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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
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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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Photo of nhindian
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (2,658 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,269 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark color, with a little light coming through around the edges. The head is nonexistent with some light soapy froth about the edges. The nose is very bourbon-like with plenty of alcohols. Not real sweet.

Raisin and almost chocolate sweetness up front build toward a grand boozy finish. The barrel notes are very well incorporated into the flavor and aren't overdone. It's like a velvety stout that's more sweet and not too bitter. I can really sense the warmth of alcohol at the back, but I don't necessarily taste it all which is nice. I would guess this beer is just starting to hit it's stride and will probably peak in the next year. The mouthfeel is lightly chewy, and the carbonation is very fine and appropriate. Some of these barrel aged strong ales start to get thin but this one has a nice fullness without being too heavy.

Very impressive flavors. From the aroma I was expecting a bourbony, alcoholic mess, but the taste has nice character and demonstrates a real ability at blending. (999 characters)

Photo of Brez07
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #6. Split with 6 other people. 22oz bottle served in a snifter

A: Brown, no head at all. Very still looking. Even an aggressive pour only got a sliver which quickly disappeared

S: Smells barrel aged, probably 1-2 years, but also still seems a little young (hot). Lightly roasted. Chlorine? Maybe phelonic

T: Oh yeah, barrel aged. Oaky vanilla nuttiness. Nice dark chocolate. Some say dark fruit, specifically dates

M: Medium bodied. Some carbonation unexpectedly. Dry chocolate malty finish

D: Really tasty, seems like age has treated this well (588 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of last January for 17.99. Been sitting in my wine fridge awaiting this day!

Beer poured a dark brown with a nice brown head upon the initial pour.

Nose is awesome; bourbon, vanilla, oak, and mocha.

Taste is northwest hops, mocha, vanilla, licorice, and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate.

Overall this is a delicious complex brew. Alcohol is warming but not overwhelming. It was a treat to have this brew! (483 characters)

Photo of oregone
3.05/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle into shifter
Pours fairly low carb. A ring of lace around the edge settles in quickly from the moderate pour and light initial head. Dark brown bordering on transparent black.

Smells decent. Big oak and creamy barrel presence with some age apparent in the softness. Nothing aggressive here. Coconut. Rich maltiness.

Not so good. Stale old soft carboardy flavors. This has not aged well at all. Big hit of coconutty oak and pronounced booziness out of line. Very hot on the finish and the aggressive barrel character lingers on the finish. Some melanoiden and deep malt character fighting the stale flavor.

Nice mouthfeel. The low carb is about perfect here. Luscious, rich and decadent. Would be great if I want the flavor hanging around.

Overall, not great. Not unpleasantly bad, but not good. I'd rather look at it and smell it. I would pass if offered it in the future. (883 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish color with some chestnut brown hues around the color. A soft head with limited retention. Noticeable lacing though.

The nose is complex. Sweet malty undertones with some lighter oak and vanilla notes. Some minor bourbon notes but limited. Some yeasty aromas but kind of hidden by the malt. Some chocolate and toffee notes. Some hint of esters, rose peddles and plums and raisins.

The taste is sweet as well. The malt really comes out with a nice complexity but a bit muddled. Some munich-esk malty notes with chocolate and a hint of roast. Some syrupy almost molasses which lingers into the finish. The oak is light compared to the nose but the bourbon comes out more. Some spicy almost herbal tobacco notes. The yeast is mostly clean, but noticeable esters. Big plum and raisins. Some lighter cloves but limited. Some fusel.

The body is big. Sweet lingers almost on the verge of calling it under attenuated but just a lot going on. Carbonation is very limited to non-exsistant. Overall could use some more time. (1,032 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown/almost black with a finger of light brown head. Pretty decent head retention for 12.5%, leaves just a little lacing.

S: Bourbon (oak and lots of vanilla), toffee and burnt caramel, milk chocolate, slight toasted coconut, and a spicy tobacco. Hint of alcohol soaked fruits.

T: Barrel character up front with vanilla and a bit of oak. Sweet toffee and burnt sugar rush right in the middle mouth with toasted coconut and marshmallow. Milk chocolate, roasted malts, and spicy tobacco. Dark fruits and more coconut, nougat, and oak round out the finish. There is a touch of alcohol upfront and a warm slightly burn on the finish.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth.

