ansalon (1384) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a reddish twist. Nose is caramel, honey, figs, dates, raisins, muscovado sugar. Taste is caramel, honey, dates, figs, raisins, brandy, toasted wood, vanilla... Aftertaste is long and well-balanced with caramel, butterscotch, oak. Fantastic!!
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HonusWagner (1380) - 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?).
cpetrone84 (1379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is dark cola brown with a dark tan head. Nose is wood, light bourbon, cooked brown sugar, lightly roasted malt and a touch of ash. Taste is strong barrel and bourbon, chocolate and brown sugar, slightly burnt. A bit of green hops in back. A hint too much sugar. Full bodied, thins in finish, strong carb, a hint slick.
peteinSD (1377) - 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.
kryon (1376) - SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage bottle bought in July 2011 at the Jug Shop in San Francisco.
Pours brown with no to low head
Aromas of caramel, roasted barley, vanilla, tobacco???, pepper
Mmm. This is good! A lot of vanilla, some bitterness and sweetness,...
This is a beer thst starts and ends the same. High sweetness, low bitterness, nice mouthfeel. Wow! Easily the best barley wine ive had!
pdx77 (1367) - 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%.
hackobock (1367) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at SBWF. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has heavy malt, caramel, smooth chocolate, bourbon, cherries, dark fruits, light alcohol. Taste is medium bitter with a smooth malty backbone, dark berries and very light acidic cherries as well. Medium smooth body, light sticky carbonation.
BMMillsy (1366) - Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Rate #700! 2012 Bottle from trade with dak. Thanks! Pours a murky brownish with some ruby reddish purple at the edges. Small brownish yellow head that recedes quickly. Aroma if huge vanilla and. Aramel biscuits, sweet brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Awesome! Flavor is caramel vanilla up front, bready malts, molasses, more vanilla and a bit of licorice, and ending with hot bourbon notes. Lingering dry oak and bourbon on the palate. Finishes surprisingly smooth and easy. A great balance of sweet and oakiness. Plenty of rich hearty body to handle the barrels. Low to medium carbonation. A sipper and oh so yum. Glad I got some of this for the 700 milestone!
Trying a relatively fresh 2014 bottle on 6/9/14 courtesy of Doug. Amazing lasting vanilla finish on this with more dark fruit than I remember from the last time, less caramel and more bready toffee. Still as yummy as before. Mmmm.
csaso (1365) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage - small foamy head, very dark amber color, aroma is strong alcohol, malt, oak, vanilla; tase is similar with added coconut notes - very complex beer of course, but very good. Definitely strong in the alcohol department, so drink slow!
Hair6a11 (1358) - Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle: Pour is Dark Brown with amber highlights; This off white head retains on the average side, but it does not disappear . I have to say ; I am in love with this beer. Bourbon, Vanilla, booze, cocoa, marshmallows on the nose ; This brew is fantastic on the tongue, however. Why? Because it is incredibly smooth - Coconut, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, oak on the tongue ; a bit of booziness. Cream from the head, at least initially. Deceptive ABV here - fantastic, sweet sipper here. As I said - I loved it.