mcberko (19803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
22 oz. bottle, pours a fairly clean but hazy dark copper with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, booze, brown sugar and some butterscotch. Flavour is very rich, with thick caramel, butterscotch, loads of alcohol (without burning too much), and some light notes of dark fruits. Very complex, hugely viscous mouthfeel and well-balanced. Excellent heavy-hitter here. Firestone Walker have succeeded again. robforbes (2277) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
pours a cloudy amber-orange with a very small tan head that goes away quickly, large pieces of sediment, and some lacing.
smell is of wood, toffee, and nuts.
taste is smooth, barley, wood (oak), burnt caramel, malt, a touch of citrus, and somewhat sweet. ends strong and smooth. pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours out a nice, deep ruby/amber color with no head. Aroma is alcohol, caramel, oak, vanilla, light dried fruits. Taste is complex, oaky barrel, toffee, caramel, dried bread crust, vanilla, sweet malty notes, more oak chips, and a rather light punch of alcohol considering the higher ABV. cfrances33 (35) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle thanks to Gehrig13, enjoyed in a HF stem.
Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pour: Murky caramel color, with a finger and a half of white soapy head. Head recedes for a nice film. Leaves little to no lacing
Smell: Big chewy raisins and figs up front. Lot of candied sugar, caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbon finish.
Taste: Follows the nose but the bourbon sweetness hit first. Chewy raisins and figs, lots of candied sugar and caramel. Finishes with bourbon and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth bourbon heat typical of most FW barrel aged beers. Not too hot. Nice. A definite sipper, and quite chewy.
Overall: I was more impressed with this than I was expecting. Quite good. I probably wouldn’t get it over Sucaba or definitely Parabola, but I would have this again.
Deep amber brew with some off-white head. Aromas of toffee, vanilla, honey sweetness, oak, toasted malt. Flavor is boozy, lots of caramel malt, wood, toffee.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2012
bomber thanks to Ratman197. pours a deep ruby/orange with a small off white head. the bourbon / vanilla / oak notes hit you in the face with some caramel malts lingering. med to full body - filled with layers of deep fruits, caramel malts, light oak, vanilla and bourbon. smooth and rich finish which finishes sweet, but not too sweet. a light citrus bitterness is followed by the sweet notes of the barrel and the malts while the citrus hop flavors balance things out. a light alcohol warming rounds things out. excellent beer Matt B. jcnielsen (3416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with white head. Bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch aromas. Bourbon flavors with some alcohol in the flavor. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Bottle at homebrew club meeting. Pours a mostly clear deep amber with a stiff off-white head. Nose is lush and with some marshmallow notes, moderate sweetness & caramel, subtle oak. Huge improvement over the original dba, imo. Big and creamy palate, very well balanced for how sweet it starts. Drying finish. Pretty superb stuff. mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours red with off tan head big malty cherry bourbon aroma. Taste is matching scotch cherries chocolate and wheat RobertDale (6976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours a cloudy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and bourbon. Taste is caramel malt, toffee, wood, and a bit of hops. Very nice.