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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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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Delirium Tremens Snifter

Appearance - DARK brown, When held up to the light you can see through the glass a bit but expected based on the primary Blend and all the barleywine blended as well. Semi-aggressive pour yields 1/4 inch head that dissapated quickly. Good

Smell - Without a doubt the best aspect of this beer. Smells like desert. Vanilla, Chocolate Creme Brulee desert, Toffee, and Bourbon. Blended very well I'd say based on the fact that none of these overpower the other. Coconut-ish Toffee candy soaked in bourbon I'd describe.

Taste - Follows nose almost exactly. Almost a coniac (spelling?) thing going on. Toffee, Caramel, Coconut Bourbon and mild Chocolate forward. The only problem I have with this beer is that it's a bit sweet but not overly so. Finishing a bomber solo might bring that sweetness out more towards the end. This is a desert beer for sure. I did prefer the 13 over this one but not by a huge margin. Good but not great. If pairing with Creme Brulee or caramel flavored desert you might go as far to say great. Not too hot at all. The slight alcohol warmth is a quite pleasant addition actually. Raisins also present.

Mouthfeel - Pretty damn great. Not overly carbonated - about perfect for the style. If a bit too carbonated, swirl in the glass a few times to get the nose and mellow it out some! Not to thin but not too thick at all for 12.5%

Drinkability - At 12.5% not bad at all. It's slightly warm but expected. Not too hard to polish off a bomber myself but the sweetness affects it some and not wanting more after the bomber is done.

Final Thoughts - Not sure age will make this beer THAT much better. I see it improving for a year but not much more afterward. Age will mellow out the alcohol but at the same time will amplify the sweetness some I'd bet on. I liked how the freshness of the hops and amount of ABV heat mellowed out the sweetness while fresh. I oped this beer simply curious if I liked it enough to buy another and to get an idea if age would serve this beer well. Although this is a solid brew and I liked it, I will not be buying another, especially at the price tag. Money better spent on Parabola without batting an eye. To many however, I can see how this beer can be argued worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:27:02 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.