Firestone 21 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 21 - Anniversary AleFirestone 21 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Velvet Merkin (42%)
Parabola (18%)
Stickee Monkee (17%)
Bravo (14%)
Rum Helldorado (9%)

"This year’s Anniversary beer is a magical blend of five components. Chocolatey, mild Velvet Merkin takes the lead setting the stage full of lush malt and barrel driven texture, yet tempered alcohol strength. The rest of the components fall perfectly in line, backing Velvet Merkin up with luscious caramel complexity and a creamy malt symphony. The final component adds a new twist – the rum barrel-soaked and lean Helldorado makes its Anniversary debut, bringing a fresh splash of island-spice to a ridiculously balanced barrel-aged brew. This is one of those times that the whole truly equals more than the sum of its parts. I couldn’t be happier with the result."
-Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-22-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#846
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
251
pDev:
6.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oh boy, I feel lucky tonight, hells to the yeahs!
Bottle dated 10/20/2017.
From 802 BWS, Burlington, VT.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a thick dark brown almost black color. Just a film of a little white semi-foamy head slid off delicately. Mild stringy sticky lace glazed the glass.
The aroma was a superb malty sweet sticky blend of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla, biscuit, vanilla wafer, wood spice, butterscotch, and a touch of allspice. Light dark fruits.
The flavor was moderately sweet but wanted to punch in a slight spicy woody barrel content. Aftertaste leads with the woody spicy barrel with a sly dryness, noticeable toffee/caramel/vanilla.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Spicy woody barrel tried to distract but lead to sly stickiness crossing my tongue. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat, maybe started dissipating a tad. ABV felt fairly close to what was projected. Good sticky dark fruity to woody spicy finish.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful strong ale, American or English, eh, seemed like a good cross between the two.

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3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a dark, dark brown color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of dark chocolate, rum, wood, vanilla and toffee. Rich, malty, boozy with dark chocolate and toffee.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
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4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has nutty notes, dried fruits, butterscotch and chocolate. Taste has toffee, bourbon, caramel and fudge. Well balanced and easy drinking.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.32/5  rDev 0%
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to infrared 90s for this bottle. Popping this 12 oz. to celebrate Stickee Monkee & Helldorado showing up in MN today. All my dreams are coming true…

The pour is dark brown mixed with dark red, which leads to something dark. Quick vanishing head. The nose is sweet, & despite being a small part of the blend, dominated by rum. Vanilla & Belgian sugar, too. My teeth are quivering already.

Firestone Walker XXI is the 11th in the series I’ve reviewed - & I had the 10 in a less formal setting. The dominance of Velvet Merkin had me concerned, since it is one of my less revered FW beers, but it works, mostly because there’s enough barrel here to start a cooperage. Charred oak staves, vanilla, bourbon, rum, & alcohol, & that’s before we touch the beer anyplace inappropriate. Sexy malt, raw sugar, bitterness that barks at coffee rather than hops, caramel, with a nice blanket of chocolate over everything. As pleasingly complex as a well-executed tax return. Solid but not heavy, & as the glomerular filtration begins, I wish there was more to filter.

Doesn’t scale the heights of the best of this series, but still an excellent brew.

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Firestone 21 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 251 ratings