Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by mfunk9786:
4.83/5 rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wow! Picked up a bottle at Joe Canals (really, how is this still on the shelf?!) when I went to get XV - I had it last year when Firestone Walker hit Pennsylvania but haven't had it since. Wow, this stuff is really really impressive. It pours lighter than a stout but blacker than a barleywine - there's some light getting through during the pour, but not much. Very little head but excellent lacing and retention. Smells like wet oak, toffee, chocolate, some faint coffee, vanilla; and of course, bourbon. After a year, alcohol is still quite prickly on the tongue. The beer tastes like an oak bourbon barrel sat in a sauna for 3 months and then was wrung out into a glass of Parabola - and as weird as it sounds, I mean that in a positive sense. The very sweet vanilla characteristics of the rather overhyped Parabola dominate, but there's a nice sharp alcohol burn and pleasantly low carbonation that provides balance to the whole experience. Wet oak, wet oak, wet oak. Some sticky toffee pudding and vanilla bean in the middle of the taste. A world class dessert beer - bravo to Firestone Walker! Can't wait to try the XV. If you have a bottle of 14, get your head out of your ass and go get it from the cellar - it's tasting mighty nice right about now and it's becoming clearer and clearer that Firestone Walker beers are best fresh, even when they're bigguns.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2011 03:06:22 | More by mfunk9786
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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.
97 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.