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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 9.09%
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Gots: 562 | FT: 20
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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:
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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Photo of sprucetip
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From recent notes.

Pretty much looks like a stout, with just a little bit of lightness around the edges when backlit. Thin tan head falls and leaves a ring and patchy lacing. A good looking brew.

Wow! Booziness is undeniable but blends well with other influences. Chocolate, caramel, and some roast. Great synergy among the components may be what is so extraordinarily delightfully about the aroma.

A bit hot, but I suspect that will improve with time. Chocolate, toffee, malty richness, and woody barrels. Some burnt bitterness.

Low carbonation, creamy, strong warming, smooth, full body feels just medium-full. An alcoholic sting detracts a bit from the feel, but this may fade with time. Put one away if you can.

A great beer that is likely to get better! Pricey (I paid $18 for a 22oz bomber), but worth it. I'd suggest getting 2 if you can, one for now, and one for some point in time down the road.

Photo of emagana
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a snifter at the buelton tap house.
Now this beer I've had several times and I felt like I can give it a better review now.
Dark black and a small brown head
Aromas of oak and cinnamon. Oak and chocolate also cone out. Really not a big chocolate presence but spivey for sure.
Starts sweet an oak-ey. Roasted smoke malts and sticky on the pellet. This beer is awesome.
Finishes with oak and sone heat.
Not sure but this is one of my favorite beers.
I personally think this one is peaking in a year. Tasting pretty well and very complex.

Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a bit of tan head.
S: It smelled like lots of bourbon and dark chocolate and rich coffee, with lots of oak and some alcohol.
T: It tasted like super sweet tootsie roll chocolate, with rubbing alcohol and coffee and licorice. It had a super hot and bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick and oily with a bit of carbonation. Nice and full.
D: This had a great scent and taste, with excellent body. But tons of alcohol made this a sipping beer only. It was surprisingly not complex, unless all the subtleties were drowned out by the heat. Aging this for a long time would probably turn it into a delicious beast. Drinking it fresh is like tasting a glimpse of its future glory.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Monkey in New Jersey, this is the first time I traveled into Jersey to drink some beer. Baffled by how NJ gets FS before PA, but I live in a great location, The Fertile Crescent! Bitches better recognize..

Firestone came to me in a big ol Chimay chalice type glass with about 10oz or so in it. A big black ol body with a dark tan, semi mocha like head. Sudsy and firm. Some stick towards the side, spraypaint in some spots. Great looks for a big beer like this. Smell is incredible, getting alot of parabola with coffee, roasted malt, caramel, bourbon and the like. I kinda get a old ale feeling out of this, alot to say the least. Im greeted by like 7 different beers at once and the Parabola comes out the most with nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones. I get some bourbon barrel from what im guessing is the double double barrel stout. Vanilla, slight oak, small butterscotch. This is alot of beers in one, alot going on, cant really describe it, but I know I taste that parabola, by god, that beer is good on it's own. Feel is what you would expect, rich and chewy, approaching full, yet not hot at all, ok maybe there is a burn towards the end, but I like the burn sometimes, it let's me know im alive. There was a one glass per customer allotment at the bar, I could of easily went for another if allowed and barring I had a taxi waiting for me. Better, stronger, maltier!!

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

On tap at blue monkey tavern in somewhere nj.

A- comes to me with a finger or so of loose sudsy tan head that settles rather quickly leaving a nice amount of cascading lace on the glass, a solid ring and a faint skin on top. Very dark brown in color with almost no light coming through.

S- yowza! That is one hell of a deep and complex nose. Coffee, chocolate, bourbon, smokey oak, deep dark roasted malts, some raisins and dates, underlying booze.

T- opens up with chocolate liquor and kaluah. Bourbon soaked vanilla, brown sugar, a bit of molasses. Dark roasty malts, candied stone fruit, dates and raisins. Every sip I just fond more and more and to be honest I'm almost lost at times.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body with a light carb just enough to keep things moving but still let's the brew sit on the palate and blow your mind. Slight and I do mean slight hint of heat.

D- this is hands down the most complex beer I've ever had. Its almost to much to wrap your head around at times. That being said its absolutely fantastic and one I'm really happy to have tried on draft. Now I must find a bottle and lay it down for a bit to see where it goes.

