Firestone 20 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Strong Ale
4.41 | pDev: 5.44%
May 30, 2023
Aug 26, 2016
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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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours deep brown in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- rich malty nose with initial aromas of brown sugar, caramel, brownie batter & fruitcake. Barrel elements add oak & equal parts bourbon and brandy, which add aromas of light vanilla, red grapes, black cherries & raisins. Hints of pipe tobacco and just a trace of citrusy hops

T- rich and malty up front with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar & molasses. Mid-palate brings out dark fruit notes of black cherry, raisins, figs and prunes. Beyond the fruity notes, the barrels start to come out, adding wet oak, bourbon and brandy. The finish turns to chocolate & a hint of cinnamon spice and booze. Caramel, brown sugar and oak on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky and velvety warming finish

O- as with all of the anniversary beers, the complexity is impressive. It opens up more as it breaths in the glass
May 30, 2023
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22 ounce bottle, 2016 vintage. Served in a Teku, the beer pours a very dark brown color with about an inch tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, molasses, brandy and caramel. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some dark bread, toffee and woody flavors. And a little bit of booze too as the brew warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit syrupy with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was good overall, but think it might have packed more of a punch when fresher. Certainly worth trying if you get the chance!
May 14, 2023
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Reviewed by BillRoth from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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.
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
Rated: 4.9 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.75 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by TylerJ from Iowa

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by chossboss from Oregon

Dec 06, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Sep 02, 2020
Rated: 4.36 by kmoen from California

Aug 07, 2020
Rated: 4.4 by BAsbill from California

Aug 07, 2020
Rated: 4.08 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Jul 04, 2020
Rated: 5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Apr 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Captain69 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.46 by BKotch from Texas

Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 02, 2020
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Rated by pathman from Ohio

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
10/3/19 draft @ Pub 365 Las Vegas
Dec 02, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Oct 28, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by captainkrad from New Jersey

Aug 24, 2019
Rated: 4 by TheWolf from Delaware

Jul 22, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by herman77 from Minnesota

Jun 09, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by nmann08 from Virginia

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.7 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

May 13, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

May 10, 2019
Rated: 5 by Sir_Goatman from Oregon

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Apr 03, 2019
Rated: 4.53 by Beer21 from Florida

Feb 26, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

Feb 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 14, 2019
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Reviewed by ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.93 by Dr_Fox from Utah

Jan 03, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by videofrog from Texas

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Dec 01, 2018
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Reviewed by bl00 from Pennsylvania

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.
Nov 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

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.
Nov 16, 2018
Rated: 4.36 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Nov 05, 2018
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

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
Oct 20, 2018
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Rated by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

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.
Oct 13, 2018
Firestone 20 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 327 ratings