Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.93/5 rDev +16.5%
Had a hard time hunting this one down, but I finaly found a few locally. Cool how it's even packaged. Each bottle in it's own box. Inside with the bottle is a letter with all kinds of information on the brewing process and the story behind how this beer was created.
Ahhh, the Wife and kid are asleep...
Pours a beautifull, super dark, ruby color. A creamy tan head fades to a good sized ring, and laces nicely.
Sweet malt with some raison notes. Toasty and rich oak tones. Some hints of chocolate. Quite nice.
Malty sweet up front. Oakey flavors. Fruity cherry like, some chocolate and dark malt tones, and a touch of alcohol. Nice bitter hop flavor throughout. Really good flavor.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Alcohol warms and has the kick to go with it (without tasting overly alcoholic).
So complex, yet sop simply a great beer. It was very intersting to be able to read all about how this one came to life. Very enjoyable = very drinkable.
02-03-2007 23:36:56 | More by BeerRun13
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
Sampled at the Tria Fermentation School Russian River night. The beer poured a deep brown color, dense, with a medium deep tan head. The aroma is very intense. Good notes of bourbon, maybe a little vanilla in the nose. The taste is intense as well and very enjoyable. You get more of the high abv and the bourbon taste. The vanilla running through the body is enjoyable and rounds this beer out well, as does the touch of bitterness at the end. These tastes all make for a full body beer that although being at a high abv, I find very enjoyable and drinkable, at least for this glass.
01-23-2007 04:09:28 | More by ggaughan
4.7/5 rDev +11.1%
First all I have to say is WOW! What a beer. This beer was the most complex beer I have ever had. This beer poured a very dark brown color with a slight red hue. The head was a medium tan color and very thick. Head lasted the whole beer and there was very nice lacing when the beer was done. The smell was crazy, I could smell chocolate, coffee, hops, toasted malt, a weird Guinness type of aroma, and maybe even some cloves. It seems that every time I took a whiff I smelled something new.
The taste of this beer was fantastic, I still am not sure what the main flovor was. There was a strong stout flavor and really sweet barley time flavor, but there was some thing that I could not put my finger on. I felt like the end was creamy hop flavor. I will have to have this one again after its had a chance to sit. The mouthfeel was great, CO2 perfect and the beer was very smooth. I could have drank a lot of this before I ever felt it, but the alcohol was there, it really snuck up on you.
What a beer, I am bumbed it was such a limited release and so expensive. How ever after having it, I would have bought a few more bottles. A MUST HAVE BEER!
01-22-2007 20:33:53 | More by BradBLR
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
At the right temperature, this beer really delivers a holiday kick in the...
Poured a deep espresso, with a burnt sugar head that lasted pleasantly in my snifter. This is one of those beers that you close your eyes and re-smell the glass after the initial whiff. Caramel, toasted oak, light maple and vanilla....what's not to like about that? The taste was a roasted chocolate malt, with trails of warming brown sugar, light oaky vanilla, and even lighter alcohol tones. With it's smooth body, and complex dark fruit finish, this beer is a must have for the holidays. Paired well with honey baked ham, but the first glass alone before dinner even started was not to shabby...Enjoy
01-22-2007 08:00:50 | More by Greenfloyd
4.83/5 rDev +14.2%
Appearance: Dark brown/maroon body, almost no head left after pour. Of what is there, the head is tan.
Smell: Oak, booze, strong sweet malt. Very nice smelling, the piney hops add to it, what you'd expect in a BA barleywine.
Taste: Malty and very alcoholic, the oak adds big flavor and smoothes everything out. A touch of vanilla. Very nice, I can enjoy this one. I like Firestone's barrel aging.
Drinkability: This bottle was a pleasure, one the I will never get to have again. Thanks to Zorro for the boxed bottle as a part of Blue Max BIF.
01-20-2007 23:39:47 | More by TastyTaste
5/5 rDev +18.2%
Picked up a case at the Buellton Tap room. Couldn't sample it there as they couldn't serve bottles due to some liquor license type rule. Poured contents into a Stone Barleywine glass aggressively it forms a tan head. Head is small and fades fast, little to no lacing.
Quite woody, like a trumped up double barrel in the smell. Taste is incredible. Super complex and ultra bitter. Maybe it gets the added kick from the barrel aging, maybe its from the double barrel, or even the DIPA batches but this is a monstrous concoction that blends with my palate perfectly. It has a digging bitter edge and the alcohol fits this brew nicely. I had a chance to sample the unfiltered double barrel and this has that extra smokey edge that I noticed in the unfiltered DB. The mix is perfect. I would love to see this as a seasonal. Reading the notes about how this was prepared I see how it could be unreasonable to keep as a seasonal considering it takes 10 BATCHES OF BREW to make it all work.
