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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - Anniversary Ale

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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.16%


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: Todd on 11-02-2009)
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elNopalero

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I tasted this as part of a flight at an epic bottle share. The review is from my notes, based on at least 1 ounce and at most 2 ounce pours. In most instances this would be an insignificant sample size but considering the fact that I could quite possibly never even see this beer again, well, I couldn’t pass it up. [This is my standard intro to my tasting notes from the series.]

This poured a solid black with a cocoa-colored layer on top. I get a lot of dark chocolates and an Italian roast/espresso aroma. There’s a pronounced flavor of bitter chocolate, a lot of roast, some bourbon on it, maybe a hint of a maple sweetness. There’s still a touch of heat to this but overall the flavors have blended quite well. So delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 04:43:01 | More by elNopalero
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anteater

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. About 4 years old at this point.

A: Black, very small thin light tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: I could smell it the second I cracked open the bottle. Very rich and intense chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla.

T: So incredibly smooth. It is very rich and creamy. Vanilla and barrel flavors dominate for me. Chocolate, coffee and bourbon are all equally present and well balanced but not as intense as the smell. At 12%, this is one of the mellowest beers I've ever had. I almost wish there was bit more intensity but the mellowness of this 4 year old beer is incredible in its own right.

M: Very little carbonation. So creamy, great thickness.

O: Excellent anniversary ale that I never expected to be able to try. I wouldn't let any future anniversary ales that I get my hands on go quite so long but I'm really glad I tried this one when I did. Absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:48:17 | More by anteater
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.11/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thin khaki collar but not much else. Black body.

Smell - Ack, lots of cardboard. This hasn't oxidized well. Bourbon. Vanilla. Chocolate. Brown sugar lingers.

Taste - Better. Less cardboard, but it's still present. Rich dark chocolate. Bourbon. Vanilla. Oak. Cardboard lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Still decent carbonation. Seems thin.

Overall - This is way past its prime. Way past good, in fact. Too much oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 00:40:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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xhuskr

California

4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked this one with some friends...to make sure my aged beers were holding up..this one..yep!
A: black beer gold with a bit o'lace
S: complex as you'd expect from a blend...not one dominating aroma...just a mixture as you'd get from standing in a pasture on a Spring blooming day...ahhh
T: licorice, choc..all the usual suspects were present and accounted fo
MF: carb was spot on...smooth on the palate begging for moe
O: Wish I had more

this hit the spot and bummed I only have one left...next up..a FW12 or FW14

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:51:23 | More by xhuskr
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LaChupacabra

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with little light showing through. Beige head that receded quickly and left some spotty lacing. The nose was bourbon forward with lots of cocoa, oak, vanilla, coffee, molasses and general maltiness. Taste was similar to smell. Malty with bourbon, oak, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and molasses. Medium-low carbonation. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth, sweet, rich, dulcet. The boozyness is still there, but has definitely had time to mellow out over the last 2+ years.

Overall, it's a fantastic beer that's aged exceptionally well!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:06:44 | More by LaChupacabra
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jethrodium

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with bourbon, oak, a light mineral note, a bit of vanilla, and some some coffee. The initial taste has a light sweetness. There is lots of roastiness, a bit of bourbon, some oak, a bit of vanilla, and some light coffee. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering roastiness. Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Great beer. It might be my favorite of the anniversary beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 06:37:45 | More by jethrodium
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jsanford

Georgia

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

Pours black with brown edges and a thin off-white ring of haze. Aromas of oak, caramel, molasses, dark berry, chocolate, raisins, and Bourbon. Well-crafted, well-blended, and pretty decadent smelling. Taste is similarly chocolate and Bourbon-forward (you can definitely taste the Parabola), with more dark fruit, caramel, molasses, and a touch of ashy oak. Smooth as silk, and nicely aged. Mouthfeel is slick and a touch creamy, with a medium-full body and lower carbonation. Great anniversary beer from FW, can't wait to try more of the releases.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 03:00:25 | More by jsanford
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harrymel

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice oiled leather brown with little foam formation. Rich smells of cocoa, vanilla, nougat, toasted sugars, hints of oak nad caramel. A nice grouping that together seems like a turtle candy. Flavor is sweet and toasty with gobs of vanilla toffee and hints of almonds and pralines. A nice, tight netting of caramel corn flavor on the edge with a bit of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied with sparkly carb and a good off dry finish. Nice beer. I wouldn't really seek it out again, but it is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 05:39:01 | More by harrymel
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for a while, had a long shitty day, so I figured that's a good enough reason to crack into it. Review is from notes taken on 8/18/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Looks pretty tempting coming out of the bottle -- pour is a dark burnt coffee brown/near black; starts with a short 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades almost immediately to nothing other than a thin ring; body is of course opaque;

Smell: Wow -- super. Very sweet, lots of vanilla, burnt sugar/caramel; some bourbon; some syrupy sweet chocolate; some alcohol; nice and robust - jus flows out of the glass.

