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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 212
Gots: 562 | FT: 25
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:
Beer added by: ZX6Chris on 11-02-2010

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
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Ratings: 681 | Reviews: 296
Photo of lupercmda
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcrossan
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of birchstick
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucnifter
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oldsailor
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Glad we hit this one when we did as I feel that it's probably on the down stroke for flavors right now. Not as punchy as an Anniversary typically is; though this is the oldest one I've tasted. Nice sweetness to it and the tobacco/leather is very prevalent and appreciated. Overall, another great year for Firestone!

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

really liked this with 4 years on it!

Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured From a bomber into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a dark black with maroon highlights and a finger of foamy brownish head the dissolves quickly leaving just a slight touch of lacing on the glass.

The smell has a slight porter aroma in the nose with some dark malts coming out first in the nose. There is a coffee grounds aroma here that seems to be a bit dry. There also is a slight fig and date aroma here too way in the back.

The taste is big chocolate with a huge caramel coming out and filling all four corners of your palette. It’s like a liquid candy bar with some nice creamy flavor around the middle that takes you for a ride. A very milky chocolate welcomes you then a warm caramel comes in and coats the tongue. Sweetness comes in toward the end before backing off and letting in just a shadow of bitterness at the end. There is almost a bananas foster flavor that comes out in the aftertaste. Some slight banana with a creamy flavor melded with a caramel core holding everything in place in the aftertaste.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and hides the high ABV well. Your mind is on the taste and the smoothness of the body before you realize you’ve had a heavyweight beer. This beer is pretty drinkable with just slight moments when the boldness of this beer is seen. Just a perfect balance of body and taste that lets you enjoy this beer without being heavy handed.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cellar dipping big time tonight!

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Liquid comes out a deep, muddy, dark brown looking color. Same colors, but slightly lighter on the edges especially when you hold it up to the light. Lighter end of kaki colored head with pretty much small bubbles. Head doesn't stick around for too long but it leaves a ring and a slight skimming across the surface after about 10-15 minutes or so. There's lacing with each sip but doesn't leave anything permanently at the top of the glass. Looks like a few of the other Firestone anniversary beers or strong ales I've had in the past, pretty straight forward.

Smell is really good, has a lot going on. I haven't had Sticky Monkey, but I've had both Parabola and DDBA before and there's definitely aromas of a strong blend of those two and some type of barley wine, which is apparently the type of beer that Sticky Monkey is (of course all barrel aged). Strong notes of vanilla and sweet tobacco with hints of chocolate, molasses, hearty grain and some dark sweet dehydrated fruits.

Taste is really awesome. There's a strong grain bill here, really nice. Like a sweet hearty bread. Slight hints of citrus with molasses, tobacco, caramel, plenty of vanilla and even some slightly burned brown sugar. Outside of black and tans, I always thought the idea of blending beer was a little odd, but things like this really makes me a believer and makes you love the complexity of beer in general. Think of all the qualities of a nice stout, a nice barley wine, add a little bit of beers where hops are more noticeable and put them all together (and oh yeah, BARREL AGE IT) and this is what you get. Really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is good, a really strong, long lasting beer with a lingering flavor, certainly full bodied. Very modest carbonation level, complex, but really well balanced. Initially an herbal/earthy sweetness that goes to a somewhat gritty bitterness in the middle then goes to a warm slightly dryer than I want it to be bitter finish Alcohol is present but not overbearing, it has a nice warming sensation. Really good drinkability, I could sip on this one all day. Really nice beer, Firestone Walker really has an amazing barrel aging operation, I like what they do and have been impressed by all their anniversary beers. This beer held up nicely with 4+ years on it.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alamode
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like I'm not the only one to age this beer for over 4 years. Pours a dense brown color with some light coming through. Minimal light tan head that fades fast and very light lacing. Aroma is impressively strong. The oak and malt are dominant but there is significant vanilla and some chocolate as well.

Flavor is more of the same. Primarily a big malty beer with significant oak flavor. The vanilla and chocolate are more subdued. This is a pretty complex mix of beers but the Parabola stout appears to be the most significant in the mux.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. The four plus years of aging have taken care of whatever alcohol "burn" might be present. The alcohol is mostly a warming presence.

A great slow sipper. Plan on trying "15" for next weekend's round of football games.

Photo of Harvest06
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Consumed January 2015, 4 years and 3 months after its release in Oct of 2010. This has aged exceptionally well and appears to be at its peak. It has an amazing plethora of flavors, is mellow and well rounded, drinks like a well aged wine. Served at about 55F.

Photo of MarioM
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jreed
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Petegrieco
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of J-Bonestradamus
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jacothom
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kyrojack
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Brian7357
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of wingwalker3
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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