Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.22/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a cola-colored brown, a smidge muddy, but unless you are looking at the thinnest points of the glass, it's tough to see through this anyway. A wispy, tan head slowly bubbles up, eclipsing a finger's height before gradually receding. Lots of smooth lacing gradually breaks apart, with some parts falling back into the beer and the rest settling around the edges.
S - The nose initially brings an intense burst of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, giving the beer a very rich and sweet component right from the start. As it settles, the complexity starts to develop, as the oats, hops, and individual components of the blend come into play. Coffee, leather, and toffee are strong players, as well as a surprising citrus contribution from the hops.
T - My first sip brings a bit of heat and, again, a lot of the bourbon barrel. It's easy to get overwhelmed with this beer, since a wide range of styles, ingredients, and barrel-aging is present here. Right away it's easy to distinguish the Parabola portion of the blend as the roasted malts and anise are a constant presence in the background, which when mixed with Velvet Merlin/Merkin, give the initial flavor a smoothness that helps accentuate each aspect of the beer. I'm also getting a smattering of brandy as well, with an alcoholic grape and cherry flavor. In the finish, the hops seems to shine, as a citrus hop flavor takes over, adding a somewhat bitter cut to the overall flavors.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This is actually much thinner than I was expecting; rather than being a heavy, syrupy behemoth, this is surprisingly lighter-bodied and very easy to drink. That coupled with nice carbonation aids this in drinkability, and a rush of varied flavors keeps the palate busy guessing as to what will come next.
D/O - Drinkability is high. I have to admit that this is much different that I was expecting. After hearing and listening to reviews of this beer, I was anticipating something that would blow me away from the start. Honestly, that wasn't the case, and the initial taste left a little to be desired for. However, as it warmed and the individual beers developed within the blend, I found myself enjoying this more and more. This is the quintessential sipping beer, as when it is near-fridge temperature, the more harsh and bold flavors dominate, but with each temperature change brings more and more subtlety and depth as the rest of the blend develops. This is a year old at this point, and I will definitely say that I am looking to get more of this to drink in the future as this has a ton of potential still.
Serving type: bottle
01-23-2012 03:54:44 | More by nhindian
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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 626 ratings.