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Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

238 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 327
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 12-01-2007)
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled after the Firestone 10, this one was again graciously provided by my main man grub!!

Pours a clear brown, dark reddish, slightly darker than the 10, thick tan head, leaves behind some solid lace spots, drops a thick ring of lace, and a solid layer, doesn't look as sexy as the 10 but pretty close. Smell is insane, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, lots of chocolate, oats, find it a bit smoother than the 10, lots of dark fruit, brandy, raisins, great. Taste is similar, tons of toffee, coconut, bourbon, vanilla, bread, chocolate, brandy and oak, very amazing, super integrated, find it just a little more intense than the 10. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, super smooth, some warmth, amazing. Thanks once again Russ!!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 03:18:43 | More by Viggo
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drseamus

New York

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tasting 3/29/08. Served side by side with Firestone 10 for a "verzonical". Props to the BA that coined that phrase, I can't remember who it was.

Brilliantly clear red body with no head retention but visible carbonation none the less. It has a sweet malt aroma but it's not as clear and crisp as in the 10. There are some raisins as well. There is a touch of chocolate as well. It is much sweeter than the 10 but still very balanced. Some candi sugar is in there also. The drinkability is outstanding. Medium body.

In closing, comparing the verzonical, the 10 has much more bop bitterness and the Eleven has a stronger malt sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:54:20 | More by drseamus
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Wasatch

Utah

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to flexabull for this brew.

Boxed
Gold Waxed Top
22oz. Bomber

Pours a really nice blackish color, nice carbonation, very nice creamy tannish one-finger head, some nice stickly lacing follows. The nose is big on bourbon, malts, vanilla, some licorice, toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is malty, a very nice tone of bourbon, sweet, nice touch of licorice, and dark chocolate. Full-Medium body, a very well round/complex brew. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, for this brew. Very Drinkable, this one is a joy to drink, another tasty brew from FW Annv. brew. Highly recommended. Thanks Paul.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 00:19:09 | More by Wasatch
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So here we go. The Firestone 11th anniversary blend. I had been saving this one, until I realized, why am I saving it? So last night, just popped it open and went for it, as I figured now is just as good a time as any. The pour was a very deep dark brown, with a nearly opaque profile welcoming me in. Really quite dark and looming as it sat in the glass. A very nice two finger high head of tan lace was perched right on top and really did not hang around long, but had enough staying power to put down a fine line of side glass lace. Looked pretty big off the bat, though nothing earth shattering just yet.

The aroma was huge, with loads of bourbon and oak infused smells just wafting into the air all around me. Lots of spicy alcohol in this one, definitely going to be a big one, and that was obvious from the first whiff that hit the air. Very nice balance of smells here with a deep grain profile, that had layer upon layer of oak barrel aged goodness heaped on top of it. The flavor was smooth as silk, and really started to punch through one you let it warm up a good bit. Lots of spice rum, and dark fruit like flavors. Hints of figs, raisins, and plums were all over this one, but the oak flavor really pulled a coup here. Lots of woody alcohol flavor here. Once it hit room temperature though it really faded away quite nicely and really became a very nice mellow sipper. Big alcohol here at 11%, and you know it is every minute. Not really feasible to go for more then one in a sitting, but this was a dozy.

Overall, I really thought this was wonderful. Lots of complex flavors, and a really nice deep profile. Great carbonation that never let it feel flat, thought it looked a little bit that way as it went down. Is it deserving of its reputation? I will let you decide, but I would definitely shell out the dough to get another one of these any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 01:26:58 | More by mikesgroove
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fartingdog hooked me up with this one in a recent trade. huge thanks to dave for this great beer.

22oz bottle topped with a bronze coloured wrapper. presented in a box with a sheet detailing the creation of the beer and the various parts of the blend. sampled april 5/08 beside the ten.

pours deep red-brown with a small dense tan head. the head drops fast and leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. bourbon, brandy, vanilla, and oak. bit of dark chocolate. dark fruit - date, fig, and a bit of raisin. touch of citrus. bread and biscuit malt. caramel. bit of butterscotch. alcohol. slight earthy character. great, but i enjoyed the 10 a bit more.