Notes: It really tasted like a mix between a Double IPA, Barleywine Jones, and some double barrel, throw in some aging and a kendling woody backside and you have my beer of the year. Outstanding.
01-15-2007 03:32:25 | More by DogFood11
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a Westmalle Chalice, didn't expect much head, and there was virtually none to speak of. Color is Brown.
Oak comes through strong on the nose, also brown sugar, caramel, maple, marshmallow, cherries, i don't know what else but it smells good.
This is an ass kicker of a brew, alcohol is strong, and the flavor is unlike anything I've had. I must admit I was pretty skeptical of a beer that's the result of multiple stand alone brews mixed together. They have definately created a unique beer, and I do rather enjoy it I must say.
This does seem like it could use some taming, so I'm sure aging would balance this out a bit. There is almost no carbonation, and I feel it could use a bit, it's a rather flat, soupy drinker. You can tell alot of effort went into this one.
01-11-2007 08:31:26 | More by ReebShorts
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured a deep, dark amber just this side of midnight...almost black...with a half finger tan head that disappeared very quickly to a faint ring of lacing.
Aromas of brown sugar, dark fruits and alcohol. Definitely sense oak barrel in here and the oak scents are incredible.
Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and 'slickery' on the tongue.
Taste is very complex....prunes, raisins, currents, sweet black malt, burnt malts, the oak, a little bourbon and definitely alcohol.
Aftertaste is a burning of the alcohol going down along with the burnt malt bitterness left on the palette drying your mouth.
Interesting....worthy of aging to allow the flavors to mellow and blend.
I'm looking forward to this one in a year or two, although I think only a year will do it---
UPDATE: Now May, 2007 and already everything is blending and mellowing beautifully. My only regret is that I only have 3 bottles left...I would love to re-visit this year after year. Drinkablility gets a 5 because I will return to it again and again, although a half or one bottle a night is more than enough.
12-24-2006 06:56:29 | More by IntriqKen
4.88/5 rDev +15.4%
Black, with mahogany when you hold in front of the light. An antique white head dissipates to leave behind willowy lacing. The smell is rich, and suggestive of bourbon, dark chocolate, and a touch of pine.
As one other reviewer mentioned, there is an incredible synchronicity in the qualities of this beer. The taste and mouthfeel function as one luxurious experience. There is a velvety explosion of dark chocolate, then there is a wash of licorice, accompanied by a light, puckery bitterness. Throughout I experienced rich, roasted caramel maltiness, and more than a little bit of bourbon from the barrels.
This was an absolute pleasure to drink, exceeding my expectations. Incredible.
12-11-2006 19:49:11 | More by jeffjfindley
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a deep chocolate brown, almost black, with a small rich head that disperses after a few leaving a scant layer with a small amount clinging to the edge.
Fist whiff was quite chocolatey, then hints of whiskey, oak. First taste followed the same- chocolate, faint whiskey, oak, followed pleasantly by roasted malt notes. You can definitely tell they used a stout in the blend, but otherwise is it an old ale? a barleywine? Very complex in flavors- so well that only the above mentioned stand out- I am betting that in time the prominent chocolatey-ness will fade, making this truly outstanding. I'll have to sock some away for a few years to find out.
A very good beer and a grand experiment in blending beers- I only hope this trend continues.
5-6-07: 6 mos in the cellar. Same visual characteristics, And the whiskey aroma is really showing nicely. Flavors have blended very nicely, nothing is jumping to the forefront and the flavor is only getting better and more balanced.
12-09-2006 02:20:52 | More by fartingdog
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Attractive presentation bottle including an owner's manual with the 22'ozer in a box. 12 % ABV. What???!!!
Pours with a buh-lack brown hue allowing glimmers of light scoot in though the sides of the glass.
Nose conveys a wood oak and vanilla almost metallic flavor with a mixed style of porter and sherry. As ths warms, the awl-kee-hawl boozy aspect grows. This turns into a rummy booze bomb.
First swigs: Sweet syrup os maple syrup and some pancake malt to match. Powdery cocoa and a malt landslide. Sweet honeyish middle with a boozy coconut kick.
Last swigs: One of the most boozy noses ever! A bit of one trick pony.
