Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
Thanks to both hopsbreath and johndoe8 for sending me bottles. I'm drinking one fresh on recommendation. Split a bomber three ways and poured into a New Belgium globe glass; review from notes.
A: Almost opaque sticky, dark brown pour. One finger light khaki head which fades quickly. No real lacing to speak of, just the faintest hind of sticky residue as the head fades.
S: Fresh booze, vanilla and oak. A little bit of burnt sugar, roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Stellar.
T: Sweet vanilla and -bal flavors dominate. Velvet Merkin makes a strong appearance here; the very dark, smooth roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors comprise an excellent base for this beer. More than anything, I can't get over how well blended and balanced the flavors are. This is really just knocked out of the park.
M: Thick, chewy and smooth. Sticky, but not unplesantly so. A dessert beer, to be sure.
D: High, for what it is. I couldn't make my pour last long enough.
Really excellent. There are certain beers that play to "guilty" pleasures I have--booze heat, a little bit of over the top sweetness, etc... and while it's easy for those to go wrong, this one was excellent and really enjoyable in that fashion. Jason and Richard, thanks for sending these. Really looking forward to seeing how this ages.
12-19-2010 07:29:08 | More by zimmerbloke
More User Reviews:
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
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.
09-10-2011 21:55:04 | More by kingcrowing
4.33/5 rDev -1.6%
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).
11-01-2011 04:23:40 | More by ehammond1
4.18/5 rDev -5%
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.
11-20-2010 06:05:31 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.9/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
07-05-2011 01:58:40 | More by OStrungT
4.47/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
Drinkability: Another winter warmer for sure and a sipper. Delicious as is without the need for aging. One can only wonder what a little age will do. I've got several more bottles and will see how it matures over time. Well done.
03-25-2011 21:45:04 | More by 05Harley
Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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