Photo of DaveHS
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a beautiful mahogany with 1/4 inch of chocolate milk colored head.Leaves moderate, sticky rings of lace.

S-Bourbon, vanilla, cherries, dark sweet malts, milk chocolate, fried bananas.

T/M-Lots of bourbon up front, but it comes in on a silky, rich mouthfeel. It becomes thinner and boozier mid-palate, bringing notes of banana, vanilla bean and cocoa nibs. The finish is warming and boozy. A little chocolate chip cookie sweetness on the back end.

D-Very nice, but not my favorite year for the FW Anniversary series. Might need a few months to mellow out, but not much more than that.

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

Growler of FW 14 served in a vertical epic tasting glass from Stone...close enough.

Beer is black with weak carbonation a low head and some legs of alcohol are left on the glass from the swirl.

The aroma is sweet with liquor and malts, smells pretty good.

Beer is medium bodied with lead off sweetness and booze. The finish is dry and mildly bitter from roasted malts....not much else. The beer is flavorful, some plum and more malt in the midpalate. Its a heavy beer though, a sipper for sure. A growler is a slight miscalculation, fortunately a tasting killed about 2/3 of it.

Photo of zimmerbloke
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to both hopsbreath and johndoe8 for sending me bottles. I'm drinking one fresh on recommendation. Split a bomber three ways and poured into a New Belgium globe glass; review from notes.

A: Almost opaque sticky, dark brown pour. One finger light khaki head which fades quickly. No real lacing to speak of, just the faintest hind of sticky residue as the head fades.

S: Fresh booze, vanilla and oak. A little bit of burnt sugar, roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. Stellar.

T: Sweet vanilla and -bal flavors dominate. Velvet Merkin makes a strong appearance here; the very dark, smooth roasted malts and dark chocolate flavors comprise an excellent base for this beer. More than anything, I can't get over how well blended and balanced the flavors are. This is really just knocked out of the park.

M: Thick, chewy and smooth. Sticky, but not unplesantly so. A dessert beer, to be sure.

D: High, for what it is. I couldn't make my pour last long enough.

Really excellent. There are certain beers that play to "guilty" pleasures I have--booze heat, a little bit of over the top sweetness, etc... and while it's easy for those to go wrong, this one was excellent and really enjoyable in that fashion. Jason and Richard, thanks for sending these. Really looking forward to seeing how this ages.

Photo of jnn4v
3.53/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mahogany / espresso brown color. Barely translucent. Very little head that is a surprisingly light color - almost white. No visible sediment or haze.

S: Smoke, grainy sweet dark malt, molasses and sorghum. Bourbon, vanilla and oak. Cocoa powder.

T: Very sharp alcohol burn. Very hot - singes the back of my throat and hot burn on the tongue in the aftertaste. Cocoa powder, molasses and a hint of licorice.

M: Relatively thin mouthfeel. Not terribly much carbonation. Seems reasonable for the genre, albeit a bit less body than I'd prefer.

D: Moderate drinkability. Seems to be challenging to drink at both the cold and warmer temperatures.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black with a quarter finger of head. Aroma is a beautiful mix of chocolate and toffee sweetness. Some boozy heat.

The flavor is boozy cocoa and vanilla. Emphasis on the boozy. This one is is going to be fantastic in a couple of years, but is a little too bold right now.

The body is medium and carbonation is a bit too high and stinging. Overall this beer has incredible potential but is a bit young right now. Stock up and enjoy the riches in 2 years.

Photo of paulozanello
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at pizzeria paradiso in DC.
It poured a dark brown, almost purple color, very muddy with no head whatsoever.
Smell is of dark fruit (plums, figs, cherries and grapes ), mollasses and some booze. It also has a portwine character. After it warmed up a bit all this wonderful vanilla flavors started emanating.
Taste is very nice with lots of mollasses, candy sugar, dark fruits, raisings, chocolate, some vanilla, some oak and a big alcohol finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter with faint herbal hops.
Body is very full and carbonation is medium to high.
Mouthfeel is silky. Drinkability is medium to low due to the high abv and huge body. Really warms you up after each sip.
Overall a great sipper, very robust and full of complex flavors. It is very much like a quad. I'd love to see what this tastes like five years from now.

