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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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638 Ratings
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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 205
Gots: 554 | FT: 22
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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Reviews by russwbeck:
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

08-08-2011 14:53:30 | More by russwbeck
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Mora2000

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -13.6%

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a dark brown coilor with a white head. The aroma is a disappointment. It it not bad, but it is not what I was expecting. I get a lot of soy and toffee, as well as some leather. I also get something that resembles trash. Hopefully the flavor will be better.

For the flavor, I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, which is coupled with a lot of barrel-aging characteristics. I get a nice amount of oak and maple, as well as quite a bit of vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Luckily, the flavor was much better than the aroma, which salvaged this beer. Glad I got to try this one.

12-28-2010 02:15:46 | More by Mora2000
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kingcrowing

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4.3/5  rDev -2.3%

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours a very dark black color with hints of ruby and a small ring of dark brown head. Nose is a bit sweet, but very oaky and mellow with very little booze.

Taste is amazing, super complex with raisins, dark fruit, sweet malt and sharp flavors. Very drinkable given the abv. very tasty beer.

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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ehammond1


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%

Bottle (2010)

Thanks for the gift, NoSignsOfPain!

(Aged 1 year)

Very dark brown in color with ruby red highlights near the edges. There is very little visible carbonation and no head to speak of whatsoever.

Divine aroma of toasted coconut macaroon cookies, bittersweet chocolate, mild roast, and plenty of earthy and vanilla bourbon notes. Complete. Mild hint of alcohol until it warms fully to room temperature, then more booze certainly becomes present.

Coconut, bourbon, roast, mild chocolate, and a bit of alcohol heat make for a lovely combination.

Medium mouthfeel with very low carbonation.

A wonderful blend, though I wish it would have been just a tad more carbonated (and thicker).

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Black. Expected lighter given the other beers in the blend that aren't stouts. Bourbon dominated nose.

Easy drinking for the abv. Muddles all the beers blended, I can't taste Parabola or Velvit Merlin, etc. . . but it is interesting. Bourbon is heavy, but not as much as its aroma was. A little bit of everything else, chocolate, oak, vanilla, rummy sweetness, brandy, some other kind of wood heavier than oak, chicory? Not too thick, actually on the thinner side of most beers in this abv range. Maybe a kick of dark sugar.

While this was great fresh on tap, I think it definitely has the build to age miraculously. Of my bottles, I'm going to hang on to all of them for at least one year I think. This really seems ageable.

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This beer pours a very dark brown color that when held up to the light just barely shows a slight dark mohogany color. It boasts a thin light brown head that fades fast, leaving no lace.

There is a lot going on in the nose on this one. I detect dark fruits up front. Figs and raisins. I get some smooth vanilla. Bourbon is present, but not overpowering. Some bitter cocoa. Sweet toffee and caramel mix in as well. You can detect the 12.5% ABV in this aroma.

This beer has as complef a flavor as it does aroma. Vanilla first, with some fig/raisin flavors. Bourbon is present, more dominate in the flavor than the aroma. It has a very sweet caramel flavor. It is damn sweet.

This beer is very full bodies. It warms the mouth, throat, and stomach on the way down. This beer is low in carbonation, fitting the style.

This beer is definately a sipper. The very aggressive flavor and the high alcohol content make this one hard to put down by myself, but I think I will manage.

Overall: I felt that the 4th of July would be as good a day to crack open the $22.95 bottle. I have been sitting on it for a while. I am glad that I opened it. It is great. Firestone Walker is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries. This beer is great and will last all night long.

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Bottled on 10/25/10

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago, Illinois

Price - $19.99/bomber

Appearance: Pours murky brown with a thin head and not much retention. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Straight from the barrel!! An unmistakeable aroma of bourbon hits the nose followed by vanilla, caramel and cherries.

Taste: Sweet with vanilla, caramel, dark fruit, roasted malts and alcohol. As it warms up the experience really intensifies and reveals layer after layer of flavor. There's definitely a lot going on here which certainly hits the mark the brewer had intended.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, not quite like syrup but heavy none the less. Goes down surprisingly smooth for the ABV. Lite carbonation with some noticeable heat from the alcohol. Finishes dry and slitely bitter thanks to the hops.

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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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