taste is excellent. brandy and bourbon. oak. vanilla. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. roasty. big bready malt. light dark fruit - date and raisin. warming alcohol. toasted wheat bread.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level, with just a hint of sting. touch of astringency too. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. great barrel character. great base. great blend. feels like it needs a little more time in the cellar to mellow into a truly amazing beer. for now "great" is still pretty damn fine.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:31:26 | More by grub
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to axilla for breaking this one out...
Appears a dark crimson toned chestnut with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a heavy collar. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of bourbon soaked wood, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, roasted nuts, and toffee.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with dark, ripe fruit, and some coconut coming through.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, savory, with bourbon shining through. Smooth in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 19:20:48 | More by weeare138
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Avryle

New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Night in the Woods" tasting 3.29.08
Thanks to littlebreeze for supplying the bottle

A- pours dark brown with a thin head that disipates to nothingness

S- Cherries, malt & oat very dominiant on my nose. Everyone else is picking up very different things. However, it is not a crazy-complex as the 10.

T- Smooth, sweet malt dominates. Caramel & cocoal in the body as well. Very rich. Nice bourbon finish.

M- Way sexy. Very full, coats the entire mouth. Alcohol warmth going down

D- Smooth and sweet. More balanced than the 10, but not nearly as complex. This is not a bad thing though. As stated in my review of the 10, the only way to improve upon this beer is to create the 10.5- a 50/50 blend of the 10 & 11. It was a masterpiece!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 16:34:01 | More by Avryle
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aerozeppl

New York

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to littlebreeze for supplying the bottle.

A: Super clear dark red with no head. Clearer than the 10.

S: Subtle compared to the 10. The complexity is not quite there yet. You get quite a bit of sweet malt though.

T: Slightly boozier than the 10. You get most of the same tastes as the 10 but not quite as complex. You get sweetness first then into an old ale taste then barley wine and finished with oats. Really good but the 10 was better.

M: Slightly thicker than the 10. More stout this year I would assume. Very smooth.

D:Amazing drinkability. That being said we did a blend of the 10+11 and dubbed it the Firestone 10.5 It killed the 10 and the 11. Long live 10.5!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 15:52:33 | More by aerozeppl
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DogFood11

California

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle. Poured into a tulip it is a perfectly manageable tan head. Fairly loose at first and falls to a skim topper. Lace is spider web like and retention is decent. Mahogonay color.

The thing that strikes me after the first pull is how well everything is in balance. The carbonation while mild fits this brew. Nothing stands out as dominant. The blend is a thing of beauty. Compared to last years anniversary brew this leans more towards the toasty, chocolaty, stouty edge of the spectrum. Fine with me. Roasted dark nuts with a drying middle, almost like a slight coffee bitterness, and finishes slightly sweet and spiced. The lingering aftertaste is an all spice with thick malt. Loved it.

Firestone has a great thing going with this blending batches approach and I would love to see this spread in the community. A solid "A" but I would take last years more hopped version over this in a close call.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 06:40:59 | More by DogFood11
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illidurit

California

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from the bottle at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a sample-size wine glass. A little cap of head forms atop a dark brown body with copper highlights.

Smells very bourbony with less booziness. Oak, vanilla, raisin, brown sugar.

Taste includes that bourbon note in a big way, but also incorporates brown sugar and oatmeal. More bitter notes like sharp molasses, leather, and a bit of char help to balance the sweetness.

Very smooth and dry despite the thick body. Even though the flavors of bourbon are prominent, the alcohol really isn't. Nice experimental beer from Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 05:16:56 | More by illidurit
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jwolfie70

California

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks go out to Overlord for splitting this bottle with me. I was very excited to try this.

Pours a dark brown, with some carbonation. Smell is complex with bourbon, molasses, dark fruits and vanilla coming through. The taste was of bourbon, but not over powering, and molasses, and huge vanilla. As the beer warmed the vanilla flavor got increasingly strong, and took on a coconut flavor. Once I focused on the coconut flavor I couldnt taste anything else in the beer.

I couldnt see myself sitting down and drinking too many of these, but overall a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 03:00:00 | More by jwolfie70
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Overlord

California

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a drinking session that included the likes of Barrel Aged 2005 Alesmith Decadence, Fourth Dementia, and Kate the Great, it took quite a lot for this beer to perhaps top them all (these were spaced out over the course of a day, so no, it wasn't just my drunkeness talking).

Pours a lively dark brown with swirling carnelian highlights. Nice frothing bubbles. Smells of oak, leather/tobacco, vanilla, caramel toffee, and more that I can't put a name to. One of the most complex heads I've ever sniffed.

