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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 14 - Anniversary AleFirestone 14 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The blend consists of: 31% Double Double Barrel Ale, 29% Sticky Monkey, 27% Parabola, 7% Velvet Merkin, 3% Good Foot, 3% Black Xantus

(Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 11-02-2010)
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elNopalero

Texas

4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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.]

The FWXIV pours a dark molasses-cola in color with thin foam. The aroma speaks of molasses and caramel, dark chocolate, and a little leather, blended with candied stone fruits, a touch of vanilla, a hint of almond. There’s a warming glow to it, with stone fruits, vanilla, and a touch of booziness as it opens, lending complexity to coffee, chocolate, and caramel characteristics. Delicious, as if that needed to be said.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:37:56 | More by elNopalero
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary

Appearance: dark brown, small-medium head, and some nice lacing.

Smell: molasses, vanilla, and oak among many other subtleties.

Taste: rich bodied oak, barley, light molasses, some vanilla, and other subtle sensations.

Mouthfeel: medium and full bodied smoothness.

Overall:
The initial impressions seemed like a setup for disappointment. Boy was I wrong. The Mouthfeel is fantastic and flavor is quite wonderful. The matching aroma isn't there, but it isn't lackluster. This has been aged about 2 years.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:50:18 | More by megahurts4
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itsiilegal

California

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured somewhat murky brownish black. Very thin dark khaki lacing that dissipated to a thin ring and eventually disappeared completely. Very viscous and oily looking.

The aroma is a very rich caramel, cocoa and brown sugar with faintest woodiness. The aroma of sweetness and booze has mellow very nicely with age.

Straightforward caramel hangs out for moment then a wave of brown sugar, cocoa, coconut, vanilla, coffee and rich bourbon overwhelms everything. Very rich flavors, balanced with enough intensity from the barrel, coffee and cocoa flavors.

The mouthfeel is spot on for a beer of this style. Enough carbonation has remained to let it dance on your tongue. It is also oily and mouth coating.

Fourteen is one of the most balanced barrel aged strong ales there are. Firestone, its brewers, blenders and cellar masters are very good at what they do. I enjoy this more than the other Anniversary beers (only tried 13-16). I have one more bottle and will probably open it within the next 6 months as the cap underside is showing signs of spoilage (it did not affect any flavor).

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:28:00 | More by itsiilegal
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vfgccp

New York

4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened July 2013

A - Great, deep mahogany cola body. Light khaki head sits low. Poor retention and lace.

S - Rum raisin, huge pumpernickel, nutmeg, clove, hazelnut, vanilla. Soft, smooth, and complex.

T - Unbelievable complexity with killer staying power. Soft vanilla and booze open the profile for spiced fruit and brown breads. Cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg, clove, anise. Dark chocolate, plum jam, and medium roast coffee beans through the center. Killer molasses, coffee, and fresh hazelnut notes through the finish.

M - Creamy, silky smooth, full body.

O - An awesome brew. It's not the 15, but then again not many beers in history have been.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:37:12 | More by vfgccp
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle 12,5% Abv.
Served lightly chilled and split between a wine glass and a snifter.
2010 Vintage

Thanks to rfraga77 for this bottle.

Appearance: Firestone Walker 14 appears an ultra deep brown in the glass, with a strong back light revealing a fantastic deep red body that fades into golden amber along the edges. A rough pour yields a small tan coloured head that lasts reasonably well, but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. A light swirl regenerates a little foam and coats the glass in some heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: The initial nose is certainly not what I was expecting from this beer and is in someway reminiscent of an aged JW Lees. Big dark fruity notes (cherries and plums) dominate alongside brown sugar, dark caramel, molasses, a little booze, a touch of roasted malt and sadly some oxidization. The barrel character is present, but is not as big as I was expecting and adds notes of sweet vanilla, butterscotch and some oak.
As the beer begins to warm, the nose becomes quite a lot sweeter,

Taste: Delicious! Thankfully the majority of the oxidization that was present in the nose is almost absent from the flavour. Notes include: Brown sugar, dark caramel, toffee, butterscotch, dark fruits (notably cherries and dates), molasses, a light vanilla bourbon note, a faint hint of roasted malt, a little milk chocolate and little booze. As the beer warms, it be comes very sweet and is actually a little much by the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: The body is just shy of full and lightly sticky, with a medium-high level of fairly smooth carbonation. I am sure that many would disagree, but for me this was quite overcarbonated. Thankfully it does settle down fairly quickly and is smooth enough not to be all that bothersome.

