Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
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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2.93/5 rDev -33.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Dark brown with a pure tan head. Smells of milk chocolate, ripened cherries, plum and dark bread. Taste is limited to milk chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. Cloying and too rich to handle with the alcohol coming in overly strong to add insult to injury. A highly rated, but simple and lopsided beer, which of course makes me question my "beersanity" but confirms my perception with another sip. Might be good in small doses, not unlike cough syrup or moonshine.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2014 00:50:14 | More by stephens101
Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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