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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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239 Ratings

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 325
Gots: 31 | 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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

groetman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of brendaniel
5/5  rDev +13.4%

brendaniel, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of spdyfire83
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

spdyfire83, Jan 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -32%

ygtbsm94, Jan 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Beertracker, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

MASPuros, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of iD9
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

iD9, Dec 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

nataku00, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

DarthKostrizer, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

HopStoopid120, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

TeamUgly, Nov 26, 2011
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3.4/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

scottfrie, Nov 23, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

cpetrone84, Nov 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

leschkie, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

jtrockchalk, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

RichBeer, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Mages64, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Ineedabeerhere, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

whartontallboy, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photekut, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.