O: A balanced, complex barrel aged strong ale that I can dig. My only knock would be that it still seems a little hot after a year in the bottle (plus aging in barrels) and thus the body isn't as smooth and rich as I would like. That said, it's still a nice treat. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Town Hall Snifter.

A- Pours a 1 ½ finger tan head, splotchy lacing, very very dark brown color, red hues coming off the bottom.
S- Complex aroma, hints of bourbon come out up front, vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, plums, cherries, oak/wood notes come out as well.
T- Similar to the nose, alcohol is present but not overpowering, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruits (plums, cherries) slight roasty notes, oak, brown sugar, complex.
M- Medium/Big mouth feel, smooth drinking, dry aftertaste, sticky, decent carbonation.
O- I really enjoyed this beer, first anniversary beer I’ve had from Firestone, really complex and easy drinking for how high the abv, would love to try the other anniversary beers. (738 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces/650ml bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured chestnut brown and was topped by a one-plus finger tall crop of frothy, khaki colored foam. The head quickly dissipated to a clingy, lasting ring of bubbles.

The aroma was ultra smooth and intense. Super strong bourbon notes were immediately noticeable. Lots of oak and brown sugar sweetness. Some vanilla. Hints of molasses. Raisins and prunes were also detectible.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was robust. Tons of bourbon. Initially, the beer seemed quite hot. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front. Dark fruits, including raisins and prunes, came through in the center. Somewhat port-like. Good amount of black coffee. The finish was woody and dry with notes of bitter roast and crisp, piney hops. By mid-glass, as the flavors intensified, the alcohol presence seemed to decrease. Toward the drink's end, however, the booziness returned.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Like the other anniversary releases, this one seemed a touch thin. The liquid was smooth and creamy with a subtle effervescence.

Shortly after its release, I tried this beer on-tap and was disappointed. This year-old bottle however featured a much smoother and more rounded flavor profile. Firestone 14 ranks up there with my favorite of the Firestone Walker anniversary releases. (1,415 characters)

Photo of Arenbeer
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Tulip glass

A- Pours out a super dark reddish brown that appears black out of the light. On top of the body is a nice 1 finger khaki head that's constantly replenished by a good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Bourbon up front, vanilla, coconut, tobacco, leather, dark fruits, caramel, musty malts, grains, dark chocolate, Faded spicy hops, slight coffee, and definitely some heat from the alcohol in the finish.

T- Just like the aroma but so much more complex. Up front you get a lot from the double barrel ale, the grains and lighter malts. But as it goes towards the middle of the palate the stouts come out with dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, bitter coffee, and roasted barley. In the finish the barrels come out with a lot of sweetness from the barley wines. Tons of flavors like dark fruits, rasins, figs, caramel, but not as strong as the bourbon but believe it or not a stronger whiskey flavor. Also getting vanilla, musty oak, coconut, leather, tobacco and all the usual Firestone treasures. The alcohol is way more hidden and subtle than the aroma and is barely noticeable. The one flaw that I'm not happy about is the slight bit of oxidation that is clearly starting to takeover. Not sure what this will be like in a couple years. (1,298 characters)

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

Poured into a snifter

A-Little to no head, SOme lacing, black with some light penetration which creates a somewhat red hue. some mild lacing, thinner than I expected

S-Bourbon, dark chocolate, black licorice, cherry, traces of coffee, brown sugar/molasses, oak

T-very good. Woody oak is upfront, chocolate, hints of leather and tobacco, noticealbe bourbon flavor but not as prominent as it is in the nose. Some warming alcohol but not burning.

M-Thicker and creamier than it looks. smoooth Big complex beer. This beer builds flavor as it warms.