Photo of jminsc76
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Selma's and per bottle less than one week apart. For the purposes of my previous review (of F13), I will primarily describe the features of the bottled version. Just know the tap version I had at Selma's was delicious, exhibiting an overall old ale flavor profile with plenty of chocolate, roasts, and earth.

Into the same wide-rimmed, non-stem wine glass, pours a large foamy head atop an orange-meets-mahogany body. Didn't quite notice whether the head reemerges well upon agitation as I was already feeling fine from F13. No complaints on the visuals though.

Aromas are fruity, with some dried apricots, tangerine, dark fruits such as figs and dates, and slightly old ale characteristics of tobacco and earth. Medium-strength in intensity, with an overall fruity bouquet.

Fruity in the flavors as well, with plenty of malty bitterness, slights quantities of booze (nothing major), brown sugar, and the aforementioned fruits of dried apricot and figs. Doesn't exhibit a lot of the chocolate and roasts I experienced with the tapped version at Selma's, but to get an idea of the difference between this year and last: if F13 pairs lovely with blue cheese and chocolate cake, try this with some aged gouda and feel your palate sing the praises of caramelistic quaffability. Not since a proper goat cheese and Hefeweizen pairing have I experienced a match as heavenly-made as this.

Mouthfeel is thinner yet fairly soft considering the small quantity of heat.

Overall, I can only imagine how amazing this will be in six to eight months. It's highly drinkable now, and with some age I am betting won't even require an appropriate cheese to enhance the flavors and bring balance to this tour de force.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rather dark brown with a small head that dissipated quickly.

S: Vanilla, chocolate, and caramel with some bourbon. A bit of dark fruit hidden underneath the earlier mentioned flavors.

T: The taste is very similar to the beer's aroma. It does have a slight alcoholic warmth but considering the abv, I would say the alcohol is pretty well hidden. Just a solid beer.

M: Right amount of carbonation with a very smooth and creamy feeling. Thick and full bodied.

D: The awesome flavors plus great mouthfeel make this beer drinkable. If I could, I would have been drinking this, and only this, all night.

Photo of Lothore
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a blackish hue with a very small, light brown head.

S- Caramel, milk chocolate, spices, dark fruit.

T- Dark fruit, fig, caramel, raisin, slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M- Thick with fairly low carbonation.

D- This is an excellent beer to sip on. Reminds me of a belgian quad. Still a little hot.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Delirium Tremens Snifter

Appearance - DARK brown, When held up to the light you can see through the glass a bit but expected based on the primary Blend and all the barleywine blended as well. Semi-aggressive pour yields 1/4 inch head that dissapated quickly. Good

Smell - Without a doubt the best aspect of this beer. Smells like desert. Vanilla, Chocolate Creme Brulee desert, Toffee, and Bourbon. Blended very well I'd say based on the fact that none of these overpower the other. Coconut-ish Toffee candy soaked in bourbon I'd describe.

Taste - Follows nose almost exactly. Almost a coniac (spelling?) thing going on. Toffee, Caramel, Coconut Bourbon and mild Chocolate forward. The only problem I have with this beer is that it's a bit sweet but not overly so. Finishing a bomber solo might bring that sweetness out more towards the end. This is a desert beer for sure. I did prefer the 13 over this one but not by a huge margin. Good but not great. If pairing with Creme Brulee or caramel flavored desert you might go as far to say great. Not too hot at all. The slight alcohol warmth is a quite pleasant addition actually. Raisins also present.

Mouthfeel - Pretty damn great. Not overly carbonated - about perfect for the style. If a bit too carbonated, swirl in the glass a few times to get the nose and mellow it out some! Not to thin but not too thick at all for 12.5%

Drinkability - At 12.5% not bad at all. It's slightly warm but expected. Not too hard to polish off a bomber myself but the sweetness affects it some and not wanting more after the bomber is done.

Final Thoughts - Not sure age will make this beer THAT much better. I see it improving for a year but not much more afterward. Age will mellow out the alcohol but at the same time will amplify the sweetness some I'd bet on. I liked how the freshness of the hops and amount of ABV heat mellowed out the sweetness while fresh. I oped this beer simply curious if I liked it enough to buy another and to get an idea if age would serve this beer well. Although this is a solid brew and I liked it, I will not be buying another, especially at the price tag. Money better spent on Parabola without batting an eye. To many however, I can see how this beer can be argued worth the price tag.

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

Consumed this a few weeks ago, not too long after the release. For some reason I didn't date my notes.

