chestnut brown, crystal clear, with a thin head that dissipates quickly to a small ring. Aroma climbs out of the snifter, layers of thick bourbon, oak, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Low carbonation, just enough to feel it on the tongue. Thick and creamy vanilla, then caramel, oak, bourbon, some heat, then a smooth, slightly woody finish. I could smell it for hours, but find it easy to drink it in minutes.
simont1 (416) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 Very bourbon forward, oak, vanilla, earthy, plum/apricot marmalade, nutty caramel. Taste is extremely balanced and easy going, filled to the brim with bourbon, caramel, and oak.
mabel (7177) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[6820-20140926] 650mL bottle. Wooden fruity plum raisin aroma. Clear, red mahogany body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet grainy malt and fruity plum flavour. Full body. Delicious, not noticeably boozy, and a great example of the style. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Look: pours a dark red. Very cloudy. Tan head.
Smell: very sweet. Candy.
Taste: very sweet. Candy caramel.
Feel: very thick. Nice dryness.
Overall: great beer. Love it.
First drank: 12/25/14 mom and dads.
weihenweizen (2192) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Refrigerated 2011 brown bomber poured into a snifter. Dark brown with very small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit (raisins and prunes), vanilla, oak, some coconut, and hints of alcohol. I prefer gibcbw.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bomber into tulip glass about 8 months after bottling. Moderate fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Somewhat muted, but enticing aroma that doesn't really demonstrate the barrel aging. The flavor, however, is excellent. It tastes like a mature, refined barleywine. The barrel aging doesn't come through at first but that's because it is so well integrated. As you continue drinking and the beers warms, it comes through and reveals itself as a pleasant foundation of the beer. This isn't an aggressive, in your face beer, despite the abv. Rather it's elegant, beautifully simple, and subtle. Typical firestone walker deftness.