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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 294
Hads: 694
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.69%
Wants: 218
Gots: 557 | 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:
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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Reviews: 294 | Hads: 694
Photo of jmarsh123
2.98/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to raid the cellar to see how this one is holding up. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing down the glass.

Lots of sweetness in the aroma. Brown sugar and molasses with a touch of cocoa. Not element of heat anymore.

Sweet taste as well. Brown sugar and molasses are evident with a touch of coconut and dark chocolate. A little bit of bourbon presence, but most heat is gone. Really just kind of bland and sweet.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side which is a complaint I have on most FW anny beers although age seems to thinned it out past an acceptable point. Carbonation is holding up well.

Proof once again FW beers are best fresh. Having had both XV and XVI recently, they are both tremendously better than this. Really just kind of bland at this point. (803 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing this beer while eating a baguette with some Humboldt Fog Goat Cheese. Opened at around 50 degrees F and enjoyed over the course of an hour or so. 16 was just released so that puts this bottle at about two years old. Pours a very dark brown, much darker than I remember the fresh bottles being. The head is a light tan and there's a fairly decent amount of it considering the style/age of it, nearly one finger-width. Retention is good for a barrel aged beer and there's even a light amount of lacing. Very nice to look at.

The aroma on this guy has come a long way in two years. I remember being able to tell from the aroma that this beer had a big alcohol presence and that was true in the taste too two years ago. Now though I really just get hit with a ton of toasted coconut, with a good hit of vanilla and brown sugar in the background. There's some dark caramel and a little bit of a cocoa touch there as well. No traces of any alcohol heat anymore as the beer has mellowed out just fine.

The taste can't quite live up to the aroma, but has also improved dramatically with age. I really didn't like this beer fresh, it just seemed so unincorporated and solvent-like. Now there's some harmony in between the caramel/brown sugar backbone and the coconut. I'm accustomed to a little bit more dark chocolate type of flavors from their Anniversary beers, but it's not surprising this one is a bit different since Double DBA and Sticky Monkey make up nearly 60% of the blend. I have to say, I miss Parabola being more apparent. The bourbon notes are there with some vanilla, and I'm even picking out a little bit of cherry perhaps from the brandy barrels used for Sticky Monkey. With that said, the barrel character is not overbearing.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I think it should be, but that could partially be due to the age on it. I want it to be a little more viscous, but it does still coat the tongue nicely. The carbonation seems to be spot on and the texture is overall very good.

I'm glad I sat on my second bottle for a couple of years since I really wasn't feeling this one when it first came out. It's drinking pretty well right now and this might be its peak. Probably my least favorite final blend chosen yet, but I have to admit it's still pretty damn good. (2,299 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark cola brown with lighter brown edges and a very thin ring of khaki haze. Splendid aromas of tobacco, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Definitely getting the barrel aging, mixed nicely between the Bourbon and Brandy. Reminds me a bit of Angel's Share in the nose. Taste is along the lines of the nose, rich tobacco, caramel, and chocolate with more oak, vanilla, and a surprising amount of citrus hop bitterness in the finish that balances the sweetness nicely. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky but nice and smooth, with a medium-full body and low carbonation. Definitely a slow sipper, but a deliciously decadent one. Superb beer, I think I actually like it better then 13th Anniversary blend. (711 characters)

Photo of travMI13
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a Founders tulip.

A: Pours a deep mahogany-black with about a half-finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Fairly transparent for a strong ale, it seems.

S: Smells of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. It smells very sweet, and the bourbon definitely dominates the nose.

T: Whoa. The aroma doesn't do this beer justice. Rich, deep notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak are there, but there is a very strong dark chocolate presence in the middle. The sweet, dark fruits and some tobacco are there as well. There is a very slight burn from the bourbon, but it backs up and balances the sweetness of the beer. The flavor of this is nothing short of incredible.

