mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is super complex, with loads of dark dried fruits, brandy-like liqueur, bourbon and booze - no hint I oxidation. Flavour is extremely rich and complex, with notes brandy upfront, caramel, and deep dark fruits. Extremely deep and sophisticated. The body is sticky and liqueur-like. ABV is hidden really well. The age has done this wonders. Elegant and complex. Awesome stuff. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottled. Aged well since this beers release back in 2008 I think. I never rated it upon tasting the first of the two bottles I picked up from the brewery. I had no idea this beast would develop into what it has become... Poured a dark mahogany with an oily appearance; some yeast sediment suspended near the bottom. A light amount of carbonation is still present. After warming in my snifter the aroma is incredible...old leather, charred oak, brandy, molasses, a slight hint of cedar and tobacco. The flavor has mellowed and blended something fierce; amazingly smooth transitions between the sweet brown sugar and raisin notes up front and the smoky oak, bourbon and chocolate tones behind it. Just outstandingly smooth...no harsh character in the profile at all. Palate is perfect; thick and oily and it coats the mouth like butter. The alcohol heat has subsided with aging and has made this a real treat to be savored. With the extra years on it, this is one of my favorite barrel aged blends so far. Its a shame I didn’t buy more... thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Wow! Bottle generously shared at Clusterfork. Pours a deep brown with little carbonation left. Aroma is toffee, butterscotch, some mild tobacco. Chocolate more in the taste with a good mouthfeel and some wine tanin. The carb level is low but this beer is still holding up. I’d heard bad things since the first time I tried it 3 years ago. Nice beer and hope it holds up a little longer. djd07 (14521) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to Dave. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head that diminishes rather quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Thin mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and oak. Very smooth hiding the alcohol well, a very impressive American strong ale from Firestone.
thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
This bottled brew from rbsg #44 poured a small sized head of light brown colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque and a fair lacing. The aroma was dark malt and bourbon. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of roasted malt and . Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle, part of a vertical (thanks, daknole). Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of bourbon and caramel. Taste of malty biscuit with bitter coffee finish. Some oxidation (not surprising given the age), but the quality still shines through.
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Pours brown and turns black as it pools with a small thin head that dissipates quickly. Nose is vanilla, toasted almonds, light coffee. Not as strong as other anniversary beers. Taste is sweet but transitions into a nice bitter finish. The bitter is more in tact then the other anniversary beer. The mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, the body is heavy and the finish is long.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2012
alright! happy to try this- . pours a black thick oil .. mild foam .. . deep tar, burnt wood, dark caramel, touch of sherry, and burnt sugar .. . still quite thick, this could go another 5+ years .. . go away john terry, no one likes you! cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle @ Armin’s bachelor party. Thanks Armin! Pours a dark brown appearance with a very small tan head. Quite nice, rich dark chocolate, toffee, light whiskey, caramel, molasses, fig, tobacco aroma. Somewhat fruity, fig, plum dark chocolate, rich caramel, chocolate flavor that’s thick and has just a touch of booze on the finish. No noticeable signs of oxidation and a real treat to drink. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Sampled on 9/2/2012 during an FW 11-15 vertical. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is caramel. wood, boozy and sweet. A full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice balance. Lots of wood, sweet and bourbon. A little more bourbon and wood than the 11. Nicely balanced. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and sweet. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. An interesting tasting. The group consensus was that the was not a whole lot of difference between the 11, 12 and 14, but that the 13 was thin and tasted so different from the others we wondered if they changed the recipe.