The taste is mostly oak, molasses, caramel, but there's so much going on here it's quite amazing. There's definitely some chocolate and bread flavoring as well. How did they manage to blend this many ingredients without creating a mess? I truly wish I had more than one bottle of this remaining. One of the strangest flavorings we agreed upon was the hint of coconut vanilla ... almost like a Malibu Rum soaked towel was left in the barrel. And it worked! The thick viscuous mouthfeel was a treat to sample.

Just an amazing accomplishment on every level.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 17:41:51 | More by Overlord
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have to once again beerrun13 for this bottle. He seems to be my Firestone Walker connection. Thanks Jason!

Very dark in color. No real head though a nice, ever so slight ring of carbonation around the edge of my DFH snifter. Very deep, strong boubon aroma. Heavy vanilla and oak. Sharp, acrid boozey flavor to it. Somewhat sweet but not sickingly so like some big beers. Hint of smoke. Treacle/caramel flavor. Great body. The boozeyness leaves an ever slight burn. Dry finish.

Once again an amazingly complex beer. Right up there with Firestone 10 which I think might have been a bit better. Thanks to beerrun13 I have another bottle to age. I will get back to you in a few years. Great, great stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 01:42:14 | More by lackenhauser
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Lothore

California

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown with little to no head.

S- Smell is sweet, coffee, dark fruitiness, brown sugar.

T- Starts off dark and caramely with incredible coffee tones that are not overpowering at all. More on the sweet side and a little hot alcohol wise. Supremely blended.

M- Thick and creamy with ample carbonation.

D- Alcohol rediculously well hidden except for the parts that add to the flavor. Wish I had more to sip on but glad I was able to share the wealth with some traders.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 19:16:24 | More by Lothore
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Tdizzle

California

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter, this beer pours an opaque dark brown with ruby highlights and a moderate head that quickly fades to nothing, leaving only a bit of lacing.

S- Mostly bourbon and oak with hints of maple syrup and molasses. The alcohol is very prominent in the aroma.

T- Bourbon and oak with some syrupy, malty sweetness. Hints of chocolate and coffee are there too. The finish leaves some toasted malts, toffee and a faint bitterness. The alcohol warms the pipes as it goes down. Really nice.

M- Thick and syrupy with barely any carbonation.

D- Excellent drinkability for a beer of this magnitude. No aspect of the flavor profile ever becomes cloying. A pure joy to drink.

Believe the hype. This is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 06:26:19 | More by Tdizzle
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to obtain two bottles of this rare brew. Big thanks goes out to two great people, sirhc and tayner, you guys rock.

22 oz. bottle, gold foil top. Comes in a box with a leaf of paper that describes how this beer was created, front and back. Poured into a snifter.

My 25th birthday is tomorrow, so I figured I would treat myself tonight seeing I'll probably be at The Blue Tusk all night to celebrate.

Pours a dark mahagony with a tan colored half fingered head that quickly dies down to a ring of bubbles. Thin lacing left on the sides of the glass. Smell has a lot going on. Carmelized sugar, thick molasses, boozy oak, vanilla extract, plum, espresso, Vermont maple syrup, toasted oat, bourbon, raisins, and red wine. The scary thing is, I'm sure I missed something. Flavor up front is a smoked maple syrup with brown sugar and toasted almond. Cherries and oak with a coffee ground bite midway through. Aftertaste is a vanilla like tobacco with slight bourbon. Not too heavy in the mouth, very smooth and "puffy". Warm and filling, scary how good this one goes down. What a great beer experience from start to finish. Thanks again go out to Chris and Dana for this truly unique beer. I'll definitely sleep well tonight :)

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:30:53 | More by BeerTruth
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flexabull

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Was pleasantly surprised to see this sitting on the shelves of my local liquor store.

A blend of 4 beers aged in oak barrels.

Parabola - 13% ABV Russian Imperial Stout = 4%
Bravo - 11% ABV Imperial Brown Ale = 82%
Rufus - 11% ABV Continental Imperial Amber Ale = 7%
Velvet Merkin 5.5% Oatmeal Stout = 7% (Actually tried this by itself at the Toronado months ago... I really liked it.)

Anyways, here goes...

Pours a deep dark black color with a faint white head.

Aromas are very potent. This is one of those great beers that you can smell from a couple feet away from your nose. The initial pop of the bottle released a very strong smell that was easily noticed. Beer smells like very dark stewed fruits, biscuits, chocolate, oak, and booze. This is easily one of the best beers I have ever smelled.

