jackl (8555) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle. Deep chestnut brown pour with a tiny white head. Just a touch hazy in appearance. The nose recalls caramel-dipped bruised red apples. Some rich cocoa, decadent toffee. Mild boozy wood. The taste is a bit less assertive. Mellow raisin paste. Hints of vanilla. Spicy toasted grain. Warm toffee dessert. Dry, slightly hot finish. Full body. Just a touch oily. Overall, quite satisfying. I can’t think of a single beer that I don’t like by Firestone Walker. Their offerings are as consistent as they are delicious. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle batch 002 poured a light red amber color with a thin cap of off white head. Aroma initially had a lot of anise that burned right off leaving sweet bourbon soaked barrels, English malt, perfume like hops, and caramel. Mouth feel is medium and the coating nice with lower side carbonation. Flavor centers on the barrel treatment, vanilla, bourbon soaked oak, English malt, and again some aged hops kicking through. There is certainly some warming and quite a bit of sweetness into the finish. More a showcase of their great barrel aging and blending skills than anything else. John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2013 bottle. No head, pours deep amber. The aroma on this is caramel, toffee, vanilla, sweet bourbon, and some some nice oak notes. The taste follows suit with butterscotch, some nice bitterness and heat from the 12%. The palate is rich, creamy, with moderate carbonation and a perfect slow warming feeling that lingers. Overall this is excellent. FSW knows barrels and blending better than anyone. ASak10 (56) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Delicious barley wine. Sweet, tastes of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Alcohol is strong but doesn't overpower the beer. Sticky mouthfeel. Overall a great barley wine but I don't know if I could drink more than one in a sitting.
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From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryan’s. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Caramel nose. Flavors of caramel, vanilla and butterscotch. Medium heavy bodied. Smooth sweet finish.
Beardaxe (294) - - JAN 13, 2014
Poured from a bomber into tulip glass. Golden brown appearance with minimal head. Aroma is dominated by bourbon. Taste is more promising. Initial strong hits of bourbon, but the beer began to reveal itself as it warmed up. Some nice barleywine notes here that would work even without the barrel. The bourbon adds a lot and has the typical FW deft touch. It's highly present, but also supple and gentle. The skill involved in this beer is definitely on display. That being said, it still felt like it was missing something. It had the barleywine character, and the bourbon, but lacked something to bridge them together.
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Clear orange coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and vanilla. Sweet and fruity flavour of hops, vanilla and dried fruits. Sweet and hoppy finish. Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2014
1/11/2014. 22 oz bottle of the 2013 version. Deep amber with a tan head. Aromas are sugary with oak, malt and caramel. Flavors are sweet and syrupy with lots of bourbon. Sweet boozy finish. iworkatinitech (24) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Let me start by saying I’m not generally a fan of bourbon but this was one note (bourbon) throughout and I expected more from Firestone. b33r (881) - Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Cloudy, pale medium brown color with almost no head- just a ring around the edge and light oily lacing. Aroma has insanely rich vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is smooth with huge caramel malts, with nearly no bitterness. A lot of sweet vanilla and toffee, tastes like candy. Thick, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite barley wines.