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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

378 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 292
Gots: 127 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with crazeguy and t0rin0 tonight.

A: The pour is just about black with a thin layer of dark brown colored foam.

S: The smell is quite similar to Parabola. A lot of smooth bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of oak. There is also a bit of alcohol, but not very much at all considering the blend and the ABV.

T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. The initial sips seem a bit boozy, but this quickly dies down. The dominant flavors are chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt. There is a bit of alcohol and oak, but surprisingly balanced for its (young) age.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is moderate but quite proper for the beer.

D: I thought this would be a bit hot and tough to drink at its young age, but it is quite an exceptional beer. This one will surely get better with age, but it will be tough to keep my hands off of.

womencantsail, Dec 14, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, boxed up nicely, huge thanks to MasterSki for another stellar brew brought to my place, much too kind! Good one for #2100.

Pours a clear very dark reddish brown, dark and delicious, medium sized but thick tan head forms, settles down to a solid ring, drops some lace spots and a touch of legs, great retention, head really lasts.

Smell is heaven, vanilla and alcohol, woody, roast, brown sugar, nougat, tons of caramel, bourbon, chocolate milk, raisins and assorted dark fruit, fantastic aroma.

Taste is amazing too, very nutty, toasted pecans, nougat, honey, liquid Toblerone, oak, lots of vanilla and caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, alcohol, nice bourbon finish, more vanilla, awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little slick, low carbonation, warmth going down, ABV is hidden well. Another winner from FW anniversaries. They can do no wrong. This is great stuff, thanks again Alex!!

Viggo, Jan 04, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bottle opened on 8/16/14. I loved the flavor, no one flavor dominated. Slight bourbon nose, a little coffee, and sweetness (toasted caramel, toffee flavors).

MLDucky, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9oz consumed in a snifter next to 12 after a 10-12 vertical at Stone's Firestone Walker night on 11/13/2009. Pours near black crowned with a creamy toffee head. Decent retention, scattered lacing.

The nose opens up with a nice mild roasted malt character and light coffee with a touch of caramel. Dark fruits are present, as is vanilla. Molasses is far off in the distance. As the beer warms, the coffee that seemed dominant at first fades to the background and caramel comes through stronger, and the beer is better because of it. Light notes of brown sugar and oatmeal are evident, and I detect oak, coconut, and maple. There's no astringency or harshness from any element, but the booze has room to mellow. Bourbon adds a nice complexity. Nice sweet caramel toffee coffee booze nose. Near the end, the coffee was hardly noticeable.

The flavor is strong booze with less coffee than I detected in the nose. I notice brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and vanilla. Bourbon comes through nicely. Sweetness is at a moderate level. Booze is prevalent in the flavor and there's a lot of room for aging. The finish is moderate brown sugar caramel sweetness with a potent level of heat.

The mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and smooth with low moderate carbonation that is perfect. This beer will age well.

Bottle consumed on 12/06/2009 and poured into a snifter. Pouring the beer myself, the head that appears before me is a massively thick two fingers. Lovely. Retention is excellent.
Changes:

+.5 Appearance
-.5 Mouthfeel (I don't know why I gave it a perfect 5 to begin with. I can' justify that)

HopHead84, Nov 14, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours cola dar, no head, no lace.

S - Raisins, dark fruit, toasty malt.

T - Taste matches smell, but much richer than expected. Extract. YUM.

M - Carb less than wanted, but good balance and coating.

D - For what it is, would try to have more. Heavy stuff, though.

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.