Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Very deep copper/brown pour with the usual nice head retention and nice lacing.
Very different from last year’s offering, this version is definitely reflective of a higher stout percentage. It’s roastier and considerably drier on the palate with a very firm, tight flavor profile. The bourbon is there, but it’s more subtle, and more brandy comes through, as well.Baker’s chocolate,(a touch of) cinnamon, ginger,nutmeg, cherry cordial, figs, raisins, dates, vanilla, lavender, honey, burnt caramel, and toasted coconut are evident, as well as plum, breadfruit, kumquat, and a subtle citric quality. I also pick up an eccentric green tea characteristic, and even some melon. There are also esters of pears in brandy that I think must come from the tequila barrel aged buckwheat stout., and it is accompanied by a subtle smokiness, along with those wonderful leather and tobacco notes. As a bonus, there is less heat present than I’ve noticed in a newly released bottle in this series.
XVI is my hands-down favorite in the series, and is absolutely the most drinkable. Thanks, Firestone, for this mind (and palate) blowing achievement. dave_wakeman (6) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had. It is so different and unique. If you see it, get it. Unreal!
tkgeiger (2) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
Aroma: roast, chocolate, touch of bourbon, cherries
Appearance: black, tan head that disipates to thin layer. Nice lacing
Taste: chocolate, cherries, bourbon, oak, alcohol sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, silky texture. Dry finish
Overall: Amazingly complex. In each sip, flavors layer themselves. Some come and go. Others last for minutes.
Warning: if too warm this beer is heavy and hard to drink.