Overall: FW 14 is a great strong ale and I was stoked to finally taste it, however I have a feeling that it is not quite the beer it was when it was bottled. I would recommend that anyone holding onto a bottle drinks it as soon as possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 13:21:57 | More by Thehuntmaster
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IKR

California

4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:Very dark-brown coloring with a small beige head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Bourbon, browns sugar/toffee, mild vanilla, and some faint tobacco notes. The barrel elements are the prominent features in the nose.

Taste: Bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, slight oak, mild roasted malts, some mild oak, faint tobacco, and red wine-like notes. The finish is fairly dry with some faint hop notes present in the end. perhaps it's the age but very understated alcohol presence for the listed ABV.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied with a modest level of carbonation. Spot on for the style.

Overall: I thought time was confusing my perception of earlier FW anniversary beers, but no, I much prefer this and the earlier iterations to 15 and 16, no comparison. Great beer that makes me hope Firestone Walker goes back towards the earlier blends then those of the recent Anniversary beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 20:58:53 | More by IKR
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened for the third period of the B's game tonight

A Pours pitch black with a very thin mocha head, has some legs to it but also looked thin upon pour.

S- This is where the beer shines the most for me. An incredibly deep, complex blend of vanilla, dark fruits, toffee, oak, char, dark roasted coffee and caramel. really could smell this all day as it has mellowed to an icredibly well rounded barrel aged beer on the nose.

T- A more subdued version of the nose with a mild presence of alcohol heat; The brandy/dark fruit component seems to linger really long; to the point where it is reminiscent of belgian quad. Overall still very good, but the nose had promise for more.

M- creamy, yet I wouldn't really call it full, thick or luscious, which is what I wouldve preferred.

O- I was surprised at how much alcohol heat was still on this, this was pretty warming still. Good beer, could probably be aged a little longer to see if that heat goes away, but I feel as though the taste may mellow to a point that the mellowing of the flavors would negate any gain in mellowing of alcohol heat. Good beer, I'd drink my bottles now if I had any more.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 02:16:56 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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shand

Florida

4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mmmmm, a barrel-aged blend of a bunch of beers I've never had. Firestone 14 pours a deep brown with a very small head. The aroma is sweet with a ton of bourbon, with layers of complexity that I can tell are there, but can't quite coax out. The complexity comes through more on the tongue by far, with layers on layers of flavor. Vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, oak, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, all the flavors you want from a big barrel aged beer are here. Each sip reveals a different facet of the blend. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would have expected, but it's very smooth. Overall, Firestone 14 is an excellent barrel aged blend. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 00:31:58 | More by shand
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mikeyv35

New York

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: 09/26/2011
Type: 22oz. Foiled Bomber
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Free The Hops Snifter courtesy of Zach (beeruser)

Pours a deep brown mahogany in color w/ light black highlights w/ a skim coat white head that leaves little to no lacing. Aromas of bourbon, oak, cola, and caramel. The taste was of caramel/toffee/raisins up front, followed by bourbon and woodiness. Medium bodied and lush. I could not drink alot of this brew as it is very warming. This brew is best shared w/ friends.

Overall, not mind blowing, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:55:44 | More by mikeyv35
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very carbonated with definite rush akin to a saison or a quadrupel. The body is incredibly opaque. A dark chestnut that is almost black. The head pours under a finger and dissipates quickly. I didn't even get much to time to really look at it but was your typical darkish beige of stouts and beers of this type.

Nose- There is a lot of chocolate and raisins on the initial sniff. There is also caramel, toffee, and vanilla. None of it is terribly strong but it is quite inviting.

Taste- The first observation is that this is starting syrupy sweet but this dissipates quickly into a flavor profile reminiscent of the best imperial stouts. The first thing I notice is coconut, then cherry, followed by chocolate, oak, and basic woody. The alcohol is almost nonexistent except for a slight burn at the end. There are notions of fig and tobacco also. However, these flavors have been muted by age and bring out a more integrated beer. While I may have enjoyed the brash complexity when it was green more, this is resplendent with its charms. There are also notes of licorice.