M: Silky, smooth, and decadent. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O: What a spectacular blend by Firestone Walker. I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into with this one, but it really is drinking great. No need to age this one any further; I'm not sure how any additional age could improve it. (996 characters)

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

22oz bottle split with my brother. Had this back to back with a Parabola and a DDBA...

A - Pours a deep brown with a one finger khaki head that dissipates at a fairly hasty pace. Lacing is present, but is minimal...

S - Lots going on here. Caramel, toasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, molasses, and a good amount bourbon. Very inviting...

T - Starts out sweet with caramel, toffee, molasses, and a little chocolate. Vanilla comes through and lingers throughout with some smooth bourbon on the finish. Bourbon comes through alot smoother than I was expecting from the scent...

M - Rich and silky. Heavy bodied with light carbonation.

O - FW hits another one out of the park. It was interesting drinking this one back to back with a DDBA as I could pick up alot characteristics from the DDBA. Don't see age doing much more for this one as it is drinking very well now...

Cheers... (905 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak, bourbon, toasted coconut, brandy, with some chocolate, coffee, and booze.

T - Starts off with sweet caramelized sugars, dark fruit, vanilla, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Through the middle, oak, Bourbon, and Brandy come through with some toasted coconut and a bit of coffee. The finish is a mix of vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts, with some roasted chocolate and booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great bold barrel aged beer. Nice and complex from the blend of barrels and nicely balanced. (833 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark, not quite black. No head. Some legs and lace.

Smell - Bourbon barrel, but mostly the spirit smell. Lacks a complex barrel aroma. Sweet. Vanilla and caramel come through, but that's about it. It's all bourbon and only a hint of beer.

Taste - Alcohol. Caramel. Booze. No oak. The barrel seems lost again. Very sweet with bourbon. Hop bitterness but not enough to give it any semblance of complexity.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and sweet. Low carbonation. Thick and syrupy. Slow to drink.

Overall - It's bourbon without any of the good barrel notes that usually accompany it. I don't really love the beer behind it, either. Uninteresting. (708 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing 22oz bomber sent from Steve, thank you so much! Poured into snifters and shared with my brother.

A: Pours that opaque dark brown color, with a khaki colored head that is quickly revivable with a swirl. Excellent alcohol legs cover the glass.

S: Absolutely epic nose, full of complexity...bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked raisins, toasted coconut, slight alcohol heat, faint cocoa nibs.

T: Follows the nose, initially you are overwhelmed with sugary sweetness but this beer shifts flavor profiles continually. Bourbon and spirit notes again, along with the expected vanilla and caramel, there is a molasses syrup component, sticky figs, toasted coconut, and sweet cream. Very pleasant alcohol presence on the back end.

MF: Viscous and sticky, medium to full bodied with mellow carbonation.

O: Complex and admirably crafted, this beer is a pleasure to sip as it warms and evolves. Simply awesome use of barrels, with just enough of the abv showing at this age to add some warmth. (1,023 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at the Firestone Walker night at Steingarten LA in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, slight cocoa, cookie dough, and some wood and alcohol aromas. Taste is the same but the flavors are balanced and complex with a woody finish and not too bad of an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that seems to be holding up quite well at this time. To me this one tastes great and has become a tasty and dangerously drinkable beer at this time. (764 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: 10/25/10

pours an opaque dark brown, sits a pitch black in the glass. 1/2" head fades to a thin, khaki colored collar around the glass... middling retention (not unexpected) and decent lacing. overall a solid looking brew, though nothing about it really stands out as exceptional.

aromatic nose is decidedly malty, offering strong notes of molasses, vanilla, oak, some hops, and a big bourbon presence. great aroma.

wow. hugely complex flavor profile follows the nose; just a ton going on - unsurprising given the blend (FW double double barrel ale, sticky monkey, parabola, velvet merkin, good foot, and black xantus). molasses, vanilla, oak, hops, bourbon, all shine through in one of the more complex beers i've had in a while. significant bitterness and a warming boozy kick to the finish.

smooth, velvetey full-bodied mouthfeel; oustanding there. the archetype of a sipper; drinks almost like a cognac.
carries a hefty pricetag, too. not something i'd buy on a regular basis but worthy of a once-in-a-while, special occasion purchase.

originally reviewed: 02-28-2011 (1,124 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a brandy snifter. Sent to me in a trade by inventsituations. Thanks!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. A little bit of lacing.

