teamrassas (26) - USA - JUN 18, 2009
The ultimate in craft beer. Beer geeks rejoice, a blend of 5 different oak aged beers layer intense and subtle flavors together of malted cramel sweet fruit mild chocolate covered with burbon barrel aging, and just the right amount. nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 6, 2009
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Source:750 mL bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Appearance: Dark brown pour with a thin tan head.
Aroma:Amazing nose of sweet malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar and molasses.
Flavor:Sweet malts, candied fruits, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.
Palate:Full body with soft carbonation.
Overall:My first 5.0!
shared with 2 other cats was the first of the firestone ann i had strong oak notesvery easy to drink had right befor a drednaught 3floyds
great beer jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2008
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 bottle from a trader in Cali. I have come to expect much from these fs anniversary brews and this one does not disappoint. Truly awesome. Oak, chocolate, and a hint of bourbon in the nose. Lonnnnng, lingering chocolate, caramel, vanilla and oak finish to a perfectly balanced and perfectly complex brew. Better than 11, but not quite as good as 10. I love me some me. daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle, this one from belgianbeergal. Damn these FW anniversary beers are amazing! Very dark brown pour. Aroma hits with tons of caramel, vanilla, bourbon and dark dried fruit. Flavor has a good hop profile but is dominated by wonderful caramel, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and is just amazing. Love it.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle from linkery. Dark brown with no head. Bourbon vanilla and oak aroma and taste up front. Just my type of beer. Raisin black berry coffee and roasty notes through out. Good wine character in complexity and mouth feel. Excellent. I loves me some me!!! drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2010
7/23/10. HUGE thanks to mikey711 for this puppy! Had alongside 13 and Port Older Viscosity, and this was my clear favorite! Huge barrel aroma - oak, vanilla, coconut, and more. The flavor is much the same with an awesome roasty bitterness in there as well. Love it!! illidurit (2327) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2008
Poured into a brandy snifter. Out of the bottle it is a maple syrup color but in the glass it sits a complete opaque black. An ecru head tries to form through the dense liquid but manages only about a half finger of height.
Aroma features all the great qualities of a fine bourbon but with none of the alcohol sharpness. Chocolate drizzled on oak and peat, with sumptuous vanilla and a raisiny fruitiness, even hazelnuts.
Flavor seems to morph with each sip. First I got a really portlike Utopias character, then I got a nice roastiness, and now it seems to be sweet bourbon and wood. Similar notes as the aroma, and I am also getting a slight candied citrus note, which may be the only trace of hoppiness here. Brown sugar, smoke, molasses. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is a touch under thick, which lends a nice drinkability. Carbonation is lowish but there is nothing wrong with that, considering this beer is almost closer to bourbon than beer anyway. Finish is surprisingly clean. Wonderful warming sensation from the high but well-hidden alcohol makes this just perfect for cold weather and winter in general. Top notch beer. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle, courtesy Kevin. Pours a dark brown color with caramel red highlights and little lacing. Nose is of oaky caramel, cherries, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Very complex. Flavor is just flat-out awesome. Incredible caramel punch, chocolate, vanilla, bourbony spike, some cider, dark fruit, peanut butter, molasses...just a ton going on here, it’s great. Soft, full-bodied, zero alcohol presence, and so damn easy to drink. Love it. Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small lingering tan head. Aromas of pepper, tropical fruit, bourbon, oak, carmel, vanilla, plum raisin and light brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, oak, cherry, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla and raisains with a smooth warming lingering bittersweet finish