Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2012 Simply one of the most complex, balanced, fruity (raisins, coconuts, papayas, guavas, persimmons, figs, dates, and plums) chocolatey, sherry-like, velvety, silky creations I’ve ever tasted.
On balance, it’s definitely sweet (although a nice touch of hops dry it out in the finish) and perhaps it could use a bit more roastiness to dry it out a tad more, but its flavor is so voluptuous that I really couldn’t knock it down even a tenth. DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Bomber from Frank Smith’s. Pours deep brownish with 1-finger frothy tan head. Nose is earthy peaty malt, figgy and vinous fruits, mild spice, bourbony oaky notes, and vanilla. Tastes of dark malt, oaky bourbon, spicy with notes of cinnamon, ginger, cacao, plus citrus fruit, vanilla, late coconut. New flavors emerge with every sip, and the overall experience is sublime, and one of the reasons I still seek out these types of beers. The alcohol is well integrated, not hidden so much as accompanying the plethora of flavors. This is one of the most amazing beers I have ever quaffed, and is a true delight to behold. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Pours dark ruby mahogany with a small beige head. Smells of molasses, hints of chocolate, and tingles of tobacco. Taste is dark fruits, hints of chocolate and molasses, and hints of tobacco. Full-bodied with a slick texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Firestone Walker XV Anniversary Ale finishes with a bit of heat and some barrel dryness. iHateBeerz (10) - - AUG 6, 2015
It doesn’t get much more complex than this right here - a beautiful blend - chocolate, bourbon, roasted characteristics, oak, maple, ginger, cinnamon, doesn’t need much else. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Draft at Jerry’s. Dark mahogany with big, creamy, tan head / Rich nose of dark fruit, bourbon, chocolate, and oak / Full body, chewy and creamy, sweet but with good hopping, and long, only slightly hot, finish / Flavor of semisweet chocolate, dates, prunes, dark roast coffee, caramel, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla and oak / I apologize for the 1 point deduction.
onceblind (10293) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Aged approx 11 months. Murky dark rosy with a beige head that doesn’t last at all. Heady beautiful aroma of cherry, plum, raisin, vanilla, a little bit of boozy oak, and dark sweet malt. Flavor is a complex explosion of everything in the aroma, and more. Dark malty tones of toffee and fig/raisins greet you with a touch of vanilla and tobacco, blending into honey, cherry and oak with a bourbony brown sugar/molasses sweetness and some gentle booziness, blending into some subtleties of cocoa and tobacco and gentle resinous hops. Wow-wee. This is the most complex, fruity, balanced, and delightful beer I’ve ever had. I can only knock it down a little for it’s lack of head, but otherwise this beer is a masterpiece. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Big nearly black beer with no head to speak of... Big big big slightly sweet bourbon creamy aroma with notes of vanilla roast dark fruits, exceptionally complex, as the bourbon is big but not overpowering... Deftly blended with notes of dark fruits, vanilla, woods, cream, roast, bourbon, brandy... Full bodied but not overly full bodied, each sip begs you to come back for more with complex flavors, super silky body... Quite possibly the best barrel aged beer ive had... bigabe (194) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Quite simply, the most complex beer I have ever tasted. Massive chocolate, coffee, bourbon notes... sweet malt, bourbon, and a little hop bite on the finish. Massively awesome, extremely epic... pick your superlative. This beer is incredible. zizzybalubba (1880) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2013
On tap during the 43 Hours of Dark at The Birch, Norfolk, VA. Murky brown pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Tastes of oak, coconut, chocolate cake, bourbon, and vanilla. Nice heat from the alcohol that adds just the right touch. Nothing short of stunning. mgnewman5 (7) - - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
Enjoy it more than the 16 and 17 by far. Smooth, boozy and lots of dark sugars.
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