O-excellent brew. gets better as it warms so let it sit awhile before finishing. (630 characters)

Photo of mfunk9786
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Picked up a bottle at Joe Canals (really, how is this still on the shelf?!) when I went to get XV - I had it last year when Firestone Walker hit Pennsylvania but haven't had it since. Wow, this stuff is really really impressive. It pours lighter than a stout but blacker than a barleywine - there's some light getting through during the pour, but not much. Very little head but excellent lacing and retention. Smells like wet oak, toffee, chocolate, some faint coffee, vanilla; and of course, bourbon. After a year, alcohol is still quite prickly on the tongue. The beer tastes like an oak bourbon barrel sat in a sauna for 3 months and then was wrung out into a glass of Parabola - and as weird as it sounds, I mean that in a positive sense. The very sweet vanilla characteristics of the rather overhyped Parabola dominate, but there's a nice sharp alcohol burn and pleasantly low carbonation that provides balance to the whole experience. Wet oak, wet oak, wet oak. Some sticky toffee pudding and vanilla bean in the middle of the taste. A world class dessert beer - bravo to Firestone Walker! Can't wait to try the XV. If you have a bottle of 14, get your head out of your ass and go get it from the cellar - it's tasting mighty nice right about now and it's becoming clearer and clearer that Firestone Walker beers are best fresh, even when they're bigguns. (1,366 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This thing was killer, glad to have tried it, enjoyed it much more than the 13th anniversary...could have been the fact it was aged a year.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation.
Notes of toffee, dark and milk chocolate, espresso, hints of wood, vanilla beans, all melded together to create an excellent sipper.

Downside, a bit pricey, but enjoyed the pour I had and am glad to have tried it! (397 characters)

Photo of jbakajust1
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz pour @ Bier Stein came free w/ full pour of 15.

A - Pours a deep brown almost black w/ garnet highlights, 1.2 finger brown head, good lacing

S - Smells of chocolate, roast, cherry, vanilla, oak, sweet toffee, and bourbon.

T - Chocolate, roast, sweet toffee, vanilla, oak, light brandy

M - Smooth, thick, chewy, warm, sweet finish

O - Very nice, complex, warming, too much to take it all in. (399 characters)

Photo of jonvan04
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Old Review, just finally getting around to posting my notes*

This beer poured black with a thin tan head, not much lacing on the glass. The aroma was of dark fruits, raisons, wood, and a light smokiness. The taste was a blend of vanilla, dark fruits, dark sugars, with a sweet finish. It was medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation. This beer was expensive ($30 in Philly) but very much worth it. It truly makes you appreciate a perfectly blended beer, as every beer that went into this has a detectable and positive impact on the finished product. I have another one of these that I'm going to save and I can't wait to see how this ages. (647 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap on a few different occasions. This is a compilation of my notes.

Appearance: A full brown color all the way through for the beer itself, with a foamy, fast-fading tan head that does not really leave any lace.

Smell: The aroma is quite sweet, with milk chocolate and cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, toasted marshmallows, and a smooth bourbon presence.

Taste: The flavor really brings out a few different types of chocolate. I pull out milk chocolate, cocoa, and a darker, bitter chocolate from the malt presence. Brown sugar, molasses, and a graham cracker sweet malt impart a s'mores type flavor combination. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla add some further complexity, with a bit of coffee bitterness working with the dry oak flavor at the end. The flavor definitely has some English character to it, falling on the barleywine side, which makes sense given the blend. It is tough to accurately describe the impact of the bourbon on the flavor; it is so well integrated.

Mouthfeel: This has a great smooth character and a full body, making it an enjoyable sipper. The carbonation feels on the lighter side and adds to the creamy nature of the beer.

Overall: This is a well crafted cuvee that blends together a number of nice flavors. I was interested in trying some of the components of the beer, but it seems like the bigger components are draft only. (1,363 characters)

Photo of fatmcb1
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Lost Abbey snifter

Pours black with a thick beige head that has solid retention.

Nose starts off a bit light with hints of chocolate, dark sugar, and vanilla. After it warms, it really opens up with lots of bourbon and more vanilla. There is also some dark fruit and earthy hops. Very complex.

Taste follows the nose. The dark fruit is a bit more pronounced.

Very full bodied, thick, and well carbonated.

Overall, I like this beer for its complexity. It is definitely different than what I expected, but was enjoyable all the same, particularly as it warmed up. (588 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a very dark brown that borders on black topped with a very light head that dissipated quickly.

S Very sweet almost sugary sweet nose with lots of bourbon and vanilla. Maybe a bit of fruity note in the background,

T Again very sugary sweet yet complex with more bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, a bit of chocolate, and some dark fruits.

M This bottle has a year or so of age on it and it still possess a good bit of heat. Pretty thick body that seems to coat your mouth.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Its complex with a lot of good flavors, however the heat is a bit much and I think it still needs a lot more time. (667 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, but I noticed that during the pour it was a much lighter shade than what ended up in the glass. Minimal head.

