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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 206
Gots: 562 | FT: 20
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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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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2.85/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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3.63/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.