S: Slightly oxidized dark fruits with a good amount of stout elements. Raisins, mild cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, smooth liquor, sweet oak.

T: Dark roasted malts laced with a pungent but smooth alcohol presence. Raisins, prunes, bitter dark chocolate, big sweet vanilla, coconut, and caramel, oaky whiskey. Solvent alcohol lingers. Great barrel presence.

M: Good carbonation in the body still. Medium-bodied and silky. Alcohol is very present.

O: Nice and smoothed out, although there's a bit of an astringent bitterness that isn't helped by the alcohol. Still pretty damn tasty. Great barrel presence as usual. (790 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Masterski for including this one in our trade a good while back. Finally Doopie, Pasqual and myself were able to open the XV, XIV and XIII together a couple weeks ago. Vive la France!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, beige head with lousy retention. Color is a relatively transparent sienna brown and no carbonation is evident. Head quickly fades to only a ring, which remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. A little darker than XV, but also nothing special.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and some notes of roasted malts and milk chocolate. Not quite as bold and the XV, but more roasted aromas and less caramel / toffee notes. Still nice on the nose.

TASTE: A touch of roasted flavors up front, but the rest is similar to the XV. Very bourbon barrel forward, with bourbon, oak woody notes, vanilla, and some nice milk chocolate as well. A big, bold and lingering aftertaste of bourbon barrel and a tough of roasted malts and caramel as well. Very nice and flavorful stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not overly creamy on the palate, but goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Carbonation is actually a touch prickly perhaps. Some heat lingers on the palate. Same as the XV.

OVERALL: Another solid brew in the FW Anniversary Series. While they were all enjoyable, quality beers, this one was probably my least favorite of the three beer series. It didn’t quite have the boldness the XV had, and the XIII agreed a little more with my palate. Still, another person could have the complete opposite experience, so this one not only comes highly recommended for being part of a stellar series, it comes highly recommended for being a superb beer on its own right. Thanks again for the trade Masterski. (1,803 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. I think it was $20 or so from Ned's. My 500th BeerAdvocate review.

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown that looks black in the glass, but shows brown and ruby highlights when held up. Thin light brown head with brief retention, some spots of lacing.

Smell: I don't pass out a lot of perfect scores, but the aroma of this beer really has the wow factor. Chocolate, dark fruits (raisin, fig), maple syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon. Rich and sweet, but balanced such that no part stands out and dominates.

Taste: This is a delicious beer, but it falls a little short of the aroma. There's a little more bourbony heat than I'd prefer. Also, while the aroma seems to perfectly blend aspects of the different blended beers, it tastes more like a somewhat fruity BA imperial stout-- albeit an excellent one.

Mouthfeel: I expected the beer to be much thinner than this. Its got some heft, and its silky smooth. Great.

Overall: Pretty exceptional beer. Great job of blending some already excellent beers. (1,023 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one to Imminent Liquidation II. Bottle poured into a taster glass.

A - Pours dark brown with a decent one finger tall off-white head leaving light streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts and some warm bourbon. Some booze creeps in as it sits in the glass.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of sweetness - same flavors as in the nose - slowly giving way to the warm bourbon that only grows stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish can best be described as sweet heat. The combination works very well. Once the booze dies down a little more this one will really be something.

M - Rich, slick feel with plenty of candy sweet flavors and moderate carbonation. The only real drawback is that the booze is still pretty noticeable.

O - I really liked this one. It had nearly all of my favorite flavors and was fairly easy to drink. I hope to try this one again in the future, I think it could really end up being one of the better in the series. (1,025 characters)

Photo of ms11781
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, dark, opaque brown color with a minimal tan head. The little head that does develop recedes immediately and leaves an extremely thin ring of foam around the glass. No lacing at all, as to be expected for the style.

