Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Tdizzle:
4.4/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a New Belgium globe glass. 12% ABV.
A- This beer pours a dark, dark brown color- almost black- with a foamy head of tan colored foam that settles to a big frothy ring along the inside of the glass. A silky layer swirls atop the liquid for the duration of the beer and each sip leaves some multi-dimensional spatters of lacing behind.
S- Bourbon, vanilla and oak barrel backed by notes of dark roast, molasses, burnt caramel, and dark fruits such as raisins and fig jam. The alcohol heat is there, but it's not over-the-top at all.
T- Flavors of deep-roasted barley, fermented dark fruits, and dark chocolate rumble with notes of bourbon whiskey and oak wood. There's a flash of alcohol astringency at mid-palate. The dry and very roasty finish is delicious with an almost port-like character and notes of dark berry fruit. There is definitely a good amount of boozy heat woven throughout the flavor profile.
M- The feel is on the medium side of full-bodied with a viscous and slightly syrupy texture. A moderate amount of active carbonation bubbles provide this beer with a nice fizz.
D- This is really drinkable stuff. I found myself having to pace...myself. The large alcohol presence was very manageable, and I was able to polish off a whole bottle over the course of about two hours.
Can't wait to see how this will hold up over the course of a few years.
Serving type: bottle
11-21-2009 07:39:19 | More by Tdizzle
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.