Klimaet (2894) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2017 LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours amber brown with tan frothy edges.
Aroma: Big spirit barrel (bourbon,big oak,brandy) leather and chocolatey roast.
Taste: Big char and roast, dark chocolate, tons of wood,bourbon. After subsequent samples, the agressive char and roast made way for some more pleasant bourbon sweetness and chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, modest carbonation. Not nearly as sticky as other FSW Anniversary ales.
Overall: I’m happy to report that this beer isn’t like XIV or XV, which I found to be very similar to one another. I would also say, while this is stout heavy, it’s nothing like XIII either. Lots of barrel character, and way drier than I expected. I feel I need to get to know this beer better and at different temperatures. Very complex, very yummy and will definitely take some interesting turns in the next year or two.
Tap @ Baileys Taproom, Portland. Pours hazy dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, light hoppy notes, earthy. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruits, some bitterness and light roast, coffee. jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - APR 6, 2017
22oz bottle in a teku. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of sweet, chocolatey, and light roasted malts, a good amount of oak, some light bitterness, and dough. Flavor the same with hints of vanilla and toffee. Smoother texture. A pretty cool beer, probably would have liked this a lot more 5-10 years ago when strong ales were all the rage. 77ships (10683) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2017
Big thanks to this one Kraddel! Bomber sampled. Black, tanned head on the sides. Nose is light oxidation, dusty cellar followed by mocha, chocolate, oak vanilla sweet, mellow balanced. Light oxidation upfront, dusty but otherwise, mellowed out creamy bourbon, vanilla oak, mocha, lightly boozy, coffee, more silky & slick than you would expect, chocolate cake, maple faint, caramel, vanilla oak sweet,... Shame about the light oxidation but otherwise really superb beer as expected. kraddel (8618) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 16, 2017
Pours very dark brown, small white head. smell is woody, bit bourbon, very mild booze, bit sweet. Taste is full, complex, bourbon. Bit bitter, very well blended and has still held up extremely well. Impressive, as seems to be the standard with this brewery. Melnis (525) - LATVIA - FEB 26, 2017
Aromats - woww, svaigs skabais kirsis, burbona muca, mellene, mekleju iemeslu lai ieliktu 9 ;) nav. Rubiin- melns.Garsa tik pat piesatinata ka aromats, beeeeeet prasaas bliivaku. Lai gan ja taa ie domats, tad loti labi, nav kaarteejaa biezaa zapte :).
anstei (2470) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. This one gets closer to the 12 and 13 than 14 and 15. Sweeter body, some candy, but still has a great drinkability. yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2017
Première bière de l’année 2017 pour moi, après 4 jours d’abstention. Robe brune bien voilée aux reflets de vieil alcool. Malgré ce filtre brumeux, je perçois des reflets qui ressemblent à ceux qu’offre un rhum vieux. Nez où le chocolat s’exprime correctement mais ne parvient pas à surmonter cette attaque alcoolisée à la Téquila. Un début d’oxydation qui n’est certainement pas étranger à l’âge de la bouteille et qui influence positivement ma note en regard à son potentiel de garde. Structure costaude. Le malt est puissant. L’alcool est enivrant. Ça frappe fort et je ne suis pas certain d’aimer cet aspect. Buvabilité moyenne. Sucre complexe de caramel et de tire d’érable sur fond de baril d’alcool. Plus ou moins pour moi. jandd1983 (4447) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Bottle. It poured a dark brown color with a beige head. The aroma was of malts, caramel, vanilla and some bourbon. The taste was similar to the aroma with more roasted malts, caramel, toffee, fruits, vanilla, oak and bourbon. It had medium carbonation with a nice bourbon finish. Really tasty. thepatrickman (1398) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle as part of a Firestone Walker 14-19 vertical tasting. Much darker than the FW 15, with significantly more roasted coffee and chocolate coming through. There’s a great interplay between the caramel and vanilla sweetness of the barleywines and the chocolate and roasted malts of the stouts, before it finishes with a lot of bourbon barrel booze and oak. ryanfolty (2584) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2016 August 26, 2016 - bottle to celebrate another wedding anniversary. Brown pour with some head that faded somewhat quickly. Aroma was caramel, bourbon, roast and light hops. Taste had the roast and chocolate initially, then sweetness and finished with the bourbon and a mild bitterness.