smith4498 (3647) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. 2010 vintage. Pours dark brown/black color with light brown head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and some alcohol. Flavors of bourbon, bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, vanilla, oak. Moderately boozy. Full body with minimal carbonation. A very nice barrel aged beer. Thanks Craig. abemorsten (3615) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2012
Big bottle kindly shared by Valeria at Galeria Kaufhof Berlin Alexanderplatz. Pitch black body with a short lived brown film. Inviting roasted notes, sweet liquorice and bourbon on the nose and in the mouth. Full bodied. Oily texture. Pungent beer. Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
From draft @ Burger. Rich and intense. Concentrated aromas and flavors of vanilla, toasted coconut, whiskey, chocolate syrup and everything dark. Smooth, thick, creamy mouthfeel, with lower carbonation. Definitely one to sip, or enjoy with chocolate desserts. Whiskey flavors dominate at first, then give way to more layered aromas and flavors as it warms. The alcohol is not shy, though seems appropriate given the flavors of whiskey are present.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me... Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Aroma is licorice, bourbon, molasses, alcohol.....and homemade apple pie. You can just feel the weight of it as you pour the oil-like substance into a glass. Small brown head that lines the glass throughout. When I first smelled it, all I could do was hope that it tasted the same...and it does. Only difference being a hint of hops up front before the tidal wave of complex dark flavors crushes them...followed by your taste buds. One of the richest, most intense beers I've had...yet entirely drinkable. Going back for more tomorrow. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
2011 vintage. Batch 002. Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter.
A: Pours a jet black. There is no way light could even dream of entering this chamber of emptiness. A 2 finger dark brown head shines on the pour with a great liveliness. Frothy and bubbly, the head leaves some nice sticky lace and has some legs to boot.
S: I pick up the bourbon right away with a the great oak barrel as well. Light vanilla with a light alcohol complimenting it as well.
T: Incredible flavor combination. I get the bourbon right upfront which smooths out to a great woody barrel barrel and light hoppiness. The finish consists of some sweet vanilla, light chocolate and a warming alcohol with a touch of heat. Just really hits all the notes.
M: Very smooth and incredibly warming down the throat. Heavy bodied with little carbonation, but just enough make it alive down your through.
O: I thought this was a great barrel-aged RIS. The flavors all meshed wonderfully and I wonder how good this could be with a little bit of age on it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-27-2011
77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2012
Thx. to Jeff - bro - for this one. Sampled during RBBSG 2012. Black with a small mocha head. Smell is mellow toffee, which I wrote down like 3 times for some reason, brown sugar sweet with mocha, caramel and a sludge of bourbon, some head still coming off from this one. Taste is smooth creamy dark molasses, reasonable dark sugar, mocha, still some light bitter hops in the back, cocoa, bourbon sludge, it is rich stuff, lightly booze in the back - the good stuff, creamy bourbon-esque body - fine stuff - good swag buttslamify (52) - - SEP 27, 2012
Aroma is strong of coffee, chocolate, cherries, tobacco, earthy notes and oak. Appearance is lame, no head but dark oily texture so that’s nice. Taste is off the charts, almost thick like a syrup with a sweet after taste. Palate is nice, nothing special. Overall the best Firestone beer you can buy. scanovajr (695) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2015 Bottled. A dark brown beer with a medium sized creamy beige head. Aroma is malty, notes of dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol and tons of wood. Taste is malty and sweet, notes of dark fruits, roasted malt, chocolate and wood. Winous texture. warming alcohol in the end. An amazing beer arondee (601) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Let me start off with one word. WOW. This is an amazing beer. It pours a rich black color with a small off-white head. The aroma is amazing. Whisky, malts, burnt chocolate, and tobacco. The taste is heaven. It’s so good. It’s not overly boozy or bitter. A perfectly balanced IRS if there ever was one. I’m a huge fan of this brewery. Jayeblue24 (1) - - SEP 18, 2012 does not count
The aroma is a bit boozy but the taste changes as you go along. I like the after taste its complex....chocolatly, roasty, malty, figs n dark fruit. for an aroma and the abv I would expect it to be a little thicker. The taste and the aroma make up for the apperance. I like this beer alot. Probably my 3rd favorite behind Cigar City’s Marshal Zhukov & 3 Floyds’ Dark Lord:)