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 (293) - - 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 (875) - 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. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2014
22oz Bottle, purchased at Wakefield Liquors - Wakefield, RI. Have been craving a Barleywine for awhile and this one has been staring at me on the shelf. Classic concentrated malt aroma, English, with browned sugars and a bit of booze. Flavors are good, with Marisesque malt nuttiness, melted toffee, and cream. The barrel contribution is well measured, with a hint of oak, booze, and oxygen. The oxidation on the hops is already a touch heavy for me. Overall, I always appreciate FW’s attention to detail and the crisp, cleanliness of their brews, but this one is a tiny bit reserved and transparent. Not as much depth or wow factor as I would hope for considering the price and gravity. HerrBierkoenig (1452) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle provided by Cuso, many thanks :). Pours cloudy dark copper liquid. Minimal white-cappuccino head - almost no head. Aroma of vanilla, Christmas pastry, some vanilla and cream liquor- Irish Cream?, orange peel, Curacao liquor. The only deficiency- the aroma could last longer in the nose :) . Very full body, soft to flat carbonation, but strongly drinkable! The alcohol is very well hidden, you have only that heating feel. Taste is vanilla, Christmas spices, simply splendid, candied fruits, sweet. One of my best :) This beer is simply awesome. DCLawyer (2845) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bomber->snifter. 2013 bottle. Cloudy honey-orange amber with offwhite film. A: malt, caramel, honey, booze. T: same, very smooth and tasty. Aftertaste is light, more sweet than bitter. Quality.