Mouthfeel- Perhaps the least enjoyable aspect of what is proving to be a very nice beer. It's a little thinner than I would like but not so much that it really detracts from the beer much at all.

Drinkability- Could be terrifying. Thankfully, this comes at the cost of 25 dollars and 2 years so maybe I will be able to hold back?

Overall- Very nice indeed. This is an A to A+ beer- my guess is that it would have been closer to the A+ when it was younger.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 02:09:25 | More by artoolemomo
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried this at a Parabola release in Seattle a couple years ago and have been sitting on a couple of these for a while. Probably should have reviewed it sooner, but with my buying habits any beer that can wait, usually does for a while...

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a thin, light tan head.

Smell. Sticky toffee, light bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and a bit of coffee. There's a touch of dark fruit and some nice smooth booze as well. Smells sweet and decadent.

Taste. Sweet toffee again, raisins, very woody bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. There's a good amount of booze here but it's fairly smooth.

Mouthfeel. Full bodied, low+ carbonation, warming for sure.

Overall. A very nice, big sweet sipper. I'll be enjoying this one for the whole evening I'm sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:48:14 | More by Rutager
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just about 2 years old, seeing as the 16th just came out.

A: Pours a deep and dark ruby-brown. Mid-sized but dense light brown head. Fades at a moderate pace, leaving absolutely zero lacing behind. Somewhat decent head retention, however.

S: Whoa, heavenly aroma. Heavy on the bourbon with caramel, toffee, vanilla and burnt sugar. Surprisingly strong roasted malt character too, some coffee and really nice chocolate blends in. Honestly it smells like a bourbon barrel stout but it is extra sweet and caramelly (is that a word?) like a barleywine. Some mild dark fruits too. Absolutely wonderful; I keep picking up the glass to sniff it some more. Such a variety of aromas and so pleasant. Amazing.

T: Oh man. This is unreal. Bourbon up front, lots of caramel, burnt sugars and some vanilla. Strong roasted malt, primarily chocolate here. Wonderful milk chocolate. Some coffee in the middle with lots of caramel sweetening it up. Quite sweet and unbelievably creamy at the same time. There is some hoppiness in the finish, maybe a little pine? Even get some toastiness with it too. Finish is primarily bourbon with brown sugar and caramel and a moderate drying oak. Still fairy boozy after 2 years, especially apparent in the aftertaste. Nothing harsh but it lets you know that it's still 12.5% ABV.

M: Heavy, thick, super creamy and smooth.

O: Wow, can't believe I've never had this one before. One hell of a beer. The blending of brews creates an unbelievably complex yet somehow balanced beer. It's primarily a bourbon barrel stout but has lots of toasted malt and caramel of a barleywine and or a strong ale. Which I guess, is more or less what it is. Mouthfeel is great, so smooth and creamy like an oatmeal stout. Very sweet overall but somehow isn't cloying. Great work, Firestone Walker.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:25:12 | More by Dope
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transcribed from notes of an earlier tasting.

Pours a deep reddish purple color with minimal head. Nice clarity here which makes for a dazzling appearance. The first thing that comes to mind in the aroma in the contribution of Abacus to the blend. Tons of vanilla and caramelized malts stand up front with some chocolate and coffee character in the back The bourbon looms large in this and seems to be well blended. The taste is incredibly smooth with vanilla, molasses, caramel, raisin, and mild stout qualities at the end. This seems to feature an array of styles (ie barleywine, stout, bourbon) which seems like it might clash, but the fine folks at Firestone Walker managed to blend this into quite the well integrated treat. The body is somewhat light relative to the high ABV, the carbonation is mellow. This is damn delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:43:36 | More by homebrew311
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tawny garnet brown with a smallish off white head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of oaken wood with a sweet but tannic edge and a hint of wet cardboard. Sweet sugars and caramel with a touch of chocolate an roast along with a bit of fruity sweetness to round out the nose quite nicely. The flavor is big and sweet up front with a solid shot of ethanol. Brown sugar and caramel with hints of cocoa and dark fruits.Medium to thick body with a sweet sugary mouthfeel and a light level of carbonation. This is a big thick complex beer that I thoroughly enjoyed tonight. Its a sipper, but on a cold night such as this it just worked as an all night thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:01:00 | More by johnnnniee
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this bottle quite a while ago, and I finally opened it up tonight. I used a snifter to maximize the aroma on this one.

