jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
Impressive presentation, boxed with blurb on the back, plastic gold wrapped cap 22 oz. bomber bottle, sampled at a cellar temperature in a snifter.
Poured a lightly orange, reddish hued light coffee brown with a small foamy, bubbly head that settled into a fine lacing.
Aromas of bourbon barrels, oaky vanilla and toasted coconut, sherry and port fruitiness, chocolate licorice, big whiffs of clear grainy alcohol, some citrus, just a pretty complex nose.
Good moderate carbonation and a crisp, a dryish alcohol, slick, creamy smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Like the box states, a mix of styles and tastes that somehow blend together in a balanced mix, bourbon barrel whiskey, toasted oak vanilla, coconut and pineapple, sherry, a soft caramel and cocoa with a raw green nuttiness, caramelized sugar, a soft hop bitterness, dry leafy, citrus with a touch to herbs, a grainy alcohol flavor emerges towards the end, and, of course, the alcohol is warming in the palate and throat like a good bourbon, and a dry subtle hop leafy, malty finish.
Good sipping drinkability, I wish I had at least a couple of bottles of this to age, I think it would be interesting to see what the result is, just a great strong ale from Firestone Walker.
Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2009 Deep Ruby with a thin tan head. Gorgeous aroma of oka, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and oatmeal. Taste is very interesting oatmeal, plums, caramel, alcohol, background hops. SLOFALC (3) - California, USA - DEC 26, 2006 does not count
Bottled for their 10th anniversary. This beer seems to have all the makings of a landmark beer. IrishBoy (4198) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 12/25/06 Bottle from Odeed Big Thanks Jake! Nose of bourbon, big vanilla, and wood; clear dark brown with a small tan head; flavor of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, maltiness, and oak from the medium body with a small alcohol and hop finish. 8/3/9/4/16
4/19/08 Bomber from Bottle Barn; Nose of oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, and chocolate; clear very dark brown with a small cinnamon tan head; flavor is wonderfully complex; vanilla oak, chocolate, dark fruitiness from the BW, and a little raisin pie; finish is mild warmth from the alcohol. Better than fresh! Really mellowed!
My next to last bottle 11/20/11. Nose is toffee, chocolate, oaky vanilla, with small amounts of prunes and golden raisins. Hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Flavor is vanilla, a touch of oxidation, prunes, musty wood, and even a hint of bitterness and alcohol warmth in the finish. 8/4/8/4/16 4.0 trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Very dark brown pour with a short but thick tan head. Strong bourbon nose is reflected in the flavor. Oak, malt, some smoke is also present. Big alcohol warmth in the finish. Really enjoyable, maybe I’ll try to cellar it.
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 Bottle from BevMo. Pours a very deep ruby color. Aroma is a vinous oaky smokey sort of thing. A hint of BBQ and alcohol as well. Flavor right up front is of alcohol, whiskey and cabernet. Strong woody flavors thoughout. Some roasted maltiness and some hoppy bitterness hiding out somewhere behind the oak. Finish is more wood alongwith some notes of alcohol. Overall I would say that this is an interesting brew and worth a shot. SDalkoholic (2386) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 11, 2006
A dark and rich brown/black color with a thin devolpment of head on top. The smell is very barleywine like with a huge presence of the barrel wood added. Flavor is sweet and a little tart with things like figs, chocolate and cigar tobacco. Alcohol is very strong and makes its presence but is overall smooth with the rich creamy texture given. Big 10th anniversary ale that made an impression for sure. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bought this 22oz bottle at Bevmo.
It poured cola colored with very little carbonation. The flavor started out like dried fruit: plums, figs and I’m not sure what else and finished very dry and sour on the tongue. The aroma was earthy. All in all, I was unfortunately disappointed. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Pour is warm dark ruby brown with almost no head....smell is all over the place, but in a good way...smoke, wood, bread, chocolate, sherry, prunes, funk...wonderful aroma....taste was way out of whack...too much...tasted just like th earoma and nothing blended together at all...all over the place.... Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 9, 2008 (BOTTLED ON OCT. 25TH 2006)after much searching i finally found a few bottles of this.poured my snifter 3/4 full and witnessed a dark brown body with red highlights.a small light brown head surfaced and left nice lacing with the tip of the glass.the first whiff gave me a wonderful mix of chocolate,coffee,molasses,brandy,bourbon,dark fruits,sherry,and pine hops.the first sip put me in total shock!so many different flavors greeted my tounge it was hard to keep up.cherries,chocolate,molasses,bourbon,brandy,dark fruit,cocoa,alcohol,pine hops.....it just keeps going.its pretty hot but i bet 6 months and this thing was be perfect.im glad i have two more bottles to hold onto cuz this is a truley classic beer.(RE-RATE ON 4-09-2008)same color body with no head.the alcohol heat in the nose has mellowed substantially.i grab everything i got in the nose from the first few bottles i had,although everything is more melted together.the flavors have done much of the same honestly.in fact right now its drinking a lot like a port wine.id say htis is in its prime right now.