Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
4.65/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
173 reviews and the lowest is a B-. Finally, some consensus on a beer: we all think this is a good one! :)
Honestly, I had low expectations for this beer. I'm not sure why, but the box it came in and the information sheet that was included just seemed to be setting me up for disappointment, as if it was all too good to be true. Thankfully, the Firestone Fourteenth Anniversary Ale is quite simply put, the bomb.
THE APPEARANCE was one of the lowest points for me in that I couldn't seem to achieve much head when pouring into two different glasses. The dark brown beer resembled maple syrup, in some ways, which was interesting and made up for the lack of foam. There is also thick, goopy lacing with this beer which just seems to scream "aged and intense!"
THE SMELL is of very strong bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and alcohol. It is very complex and quite difficult to isolate any one particular aroma.
THE FEEL is thick and creamy. Nice and full, as it should be for such a beer.
THE FLAVORS, as the smell suggests, are very complex and varied. For me, it went like this: bourbon aged stout -> chocolate -> coffee -> chocolate. Incredibly, there is a good amount of coffee detectable as well ("Incredible" because a coffee-flavored beer only makes up 3% of this blend, according to the information sheet provided). This an extremely sweet, highly alcoholic beer. However, it is easily the smoothest, most drinkable bourbon-barrel beer I've had, and I bet it would hold it's own against the best of the rest. It's just amazingly drinkable. Because the overall quality is sweet and it is only slightly hoppy I can see many beergeeks frowning on this one. I think this beer has something for everyone though. In fact, it reminded me a lot of sherry, so I can see this beer having huge cross-over appeal for wine drinkers.
THE ONLY DOWNSIDE of this was the price. $20 seems a bit steep for a regular old brown glass bottle and standard, metal crown cap. The box and information sheet came across to me as justification for the high price. Deschutes charges half that for their aged beers and they probably carry a better reputation. I would value this at $15, max.
Serving type: bottle
06-02-2011 04:07:13 | More by MadeInOregon
More User Reviews:
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
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.
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
Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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