This is a very rich beer. The aroma provides a lot of venous presence while balancing that with the coffee and significant roast characteristics. I definitely pick up the bourbon off of this one. This beer smells amazing.

The flavor is equally rich. I like the velvety texture. You get a decent amount of warmth from the alcohol. This is a very good sipper. I'm glad I was able to age this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:09:40 | More by ummswimmin
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beagle75

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a half-pint chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, medium red-brown color with a peripheral ring of light beige bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Brown sugar, vanilla, maraschino cherries, tamarind, and earthy spirit all combine to good effect in the nose. A moderate alcohol presence is pervasive and comfortable.

T: Begins off-dry, with molasses and roasted malt that is slightly scorched. Carbonic acidity is strong into the middle where plentiful bourbon and oak qualities develop. Dark chocolate and more bourbon are in pleasant company by the finish which is boozy, drying, and moderately bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity; wet, hot, and slightly acidic on the palate; with low carbonation.

D/O: Potent in its flavor intensity, but diminished by a level of acidity that just isn't welcome in a beer of such heft. Still, barrel qualities are captured in appealing fashion, particularly in the smell, making it a worthwhile strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 22:49:49 | More by beagle75
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jmarsh123

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to raid the cellar to see how this one is holding up. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing down the glass.

Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Brown sugar and molasses with a touch of cocoa. Not element of heat anymore.

Sweet taste as well. Brown sugar and molasses are evident with a touch of coconut and dark chocolate. A little bit of bourbon presence, but most heat is gone. Really just kind of bland and sweet.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side which is a complaint I have on most FW anny beers although age seems to thinned it out past an acceptable point. Carbonation is holding up well.

Proof once again FW beers are best fresh. Having had both XV and XVI recently, they are both tremendously better than this. Really just kind of bland at this point.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 15:59:24 | More by jmarsh123
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Bubba83

California

4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer while eating a baguette with some Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese. Opened at around 50 degrees F and enjoyed over the course of an hour or so. 16 was just released so that puts this bottle at about two years old. Pours a very dark brown, much darker than I remember the fresh bottles being. The head is a light tan and there's a fairly decent amount of it considering the style/age of it, nearly one finger-width. Retention is good for a barrel aged beer and there's even a light amount of lacing. Very nice to look at.

The aroma on this guy has come a long way in two years. I remember being able to tell from the aroma that this beer had a big alcohol presence and that was true in the taste too two years ago. Now though I really just get hit with a ton of toasted coconut, with a good hit of vanilla and brown sugar in the background. There's some dark caramel and a little bit of a cocoa touch there as well. No traces of any alcohol heat anymore as the beer has mellowed out just fine.

The taste can't quite live up to the aroma, but has also improved dramatically with age. I really didn't like this beer fresh, it just seemed so unincorporated and solvent-like. Now there's some harmony in between the caramel/brown sugar backbone and the coconut. I'm accustomed to a little bit more dark chocolate type of flavors from their Anniversary beers, but it's not surprising this one is a bit different since Double DBA and Sticky Monkey make up nearly 60% of the blend. I have to say, I miss Parabola being more apparent. The bourbon notes are there with some vanilla, and I'm even picking out a little bit of cherry perhaps from the brandy barrels used for Sticky Monkey. With that said, the barrel character is not overbearing.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I think it should be, but that could partially be due to the age on it. I want it to be a little more viscous, but it does still coat the tongue nicely. The carbonation seems to be spot on and the texture is overall very good.

