Firestone 18 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 18 - Anniversary AleFirestone 18 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
We blended together 227 oak barrels containing 9 different beers creating something dark complex and 100% original.

38% Parabola aged in bourbon barrels, 16% Helldorado aged in bourbon & brandy barrels, 16% Bravo aged in bourbon & brandy barrels, 14% Stickee Monkee aged in bourbon & brandy barrels, 5% Velvet Merkin aged in bourbon barrels, 4% Hydra Cuvee aged in bourbon barrels, 3% Wookey Jack, 2% Ol' Leghorn aged in new American oak, 2% Double Jack

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
975
pDev:
6.37%
 
 
Wants:
205
Gots:
495
Trade:
52
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Ratings: 975 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HattedClassic
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice creamy chocolate brown head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some around the inside edges of the glass. The beer itself is a good looking dark chocolate black with an oily sheen and texture. It looks good.

The smell is delicious. The main notes are the sweet bourbon notes and a slight booziness that adds a distinct sweetness and burn. Generally, the barrel notes such as a slight wood contrasting with the sweet brandy notes are what dominate the nose. The other notes are a bit hidden underneath them though.

The taste is absolutely succulent. While it has the same strong sweet notes from the bourbon and brandy along with a slight boozy note. The chocolate comes out more in the finish but the dark fruit notes are what really come out. There is a tiny bit of rye in the finish but it's almost undetectable.

The feel is pretty good. It has a heavy body but is very creamy and silky that it loses that weight and makes it scarily drinkable. The body is also slightly thin but still good. Despite aging for several years, there is a nice biting carbonation.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer even after aging it for several years in less than stellar conditions. The blend of all the different beer styles is fantastic because they both are able to have their distinct traits mix together but still be able to be picked out individually. This is definitely one to trade for if possible.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.27/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dafla67
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.49/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MurphDog14
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of REVZEB
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got to try from the cellar at Niche in Geneva. Upon opening and first pour two things were very clear, the beer is jet black, almost silky syrupy, and even more noticeable is the aging clearly did not detract from the boozy scent. Speaking of the scent, it is wonderful. It is a dark temptress, calling you into the depths of all dark flavors, think bourbon, dark fruits, and malt. The taste is complex. So much going on, and yet so good! It is uncompromising and smooth in the body, that helps serves as a solid, boozy, backbone to the other decadent flavors.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WickedBeer
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

227 different barrels?? Holy shit, this ones awesome. Tons of dark fruit, booze, coffee.. hints of chocolate.. this beer truly had everything, so many layers.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black foil capped 22oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks!). Bottled 10/01/14. Served in a Firestone Walker snifter. Enjoyed 8/28/17.

Pours a deep ruddy brown with a little more than two fingers of ecrue head. That foam recedes to a small island, an impressive bubbly border and a few sparce dots of lace.

Tons of sweet, oaky barrel on the nose. Apple, vanilla, wet wood, caramel, chocolate and some dark fruit.

Tastes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, barrel char, subdued bourbon, grainy malt, reduced dark fruit, a balsamic-like sweetness, molasses and a subtle kiss of alcohol.

Semi-syrupy, medium full, oily feel with mild carbonation. Barrel-infused, bittersweet finish with notes of dark chocolate, grain and bourbon soaked charred oak.

Another outstanding cuvée from Firestone Walker. Their anniversary series continues to impress. Kind of like a stout... with a couple barleywines, plenty of barrel and an unexpected bitterness.

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Photo of WormGod
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coryhk
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daem3384
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The 18th anniversary beer was reminiscient of the 14th, basically both being beers that have a lot of roasted malt beers to them. They both pour black, although its not the heavy viscous black that you come across in an imperial stout. Feint beige head on the top, only 1/6" deep after the initial pour settles in. Aroma is plenty of bourbon. After that, roasted malt, vanilla and oak pick up the remnants of what you smell after the blast of bourbon.

Taste, a sweet sipper, the heavily roasted malt in beers like Parabola really imparts nothing here in the way of bitterness or roastiness. Its a lot more creamy, vanilla, sugary. While there is some booziness, it is nowhere as big as the abv would lead you to believe. Carbonation is a little lower than your average beer, but is entirely appropriate for this stuff. This was the first year I think the bottles exceeded the $20 range. I'll keep buying one of them each year I guess, they're good.

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Photo of Shout2001
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sunsjammer
4.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 10/10/14. Shared a gifted bomber with my brother arizcards.

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Photo of eppie82
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Banana sweetness with bourbon.

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Photo of thoglund
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Firestone 18 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.55 out of 5 with 975 ratings