Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
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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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
Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.