Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DavoleBomb:
3.55/5 rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to Alen for a chance to try this.
3.5 A: Murky dark brown, nearly black color. One and a half fingers of tan creamy/frothy hybrid head. Retention is poor, even given the ABV and a few spots of lacing.
4.0 S: Initial impression is that this is a bourbon forward brew. Leather, vanilla, oak, and booziness from the bourbon and barrel. While my initial impression is correct, there are aromas underneath strong enough to be distinguishable. Plum and raisin fruitiness. Tobacco, brown sugar, molasses, and some toastiness.
3.5 T: Bourbon is too dominant in the taste. It has a boozy bourbon aftertaste which is one of the main reasons I don't drink straight bourbon very often. Leather, oak, vanilla, some what tannic-y. Plum, raisin, tobacco are all there again, but cannot be fully enjoyed due to the booze overload. Brown sugar, molasses, bitter roastiness, and some chocolate.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body, but drinkable as if the body was less dense. The only issue I have is that the carbonation is a bit low. Could also be a bit creamier.
3.0 D: I honestly believe the great scores for this beer are a result of XIII riding the coat tails of the previous releases (none of which I've had). This beer is overly boozy and a bit of a mess. I like bourbon brews in which the bourbon complements the beer instead of dominating it. This one is definitely the latter.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2010 00:18:04 | More by DavoleBomb
More User Reviews:
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.