50belair (3661) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Boozy aromas. Sweet malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and tequila notes. For me, the tequila does not work well with this ale. Decent body and mouthfeel.
BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours nearly opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium to short retention with light to spare lacing. Aroma is a wonderful marriage of dark malts, roasted and chocolate with earthy and spicy coffee notes, prunes, plums, and raisins, figs, oak, bourbon, brown sugar and caramel, spicy and floral hops with peppery alcohol notes. Flavor is dark and bittersweet malts, dark dried fruits, medium hops and bitterness, warming and drying bourbon, oak notes and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. This beer warms nicely and is one to sip and contemplate for a while. Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark maroon brown with rapidly settling tan head, no lacing. Aroma is strong barrel, bourbon in particular, vanilla, sweet and boozy, mild roast. Flavor is bourbon, strong vanilla, mild fruit, plum, with a moderately roasted, chocolatey, mild hop finish. The darker tones and richness developed as it warmed, as did the hops. Fairly sweet and sticky, but pleasant. The alcohol is very well masked. Soft to moderate carbonation, medium to full body, and a mildly warm finish. Pricey but well done. Quite the creation, an excellent blend of intense beers. flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle pours a dark amber brown with a rapidly dissipating tan head. Aromas of fig, oak, vanilla, and cane sugar. Taste is sweet caramel with the slightest bit of hops. Notes of apple, chocolate, and bourbon. Very interesting--each sip brings new flavors. Palate is smooth and overall the alcohol is well masked. sonnycheeba (6126) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of creamy, off-white head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, sweetbread, figs, dates, and floral hops. Flavor is some dry malts, vanilla sweetness, dark fruit esters, oak, booze, faint hop bitterness and light toffee; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
snoworsummer (5746) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Draft. Pours almost opaque almost black. Tastes very sweet and raisiny, like grape nuts, molasses, toffee, dates. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like light raisins and caramel. madmitch76 (25009) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
4th May 2013vvesside (256) - California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
CBC. Clear deep amber beer, good pale tan head. Nose of vanilla wood and spice. Palate is airy and a little dry. Bourbon vanilla, light wood. A little brandy and red wine. Finishes light and dry. Doesn’t appear to have the complexity these anniversary beers normally have but then this is hardly the right conditions to appreciate something like this. Must revisit.
Great blend of amazing beers. You continually pick up familiar flavors from so many of FW’s great brews. Nuffield (4180) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
I’m really suspicious of the "blending" fad in brewing--rarely have I seen it pay off in terms of complexity. That’s true here. But as a barrel aged beer this is still really good. I wouldn’t call this "restrained" barrel aging but it isn’t over the top either. There’s a sippable quality if you like liquor. Good body--supported and vibrant, a little hot. Hedonistically very very good; as brewer skill, less stellar. Bottle. jazz88 (2681) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bottle. Rated on 6/19/13. A dark brown color with a tan head. A nice rich chocolate aroma and well balanced bourbon aroma and flavor.