After sitting for over a year the nose is still full of bourbon. Nice toffee notes are here along with some caramel. The two give a sweet scent. Chocolate is here in a lesser fashion as is some light vanilla. There is a touch of wood but it's more bourbon than barrel overall.

The bourbon is prevalent in the taste as it was in the nose. The toffee and caramel notes combine to provide a substantial sweetness that contrasts nicely with the warming bourbon. The chocolate is still here but it is far more subdued than it was in the nose, and even then it wasn't all that strong. There is some pleasant warming at the back of the throat with each sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty full. It feels thick and viscous on the tongue. Low carbonation contributes to the big, full feeling. Some warming from the alcohol provides a nice warmth.

This is still a very good beer, even a year later. It has perhaps faded a bit from when it was fresh but, nonetheless, it's still very good. Despite the same flavors and aromas coming across it is a pretty complex beer. The fact that it stands up this well more than a year later speaks to the craftsmanship that when into this beer. (1,434 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with a taupe/tan head that attenuates quickly. The aroma is so pleasing with alternating toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. The aroma leaves little to be anticipated in the taste. So complex, yet the flavors seem to express themselves individually from start to finish. The creamy mouthfeel completes this phenomenal beer. It's a milder, more drinkable sibling to Abacus and Parabola. (412 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a very short lived head that faded into a thin collar. I’m not getting any lace.
S: Rich and complex notes of bourbon, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel, toasted malts, candied dates, woody oak and a hint of vanilla come through. This smells great!
T: Follows the nose with velvety flavors of toffee, taffy, caramel, toasted malts, chocolate icing, and raisins. Bourbon and semi-sweet powdered chocolate bring up the finish, and the aftertaste has notes of oak and vanilla. I get a hint of tobacco and leather as well. Rich and decadent all the way.
M: Low, soft, and bubbly carbonatinon, thick body with a greasy, slick and soft mouthfeel.
O: I had a splash of this fresh and thought it was very boozy. A year or so later and this is an amazing beer! Every sip brings new complexity. Probably my favorite next to 13. (892 characters)

Photo of stxSS07
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip.

A- Pours a very deep brown...almost black. Just a cap of milky-tan head that diminishes pretty quickly. Leaves no lacing, but a sticky film and alcohol legs.

S- Caramel, roasted malt-coffee, toffee, barrel-toasted coconut. Dark fruits come through with a bit of booze as the beer warms.

T- Wow this is good. Waves of caramel and toffee sweetness intermingle with some of the roasted Parabola component. Coconut, vanilla, and just a touch of bourbon heat round it out. Fantastic.

M- Extremely viscous and chewy. One of the thicker/fuller beers I've had. Low carbonation allows the finish to linger for a good while.

O- This is a really great beer. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink considering its size and the flavors it contains, but I wonder if it might have been a bit more vibrant when fresh. Either way...awesome. (851 characters)

Photo of afrokaze
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Wine Affairs for SF Beer Week, it's been epic & 5 days still left!

Pours a deep brown with ruby at the edges, half finger of off white head with decent lacing.

Smell is rich chocolate and coffee roast, earthy bread and oak, some spicy hops, coconut, bourbon and notable heat.

Reminds me of bourbon chocolate cake. Layers of chocolate & vanilla, licorice, sticky toffee pudding, fig/raisin. Mix of alcohol and wood create impression of bourbon, but heat is almost the perfect amount of burn I love in big dark beers. A bit of banana sweetness and fw house yeast breadiness round it all out. The 2 years have rounded things out but nothing pops quite as much anymore.

substantial but not chewy, thickness supports the huge flavors,a bit sticky and a nice heat that lasts. Just decadent and amazing.

Still the best dessert beer I've had. Everything is just perfectly balanced and extremely satisfying, but a bit more coffee roast would take the sweetness down a notch. (979 characters)

Photo of beerpirates
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into Lost Abbey stemware glass. Dark chocolate appearance with minimal head. nice lacing !

