ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours coca-cola black with red hues. Tan head. Chocolate aroma with livley fruit notes as well. Mild chocolate flavors and a bit of coffee. a little bit of sweet toffee as well. Light on the palate.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The poured a deep brown. Very opaque but clear. Moderate but quickly dissipating head (off white). The aroma had chocolate, nutty/oaky wood, and maybe some cinnamon. Relatively nice. I noted caramel malt, milk chocolate, wood, and some citrus flavors (hops?) deep down midway through the tasting. I also noted a lingering chocolate finish. The body was medium, a bit chalky at first but moved to a more creamy texture as it warmed. A good porter overall, but be sure not to drink this too cold. I missed a lot of the character early on. Not as good with my steak as I had hoped.
vaportrail (14) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark brown porter with coffee and a slightly carmel aroma. This brew is slightly sweet and rich. Certainly a medium-bodied beer with a mildly bitter finish. I really cared for the overall richness that this brew provides. Just a good mix overall--not too sweet or full-bodied and has a roundess that must come from its aging. Well done.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is from a 22oz bottle. Poured out an opaque black with a tall light brown head that dies down quickly leaving some lace around the glass. Aroma is full of dark chocolate and a bit of roasted coffee. The flavor was similar with a bittersweet chocolate up front and roasted coffee flavors coming on strong as well. There were notes of earthy hops and this beer ended with a lingering roasted coffee flavor. Mouthfeel was about medium with good drinkability. Pretty good example of the style.
SurlyDuff99 (2) - Springfield, USA - MAR 22, 2005 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
We luckily stumbled upon a keg of FW Reserve at Tavern liquor in the San Fernando Valley. Very good porter. Fine, distinctive flavor. Another great effort by Firestone.
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Brown-black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee with roasted malts. Roasted malt flavor with chocolate but also with a background sourness that I just couldn’t get past. Thinner body.
mball581 (20) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely aroma of milk chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee. Large light brown rocky head with moderate lacing. Medium body on the palate with a snappy dry finish.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2005 Rating #2 Bottle (7 3 7 4 16). A dark brown color with a foamy brown head. A nice chocoatey bouquet in the nose and a full bodied robust chocolate, caramel and malt flavor. Very smooth and rich. Rating #1 Tap @ Toronado (6 3 6 3 15). Black color with a diminished tan head. Earthy smoked flavors and nose that is complimented by chocolate and toasted malts.
rudolf (2324) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to my Santa for this bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Oily roasted malt nose - some cocoa. The most understated oak aged beer I’ve tasted. The same kind of thing is happening here as happened w. Oaked Bastard. Flavors are softer than I imagine they would be without the oak. Chocolate, milk, sweet malt. The finish is quite sweet but nice. Pity this isn’t a bit more complex.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Bottled Bomber. Brown/black color with quickly dissipating tan head. Malty smell. Medium to thin body with minimal carbonation. quickly dissipating aftertaste. I was dissipaointed with the thin mouthfeel and minimal taste. Not a very good porter