Firestone 20 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 20 - Anniversary AleFirestone 20 - Anniversary Ale
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
13%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 5.44%
Ratings:
325
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 08, 2022
Added:
Aug 26, 2016
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  101
SCORE
97
World-Class
Firestone 20 - Anniversary AleFirestone 20 - Anniversary Ale
Notes: 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
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Photo of BillRoth
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BillRoth from Maryland

Another outstanding Anniversary brew from FW.To my taste… above and beyond.
Was late to the party and was fortunate to pick up a bottle at FW Venice bottle shop a few years after release. Related, BIG kudos to the Venice team. Everybody from bar/beer guy to bottle shop guy to someone on phone who ok’d selling a single Anni… perfect! People who definitely know their beer AND are reallly cool people. I thought Paso Robles and Barrelworks people were great; but Venice people were as good as I’ve met anywhere.
Ok…beer…
Classic look and smoothness, but this one just reached out a bit more aroma wise. The taste lept out with super rich Parabola lovingly highlighted by the big quad SM and imp brown Bravo.
Unsure if I should think of this as a special year Anniversary… or maybe the best Parabola yet.
Had mine at about 5+ years out.
Special brew!

Jan 08, 2022
 
4.9 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Jan 01, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours dark brown with a slight bit of clouding. It clears as it warms. The head is light brown. Head retention is low.

Smell: A strong rich malt blend of caramel, toffee, and nuts to start. There is a bit of sweetness in the nose with black cherry and a bit of cherry pipe tobacco. There are hints of dark fruits.

Taste: The flavors are caramel, toffee, dark cherry, nuts to start. There is a bit of sweetness with some dark fruit and alcohol. It also has a low wood note plus some vinous qualities.

Feel: It has a full almost chewy body and smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, a very complex blend of flavors and aromas. An absolute pleasure to drink.

Jan 30, 2021
 
4.75 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania on Jan 13, 2021
 
4.75 by TylerJ from Iowa on Jan 01, 2021
 
4.3 by chossboss from Oregon on Dec 06, 2020
 
4.28 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 02, 2020
 
4.36 by kmoen from California on Aug 07, 2020
 
4.4 by BAsbill from California on Aug 07, 2020
 
4.08 by dshansen1184 from Washington on Jul 04, 2020
 
5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 18, 2020
Photo of Captain69
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Captain69 from Illinois

I saved this beer for 3-4 years - should have refrigerated. No head - still a great malty strong taste . just purchased a XXIII anniversary - will see ow this stands up to the newer one

Apr 16, 2020
 
4.46 by BKotch from Texas on Mar 29, 2020
 
4.57 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 02, 2020
Photo of pathman
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by pathman from Ohio

10/3/19 draft @ Pub 365 Las Vegas

Dec 02, 2019
 
4.31 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Dec 01, 2019
 
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Oct 28, 2019
 
4.25 by captainkrad from New Jersey on Aug 24, 2019
 
4 by TheWolf from Delaware on Jul 22, 2019
 
4.45 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 20, 2019
 
4.43 by herman77 from Minnesota on Jun 09, 2019
 
4.03 by nmann08 from Virginia on May 18, 2019
 
4.7 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon on May 13, 2019
 
3.96 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 10, 2019
 
5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon on Apr 28, 2019
 
4.46 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Apr 03, 2019
 
4.53 by Beer21 from Florida on Feb 26, 2019
 
4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois on Feb 14, 2019
 
4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Jan 14, 2019
Photo of ChicagoJ
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ChicagoJ from Illinois

12/24/18 (Las Vegas): Anniversary XX Firestone Walker bottled 10/11/16, shared the bomber with brother David as his gift, poured into snifter glasses. Black pour with light tan head. Light bourbon aroma, roasted malts as well. Bourbon the predominant taste, wine, dark chocolate and roasted malt round the very balanced taste out. Light, sweet mouth feel, somewhat creamy, easy drinking. Overall very good offering, thanks for sharing!

Jan 06, 2019
 
3.93 by Dr_Fox from Utah on Jan 03, 2019
 
4.75 by videofrog from Texas on Dec 26, 2018
 
4.46 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Dec 01, 2018
Photo of bl00
3.94/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by bl00 from Pennsylvania

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.

Nov 19, 2018
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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.

Nov 16, 2018
 
4.36 by jason_nwx from Oregon on Nov 05, 2018
Photo of WunderLlama
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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

Oct 20, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

Fantastic beer other than smelling like fish water. Wtf.

Oct 13, 2018
 
4.46 by SoCal_Matt from California on Sep 24, 2018
 
4.31 by CSO from Illinois on Aug 09, 2018
Firestone 20 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 325 ratings