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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
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world-class

361 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 289
Gots: 126 | FT: 3
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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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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

Huge thanks go out to murchmac (The Commish) for a great and well run Fantasty Football season this year, and this excellent bottle of potion.

Pours a pitch dark color with a light tan head that retains well, given the style, but quickly dissipates into a thick rim around the edges with some tan island skimmers. Lacing is minimal, but present.

Nose is incredibly complex, reeking of a big stouty base, vanilla and bourbony liquor notes from the barrels. Some slight woody spice and a touch of cherry are presented as well complimenting some tobacco notes that increase and develop well as the beer warms.

Well. FW is certainly having great success with their barrel room, and from what it sounds like they have put the time and effort in to do exactly that. This one opens up with large roasted grain that is quickly balanced by big vanilla and tobacco notes. Light chocolate notes come out as it warms. Vanilla also comes out more as the beer increases in temperature. Some caramel makes its presence known. Dark fruit and wood come forth towards the finish. The finish is a little bit more bitter than i expected, but not too bad. Bourbony. Pretty dry for the style, but pretty slick in general. Aftertaste is lingering vanilla and oak, with some dark fruit and fairly prominent alcohol notes.

Mouthfeel is just about ideal for the style. If anything is is ever so slightly thin for its relatively ominous abv. A little drier than i had expected. Carbonation is perfect.

Drinkability is pretty good for the beer itself, all things considered. The abv will make itself known but you had to expect that in a 12% BA'd beer, and if this ages as gracefully as every past FW anny brew has, then that will fade nicely as this beer develops into something special and another essential part of one of the beer worlds best verticals.

Overall, another impressive and exquisitely barrel aged anniversary beer from Firestone Walker. These guys put alot of effort into these anny brews and it shows. Very well done once again, and noone should be suprised this time. Easily one of the best Barrel aging outfits around. Great beer once again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 04:49:23 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.