Upon my first sip, I didn't think the flavor can stand up to the nose. I was very wrong. This is a wonderful beer. A bit warm, hot, and boozy upon first sip. There is also a bite from the hops as well. Beer then has a super long finish. Very creamy, sweet, oatmeal like, oaky, and with some very prominent cocoa and bitter chocolate flavors. Amazing stuff, super complex.

Mouthfeel is outstanding. This has a crisp, full, and warm feel up front, with a long smooth finish.

Drinkability is very good. This is a top notch beer. Easily one of the top 10 I have ever tasted. This bomber is going to take a while to finish though... too bad I couldn't cork it and finish the rest tomorrow. Oh well, I'll just take my time and savor this wonderful beer.

Well done Firestone Walker, I look forward to year and beer 12!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 02:31:17 | More by flexabull
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Vixie

Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Zorro for giving me a bottle of this to try.

A: Very little head. Was more cloudy than I expected, looked dark when first poured, cloudiness showed when held up to the light. Reminded be a bit of coffee.

S: First thing it reminded me of was candy, the smell you get in a candy shop that makes fresh caramel and toffee. Was a bit of a pungency to the smell, but wasn't overpowering. Slight coffee like overtones.

T: Very complex yet very balanced taste. No one flavor dominated, all worked together. Could taste that this was aged in oak barrels, the first taste that struck me was fruit, like a raisin flavor. Also was a touch smoky, and the hops kick in last. The sweetness and the hops are perfectly balanced, making this one of the best tasting beers I've had. Friend said it tasted like a fine port wine.

M: Very nice mouthfeel, felt solid in my mouth without being too heavy or too light.

D: Very drinkable, although the high alcohol content would limit how much I drink. Plus, this is just too good to drink too much of and overdo it. I have termed this a reward beer, this is what you'd reach for after a long hard week at work and you wanted to treat yourself to something special. Thanks again to Zorro for letting me try this, a truly outstanding standout beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 19:07:14 | More by Vixie
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally decided to review this after sitting on a few bottles for two or three months.

Appearance: Pours with a slight egg-yolk/off-white colored froth that coagulates into the middle of the body. It then fades into a barely-there lace. Lacing is apparent in spotty and very fleeting patterns. Body is a cola color, with some hints of blood red sapphire when held up to a light. Lively looking, with bubbles continually feeding the surface. A good looking beer, but nothing amazing in the looks department.

Smell: Once again, like Ten, Firestone has made a wonderfully complex beer in both aroma and flavor. The oak and bourbon, of course, are the most dominant flavors, but unlike other bourbon barrel-aged beers I've had (Drake's Barley Wine, and Bourbon County Stout by Goose Island come to mind), there is a nuance to that aroma that other bourbon beers lack. In other words, it doesn't overpower anything, but lends a very woodsey, charred background upon which all the other aromas build. Molasses, vanilla, sugar cane, black licorice, pepper, fig, date, chocolate, cola syrup, light-bodied coffee. A slight solvent-like alcohol on the back end is surprising, and does, to some extent, weaken the other aromas' complexity/balance, but I think age would rid Eleven of that quality. Overall, great.

Taste: Some dark fruit esters reveal themselves in the taste - raisin, date, in particular. Probably the utter pinnacle of balance - more balanced than any other beer I've ever had, maybe. The bourbon and wood flavors, the sweet malt flavors, the fruit flavors, the spice flavors, all intermingle and marry with one another in such harmony it's a beauty to drink. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, very balanced, enough carbonation, not "hot" at all, in my opinion. Very slight astringency.

Drinkability: Surprisingly and wonderfully drinkable for such a "huge" beer, thanks, in no small part, to its fascinating balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 10:24:16 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DArk nearly black brown with ruby highlights and a ncie tan head of foam that rises up and away and is easily revived with a small flick of the wrist and swirl of the snifter. Aromas of oak, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, resiny hops, dark fruits, raisins, nuts, and more. Taste is balanced and smooth with oak notes, roasted malts, and imperial brown ale notes abounding. Mouthfeel is thick but remains not too over the top which lends to a greater than average drinkability for a beer this large.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 01:03:17 | More by francisweizen
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seaoflament

California

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had about 5 or 6 ounces of this at the Lost Abbey Red Poppy release, I'm not sure who brought the bottle (Thanks for the taste Tim).

Poured a caramel color with a very light head.

