Firestone 19 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Strong Ale - American
4.42 | pDev: 6.33%
Feb 21, 2022
Aug 14, 2015
Firestone 19 - Anniversary AleFirestone 19 - Anniversary Ale
Notes: “We blended together 235 oak barrels and four different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional.”–Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Parabola / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 33.33% of Final Blend
-RussianImperial Oatmeal Stout

Stickee Monkee / Aged in Bourbon and Whiskey Barrels / 33.33% of Final Blend
-Central Coast Quad Brewed with Belgian Candi and Mexican Turbinado (brown) Sugar

Bravo / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 16.6% of Final Blend
-Imperial Brown Ale

Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 16.6% of Final Blend
-Traditional Oatmeal Stout
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4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brewskis from Indiana

Pours a deep, rich dark mahogany brown color with a little more than a finger of creamy, dark tan head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma leans more towards the quad characteristics than stout. Lots of dark fruit, including raisin, plum, and date. Toasted brown bread, caramel, burnt sugar, molasses, some cocoa powder, some roasted malt, some leather, little grape, some oak, some bourbon, slight vanillin from the barrels, slight sherry from the oxidation.

Taste follows the nose well, leaning more towards the quad qualities of the blend, although there are a bit more stout characteristics as it warms. Plum, raisin, fig, molasses, caramel, slight toffee, toasted brown bread, drying oak tannin, some grape from the brandy, some bourbon, slight cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, roasted malt, some licorice, some sherry notes from the oxidation.

Medium to high medium body. Decent carbonation. Quite sticky, oily, slick, slightly creamy. It's a sweet beer, but the oak tannins and spirit qualities from the barrel dry it out nicely. Dangerously smooth for the 13.8% abv.

It probably hit it's peak a few years ago, but I feel that this has held up nicely for 6+ years. Oxidation was expected to creep in given it's age, but the sherry notes are light and aren't off-putting. They add to the complexity of the beer. As all the other anniversary beers I've had by these guys, the blend is very cohesive and complex. Not my favorite of the series, but still an outstanding beer.

Feb 21, 2022
4.74 by hopley from Massachusetts on Oct 14, 2021
4.1 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Aug 02, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by draheim from Washington

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep dark mahogany, almost black, with minimal head or lace. The liquid lies still in the glass with just a narrow collar of foam around the edge.

Aroma is expectedly complex. Figs, dates, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, toasted coconut, and vanilla,, all wrapped in smoky bourbon.

Taste is likewise rich and dessert-like. Slightly vinous with all the aromatic descriptors above. A nice boozy warming on the finish. Perfect for a rainy evening.

Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy, heavy body, befitting a beer of this complexity.

Overall another solid addition to FW's anniversary lineup. Excellent craftsmanship here.

Mar 05, 2021
4.02 by Solomondan from California on Jan 01, 2021
4.27 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 02, 2020
4.69 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Jul 31, 2020
4.38 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Mar 22, 2020
4.5 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 20, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Dark brown with a creamy then bubbly tan blanket.

I'm getting loads of toffee and caramel within the very woody whiskey that is present in the crisp medium-light body. The crackly carbonation even kicks up some bananas foster, but the malt has become a bit oxidized, giving off stale notes of cardboard. A mild booze brings a mature, candied nut heat before the dry finish.

Feb 07, 2020
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3.34/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 10/2/15; drank 12/10/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

Minimal tan head; no lace.

Plum, oak & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Plum & booze heat flavors up front; super dry oak notes on the finish.

Drinkable but not particularly appealing at the 2 month mark; perhaps time will be kind?

Jan 01, 2020
4.08 by BirdsandHops from Oregon on Dec 04, 2019
4.46 by BKotch from Texas on Nov 30, 2019
4 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Sep 16, 2019
4.39 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Sep 14, 2019
4.42 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2019
4.19 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

Taste follows the nose with dates and dark fruits and Bourbon flavors dominating. There are also notes of leather, vanilla, toffee and molasses. A bit of booze but this is tolerable. Yum.