S - Smells chocolatey, roasty with a hint of the bourbon coming through. Smells a little boozy, but really minimal.

T - Wow! Toffee, chocolatey, caramel flavors are strong. Definitely influenced by the bourbon barrels but not overly done. Taste some of the alcohol but not too strong that it takes away from the beer.

M - Perfect mouthfeel. Allows you to really take in all of the flavor.

O - I love this drink. It has a lot of rich flavors with a hint of the bourbon which complements great. I would definitely give this beer another go! (647 characters)

Photo of Tmappin
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone walker 14 shared with my lady. Bottle poured into a red wine glass.

I have to say I am really excited to try this. I love that more breweries are experimenting with blending. With that said on with the review.

A- pours black brown with a lovely chestnut hue around the edges of the glass. One finger of coffee and cream head that fades quickly leaving spotty lacing and a lovely halo around the rim o the glass. This beer looks like it would be the perfect drink to enjoy by the fire on a rainy cold night.

S- toffee, treacle, bourbon and dark fruit, figs and plums with hints of rye bread. Some coffee, vanilla, and wood. This beer smells better than most desserts.

T- Wow, bourbon!! The barrel aging really comes through here. Some alcohol burn as the first sip goes down. Roasty with some wood char. As the beer warms up a nutty caramel flavor comes through with a subtle hint of anise. There is some dark fruit here, raisins mostly. The alcohol burn is ever present and actually quite nice. A sipper for sure, take your time.

M- medium body, chewy and silky. The carbonation is perfect, light to medium just enough to keep this beer from being heavy. Nice!

O- what a treat! This may be the first blended ale I have ever had, but it certainly won't be the last. So chewy and delicious! (1,305 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/26/12
*From notes

A: Quite a dark beer, almost stout-like in color. A good pour yields a creamy, cascading two finger head. Healthy retention and lacing follow.

S: Slightly vinous, which I credit a bit to it's year-long cellaring. Quality caramel, an abundance of vanilla and a laid back bourbon vibe round out the bouquet.

T: Complex and well put together. Strong, firm stout characteristics dominate. It's still got a hoppy bite to it, and the caramel, vanilla and bourbon roll from the nose right onto the palate. The woody profile really helps to reign in the wild flavors that overwhelm every millimeter of the mouth. Even at a year, this could use a bit more time in the cellar.

M: Creamy, yet not overly thick. It's immensely drinkable and doesn't show too much wear from it's extended barrel aging.

O: Firestone's 14th Anniversary Ale is a pretty solid blend of barrel aged delights. Not as strong as it's individual parts (specifically Abacus and Parabola), but still a worthwhile effort. Recommended, and significantly better then their 15th Anniversary effort. (1,121 characters)

Photo of Monicagm
2.83/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown color with low carbonation and a thin head.

At first you get an umami scent but eventually it starts smelling like dark chocolate.

Has a chocolate taste.

Heavy mouthfeel.

Overall, an ok beer. Not one that I would be able to drink an entire glass of because the taste is heavier than I'd like it to be. (316 characters)

Photo of camil1mj
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at cellar temp into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

A: Dark brown, but not so dark that light does not get through. Very little head or lacing.

S: Wonderful blend of toffee, caramel and bourbon.

T: This is the first blen of this type I ave tasted and I like it. Lots going on in this one. I can taste the Parabola and Abacus in there for sure. Chocolate, toffee, figs and caramel all are present with a nice follow up by some bourbon flavors.

M: Heavy bodied, but not sticky. Well carbonated.

O: Great blend. I am excited to try more of the anniversary blended beers. (567 characters)

Photo of Kristienhare
3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer had an extraordinary smell. At first I thought it had a type of soy sauce aroma but then I notice it was more of a dark chocolate smell. The taste of the beer was a little bitter for me but it left a hint of dark chocolate in your mouth which was very good. The after taste of the beer was very delicious. (315 characters)

Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.