Taste: See smell. Fantastic -- plenty of vanilla and sweet caramel -- I'm reminded of those caramel target candies; plenty of alcohol and it is very much like bourbon; bit of a roasty coffee flavor lying in there somewhere, but it's really subdued by the sweetness. This would be a fantastic dessert. For being a few years old, the alcohol is still booming and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/heavy in terms of weight; carbonation is soft, a little "flat" and all of the life of the body comes from the big alcohol, and it works alright, but I do feel that the carb could be a touch stronger; a thin, semi-dry and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and belly are left extremely warm from the booze.

Overall: A great beer, world class. The only thing I feel I can fault it for is a body without much life, but overall, a fantastic beer that should be made again and distributed to anywhere I happen to live.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 01:35:43 | More by bamadog
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at the Firestone Walker night at Steingarten LA in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite complex and is of roasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa, cookie dough, vanilla, slight toasted coconut, wood, and bourbon/alcohol aromas. Taste is very much the same with a woody aftertaste and quite a boozy finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer the smell over the taste. This one might be falling off a little bit flavor wise but I never tried it fresh so I won't know.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 05:41:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A monster cheers to BOLTZ7555 for the chance to try this anniversary beer. Doopie, Pasqual and I got together for an awesome "what-did-you-call-my-mother" night of fun and French misunderstandings. We lined up the XV, XIV and XIII all at once. Ou est mon fromage?

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Darker pour on this one. 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. Definitely darker than the other two.

SMELL: Milder nose of milk chocolate, oak and licorice. Bourbon, with some vanilla and sweet cream, as well as a nice portion of dark chocolate on the nose. A little mild for sure, but very complex and enticing. Enjoyable stuff.

TASTE: Barrel notes with bourbon, oak, vanilla and milk chocolate up front. All this is supported by a solid base of roasted malts and bitter, dark chocolate. A bold aftertaste of bourbon barrel flavors and some roasted base beer lingers nicely on the palate. Flavorful, showing a very nice balance between base beer and barrel. Very different than the other two as well. More stout-like.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers on the palate. A touch creamier and smoother than the other two.

OVERALL: A solid brew for sure, and my favorite of the XV, XIV, XIII lineup we did. This one was more like a bourbon barrel aged stout, which usually agree more with my palate. Moreover, this one also showed a better balance between the roasted and stout-like base beer on the one hand, and the bourbon barrel aging on the other. I don’t know if the extra age played a roll in this, but nevertheless, the beer is right up my alley at this point. Thanks again BOLTZ for sending this one our way. I would love to drink this one again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:46:00 | More by Jeffo
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to foofaa for bringing this one to Stakem's Fish Fry.

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving spotty streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and a bit of oak. There is still a bit of alcohol present but it doesn't get in the way. Still very nice.

T - Starts off with a big sugary kick - mostly chocolate, toffee, vanilla and brown sugar - but it fades quickly, leaving hints of coffee grounds, dark fruits and some drying oak. Finish is a mix of dark roast and a bit of sweetness. Once the carbonation died the flavors went with it. Still pretty good none the less.

M - Pretty smooth feel initially. The flavors work really well together but the carb goes a little flat toward the end of my sample.

O - I liked this one but I would say that I like the others I have had more than this one. It has some great flavors but was a little out of balance for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 20:56:47 | More by orangesol
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice thick foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of vanilla and bourbon with some black chocolate notes and some sweet notes. Taste is a complex mix of vanilla notes with some bourbon and some black chocolates with some caramelized malt. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well assembled mix of different beers makes for a very tasteful beer at the end of the day.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 16:53:40 | More by Phyl21ca
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown with hints of red. Half finger medium brown head dissipates to a thin film, but leaves lacing. Powerful aroma of bourbon, dark and caramel malt. Delicious chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla and wood, all integrated beautifully. Finishes with a great bourbon finish. This is a superb ale. Loses a 1/2 point because of a bit of stark alcohol on the finish, but up to that point a solid 10.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 03:41:15 | More by LiquidAmber
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MexicanSkittel

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a random night opening of a very special bottle! No better way. Poured from the cellar into a goblet, 54 degrees.

