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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

998 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 135
Gots: 500 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012)
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 03/15/13 notes.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonatioin evident.

s - Smells of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, alcohol, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Loads of coffee up front and alcohol isn't too strong; pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of coffee, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, oak. More vanilla and alcohol than the nose, and less toffee. Nice but liked the nose a little better.

m - Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth with some light alcohol heat keeping it from being great.

o - Overall a nice strong ale with loads of coffee. Alcohol is prominent in the taste; like the other years this will probably get better with some age. Might buy 1 bottle to lay down for 1-2 years but unsure; will depend on what price I can get it at.

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A - A very dark brown, verging on black with some dark reds where the light hits the glass. A khaki white half finger of head disappeared almost instantly to the 13% abv. Alcohol legs swirl around in the glass as the beer sticks to the side of my snifter. It invites for a nose to get a good whiff.

S - ahh, yes! Big vanilla and barrel qualities to this aroma. Some typical stout notes with the coffee and dark chocolates in the background. Toffee and caramel are rather noticable along with some dark fruits. The magic of this beer is that new aromas arise with every attempt to figure this brew out via nose. The complexity is profound.

T - Holy shit...

M - Very slight carbonation and just a tab bit of alcohol burn as it finishes. Coats the mouth like a hearty Imperial Stout. Sticks around in your mouth more than any other Strong Ale I have ever had.

O - One of the reasons FW barrel program cant be touched. The complexity is ABSURD. So many flavors to contemplate. If you passed up on this one, I feel bad for you. I can detect all of the Parabola, Sucaba, and DDBA in this one. I hope to try Velvet Merkin one day. Can't say enough about this beer. For $20, I feel like I robbed the liquor store. Keep going FW!

Taste (attempt #2, you didn't honestly think I was going to leave you hanging, did you?) - Big vanilla up front, these barrels are killing it! Huge toffee from the Sucaba blended in. Slight bit of caramel. Notes of dark fruit and slight coffee from the Velvet Merkin and Parabola. I am also getting a small bit of tequila from the PNC. This blend just screams Stout mixed with Barleywine in the most absurd variety of barrels. I know they put hops in here somewhere, but I cant even get the slightest hint. And the best part is? It works! Easily a 5 rating for taste. The complexity is unrivaled and it works.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.