BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle aged over two years and served in a Duvel snifter which seems quite appropriate: Pours a very deep brown, near opaque with a fading tan head and very good lace, some oily legs as well. The aroma has notes of leather, pipe tobacco, toffee, burnt caramel, sea salt, anise, light smoke and char, some crabapple and raisin fruity esters along with a slightly port like vinous character. Rich dark malts, heavy earthiness and some dark fruits makes this a wonderful Barleywine now that aging has muted the hop character. Touch of molasses and liquorice twang. Slightly oxidized and hint of marzipan and tobacco like found in the classic Barleywines and English Strong Ales. None of those minty notes however, some herbal undertones. Lush and moderate biting mouth feel that would only be improved with a longer lasting finish. WOW, this took to the "cellar" very very well. I am impressed and this far exceeded my expectations. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Dark brown with light, tan head / Smooth nose of chocolate, tobacco, coffee, vanilla / Full body, some chewiness, great balance and alcohol masking, with good, dry, lightly bitter, finish / Flavors of semisweet chocolate, roast coffee, licorice, nuts, vanilla, and oak / Another fine beer from FS. dmac (6264) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle via trade shared with jcwatts. Poured a pitch black body with an average full frothy beige head. Aroma of dark cherries, dark fruit, syrup, dark chocolate, burnt toast. Very big full body that is thick and syrupy with average carbonation. Flavor is NICE!!!! Notes of molassess, chocolate, roasted coconut, woody and dark fruits. This is a great beer. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2011
Dark brown pour. Fruity and hoppy hit on the aroma, some light woody notes. Flavor is quite hoppy, nice and malty, really good. Thanks schiller! DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle bought 10/2010 at FS. Which lists the alcohol as 9.5%. What’s a few points between friends? Retains a nice strong ale nose from the bottle. Light roastiness, turning a little to sugar and just a hint of phenol, so I may have caught this just in time. A black color with a thin tan head, suggesting that should maybe have been listed as Imperial Porter. But tasting it, it does bring up some roast that more fits a stout. But quite mellowed. It has thickened up a bit with its heavy malt. Slight notes of cherry and peat. It even induces me to put an ear to the glass and hear its tiny bubbles fizz away. Worth the wait, but worth opening now, if you got one. Alcohol warmth fills in midway, still buoyed by lots of carbonation bubbles.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Dark browning black pour with tan head, mostly around the rim of the glass. Aroma of chocolate, cookie dough. Some oreo cookie. Light roasty bitterness with hints of coffee and smoke. Lots of chocolate and roast in the flavor. Cookies, brownies, dark chocolate syrup, but insanely dry as well. Finishes moderately bitter. Thick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Pretty nice. lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2010
pours black with a nice one finger brown creamy head. aroma is anise, dark pitted fruit, and a touch of coffee, black licorice, and chocolate. flavor is the same as aroma but stronger with some good lacing. there is a touch of alcohol showing thru and the flavors stick to your tongue for a bit. pretty good, poured from a 22oz bottle halloween weekend, fitting. nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2011
Bomber thanks to Nanoslug. Dark brown in color with a one-finger off-white head. Roasty with dark chocolate and and anise on the aroma, maybe a bit of dark fruit. The flavor is roasty and rather dry, with anise, dark chocolate, and some hoppiness nice. Pretty damn tasty, close to an imperial porter if you ask me. Medium-full bodied with well-hidden alcohol and an appropriate carbonation level. Solid stuff. Seems that Flossmoor may be making a comeback. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Pours a deep brown pushing almost black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, earthy notes, dark fruits and toffee. Flavor of toffee, nutty, dry yet malty. hopdog (12549) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Thanks Josh for sharing this. Poured a dark brown (almost black) color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, a little earthy, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, nuts, roast, dark fruits, and lighter chocolate.