A: Dark, dark brownish, black. One quarter of an inch off-white head upon pouring that shrinks to nothing in less than 30 seconds.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, bourbon. A lot of bourbon. I love it.

T: Bitter chocolate and vanilla. The bourbon isn't as evident in the taste as it is in the smell. But it is definitely has some heat. Nicely balanced heat that doesn't overpower the other flavors.

M: Full body with slight carbonation. Pretty smooth however.

D: This is meant to be enjoyed with friends over a long period of time. Definitely a sipper. Why would you want it any other way?

I sure am glad I am giving this as a Christmas present so I can drink more of it and that I have another bottle to age for next winter. Good stuff.

Photo of pumptrick
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful presentation, my first 20 dollar bottle. Includes a box and a letter describing the contents. Silver pull tab and bottle cap. Poured hard into my Reidel stimless red wine glass. Dark brown with little light brown head. I was hoping for black and a little more head. (arent we all) This thing smells all kinds of wonderful, fruit like figs come to mind chocolate and whiskey. Sweet. The taste comes from the smell just the same sweet like dark fruits maybe fig, cant quite figure it out. taste is exceptional and could drink lots more.

Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a couple... drinking my first ever Firestone Walker Anniversary brew right now.

- Pours a dark clear bourbon brown caramel.. very little head.. but some quick fizzing off-white bubbles and leaves a nice small ring in the glass. Sits dark and jet brown.

- Murky hidden aromas.. light cocoa, caramel malts, sweet buried sugars... grassy and earthy hops, vanilla, bourbon, and subtle alcohol aromas...

- Sweet velvet madness... vanilla, bourbon, sweet sugars, candies, caramels, vanilla again.. light grassy earthy woodiness... serious calorie packed malty madness here... should age nicely.

- Viscous, sticky sweet... heat thins it a touch.. slightly chewy and drying.

- What an interesting and delicious brew. A blend of many... aged.. and it's divine... this will become a great great brew with many years on it I am sure. It's very good now too. One to sip for sure. Big malts.

Photo of smithdc33
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso (Old Town Alexandria location).

Served in a small tulip glass with a very slight off-white head that left just a little lacing. A dark amber/brown, nearly opaque beer. Sweet, sugary smell with the oak coming through quite easily. The oak is pretty obvious in the taste too, but a pretty complex taste--maple syrup, dark fruits, spices, and perhaps some chocolate as well--with a strong, boozy liquor finish, though it doesn't overpower the other flavors. Kinda similar to a port wine, but better. A thick, heavy beer with a very smooth mouthfeel. Not a great deal of carbonation and quite drinkable despite the heaviness and power. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of BassBone
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Congregation Ale House in Long Beach. Reviewed on my phone as I drink.

Poured an almost pure black into a tulip glass with a finger or so of white/tan head. Some lacing, but not much. That may have something to do with the water they spray into the glass before pouring, but I'm not sure. Nothing can be seen through this beer.

The first thong yhou get in the nose of this beer is oak, folowed by sweet, syrupy malt and a fair bit of coconut. There is a bit of alcohol among the scents, too, but it is an accent compared to the rest of the nose.

The taste is phenomenal. Coconut up front (I don't know why I taste this, maybe I'm crazy), with a quick blast of chocolate and malt right behind, followed by a nice, lingering bitter finish. There is the fairest hint of alcohol spice among all the flavors.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice crisp carbonation and it just slides down the throat. This beer is pretty dangerous.

The mouthfeel coupled with the crazy flavor of this beer make it a dangerously drinkable brew. I would buy this again and again and again and enjoy every minute of it.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

FW14 into an oversized Leffe wine glass type thing. Thanks to Arbitrator for this one (and Ding for the glass!).

A- Pours a nice dark brown w/ some aber highlights. Creamy head that vanishes into an outer ring of bubb;es.

A- I can smell the alcohol/sweet malts a mile away. Some barrel notes (caramel, vanilla) are there too.

T- Big dark fruit and caramel note. Actually, I'm picking up on some cognac. Reminds me of some Hennessy XO.

(side note- why don't they age beer in cognac barrels?)

Vanilla as well. Damn! This is tasty. A bit roasty and chocolatey in the finish. Tastes like a BA barleywine, although with all the blending I guess Am. Strong Ale works too.

