BrewBoxer (1964) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the double windsor. Strong yet smooth with a big hoppy bourbon and oak aroma. Its combined with hints of chocolate, deep rish finish. Very complex. Vert good
thornecb (4347) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit, vanilla and oak aromas. Sweet coconut and almonds upfront turning hot and boozy in the lasting dark caramel covered pit fruit and oak finish.
Willinator (1) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at JJ Brewsky’s in Camarillo. Deep, dark, amber color with a creamy head. The aromas are never ending on this one, with strong burnt caramel, raisin, and definite bourbon whiskey overtones. On the palate there is a beautiful balance of raisin, toffee, toasted vanilla, rum cake, and an underlying hoppiness that is persitent, but never overpowers. Excellent barleywine and a great addition to an increasinly inspired lineup!
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at American Craft in Brookline. Deep dark brown body with a thin brown head. Nose is sweet, brown sugar, caramel, and traces of vanilla. Amazing and subdued barrel notes with lots of rich tobacco. The sweet and chewy chocolate malts have some nice toffee notes to go along with the dark chocolate bitters. Very heavy palate but reasonably lively carbonation keep this from really slowing me down.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22oz bottle). Pours mahogany color with minimal head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel. Taste is sweet with loads of vanilla and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with a creamy/slick texture. Smooth finish. Delicious beer!
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at itap. Pour is darker than most barleywines. It’s deep dark brown with a thin ring of tan foam. Aroma is amazing. Loaded with toffee malt, caramel, vanilla, molasses, coconut, faint chocolate, and light spicy notes. Thankfully, the flavor is very true to the aroma with loads of toffee malt, caramel, vanilla, light coconut, faint tobacco, and a light fruitiness. Alcohol is almost non-existent. This is really exceptional. I had to have 2.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is very complex and the initial smell is more that of good bourbon than beer. It is followed by a leathery, tobacco smell that fades of to that of a slight bitterness. The appearance is a darker amber/red color with a khaki head. The taste is just as complex as the aroma. The initial taste is sweet bourbon that is followed by a slight bitterness that is quickly beaten into submission by the malt flavor. Great beer with not too much bourbon flavor
phaleslu (6335) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft served in a snifter at The Bridge. Pours a deep, brownish mahogany-amber color with a tiny off-white head. The barrel notes are really nicely balanced with a big slate of rich, dark fruits- notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak, plums, berries, brown sugar, and chocolate. Flavor of raisins, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, plums, chocolate, bourbon, and earthy hops. Full-bodied, with modest carbonation, and a smooth, rich, coating mouthfeel that’s nice to savor. Excellent sipper, a bourbon barrel barleywine that does everything it should.
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours deep brown with traces of red and a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel, bourbon and cherry. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of toasted coconut,
tobacco, oak, vanilla, more bourbon, and brown sugar. Overall body is moderate to full and finishes with a touch of warming alcohol. This beer has definately taken on quite a bit of the barrel and is fairly well balanced as it is. However, i think a few months from now some of the naked alc will integrate and this is going to be amazing!!
peteinSD (1362) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Slight initial head fading to a ring of foam hugging the glass. Deep, transparent dark red color. Aroma is a rich and cohesive chewy marshmallow, coconut, vanilla, polished bourbon, soft oak, and a touch of raisin/date barley wine underneath. Holy hell there is a lot going on with this beer! Dark cherry and tobacco in the flavor with thick and raw bourbon, vanilla, and a fairly tight barley wine malt profile. Thick and decadent feel in the mouth. Prickly alcohol lingers with the bourbon/barley wine notes after each sip. No doubt about it this is a big, ass kicking beer but Firestone pulls it off with a smooth and complex presentation. Absolute stunner.