Beer is good. Happy big barrel beering.
11-26-2006 04:46:24 | More by blitheringidiot
4.4/5 rDev +4%
22 oz . bottle coffee brown hue nice off white head, small bubbles lingering nose molasses , mocha , malt , vanilla , bourbon , oak , and assorted dried candied fruit (like in fruit cake) taste coffee , coco , vanilla bean , bourbon , creamy milk , chocolate , malt , and molasses smooth creamy palate - aftertaste cappuccino , and coffee dark roast
11-26-2006 00:03:14 | More by stephendr
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
Firestone 10th Anniversary Ale Special Release
Presentation: 22 ounce Bomber has a black label with grey and red decoration. The bottle is sealed with a dark gold FW embossed plastic cover over the full-color crown cap, and this is deftly hidden inside a rather simple looking black box. The Box itself sports the words 10th Anniversary Ale in gray text below the Firestone Walker logo and above the red scripted words Special Release which sit quietly at the base of the box on the front facet. The black projects an understated
Taking out the bottle from the packaging also dumps a lovely piece of thick cartographic paper which is literally festooned with an immense amount of information relating to this brew, far too much to add here.
As an Engineer I love to have clearly defined lines, borders, finite definitions and no gray areas. Sadly I find myself intensely frustrated by this offering, because it does not allow me to dissect the Appearance, Nose, Taste, Mouthfeel and Drinkability moreover, all these dimensions seemingly blend and merge together into one big synergistic dimension that encapsulates this blended oak aged Barley Wine with Imperial Russian Stout overtones. The dark black sits at ease, but had ruby flashes when held to examination with incandescent light, its naked body revealing mahogany woodwork and some rich plum purples. The tanned head sits thin, but lasts the night. Carbonation is infinitely small and produces a smooth creamy conditioning. The nose and flavors read like a Barleywine Thesaurus hit by an Imperial Russian Stout Dictionary. It all starts and ends with Bourbon, in between there is a cruise ship full of passengers; dark chocolate, currants, coconut, tanned leather, dark berries, boot laces, oak, sherry, linseed oil, brandy, vanilla beans, port, wax boot dubbin, stout, aged plums, barley, figs, black alcohol soaked cherries, brown sugar, prunes, cognac, distilled molasses, toasted brown bread, hops, black shoe polish, caramel ..stop me if youve heard this one before .This just seems to go on and on and on ..It never reveals all, like a maze, each mouthful, neigh each sip, lends another twist and turn, complexity is such a simple term to use set in this context. That said, it is all married into a very smooth soothing brew that pairs with a long night rather well. This is a beer to sip, enjoy, examine, marvel at, and then at times sample whilst forgetting about all the who-ha. The 12% is here I am sure, but it is rounded away, partially hidden amongst the multifarious facets of this remarkable brew.
Overall: This is an incredibly intensive and intense beer. Way, way, way over the top, heck it takes nearly 5 minutes to read the double printed page that comes with this brew, and it took two readings of that, and then ten more minutes to actually follow what was printed and understand it once it all sank in. Firestone Walker "10" is more of a journey, a story that unravels from the Box, then the bottle and then the glass, and thats just the start of it. Expensive and well worth trying, but I think that I have come to the end of the line for Barrel-Aging with this brew, its more like a seen it, done it, bought the T-Shirt and got the Video offering it is bigger, longer aged and has offerings blended from innumerate sources but this doesnt really offer anything that cannot be found elsewhere if Im brutally honest. Another very interesting and high quality new sample to the ever-filling shelves of Special Barrel-Aged beers but as interesting as it is, ultimately, to me at least, it seems to add only one more example to a very one-dimensional complexity if that doesnt sound stupid. Damned good stuff though, and yes I would recommend buying it if you can.
11-21-2006 05:51:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5 rDev +5.7%
Straight out of the bottle and into the glass I see a stout dark nearly black colored beer with a decent if not spectacular tan/brown head.
Smell is sweet and very fruity with strong Bourbon, vanilla and chocolate aromas. Additional aroma of coconut and grapes with some brown sugar and rum aroma. Definitely not "Made To Style" but a hell of a complex smelling brew to say the least.
Taste is sweet with a strong taste of Bourbon and coconut at the very beginning. Big flavor of chocolate and Bourbon with this beer. Yumm chocolate and Bourbon! Decidedly nutty in flavor this really isn't much like port wine though. Strong hop hit in the aftertaste but not as harsh as most barley wines. Malt is strong here but is mostly the flavor of molasses. If this had a strong coffee flavor to it, this would be a clone of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout. That is a pretty good beer to be like!