The aroma was fantastic. Lots of brown sugar, maple, dark fruits. After an hour or so I can still smell it. I think I spent more time smelling this beer than tasting it.

Taste of maple syrup, toasted malts, brown sugar, vanilla, oak.

A well crafted beer indeed, and one of my favorites for the year.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 00:37:08 | More by seaoflament
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on very dark brown body and clear ruby hues when held to light.
S- Big hard alcohol aromas. Smells like a blend of whiskey and brandy. Underneath that you have light oatmeal, dark fruits like cherries, breads, leather, light smoke, big strong vanilla, and some oak.
T- Really interesting from the first sip. A blend of a nice sweet flavor with some booze. Vanilla ice cream comes through with a touch of oatmeal. Cherries and grape hide themselves beneath the chocolate and creamy flavors just lucky for us they suck at hiding. Almost a big smoky flavor to it mixed in with oak. The alcohol leaves you with a nice warming accompanied by some coconut, vanilla, oak, oatmeal, and a touch of chocolate.
M-Full body that almost seems to puff up from the oatmeal with a low carbonation but making sure it isn't to smooth.
D- I think this is really tasty and will probably break into my stash of it before to long.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 04:02:53 | More by BlindPig
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown to black in color with a quite small light tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is a nice mix of soft sugary maltiness, aged maltiness aroma like prunes and raisins, chocolate, and a leather aroma with a somewhat brash woodiness and alcohol. Taste shows some strong chocolate notes and more of the leather quality as well as some prune like maltiness. Finish is very strong in a drying woody flavor and a bite of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, bite of spiciness on the tongue and at the back of the throat. An amazing beer, the flavors fluctuated quite a bit as it warmed to room temp, a sipper for sure it is a 2-3 hour bottle by myself. Extremely complex, FW has created a wonderful thing and I hope to see more american brewers follow their lead in respect to ba and blending.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 04:21:12 | More by hoppymeal
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udubdawg

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Not cheap - $22 or $23, I forget - but well worth buying a few at this price.

Pours a nice mahogany/dark brown color, quite clear and with a half inch of rapidly receding tan foam. Some lacing left over the top quarter of the glass, after that none. Looks pretty nice.

Nose is nice too. Not over the top, and it isn't quite wowing me, but very enjoyable. The bourbon is of course quite evident, and the alcohol makes little effort to hide. In fact, inhale deeply enough and I feel a little burn. I dig it. A vague sweetness, some vanilla and charred wood aromas well beneath the bourbon, but noticeable nonetheless.

Pretty sweet beer. That goes for the flavor, and could be a one-word review. "Sweeet!"
Very much like an imperial brown ale, which I suppose makes sense as that is what most of it is. The alcohol remains at the front but usually manages to avoid being a distraction. I can't avoid calling it "hot" though. I think this one will get better but it is already quite good. In fact I believe the alcohol levels have helped keep the sweetness in check. Likewise the bourbon/brandy flavors are everpresent but seem to meld nicely with the rest of the taste. If I could I'd call the taste a 4.25 out of 5. Really nicely done.

Carbonation is low but seems appropriate for the brew. A little sticky. Very warming. A little less sweet and it could get away with being a bit thicker in body. As it is it isn't very full...some will even call it downright thin.

I'm not having any trouble at all verrry slowly sipping this beer. Very enjoyable but no desire to put this one down any faster. the alcohol heat is still a bit much. Without even thinking about the high price and low availability this one is only average in drinkability.
Recommended. And I think it'll get better too.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 02:17:53 | More by udubdawg
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fartingdog

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours dark w/ a thin head that receeds to a thin ring around the edge. There's some reddish hilites when held to the light.

S- Nose is complex- oak, cocoa, light vanilla, caramel, leather.

T- First taste is of fine tobacco, followed by cocoa and caramel sweetness. Rich and luscious in the mouth. Dark fruit, coffee and hints of cherry and bourbon follow (wish there was more bourbon, tho). Very nice

M- Mouthfeel is divine. Thick and rich, pleasantly coats the entire mouth. Alcohol warming in the finish. Light carbonation, but enough.

This is a fine, fine beer. More balanced out of the gate than the 10 was, but perhaps not quite as tasty or complex- but that's just by memory (and influenced by the most recent tasting at ~ 10 months of aging). That being said, I think this one will really start to shine after 8 months like the 10 did.

Now that I get near the bottom of the glass, zI think this beer truly shows itself at cellar temps.

Serving type: bottle

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