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Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 11 - Anniversary AleFirestone 11 - Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

238 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

(view ratings)
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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BrewMonkey

California

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

This is our 6th taste of this fantastic brew. The last five times we were so thoroughly enthralled with the beer we forgot to take notes.

Pours clear dark tan to brown with moderate tan head (poured a bit too cold, reducing the head we got).

Wonderful aroma of bourbon, deeply intense and layered with vanilla, incredible caramel, cream, tobacco, coconut, oak, and a mild alcohol nose. It's almost hard to get past the nose and actually start drinking, just begs to be hovered over and enjoyed.

First sip starts incredibly creamy flowing vanilla with a quick bite of oak keeping things in check. Very creamy, but not thick or cloying. Flavor follows the nose for the most part, but adds leather, mild bitter cocoa, coffee, whiskey, and much more oakiness. Every exhale from your mouth brings forward all the aroma noted before, just beautiful.

Its kind of pointless to go on. This beer just needs to be experienced. Just when you thought the last sip you had was the best thing you've ever tasted, it warms slightly and your next sip is even better. The aroma intesifies as the beer warms, and the flavors become more distint and noticable as the vanilla gives way to more earthy flavors. High ABV and pallate coating creaminess may lead some to find the drinkability a bit of a challenge. But if you were to drink one beer (and keeping in mind it's 11% ABV), this would the one I would pick.

Fan-freakin-tastic.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 19:32:47 | More by BrewMonkey
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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.

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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!

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Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.