Quite a rich shinny dark black chrome pour. With a tan amber medium to large bubble head that looked more wet than fluffy. It fell quickly to a brown ring for thin lacing. Sitting in the glass leaves the beer with dark maroon, amber cutting the black pour.

The nose is great.
Butter creme, caramel, malt, raisin, marshmallow, oak, bourbon, cocoa, sweet espresso, coconut, Hawaiian tropic tanning oil,

Taste to match
Well rounded flavors, the malty caramel, start the tasting, leading way to a stinging bourbon that gets grabbed on the tongue by the oak. The sweet cream mallows linger on the pallet after the swallow, then get a nice bitterness of espresso winding down the initial finish.

Mouth feel is lighter than expected. Very nice lively carbonation which keeps it from being too heavy or viscous. The heat is apparent and half way through this bomber I can tell its a 12%er.

Overall, another great anniversary ale from FW. Selfish of me to open this on my own, sorry in advance. Just no one around to share it with, and it's how the dice were rolled.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 07:17:41 | More by MexicanSkittel
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into a petite Duvel tulip. I had this one earmarked for review #450, but cracked it to celebrate a good showing at a homebrew competition. Thanks for the hookup WeisGuy!

Firestone Walker 13 pours stout-like in its appearance. It's a solid black, with just over a finger of mocha head. The foam shows a little bit of staying power, and the lacing left behind is quite spotty. The nose is highlighted by caramelized brown sugar. Rich milk chocolate, vanilla, and a bourbon undercurrent also show up, giving the overall impression of a bourbon spiked chocolate cake, but overall the aroma could stand to pop a little more. The flavor profile is largely the same as what's found in the aroma. There is a bit of oxidation showing here though, as notes of both cherries and sherry are appreciable and add a nice additional layer to the beer. The mouthfeel is superb, with a full body that has just a bit of creaminess to it, and carbonation that keeps the beer from approaching syrupy, but otherwise stays out of the way of the malts. Firestone Walker 13 is drinking very nicely right now, and is another top notch barrel aged beer/blend from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 07:34:51 | More by axeman9182
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice dark drown with some awesome looking ruby hues on the edges. There is a nice thin light tan head that recedes quickly and leaves a nice ring around with some medium sized bubbles. Looks almost like a light stout.

Aroma starts off with sweet milk chocolate, nice sweet and smooth vanilla notes. Nice carmel sweetness with sweet sweet molasses as well. Very smooth nose with the cocoa contributing a lot to this. There is also a nice slight Bourbon sweetness and some mild cinnamon and woody notes.

Starts off with some nice cocoa notes and some nice caramel sweetness. Then there is some nice slight coffee roast. Very stout like. There is some nice Bourbon sweetness and ABV heat that come up. There is some nice molasses and caramel sweetness that is shown in the middle of the beer. The beer is nice and creamy with some smooth finishing flavors.

OVerall this is a good brew. I don't think its my fave of the Anniversary beers but its really well crafted and has some delicious flavors. FW always does well with these brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 00:16:22 | More by JoEBoBpr
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice black color with almost no light getting through. There is really very little head but it's there. The smell is oaky bourbon with hints of vanilla coffee and chocolate up front, followed by malt roastiness. The flavor is pretty similar with the bourbon and oak stealing the show. The vanilla comes through as well but the chocolate and coffee hints do not come through In the flavor. the beer is very full bodied with relatively low carbonation but it works here there was definitely a sweetness and a touch of alcohol in there as well. Overall an excellent beer worth trading for.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 12:25:17 | More by rowingbrewer
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 oz sample at Belmont Station. Part of a vertical flight of FW Anniversary XII, XIV, XV. Got to meet Firestone Walker co-founder Dave Walker. He was a really cool, laid back guy who was very approachable and seemed to genuinely love the beer his brewery puts out.

A - Pours an almost opaque dark brown. No head or lacing. Looks very viscous and oily.

S - Lovely vanilla and oak notes hit the nose first. Bourbon, dark fruits and a slight nuttiness blend in. Some chocolate notes as well.

T - The barrel characteristics and big dark malts dominate. The bourbon and vanilla notes really stood out for me. Nice chocolatey and nutty flavors play in with some dark fruits. I found the sweetness to be subdued in the flavor.

M - Somewhat thick and oily with almost no carbonation. A bit chewy. Some warmth from the alcohol but nothing major. Finishes pretty smooth. Easy to drink for the ABV.

