charule (2302) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Bottle thanks to artmcd8. Poured chunky reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma of some alcohol and spice. Kind of smooke with light smoke and barrel. robforbes (2280) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2012
what a nice brew for my 1500th rating!
pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small beige head that dissipates, and a slight lacing that hangs out for a while.
smell is of wood, bourbon, caramel, barley, a little sweetness, belgian chocolate, and some brown sugar.
taste is a little sweet, caramel, a little chocolate, oak, coffee, grain, molasses, and dark fruit. ends sticky. overall very well done. Westchesterco (2274) - mclean, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2013
Aroma of bourbon and dried fruit. Appearance of cola brown. Taste Of caramel and overtones of bourbon. Long on the palate a sweet taste GuilTTy (2264) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Pours a ribbon of silky onyx with chestnut highlights under a rich dark tan head. Aroma of molasses, butterscotch and lightly roasted coffee. Big, sweet, rich butterscotch flavor right up front that blends with toffee, milk chocolate, plums and other dark fruits all atop a hearty malty center. Creamy mouthfeel and a long, sweet, pleasing finish. Wonderfully complex but deceptively drinkable, especially with such a high ABV. Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2012
(2012 bottle) Currently my favorite beer to sip slowly with friends. Marvelous deep ruby red appearance, feels almost more like a rich supple red wine than beer. Taste is layered, includes at times everything listed in the commercial description, but combines to be more than almost any description could capture. FW has created a masterpiece.
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craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 2012 vintage bomber. pours a deep red / brown with a nice 1+ finger off white head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. med body with a very smooth balance between the barrel notes and the malts. sweet caramel malts, dark fruits play off the lingering bourbon and oak notes from the wood. sweet dark fruit finish with some heat and a touch of citrus. this is one of the best beers around. worth every penny.
HonusWagner (2250) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pours a dark brown... lots of wood on the nose... big smooth body with dark fruit notes blended with a perfect level of oak. really nice Barley Wine...
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesn’t create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and I’m not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?). Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
On tap at the 2010 AZ Strong Beer Festival. One of the best at the Fest. Pours dark opaque brown with a thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, wood, citrus hops and brown sugar. The taste is oaky vanilla, bourbon, tart citrus and caramel malt. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very good beer. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber from Bevmo in North Phoenix. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with lively tan head. Aromas of bourbon, heavy vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavors of sweet vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and healthy dose of booze. Should saved this for a winter night around the fire, and not a hot summer day but oh well. Nice beer. That1Guy (2241) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Very nice. Bourbon complements nicely. Hops, balance, bourbon, nice. Dig it.