Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a Great Divide cervoise.
A: Pours a clear brown color with ruby highlights throughout. A light khaki head forms on the pour and quickly recedes to a thin ring. Splotches of lace are left behind.
S: Caramel soaked raisins with a sweet toffee malt and some mild leather. Grainy, cereal malts and some background oak make up the finish of the nose.
T: Sweet, sweet caramel. Almost sugary. Cereal malts with a mild booziness. Raisins with a thick toffee sweetness on the finish. Very sweet with some nutty, almost like almond, qualities to it. There is a very slight hint of bitterness amongst the sweetness on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is at a medium+ level and the finish is smooth and sweet.
O: This was a like a sugary, barleywine-light. I can drink this in small doses and my 8 oz. pour was more than enough. That being said I really do like sweet beers and this one was right at the border.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-27-2012 budznsudz (584) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours deep garnet with ample head that quickly recedes. The aroma is bourbon barrel, caramelized brown sugar, and rich toffee malts. There is a chewy mouthfeel that coats the tongue and finishes with a silky smootheness. Taste is oak, bourbon, vanilla, figs, and a touch of booze. Simply outstanding. vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Strong bourbon barrel aging on the nose. Smooth finish with notes of vanilla and figs. Very well done for barrel aged brew. Not the finest of the FSW barrel aged series but still very good. Will be better with aging. XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2013 Bottle through BIF, pours a reddish amber pour that fades to orange near the top, super thin white head. Aroma of toffee, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is sweet caramel malt, light cherry, oak and vanilla. Rerated from a 3.2 a while ago...really? Bacterial (3074) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Pour into my big NB snifter. Hazy light brown with a tinge of amber. Light tan head. Nose is caramel with some wood in the background. Taste is malty, caramel with hints of vanilla and an excellent heat and bitterness aftertaste. Not too boozy and not too big. An excellent beer. FW’s barrel stuff is truly epic!
colinize (316) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Clear medium amber frothy head very tasty smooth. Served at great american beer fest 2012. eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Nice and smooth strong ale that has all the tastes malt lovers go for. Hops are well balanced and not the main flavor. Very high Abv but does not have a overpowering alcohol flavor or smell. Reminds me of the good darker Belgium ales. Since it is a limited release it is pricey but worth the experience. Great beer for fall or winter. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Slightly opaque copper colored pour with a very small off-white head. Super sweet nose of brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Lots of vanilla, a hint of booze, chocolate, and some bourbon. Intense malt sweetness on the palate. A ton of caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. A lot of vanilla and bourbon, too. Kind of boozy on the finish. wchesser (2163) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Had a bottle a couple months back that was a hot mess. This was not only served cooler but the flavor and alcohol had come together much more. Dark cloudy amber. Toffee and bourbon with sweet malt finish. Very enjoyable. smith4498 (3701) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. 2012 vintage. Pours cloudy dark caramel color with light tan head. Aromas of toffee, molasses, toasted malts, oak and some alcohol. Sweet molasses flavor with toasted malts, oak, dark fruits and oak. Quite boozy. Full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy mouthfeel. Thanks Craig.