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Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 10 - Anniversary AleFirestone 10 - Anniversary Ale

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146 Ratings

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 13.71%
Wants: 222
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dblinkhorn on 10-14-2006)
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2.88/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2006)

Thanks for sharing, mikedashg!

(Aged for 5 years)

Hazy dark brown and caramel in color with a very small brown head. Leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

The aroma nearly survived, but it's fallen off substantially from where it began, I'm sure. There's a bit of the wonderful coconut and oak notes I'm familiar with in other Firestone anniversary beers, but there's also strong sherry and alcohol notes throughout. The aroma doesn't seem particularly strong at all.

The flavor, I'm sure, is a shadow of it's former self. There's strong sherry and oxidation flavors along with quite a bit of harsh booze. There's some sweet malt and coconut character left, but overall, this one has been destroyed by Father Time.

Medium to thick bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

I really wish I had the opportunity to try this fresh, because as it stands now (at least this bottle), this isn't much of a beer.

If given the opportunity to try this beer again, I'll revisit this review.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown, near black with a light head of tan that comes up and caps the top of the glass nicely. Aroma is dominated by aromas of oak and vanilla, which meld seemlessly into the chocolate notes that become ever more present as time goes on. First sip is wonderful, more carbonated then I typically see with barrel aged beers, with a nicely lively presence and rich, velvet like carbonation. First sip is loaded down with oak notes, hints of bourbon and vanilla start to come out as I dive further into it. Suble at first but then it starts to build. Nice backbone of chocolate coming through as well as a light touch of smoke. Nicely put together I have to admit. Smooth, with the alcohol all but absent from the profile making it for a smooth, sublte, and wonderfully complex nightcap.

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2.58/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Scalene for this one. By way of light whale BIF 2. 22oz. bomber poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pour generates a .5 finger dark cream colored head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy, dark brown, almost mudyd. Lacing is spotty with little cling. Really fantastic legs though. Average for the style.

Nose is heavy on the abacus. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee along with a sap hoppiness. Some booziness peaks through also. Decent but not the most robust or deep flavors are present here.

The first sip is a harsh reminder that this beer is a shadow of its former self. Some roasted malt bitterness mixed with alcohol. Booziness is pervasive. Caramel and toffee are there but very muddle and exceedingly coarse. Some brown sugar sweetness pushed way in the back. End is boozy and sweet with a sap hop bitterness mixed with caramel aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Very, very thin in the mouth. Oily with some boozy harshness going down. Really a mess at this point. Finish is messy with a lingering aftertaste. Probably one of the worst bodies of the style I've had in a while though it does thicken up slightly as it warms.

Had this one about a year ago and it was already on the decline. At this point, its probably not even worth drinking. Very thin, flavors are muddled and the alcohol is becoming more and more prominent. If you have this, get rid of it now. Its fallen off significantly. Higher overall grade here just for what it once was.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an extremely dark brownie colored brown with a raisin colored head.
S: Vanilla, bourbon, raisins, and some chocolate. Smells a bit old though.
T: Follows the nose with dominate barleywine-like flavors of vanilla, raisin, caramel, wood, leather and chocolate. The aftertaste is full of chocolate, but the flavor falls off in the finish.
M: Low carbonation, touch of warm alcohol, slick body and a pretty hefty mouthfeel.
O: Not super complex or flavorful anymore. Not that I’ve had this fresh, but I know there used to be more to this beer. Sadly very average and disappointing.

Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.