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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 14 - Anniversary AleFirestone 14 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 8.86%

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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Photo of BostonHops


4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:31:17 | More by BostonHops
Photo of Etan


4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 23:38:44 | More by Etan
Photo of Jeffo


3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:39:54 | More by Jeffo
Photo of rapidsequence


4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:36:03 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:13:57 | More by orangesol
Photo of ms11781


4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 02:13:04 | More by ms11781
Photo of DocJitsu


4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 19:50:22 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of scottfrie


4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 02:19:59 | More by scottfrie
Photo of stxSS07


4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:56:14 | More by stxSS07
Photo of beerpirates


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!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 20:28:27 | More by beerpirates
Photo of Tmappin

British Columbia (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 05:57:45 | More by Tmappin
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:59:39 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of Monicagm


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 19:38:54 | More by Monicagm
Photo of camil1mj


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 18:52:17 | More by camil1mj
Photo of Kristienhare


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 06:37:48 | More by Kristienhare
Photo of nhindian


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:54:44 | More by nhindian


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 15:21:40 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of bennetj17


4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 04:08:43 | More by bennetj17
Photo of Brez07


4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:01:49 | More by Brez07
Photo of arizcards


4.53/5  rDev +3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:42:38 | More by arizcards
Photo of oregone


3/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 03:04:25 | More by oregone
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3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 18:44:56 | More by Oxymoron
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New Hampshire

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 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 02:39:58 | More by Satchboogie
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 07:36:13 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Damian


4.53/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:53:14 | More by Damian
Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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