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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary AleFirestone 12 - Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

289 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 359
Gots: 52 | FT: 1
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: barleywinefiend on 11-09-2008)
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to a super kickass BA for the sweet hook-up on this one! (No name, to avoid an avalanche of requests.)
My review number 400!

This pours up a very dark brown color. Almost two-fingers of creamy brown foam sit on top. This recedes to a thin surface covering with a thick(er) ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is in thick pieces and is quite sticky with a definite oiliness to it.

Man, you can really smell the bourbon in this one! It smells delicious! Big notes of oak and vanilla are here. Rich malt notes mingle with strong hints of creamy caramel. Light touches of chocolate milk. Toasted nuts and swet hints of dark fruits. Mild notes of dark chocolates and even a touch of coconut.
This is a very complex nose.

The nose had me prepared for a bourbon bomb, but this is exceptionally balanced. A big, rich, malty base is obviously here. Thick, sweet, delicious vanilla presence. Butterey oak notes. Caramel, brown sugars and toasted coconut. Toasted pecans and hazelnuts. Hints of chocolate milkshake. A very balanced level of bourbon presence, which is absolutely delicious.
As with the nose, the taste is very deep and complex.

Truly a full-bodied brew. Light to medium level of carbonation. This one is totally silky smooth and has a beautiful creaminess to it.
One of my fave mouthfeels, ever.

Okay, while I wouldn't slam a case of these down in a night, I could certainly sip on a couple of bottles over the course of an evening. Despite its 12.00%abv this one is very drinkable, to me anyway. It's just damn delicious and I wish I had more!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 04:33:15 | More by coldmeat23
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Bomber from bring many moons ago. Thanks for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
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APPEARANCE: Exactly the same as the 13. Transparent black pour yields a medium sized, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Black, transparent body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to light wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leave dots of lacing down the glass.

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.