The smell was like a watered down bourbon- oak and vanilla with a touch of alcohol burn.

The taste also has a lot of oak and vanilla, with additions of toffee and chocolate. I even picked up a light earthy flavor.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is minimal but compliments the smooth aspect and the high alcohol content.

This is a very good beer. I tasted it with a little age on it and it still drank like a high abv beer. (579 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown murky cola syrupy body with a light fizzy khaki head that recedes rather quickly leaving really nice, thick alcohol lacing.

The aromas begin with tons of aged malts, light porter roast, light booze, lots of soft aged dark malt flavors, light oak, a nice bourbon aroma, light fluffy nougat and brown sugar.

The taste brings soft subtle aged malts, very chewy (maybe the oats) malts as well, brown sugar, light porter-like espresso roast, light chocolate, nougat, balanced by a strong vanilla and nutty presence throughout. Then you also get some caramelized sugars, dark chocolate, light booze, very complex.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. Finish is slick and the flavors linger forever on the palate, but none overwhelm, all are in great balance.

Overall this is a great beer, lots of dark malts, complex but amazingly drinkable. The "heft" is felt but drinks much better than the ABV would suggest. Quite complex and yet subtle in the flavor profile. This is my favorite of the 3 anniversary beers I have had from Firestone (12 & 13), which leads me to believe that I prefer these fresher rather than aged over multiple years. Either way this is an amazing beer that I am glad I have a couple more to enjoy in the near future. (1,280 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.26/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black liquid with a hint of red on the edges and a somewhat creamy tan head. The nose has the most bourbon and barrel of the series compared (11-14) and it seems a bit too present. sweet toffee and vanilla, a bit sugary. The flavor is similar, too sugary and too much barrel and bourbon. Vanilla, marshmellow, sweet toffee, light roasted and a bit of heat. Medium body, smooth and the most carbonated. (414 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After making numerous trades with this bad boy and hearing much kudos about it, I decided to unchain it from my cellar and pop the cap.

I poured this into my trusty Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured a dark, dark brown.... but not pitch black color. The mocha head was slight, but had tremendous staying power.

S: The barrel-aging was most evident indeed! It smelled like a liquified "Tootsie-Roll." Additionally, I got soft dark fruit, raw cacao, oak, and a good bit of bourbon.

T: Very coconuty... like an "Almond Joy" candy bar even, with a good bit of heat to the ending that amounted to smoke. No soy sauce on this one... this was a dessert brew through and through!

M: Pretty thick, but not like snot. Beers like Dark Lord, Darkness, Huhnapuhs, etc are much thicker, but definitely not any better. The "American Strong Ale" classification is definitely right!

O: Wow... I'm almost speechless here... except to say that this: I've heard this one referred to as one of the biggest and baddest of 2011. I humbly agree... (1,025 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to CBS snifter.

A - Poured dark brown with hints of deep ruby around the edges. A small amount of bubbly light brown head formed and quickly disappeared.

S - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front. Some sweet caramel, toffee and molasses aromas are somewhat hidden in the background.

T - Bourbon, oak and vanilla up front that remain the dominant flavours throughout. The background has a complex array of dark caramel, toffee, chocolate and brown sugar flavours that are unfortunately overshadowed by the barrel again flavours. That said, this is still an excellent beer with a great flavour profile.

M -Medium to full body, silky and smooth. Low carbonation.

O - This was an excellent beer. Would have been an A+ had the barrel aging been a little less dominant. (778 characters)

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

Opaque, dark brown colour with a small, smooth, tan head with good head retention. Attractive.

Chocolate, brown sugar, mild coffee, melanoidin, more malt, more sugar and a hint of roast. Lots of fruitiness. Rounded, smooth vanilla oak and caramel notes. Great.

This is a rich and robust dessert beer full of caramelised sugar, cocoa, bourbon, spice, oak, melanoidin and fruit. Nutty. Really good and the blend of beers in here is really good.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Good, dry finish.

I really like this. The barrel character is prominent but well integrated into the rest of the beer. The balance of nut, chocolate, caramel and other malt notes is really good and indicative of a great brewer and an even better blender. (746 characters)

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