Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
Big thanks to callmecoon for this long-time want. Pours the color and clarity of cola with no head. Nose suggests burnt molasses, brown sugar, ethanol, vanilla and coconut notes - definitely allow the beer to warm to open up the nose. Taste expresses coconut, cocoa, vanilla and ethanol. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a still carbonation. I had the opportunity to try this beer 4-5 years ago and was utterly blown away by it. That said, it has continued to hold up extremely well, but it is definitely on its way down the other side of the slope. The oxidation imparted in the beer right now is pleasant and nicely adds to the complexity; however, in my opinion, drink it within the next 12 months before it starts to fall apart.
10-07-2013 22:56:33 | More by Jwale73
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
I got this treat in a trade awhile back from errantnight, way to come through Derek! Firestone's 11th Anniversary brew appears solid black in the glass but the closer it gets to the light the brighter mahogany highlights I get until they glow ruby when directly backlit. A light pour upfront didn't bring much of a head so I got a little more aggressive and wound up with a quickly grown two finger beige head that fell to a half finger cap rather quickly. Peaked sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink making for a great appearance.
Wow! The nose on this brew is potent, rich and complex. The complexity is so much that I can't even begin to describe all the smells coming from this snifter. Silky oak in the form of vanilla, caramel and crystal maltiness, bourbon, mild coffee grounds, and mild chocolate all play roles in this brew. Each swirl brings roastiness to the top and the bourbon brings enough alcohol fumes to tickle my nose hairs. Even with this huge melting pot of aromas nothing is out of place and they all seem to be intermingling seamlessly. I don't want to pull my beak from the glass but of course I need a drink.
The first couple sips of this brew I took were merely good. After another 15 minutes or so of warming they have become excellent! This blend is heavy on the RIS as far as I can tell with roasty malts, dark chocolate and faint freshly ground coffee laying down the base. The bourbon and oak are both big with buttery vanilla and bourbon that seems to bring some heat to the back of the throat. Caramel sweetness pops up here and there along with what tastes to me like crystal malts. The RIS and barrel ageing are what take the cake and that's perfectly fine with me. The overall flavor of this beer is big and in your face with so much dense complexity it'll make you think.
The body was close but not quite where it should be when I first opened the bottle after about 30 minutes out of the fridge, but now after about 50 minutes from the fridge it's hitting its stride. The body tips the scale toward the heavier side while the carbonation adds both creaminess and a slight airiness. The clean booziness doesn't hit until the throat where it warms me up every sip.
This is a huge beer with huge flavor. It's so complex and palate destroying that a bomber is all I could or would want to handle in a sitting. This is a beer to sit and contemplate while you try and pick apart the blends.
I'm glad I got the chance to try this deliciousness. Unfortunately it was my only bottle and I already want more. Firestone, in my opinion, is one of the most consistently good breweries in the country. Thanks for the bottle Derek; I owe you big for this beauty!
08-19-2013 02:00:14 | More by joe1510
3.58/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
A similar appearance to the 10 that preceded it, dark brown color, murky with suspended sediment, larger bubbles clustering in a ring around the edges. Minor spotty lacing after each sip.
Smells like dead (autolysed) yeast, lightly musty.
Thinner feel and a llght astringency puts a slight damper on it, dark fruit notes of plum and fig. Lightly bitter, with some nice barrel character. Hardys-esque, leather, prunes, port flavors. Overall slightly different from the 10, the sharp feel is less appealing though.
07-28-2013 15:34:03 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev -10.4%
What a blending, elements of a strong ale, an imperial stout, a barleywine. Orange, oak wood, vanilla,booze. Black with a bubbly head. Bourbon aroma. A smooth drinker. Slightly sweet finish.
Opened at My 58th Birthday Bash., with fond memories of 2007.
06-21-2013 13:26:16 | More by Sammy
Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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