I'm glad I sat on my second bottle for a couple of years since I really wasn't feeling this one when it first came out. It's drinking pretty well right now and this might be its peak. Probably my least favorite final blend chosen yet, but I have to admit it's still pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 07:33:10 | More by Bubba83
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jsanford

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark cola brown with lighter brown edges and a very thin ring of khaki haze. Splendid aromas of tobacco, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Definitely getting the barrel aging, mixed nicely between the Bourbon and Brandy. Reminds me a bit of Angel's Share in the nose. Taste is along the lines of the nose, rich tobacco, caramel, and chocolate with more oak, vanilla, and a surprising amount of citrus hop bitterness in the finish that balances the sweetness nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but nice and smooth, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Definitely a slow sipper, but a deliciously decadent one. Superb beer, I think I actually like it better then 13th Anniversary blend.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:22:41 | More by jsanford
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travMI13

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a Founders tulip.

A: Pours a deep mahogany-black with about a half-finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly transparent for a strong ale, it seems.

S: Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. It smells very sweet, and the bourbon definitely dominates the nose.

T: Whoa. The aroma doesn't do this beer justice. Rich, deep notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak are there, but there is a very strong dark chocolate presence in the middle. The sweet, dark fruits and some tobacco are there as well. There is a very slight burn from the bourbon, but it backs up and balances the sweetness of the beer. The flavor of this is nothing short of incredible.

M: Silky, smooth, and decadent. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: What a spectacular blend by Firestone Walker. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into with this one, but it really is drinking great. No need to age this one any further; I'm not sure how any additional age could improve it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 00:56:03 | More by travMI13
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

22oz bottle split with my brother. Had this back to back with a Parabola and a DDBA...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. Lacing is present, but is minimal...

S - Lots going on here. Caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and a good amount bourbon. Very inviting...

T - Starts out sweet with caramel, toffee, molasses, and a little chocolate. Vanilla comes through and lingers throughout with some smooth bourbon on the finish. Bourbon comes through alot smoother than I was expecting from the scent...

M - Rich and silky. Heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O - FW hits another one out of the park. It was interesting drinking this one back to back with a DDBA as I could pick up alot characteristics from the DDBA. Don't see age doing much more for this one as it is drinking very well now...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 09:11:00 | More by comfortablynumb1
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak, bourbon, toasted coconut, brandy, with some chocolate, coffee, and booze.

T - Starts off with sweet caramelized sugars, dark fruit, vanilla, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Through the middle, oak, Bourbon, and Brandy come through with some toasted coconut and a bit of coffee. The finish is a mix of vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts, with some roasted chocolate and booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great bold barrel aged beer. Nice and complex from the blend of barrels and nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 05:25:16 | More by ngeunit1
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark, not quite black. No head. Some legs and lace.

Smell - Bourbon barrel, but mostly the spirit smell. Lacks a complex barrel aroma. Sweet. Vanilla and caramel come through, but that's about it. It's all bourbon and only a hint of beer.

Taste - Alcohol. Caramel. Booze. No oak. The barrel seems lost again. Very sweet with bourbon. Hop bitterness but not enough to give it any semblance of complexity.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and sweet. Low carbonation. Thick and syrupy. Slow to drink.

Overall - It's bourbon without any of the good barrel notes that usually accompany it. I don't really love the beer behind it, either. Uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 22:11:21 | More by Alieniloquium
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing 22oz bomber sent from Steve, thank you so much! Poured into snifters and shared with my brother.

A: Pours that opaque dark brown color, with a khaki colored head that is quickly revivable with a swirl. Excellent alcohol legs cover the glass.

S: Absolutely epic nose, full of complexity...bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked raisins, toasted coconut, slight alcohol heat, faint cocoa nibs.

T: Follows the nose, initially you are overwhelmed with sugary sweetness but this beer shifts flavor profiles continually. Bourbon and spirit notes again, along with the expected vanilla and caramel, there is a molasses syrup component, sticky figs, toasted coconut, and sweet cream. Very pleasant alcohol presence on the back end.

MF: Viscous and sticky, medium to full bodied with mellow carbonation.

O: Complex and admirably crafted, this beer is a pleasure to sip as it warms and evolves. Simply awesome use of barrels, with just enough of the abv showing at this age to add some warmth.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 17:43:23 | More by Scotchboy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at the Firestone Walker night at Steingarten LA in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, slight cocoa, cookie dough, and some wood and alcohol aromas. Taste is the same but the flavors are balanced and complex with a woody finish and not too bad of an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that seems to be holding up quite well at this time. To me this one tastes great and has become a tasty and dangerously drinkable beer at this time.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 05:44:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
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