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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

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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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MisterKilderkin

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

02-02-2012 22:46:16 | More by MisterKilderkin
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groetman

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-29-2012 18:27:06 | More by groetman
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-29-2012 17:55:36 | More by brendaniel
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

133rd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. I opened this bottle at bspringer's birthday celebration. An epic night for sure to celebrate his golden day of birth!

A: Light brown. 1.5 (light tan) fingernail head on vigorous pour. Not what I was expecting, but I'll go with it.

S: Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, plum, and toffee. A lot going on here...

T: Initially I wrote "hot", but after much thought...it's not that - just complex. Layers upon layers in this beer. First it was caramel, oak, and fig. Then it was plum, cinnamon, and toffee. Finally it was cloves, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. Oh so nice!

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: This beer surely warms the soul (in a good way). The booziness is comforting, but the complexity is very nice. Many different layers and this beer changes quite a bit as it warms. I could definitely stand to search for another!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 12:47:33 | More by spdyfire83
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -32%

01-13-2012 05:38:05 | More by ygtbsm94
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -9.3%

01-09-2012 05:51:45 | More by Beertracker
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MASPuros

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-03-2012 22:18:42 | More by MASPuros
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iD9

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a cognac snifter.

Appearance: Looks opaque, but upon closer inspection is a hazelnut brown with a slight copper tinge in the light. Minimal head formation and retention. Viscous on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Immense notes of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of chocolate. Definite heat from the booze. Yum, smells tasty.

Taste: Malty and chocolaty. Bourbon isn't as strong as I was lead to believe! A very subtle beer. You can tell its mellowed out a ton over the years.

Mouthfeel: Rich, thick, full and creamy. Yum~

Drinkability: Infinitely drinkable. Waaay easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:12:29 | More by iD9
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-22-2011 22:15:50 | More by jophish17
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nataku00

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

12-22-2011 21:46:06 | More by nataku00
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 22oz bottle.

Pulled form my cellar.

A - Pours a nice rich dark caramel color with some nice slight reddish hints. There is a nice thin but dense light tan head. It is about .25 inches tall. It recedes at a fairly quick place and leaves a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma starts off nice and sweet. Brown sugar and molasses. There is also some maple syrup notes. The boozy and Bourbon notes seem to have mellowed because its not as intense as the 15. There is definitely some Bourbon and oak notes in the nose. There is some slight cinnamon and slight vanilla notes as well. Nose is also a bit spicy. It is pretty mild nose for the style IMO.

T & M - Starts off with some nice strong molasses notes mixed in with some nice sweet and strong Bourbon notes. Tons of dark fruit that I couldn't quite pick up on the nose. The beer is surprisingly smooth for 11% and for the barrel aging but its also been aged for about 4 years. There is definitely some nice prune notes as well as raisins and some mild licorice. There is also some nice woody spice and slight cinnamon. The finish is a bit drier than expected with some slight buttery sweetness to the end of it.

O - Pretty good offering. It definitely mellowed with age but all the flavors are in a better balance now. They all work so well together. base don the blend the lighter mouthfeel is probably due to the brown ale. Its definitely a good brew but should have a better mouthfeel for the style IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:17:19 | More by JoEBoBpr
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DarthKostrizer

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-05-2011 20:59:49 | More by DarthKostrizer
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-05-2011 05:02:33 | More by HopStoopid120
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TeamUgly

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-26-2011 19:25:09 | More by TeamUgly
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scottfrie

California

3.4/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for opening up this one, Mike.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a thin, bubbly, light khaki colored head.
S: I get hints of nuts, wood, sweet caramel and a bit of oxidation. Doesn’t smell bad.
T: Caramel, toasted malts and toffee come through the most, but I get flavors of brown sugar, chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla as well. Oxidation is very light but noticeable. The aftertaste is lightly warm with booze.
M: Medium-thick body, syrupy mouthfeel, with a touch of alcohol heat that is still present after all this time.
O: Better than 10 at this point but not the best, or even second best, of the series. A good beer on its own though, but I wouldn’t sit on this very much longer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 22:56:33 | More by scottfrie
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with red edges and a thinner dirty white head. Dried dark fruits, sweet caramel, hints of malt chocolate, notes of wood and vanilla with some bourbon and booze in the back. A fair bit of chocolate and vanilla, smore esq. with slightly burnt caramel and toffee, notes of oak and fair presence of bourbon with a semi hot finish. The body feels a little thin in the finish with a moderate carbonatin and chewy body. Well integrated, might be a touch over the hill.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 14:05:43 | More by cpetrone84
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leschkie

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

11-21-2011 16:41:12 | More by leschkie
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jtrockchalk

Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-19-2011 16:34:39 | More by jtrockchalk
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RichBeer

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-16-2011 08:33:04 | More by RichBeer
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Mages64

Washington

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-16-2011 06:46:58 | More by Mages64
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 02:40:38 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-15-2011 01:37:17 | More by whartontallboy
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-15-2011 01:33:55 | More by Photekut
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-14-2011 22:52:55 | More by UncleJimbo
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-14-2011 21:42:56 | More by JAHMUR
Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.