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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 14 - Anniversary AleFirestone 14 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 204
Gots: 558 | FT: 21
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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4/5  rDev -9.1%

robL, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

nickhiller, Feb 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

waiting4lunch, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

MisterKilderkin, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Tmappin
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!

Tmappin, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

lakersfan16, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jhimstedt, Feb 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

robertrunner, Jan 31, 2012
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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.

Rhettroactive, Jan 30, 2012
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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.

Monicagm, Jan 30, 2012
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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.

camil1mj, Jan 30, 2012
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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.

Kristienhare, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Jefe73, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

GehenHerzog, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

marine1975, Jan 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -9.1%

surlytheduff, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

inventsituations, Jan 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Birdlegs, Jan 24, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a cola-colored brown, a smidge muddy, but unless you are looking at the thinnest points of the glass, it's tough to see through this anyway. A wispy, tan head slowly bubbles up, eclipsing a finger's height before gradually receding. Lots of smooth lacing gradually breaks apart, with some parts falling back into the beer and the rest settling around the edges.

S - The nose initially brings an intense burst of bourbon, chocolate, and vanilla, giving the beer a very rich and sweet component right from the start. As it settles, the complexity starts to develop, as the oats, hops, and individual components of the blend come into play. Coffee, leather, and toffee are strong players, as well as a surprising citrus contribution from the hops.

T - My first sip brings a bit of heat and, again, a lot of the bourbon barrel. It's easy to get overwhelmed with this beer, since a wide range of styles, ingredients, and barrel-aging is present here. Right away it's easy to distinguish the Parabola portion of the blend as the roasted malts and anise are a constant presence in the background, which when mixed with Velvet Merlin/Merkin, give the initial flavor a smoothness that helps accentuate each aspect of the beer. I'm also getting a smattering of brandy as well, with an alcoholic grape and cherry flavor. In the finish, the hops seems to shine, as a citrus hop flavor takes over, adding a somewhat bitter cut to the overall flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. This is actually much thinner than I was expecting; rather than being a heavy, syrupy behemoth, this is surprisingly lighter-bodied and very easy to drink. That coupled with nice carbonation aids this in drinkability, and a rush of varied flavors keeps the palate busy guessing as to what will come next.

D/O - Drinkability is high. I have to admit that this is much different that I was expecting. After hearing and listening to reviews of this beer, I was anticipating something that would blow me away from the start. Honestly, that wasn't the case, and the initial taste left a little to be desired for. However, as it warmed and the individual beers developed within the blend, I found myself enjoying this more and more. This is the quintessential sipping beer, as when it is near-fridge temperature, the more harsh and bold flavors dominate, but with each temperature change brings more and more subtlety and depth as the rest of the blend develops. This is a year old at this point, and I will definitely say that I am looking to get more of this to drink in the future as this has a ton of potential still.

nhindian, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

hoppymcgee, Jan 22, 2012
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to stemless. $22 for the single. Sampled on 8/13/11.

A: Pours with a 1 1/2 finger tall head, light to medium brown in color. The texture is foamy/creamy and the retention is above average given the style. Rich and extremely dark brown body. The thick film and collar remain for quite some time. Lacing is between spare and fair.

S: Overly rendered caramel mixed with molasses, leather and peaty earth. Light smoke or char. The barrel is as prominent as the bourbon and both fit perfectly within the aroma profile.

T: Enough complexity to stand up to the big, bourbon-based boozy structure of the beer. Added depth by way of toffee, vanilla, anise, toasted marshmallow, and essence of raisin - most distinguishable by the port wine-like flavor that hides underneath many layers of flavor.

M: Perfectly soft effervescence with a full body and thick, chewy texture. Impressively, FW 14 manages to stay away from cloying territory. The mouthfeel is drawn out and extends the flavor in a genuinely remarkable way.

O: The guys at Firestone Walker are brewer/blender savants and true master's of their craft. Their barrel program is top notch and ensures my yearly purchase of the applicable Proprietors Reserve Series beers. I love what they're doing over there.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Yabev15, Jan 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ncaudle, Jan 18, 2012
Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.