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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

288 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 360
Gots: 51 | 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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Tedwarhc

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-03-2013 04:29:48 | More by Tedwarhc
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

01-02-2013 21:29:43 | More by thebouch01
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

12-30-2012 19:08:34 | More by dtx00
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jdhasse

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-23-2012 20:49:07 | More by jdhasse
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abeerdude

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-11-2012 03:24:23 | More by abeerdude
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8.9%

12-07-2012 17:53:53 | More by Kopfschuss
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BrittQ

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

11-16-2012 18:01:56 | More by BrittQ
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misterranger

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

10-31-2012 04:34:03 | More by misterranger
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rlcnmeyer

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-13-2012 21:58:02 | More by rlcnmeyer
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SGMBARNES

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-08-2012 16:41:37 | More by SGMBARNES
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My. This has held up quite nicely after aging for a few years. The fragrance and flavor carry a full vanilla and bourbon character, but it's nice and smooth and at a level that couldn't really be improved upon. I was a bit skeptical about this one, but it turned out to be very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 16:19:44 | More by RblWthACoz
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scottiethebody

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

08-24-2012 18:53:59 | More by scottiethebody
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev -8.9%

07-25-2012 18:49:58 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour courtesy of wethorseblanket at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and brown sugar. Taste is much the same with a woody finish on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is really tasty and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:55:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

07-23-2012 23:27:37 | More by drewone
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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2008)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 3.5 years)

Nearly black throughout with a nicely sized dark brown head that leaves sticky lines of lacing down the glass. Gorgeous and decadent.

The aroma isn't particularly expressive, which is a big surprise after tasting this beer. There's some chocolate and barrel character, but nothing particularity expressive. What's here is still very nice.

The flavor is amazingly chocolate-forward without ever being too sweet, rich, or filling. The chocolate flavor comes in layers, rounded nicely by barrel, bourbon, brownie, vanilla, and coconut. This is simply sublime. All traces of alcohol are gone.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. A sipper though I motored through my glass it was so simply delicious.

Just fantastic. This doesn't seem as complex as Firestone 13 or 14, but it's just as delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 21:39:04 | More by ehammond1
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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

06-11-2012 18:07:44 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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antoines15

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

04-15-2012 23:51:00 | More by antoines15
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of JRSD. This one was allowed to warm some before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Firestone Walker XII pours stout-like in its appearance. It's totally black with maye a finger of mocha foam gradually coming together atop the beer. Head retention is alright, but there's no real lacing to speak of. The nose is highlighted by a dark chocolaty aroma, with some sherry notes also vying for attention. I don't have any of the information as to what went into this blend, but I'd venture a guess that it's heavy on Parabola, and maybe the imperial brown ale they use in their anniversary beers. Chocolate i still the star when it comes to the flavor, a somewhat dry chocolate. Some sherry from the oxidation is still also present, but here there are some more secondary flavors, specifically vanilla, coconut, and just a touch of cherry. The sherry is just a little too overtly boozy and intense, but that's literally the only thing keeping the taste from perfection. The body is disappointingly middle of the road for a 12% malt bomb. I was hoping/expecting it would be a good bit more rich and decadent. The carbonation is nice and understated though, just enough activity to let me know it's there. I've seen a lot of people on BA say that Firestone Walker's beers aren't meant for long term aging, but XII is three years in, and even if it's maybe a few months past its absolute peak, it's still drinking very well right now.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 07:10:45 | More by axeman9182
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superspak

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

03-22-2012 01:55:32 | More by superspak
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SanDiegoCraftFan

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-05-2012 22:08:26 | More by SanDiegoCraftFan
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev -8.9%

02-27-2012 16:24:35 | More by denimdemon
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev -8.9%

02-15-2012 22:01:54 | More by John11486
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

02-09-2012 19:30:14 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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SoCalStout

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-07-2012 07:31:03 | More by SoCalStout
Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.