M- Thick, creamy, smooth, and heavy. A delight.

D- Fairly high, but it's boozy. That's OK by me- this is a great beer. I think I still liked the 13 more, but juust by a hair. Impressive. One of the best Am. Strong Ales I've come across.

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

Thanks to ClarkGriswald for this one! Poured into a tulip.

A - labeled as a American strong ale, looks like a stout. Dark black with a tiny bit of coffee-and-cream head on top, that doesn't stick around for long.

S - sweet bourbon, vanilla, a touch of alcohol, brown sugar, dark fruit. Really nice nose.

T - same as nose - a blast of sweet bourbon, vanilla and coffee right up front. Then the carbonation and alcohol take more notice, with some heat on the back end of the palate. A ton of complex flavors going on here. Really damn good.

M - almost seems a bit overcarbonated and it's pretty strong.

D - this beer is really freakin' good, but still plenty hot. I'm glad I got to try it fresh and will now be looking for a few more to cellar. Also, this is a definite sipper at 12.5%.

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

650ml bottle, black wrap with a silver pull tab to make things easy, and capped.

It pours a pitch black with about an inch of tannish foam. Plenty of lacing to please the folks that put a lot of emphasis on the appearance department...like myself.

There's no mistaking the barrel aging in the smell. There's lots of it and very pleasing. A huge amount of caramel malt sits side by side with the BA and makes this a treat to sniff over and over again.

The taste takes it a step further. Nicely sweet from the malt, deliciously decadent from the barrel aging, good notes of bread and a good dose of chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. Wow. This is some seriously good stuff and I'm getting quite a bit of warming from the more than substantial amount of alcohol that went into this puppy. Still, surprisingly drinkable for me. Wow, again.

I'd call it full bodied with a lowish level of carbonation that ends up with a great mouth feel. Luxurious, in fact.

Drinkability *could* have suffered from the sheer strength of this 14th Anniversary offering from Firestone Walker but imho,
they did their best to keep the alcohol in check and I surely appreciate it. It makes the sitting that much more easy to cope with.

Absolutely delicious fresh, I reckon this American Strong Ale *could* hold up, and maybe even improve, for many years to come. This is a hell of a brew!

Photo of hopsbreath
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a snifter, this appears dark brown but can be seen through when held to direct light. A deep violet is apparent when this is done. A half glass of dust brown head builds with a violent pour. Good lacing considering what this is. Good legs cement a perfect score here. 5/5

S: The smell is to say the least, FANTASTIC! Rich caramel, decadent variations of brown sugar, pie spices (I checked the component list to see if any spices were used. None were), vanilla, some raw alcohol, and of course the glorious wood are all over the place here. The aroma promises a lot. Can the flavor deliver? 4.5/5

T: While not as great as the smell, the taste is still quite good. German chocolate cake, peppery alcohol (Goldschlager?), and a nice dose of amaretto are going to be my flavor descriptors here. Its very unique and interesting. 4/5

M: Kinda thin for what I'm expecting here. Carbonation is low and its a little sticky. 3/5

D: I like this beer overall. Its interesting enough to make me keep going back for more. I'll be checking it as it ages every few months for the next year or so. At this point I liked 13 better but am really growing an appreciation for the guys down in Paso Robles. Try it if you can. 4/5

Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I opened my first bottle of Firestone Walker XIV this evening, while sitting in front of a fire, petting my cat, Clarence Tibbs III, and admiring the Christmas tree.

This beer pours a cola brown with a creamy tan head, much like the eleventh anniversary beer. The aroma is a malty mix of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, figs, and bourbon. Sipping this beer, the same qualities present themselves on the front end. My primary complaint is that the beer finishes in a rather odd manner - with a cacophony of bittnerness that does not sit as well on my palate. Like a pheasant in a duck blind, if you will. Almost like bitter coffee and mint. It's not too bothersome and, if Firestone Walker 14 were an 18 hole round of golf, I would attribute this bitterness only to the final three holes. The other fifteen resembling Augusta's finest.

Body is typically rather thick and sticky, with moderate carbonation. If one uses Faygo redpop as a carbonation benchmark, I would describe FW14 as having appreciably less fizz.

Overall, a fine effort by my friends at Firestone Walker. Clarence Tibbs III, having received a nip of FW14 in his saucer, concurs.

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