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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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world-class

624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 287
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 206
Gots: 553 | FT: 24
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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russwbeck

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Brown pour, not particularly thick coming out of the bottle, but boy does it look so in the glass. A small white head grows up after a hard pour. Not a lot of lacing.

S: Damn this beer smells good. Lots of Bourbon Stout notes coming up (I assume from Parabola), but it's all based on what seems like a nice amount of hops. Truly one of the most complex smelling beers I've come across. Chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, oak, hops, a sweetness I can't quite place, some alcohol. Smelling this beer really sets the bar high, hope the taste holds up!

T: Oh it does. My word it does. As complex as the smell is, this has to rival it. It starts off light, a hit of malts, some chocolate, hops perhaps not not much, followed by a growing sensation of Bourbon Barrel Stout. It's like Parabola, but better if you can imagine that. Once the Bourbon flavors start I get vanilla, wood, bigger chocolate taste, a hint of booze, and the bourbon. The very back end, showing up a while after the beer has left the palate, is dry, almost like some coffee is sticking around just long enough to say hello. All mellowed and blending perfectly. This is what I dream certain beers will taste like with a few years on them.

MF: Heavy body, a little bit of creaminess, but not thick like a melted bar of chocolate. Carbonation is fine, not a lot, but not too little. A bit of a dry finish, the booze isn't offensive at all.

O: Honestly one of the best beers I have ever had. I can't believe this qualifies as an American Strong Ale. Hell I'd give this almost straight 5s as an Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 14:53:30 | More by russwbeck
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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.