Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by csmiley:
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours nearly black in color. Slivers of dark brown show at the very edge. It ends up with a slight tan head that shows average retention. Given the 12% mark, this is pretty good. Very light lacing stays in the glass. Appearance is good, not great.
S - Starts with strong aromas of vanilla and cocoa. Actually, I really like the was this one is starting out. Something about it stands out for me. Alcohol soaked cherries come in soon thereafter and stick around til about midway. Thick sweet bread is present midway to end. Touches of milk chocolate finish it all up. Very well done.
T - Tons of chocolate and cocoa up front. Also, there is a light sweeter flavor that is mixing with the chocolate. Could be a combination of caramel and honey. The 12% really doesn't lond back in the flavor. It's almost too much. Almost. Coffee and toffee hong out right around the middle. They mix with some dark fruit (mostly cherry) very nicely. Again, with the thick sweet bread. I like it though. Vanilla starts to shine as this one warms.
M - Fuller bodied with light carbonation. Finish starts out sweet and ends with a warm feel.
D - Drinkability is pretty remarkable for a beer this big. It's very well put together with a layering of flavors that just keeps going and going. Really, at every turn there is something that grabs your attention and keeps it very intriguing. Based on my experience with other Firestone Anniversary releases, this one easily lives up to expectation. Kudos to FW for another stellar brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2010 23:48:25 | More by csmiley
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.