O - I feel lucky I was able to get to try this. I like the complexity and approachability this beer delivers. The barrel aging really brings a lot to this beer in terms of aroma and taste. I had this two years after it came out so I'm not sure if this beer was as smooth when it was fresh. But this beer is remarkably smooth for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 05:35:12 | More by Mahlik
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whatthehull

California

4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip

A - deep dark black/dark brown, very slight deep tan head and minimal lacing

S - Wow, so sweet and oaky! Vanilla, nuts, spices, a little alcohol, scotch, slight yeast, chocolate and coffee

T - licorice, very nutty, toasted malts, spices, vanilla, molasses, very sweet, lots of oak, a nice scotch smokiness, very nice alcohol, bread like yeast, chocolate, slight coffee, a very slight hops, earth, terrior and more oak

M - full bodied, awesome complexity, balanced, medium minus acidity and lovely and long finish

D - the years have aged this beast well. Tons of flavor, well balanced and if you like barrel aged anything, this is for you. Such a lovely beer.

Final thought - soughtbygod thanks for this one. $35 and 12 abv with nice age in it, wow!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 07:27:38 | More by whatthehull
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dirtylou

Washington

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, obtained somewhere along the line and aged a few years

appearance: silver box, black foil - they royal treatment. served in a large unbranded snifter, nice mahogany body, creamy beige lace.

smell: rich aroma - bourbon, caramel and chocolate, wood, vanilla, decadent chocolate cake

taste: rich chocolate cake, nice level of bourbon flavor but without much of any boozy burn, creamy caramel, vanilla, wood, brown sugar, tobacco. Nice stuff - quite drinkable and extremely well balanced given the strength

mouthfeel: rich and full flavored - not overly heavy, light carbonation

overall: nice stuff - a bomber will be surprisingly easy

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 22:27:52 | More by dirtylou
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to mrandypandy for this brew!

drank this last night and review from notes.

bottle date of 11/4/2009.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with a small quickly fading medium brown colored head that is becomes a ring around the outside of the glass.

Smell: Huge malts and huge barrel notes. Smokey and roasty.

Taste: similiar to the nose. Lots of malts and barrel notes. Chocolate cake, vanilla, dark fruits, oak, bourbon, and molasses. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. A smidge of bitterness shows up in the form of a coffee note that is mild. Well integrated beer with nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: high end of a moderate bodied beer with low carbonation. Chewy and smooth. No booze burn, just a warming sensation and quite drinkable at the ABV.

Overall: Really enjoyed this beer! Wish I had another bottle! Seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 18:47:47 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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claspada

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of rwinzing in a trade several months back.

Pours out a near black body, though with lighter brown hints at the edges and capped with a small, rapidly receding beige head that lives some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with a vast array of malt and barrel-imparted smells. Dark molasses, anise, charred oak. Dark bitter cocoa powder, burnt coffee grounds and light coconut emerge as it warms.

The tastes begin quite sweet with a full range of rich, delectable flavors: chocolate ganache, creamy oats, smoked vanilla beans, spicy wood, caramel candy, macerated dark fruits, flaked coconut, light tobacco, chilled coffee and dark molasses. Some slight bitterness coming through. Warming, peppery alcohol tones begin drying out the taste as it warms. Dark chocolate candy bars washed with fine bourbon on the warming, semi-dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Exceptionally smooth.

Overall this is a really complex beast of a beer. Flavors are extremely deep and robust. This is drinking perfect right now and the alcohol presence is so minimal it isnridiculous given the fact this is 12%ABV. Wonderfully complex, yet still keenly drinkable. Highly recommended and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:08:49 | More by claspada
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SpdKilz

Illinois

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

A huge thanks to my buddy Kevin (kzoobrew) for sharing this want with me at the CBS release. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Poured into my generic tulip at the release which Kevin makes fun of (shakes fist in air at Kevin, ha!). A dark brown color when held up to the light, light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar (candied), dark fruits, and bourbon.

Taste – Thankfully not as sweet as the nose led on. Lots of oak and dark fruits such as plum. Chocolate, bourbon booze, and toffee.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – Quite a fantastic beer though I did notice some oxidation. It appears to be falling a bit off but still a very good tasting beer from FW.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:39:38 | More by SpdKilz
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Duff27

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light mocha collar. Slow alcohol legs. No lacing but good head retention for the style.

Big time sweet aspect.

Big time roastyness. Some sweetness?

Big time something or 'nother. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Reminded me a lot of Dark Lord with the sweetness muted a tad. Glad to have a chance!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 02:28:52 | More by Duff27
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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.