peteinSD (1414) - 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.
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 iíve had after FW11.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-28-2011 00:40:32
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at collins pub for the real strong ale fest. slight cherry note to the barley with a very strong and lasting alcohol aftertaste
Hair6a11 (1392) - 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.
mikedR (1381) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice barley wine. Hides the ABV quite well, which is no small feat for 12.5%. A little syrupy mouthfeel, with a bit of bourbon overtones, and some fruit notes. I like it.
trevor211 (1356) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hard Liver 2010. Crazy dark pour - a bit of red showing through a really deep brown. Small head - really pretty. Nuts and fruits in an explosion of flavor in this one. Deep roasted caramel malts and bourbon/vanilla, with a great hoppy finish - almost too much on the finish - this one ends seriously bitter given how thick it is. Itís a bit hot, but clean. Tasty, for sure.
RedSox2004 (1351) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hey, someone poured a Knob Creek in my Oaked Arrogant Bastard! Brown with ruby red highlights, small head and sticky oily lace. Bourbon is strong on the nose, accompanied by vanilla, coffee, and hints of chocolate and dark berries. The bourbon is gigantic on the palate, almost overwhelming the caramel malt, chocolate and dark toasted bread. Medium body, minimal carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, hot alcohol and the bourbon lingers smoothly.
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glowing caramel pour with a slight fizzy head. Aroma is fruity, very boozy, some bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dried fruits abound. Mouth feel is slick, oily. Very hot, but loads of dried fruits and bourbon in the flavor, very refined. Tasty but very boozy, we will see what time does to this guy. Excellent
markextrae (1348) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2014 shared bottle with 2 friends. poured a brown / dark ruby colour with a small off white head. vanilla, caramel, bourbon, bourbon soaked raisins, red fruits, oak, wood, some toffee, . this stuff is so balanced. thereís that bourbon kick, but itís perfect in every way. silky smooth mouthfeel. incredible!
haukur (1345) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark rusty red. Huge nose of vanilla and tobacco. Very oaky, but sweet and bitter at the same time. awesome