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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

374 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 291
Gots: 126 | FT: 4
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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GRG1313, May 26, 2014
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ceberly, Apr 24, 2014
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belgbeerdrinker, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

JKV96, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

dspinler, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

IPAIsaac, Jan 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

zestar, Jan 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of elNopalero
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.

elNopalero, Jan 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

mcrago, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

EB1, Nov 24, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. About 4 years old at this point.

A: Black, very small thin light tan head. Dissipated quickly.

S: I could smell it the second I cracked open the bottle. Very rich and intense chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla.

T: So incredibly smooth. It is very rich and creamy. Vanilla and barrel flavors dominate for me. Chocolate, coffee and bourbon are all equally present and well balanced but not as intense as the smell. At 12%, this is one of the mellowest beers I've ever had. I almost wish there was bit more intensity but the mellowness of this 4 year old beer is incredible in its own right.

M: Very little carbonation. So creamy, great thickness.

O: Excellent anniversary ale that I never expected to be able to try. I wouldn't let any future anniversary ales that I get my hands on go quite so long but I'm really glad I tried this one when I did. Absolutely delicious.

anteater, Nov 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

fredmugs, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

FeelinSurley, Oct 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Fluteswell, Sep 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Zuidman, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -15%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

DLucky, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

roodie, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

BARFLYB, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

oglmcdgl, Aug 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

BillRoth, Jul 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

JOrtt, Jul 08, 2013
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3.11/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thin khaki collar but not much else. Black body.

Smell - Ack, lots of cardboard. This hasn't oxidized well. Bourbon. Vanilla. Chocolate. Brown sugar lingers.

Taste - Better. Less cardboard, but it's still present. Rich dark chocolate. Bourbon. Vanilla. Oak. Cardboard lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Still decent carbonation. Seems thin.

Overall - This is way past its prime. Way past good, in fact. Too much oxidation.

Alieniloquium, Jul 05, 2013
Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.