Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Tawnos:
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Tried this both on regular and nitro tap at Spike's Pub in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. Served into a Firestone 10 4.5 oz snifter.
Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown, similar in color to their reserve porter. A thick head (both on nitro and carbo) dissipates slowly, lacing the glass with sugars. Bubbles creep slowly up the sides of the glass, leaving a small amount on the top.
Smell - Probably the weakest part of this beer. It doesn't smell like much, and as you sniff it you have NO idea what you're getting yourself into. There's a very slight hint of fruitiness, almost plum-like, but there's no detectable alcohol. The sugariness can be smelled on the nitro tap (which was served room temperature), but otherwise the beer is close to neutral smelling.
Taste - Oh, the taste. It's sweet, the hops and malt mask the 13.5% ABV (according to the bartender). As you swallow, you can tell there was quite a bit of alcohol in the drink you just had. A dry chocolatey taste, with slight caramel. Extremely tasty.
Mouthfeel - The carbo was a 4.5, and nitro was a 5. It's creamy on the tongue, smooth, dry, and you can feel the alcohol only post consumption.
Drinkability - It's a great beer, but there's no way I could drink it all night. Too strong, but a great first or last glass.
Serving type: on-tap
10-18-2006 01:46:48 | More by Tawnos
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3.95/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
FW vertical sampling at Luda's annual cellar clearance, thanks Ben for bringing this one!
Served in a mini-nonic, quick review from transcribed notes.
Tawny dark brown with lighter highlights, ring of frothy bubbles around the edges, a swirl of skim and some spotty lace after each sip. lc. Murky with suspended sediment.
Leathery aroma, autolysed yeast and some barrel notes.
Viscous and full bodied, rich. Chocolate, whiskey heat, whoppers. Lingering dry tannic bitterness. Very rich and best shared. Of the group this one seemed to show the most oxidation, corresponding to being the oldest bottle of the vertical.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2013 15:10:43 | More by emerge077
4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a dark brown in color with yellowish pale brown highlights and a thin head that barely left any bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of caramel toffee sweetness upfront in the aroma with wood tones, mild bourbon barrel character, chocolate malts, hints of brown sugar, subdued booze notes and signs of dark fruit. Like the nose suggested caramel toffee sweetness was just as potent on the palate alongside mild bourbon barrel accents, subtle booze, underlying dark fruit, signs of molasses brown sugar, a touch of vanilla and wood notes. The brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, wood barrel, mild boozy, slight dark fruity and subtle creamy finish. Very glad to finally have ticked this
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2013 05:39:20 | More by Gobzilla
Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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