Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
4.8/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-19-2010 07:29:08 | More by zimmerbloke
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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.