Firestone 20 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 20 - Anniversary AleFirestone 20 - 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:
40% Parabola - Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
20% Stickee Monkee - Central Coast Quad
17.5% Velvet Merkin - Traditional Oatmeal Stout
12.5% Bravo - Imperial Brown Ale
10% Helldorado - Blonde Barleywine


Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-26-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
293
pDev:
5.22%
 
 
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28
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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bl00
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown, ring of tan head surrounds a fine film.
Nose is chocolate, grape, licorice, alcohol.
Taste is chocolate, coffee, honey, graham cracker, orange, grape, cranberry.
Mouthfeel is full, medium carb. No heat, slightly dry finish.
Overall, this is solid, though leans hard towards barleywine for me. I'd love more of the characteristics of the other beers to present.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a dep burgundy color ale with a large brown head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt and black chocolate notes with some pretty intense woody notes and vanilla and bourbon notes also clearly distinguishable. Taste is a complex and immensely enjoyable mix of woody notes with some vanilla and bourbon, some black chocolate notes with light residual sugar notes and light alcohol warming notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation with some alcohol notes apparent. Another great anniversary beer from this fine brewery.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My son’ s wedding

Bottle in box with tasting notes

Poured into a glass , deep bark brown. Liquid, one finger taupe foam cap, settles rather quickly to a taupe ring

Aroma is bourbon, molasses , dark fruits, raisins

Taste is dark fruits, raisins, charred barrel, bourbon, complex flavors

Smooth but I get some alcohol , not a burn , but I get some on the taste low sudsing

Good beer

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Photo of rypkr
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic beer other than smelling like fish water. Wtf.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CSO
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

XX has to be the deepest shade of brown imaginable. It looks clean, and a bit thin as it descends from bottle to glass, and she shimmers with hazelnut highlights. A very thin khaki ring makes itself comfortable around the perimeter, and little effort is put into leaving it's signature on the glass.

As expected with Parabola making up 40% of the blend, this bursts with the stouts goods. Marshmallow, bourbon, and licorice carry the torch for the dark ales contribution, while fig and candi sugar sweetness vouch for the Barley Wines. The oak happily represents the entire cast to these rediculously intoxicating aromas.

First sip, and it all seems to happen so fast! Going back for more and it seems that the barley wines take first wave, as caramel coated dark fruits attack. Molasses comes in next and then a clear shot of straight booze. A touch of black licorice, then sweet pipe tobacco and oak. This thing is layer after layer of flavors. Plain white sugar and a little burnt toast scrapings finish it off, and the masterpiece has made its mark.

In a general sense, one might argue this is a bit thin, but to me it's just right. It has a good amount of heft to it all the while being easy to sip. It's smooth, sweet, and robust. The dry oakiness is the perfect host to the sweet complexion, and it parallels the alcohol warmth long in the finish.

I usually grab two of FW Anniversary ales. One to have right away, and one to save til the following year. For XX, I only bought one. This one. That is my only regret. This is a truly amazing beer, and well deserves to bear the two X's. Cheers.

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Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mflamar
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wandreotta
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany body; relatively thin yet dense and creamy head - pretty good for a high ABV beer. Rich, earthy smells; cocoa, bourbon, and dark fruits such as figs. The flavor is lush and totally engaging; caramel and cocoa malt base; subtly sweet with just a twinge of boozy phenols. Thick, chewy, velvety mouthfeel; dense and gentle residual sugars coat the palate; gentle warmth throughout.

My, my! What a pleasure to finally break this bottle out and enjoy the immense sensory pleasures this blended barrel-aged beer offers. I do wish I had someone to share this with, but I don't, but since it's Memorial Day 2018, I'll share this one with the memories of those men and women who have fallen in combat to keep our country free. Truly an outstanding beer and one of the best dark ones I've ever experienced...

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Simon212
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Howlader
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 7irondave
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sunsjammer
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split a bomber gift from arizcards. Bottled Nov 2016. Thanks Bro!

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper brown that gathers black in the glass, very minimal head & carbonation. Aroma has some warm bourbon notes upfront, buttery toffee malt underneath. More old ale vibe than stout. I feel like the Helldorado asserts itself a ton for only being 10% of the final blend - lots of that bourbon blonde malt a,, over the beer. There is some smokier stout notes as well woven throughout - oak char, tobacco leaf, burnt malt. Those flavors become more dominant as the beer opens up, and it finishes very husky. I didn’t quite love it as much as previous anniversary beers, but if you like more charred / oaky flavors in your stouts you may get more mileage. Mouthfeel is good but not as thick and velvety as previous anniversaries.

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Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 8/26/17.

Pours a semi opaque, dark amber, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and some foamy lacing. Great aroma. Smells of bourbon, figs, oak, dates, toffee, malt, some chocolate and caramel, light vanilla and molasses. The taste is similar and just as great- bourbon, malt, figs, dates, raisins, caramel, some toffee and vanilla, oak. Smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

A great blend, like the return to using a number of beers. Not much more to be said, we all know it’s good.

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Photo of JayWhitson
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

At this point was a wonderful experience. Of course I have been drinking for a couple hours now and might be a bit bias. Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, smoke and the unburnt whiff of the old tobacco store in the mall where you bought highly detailed medium sized die cast cars with automatic button opened doors as a child of the eighties. Much fuller and more rounded than XXI. What a wonderful beverage and glad I have a few more for the journey farther down the rabbit hole.

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Firestone 20 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 293 ratings