slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014 potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at West End. Now this is a barleywine bitches! Pours murky brown, small beige head. Sweet upfront, lots of molasses/dark caramel, warming booze, moderate barrel character (not overpowering bourbon). Hell yes, i ordered 3 and slept like a baby. They should’ve just made this their anniversary beer, had next to XV and to me this is the clear winner, better body more flavor
"preferred by me and the wife over the Sticky Monkey. This one is more of a traditional BW in it’s aroma and flavor profiles. the barreling is more subtle (but still obvious - vanilla, oak and a hint of pepper). hops still shine through and it somehow manages to be smooth at 14%. awesome beer i’d buy in a heartbeat if bottled." jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On tap at Toronado. Pours a clear reddish amber with a small white head that settles quickly to a ring and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is big caramel, bourbon, vanilla, a bit of raisin, some grape, and a decent amount of booze. The taste is sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, some leather, and a hint of plum. The finish is boozy with a decent amount bitterness, and a mild astringency. Full bodied, sweet beer that borders on being syrupy. Low carbonation. IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Draft; my favorite at the FWXV release. Nose is vanilla, toffee, raisins, oak, and very light bourbon. Lightly hazy copper with a small beige head. flavor is golden raisin pie, toffee, oaky vanilla, and some very light bitterness and bourbon. Nicely balanced for a 14.3% BA BW as I tasted it. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Sampled at Deconstructed event during LA Beer Week, big and bourbony but with a mild medicinal kick to it. Pours a deep dark brown. Aroma is very strong.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Clear copper color/ tan head. Big boozy vanilla bourbon, caramel aromas. medium bodied. Decent toasted coconut, vanilla, whiskey, wood flavors, huge boozy finish- too much booze in fact. brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of cloudy dark amber color with a sturdy tan colored head.
S: The nose is quite sweet and mostly of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, and a touch of chocolatey oxidation. This is supposed to be a hoppy strong ale, but I don’t really get very much hop character.
T: A mild chocolate note to this one but still lots of caramel and brown sugar to go around. A slightly nutty note and lots of creamy, rich, vanilla and bourbon flavor. There is a subtle bitterness to this one, which I suppose is the "hoppy" character.
M: The body is medium with a smooth, moderate level of carbonation.
D: This didn’t impress me much initially, but as the beer warmed up, I enjoyed it more and more. Really quite nice. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Amber pour, off-white head. Caramel malt, oak, vanilla, light fruit notes, bourbon, and a fair amount of hops. The flavor blend together in a strange way, almost "chalky". Lots of alcohol warmth. Very nice. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2010
On tap at San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010
Appearance: Pours a deep translucent amber with a creamy beige film for a head.
Aroma: Leather, old books/basement, bourbon and related odors (wood, vanilla, caramel).
Taste: Cherry, booze, caramel and bitter hops.
Mouthfeel: Sticky with very modest carbonation.
Overall: Very tasty, very hot. Perhaps this is the beer that lends the warmth in Firestone 14.