Mouthfeel is very good.
Most definitely a sipping beer and a very good choice for the holidays and sharing. I would have put this in the Old Ale classification. If you are a big fan of Bourbon Barrel beers you will love this.
11-06-2006 01:06:24 | More by Zorro
4.25/5 rDev +0.5%
This beer pours a very dark brown color with a tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.
This beer has a very sweet malty aroma. It also smells of chocolate, with a mild Bourbon aroma. A slight vanila aroma is also present. It has a nice dark fruit aroma also. Plumbs.
This beer tastes much like it smells. The biggest difference is that the dominate flavor is Bourbon. Other than that, it taste of sweet caranel malt, and chocolate, and some dark fruits.
This beer is surpriingly smooth. It leaves a mild Bourbon like aftertaste. It is low in carbonation, going well for the style.
I doubt this beer would make the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, so it would be hard to drink too many. One though, in no problem at all.
Overall: I am surprised to have a beer from Firestone Walker that was not booring. Everything else I have ever had from them has been simply middle of the road. This beer is pretty good.
10-22-2006 19:04:42 | More by OStrungT
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
10-18-2006 01:46:48 | More by Tawnos
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
On-tap at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA.
This is a 12% beer, not a 10%.
Appearance: Black with a tiny ring of off-white foam.
Smell: The nose is surprising weak. There's a strong alcohol aroma upfront along with lesser notes of roasted malts and cherries. It reminds me of Tawny port.
Taste: Hmm, I didn't know Samichlaus made an imperial oatmeal stout. Big warming alcohol hits right away and sticks around while the roasted malts bring coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal. Sweet dark fruits, namely cherry and plum, come in towards the end, and a touch of spice- clove, cinnamon, and pepper- and hops make themselves known at the finish.
Mouthfeel: The body is oily, thick and sticky with good carbonation.
Drinkability: Everything about this beer is massive. I thought this had 10% ABV and I was going to nurse a Telegraph porter before heading home, but it's very much 12% ABV, so the Telegraph had to wait. Try it if you see it.
10-17-2006 21:47:18 | More by goschool
3.85/5 rDev -9%
Very Dark, pretty much as dark as Firestone's- Walkers Reserve, which they call a porter. Surprisingly thick light colored head.
Aroma seemed lacking, some alcohol, and roasted malt, but it seemed it was sered too cold, or something....
Wow! BIG big flavors... Seems much stronger than 10%
surprisingly smooth, but lots of alcohol. [Served in a nice snifter]
I'd like to try this again, warmed up some.
10-16-2006 05:04:21 | More by ReDave
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
On tap @ the brewery. Served into a small snifter glass.
Appearance - Has a very dark, almost opaque murky brown. It had a small one-finger dark tan head that quickly dissipates. It settles at a thin layer of patchy lacing on top of the beer. Spotty lacing all the way down, just here and there and thin.
Smell - Has a port-like alcohol up front. Dark ripe cherry and fig are also very strong aromas right away. Some rich roasted malt smell in the background with notes of chocolate, oats, and coffee. There is a mellow peppery spiciness scent as well. The hops are slightly bitter, but are more stout-like and difficult to pick out on the nose. A strong warming alcohol scent at the end.
Taste - Very dark and very ripe cherry and fig right away. Super oily hop character that is slightly bitter. A hint of clove with mainly peppery spiciness, with corriander also present. Dark roasted malt again with chocolate and coffee. A very slight sweetness likened to molasses can be tasted as it warms in your mouth. Herbal notes begin to come through toward the finish. As you swallow, a strong hot alcohol presence comes through. The aftertaste is mainly earthy flavors with a slightly tingly/burning sensation from the strong alcohol.
Mouthfeel - Wow! So smooth! Full-bodied and extremely smooth...like velvet. The carbonation is very mellow and holds up all the way through the taste.
Drinkability - Very strong flavors and a very strong alcohol presence take some points off for this category. Not a beer for those interested in "hot summer day" beers.
A superb blended barleywine. The flavors are fantastic and very port-like. Cherry and fig definitely dominate. It has an heavenly mouthfeel as well. A perfect sipper on a cold night. The bartender they will be releasing a limited bottling of this stuff approx. two weeks from now. A must have and unique beer.
10-14-2006 22:38:04 | More by dblinkhorn
Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.