May 03, 2019
4.28 by TheWolf from Delaware on Apr 08, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by StJamesGate from New York

Jet; brandy butter on Christmas pudding; licorice + treacle, brown wild honey, anise, lots of unsweetened chocolate, some bourbon barrel, loads of dark caramel, whiskey coffee finish; boozy end, heavy.

4 4.5 4.25 4 4.25

So… black. Residuals fermented right out. Mellow, big, sweet, with an edge. Fireplace beer.

Feb 22, 2019
4.55 by admonster00 from Illinois on Feb 14, 2019
4.12 by Dr_Fox from Utah on Jan 03, 2019
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4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Toasty, dark chocolatey, fruity, caramely, complex, coffee aftertaste, molasses, bourbon, sweet brandy, dried dark fruit

Dec 08, 2018
4.36 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Dec 01, 2018
4.19 by izzyismyrott from Indiana on Nov 11, 2018
4.61 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Oct 28, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by bobv from Vermont

From Labor Day weekend notes:
Moderate pour yields a 1/2 inch light tan head over a brown body with some lacing. Nose of caramel, raisins, with a definite barley wine aroma. Taste of raisins and barley wine. Good feel and overall, I was hoping for better. Cheers!

Sep 20, 2018
4.45 by grover37 from District of Columbia on Sep 10, 2018
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2018
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4.79/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by HawkeyeJosh from Arkansas

Pours a deep brown, some light shows through around the edges. Smells like bourbon, chocolate, caramel, toffee, basically, it smells like a bourbon BA quad. Taste is super complex, I'm not good enough at this to describe it, but I'll attempt it. There is a lot of bourbon flavor, some chocolate, caramel, dates, toffee, maybe some coffee at the end. Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated, and kinda sticky, like it coats your mouth. This is an amazing blend of beers, try it if you can.

Jun 22, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BillRoth from Maryland

From notes -2016 trip to Central Coast. Had on tap at Barrelworks; couple of 3oz pours. Another excellent blended brew. Sticker Monkey really came through and stood out above the Parabola. Other beers really added well to complexity. Just a huge woody quad with a super full Imp stout. Then swatches of taste and smoothness from the brown and the oats. Big thumbs up.

Jun 16, 2018
4.58 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on May 05, 2018
4.36 by sohearn from Alabama on May 03, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one from vanlingleipa a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear light brown pour yields a big, four finger, fizzier, foamy light brown head with good retention. Bistre brown body, clear, with no real carbonation. Head fades down to a foamy cap. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end leaving dots of lacing gown the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Lots of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and cream, coconut, and a decent dose of bourbon as well.

TASTE: Lots of bourbon and caramel sweetness up front, with toffee, vanilla and oak at the swallow. Big finish of bourbon, oak, milk chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee and butterscotch sweetness lingers on the palate. Plenty of booze as well.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down okay with a big burn after the swallow, finishing somewhat sticky. Some decent heat lingers.

OVERALL: This is excellent. Boozy for sure and the fizzy head isn’t all that great, but the flavor and aroma are top notch. A good feel on this one to boot. FW usually does a great job with these anniversary blends and this is no exception to that. One that’s well worth the effort and price tag if you see it. Thanks again, vanilingleipa. Always a pleasure.

Apr 11, 2018
4.25 by vidisad from California on Mar 25, 2018
4.5 by MurphDog14 from Illinois on Mar 18, 2018
4.45 by EdFed from Illinois on Mar 11, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

A masterpiece of complex bourbon, and blending. No carbonation yet a special barleywine. Smooth with above average mouthfeel. light brown, caramelized sweetness. Dangerously drinkable.

Mar 04, 2018
4.25 by nickfl from Florida on Mar 03, 2018
4.44 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Jan 27, 2018
Firestone 19 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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