Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 10 - Anniversary AleFirestone 10 - Anniversary Ale

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dblinkhorn on 10-14-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- unfiltered, cloudy mahogany brew no real head but some tan foam

S- woody, hints of alcohol, toasted malts, american hop profile

T- woody at start and finish, sweet alcohol at finish, toasted malts with some caramel, lots of barrel flavors, pine hops, brownie and chocolate flavors linger

M- full, somewhat sticky with some alcoholic heat at finish

D- complex and tasty, enjoyable barrel flavors, i think its over hyped but its got a reputation so try it if you can get it

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

A limited release, 10th anniversary, oak-aged ale that's a blend of ten separate batches, pulled from forty American oak barrels that were hand-selected from multiple Kentucky premium spirits producers. Includes three beer styles: Imperial Stout, Triple IPA and a Barley Wine. Only five hundred retail cases were produced. Insane.

Poured into snifters, the beer is opaque, dark brown, nearly black. Bit of a frothy lace; from the top it looks like a big glass of espresso. Mild oak, coffee overtones, barrel char, fresh vanilla beans, faint fruits, malty sweetness, fusel oils, pepper and a hint of leather build the aroma. Creamy, slightly syrupy body. Wonderfully complex, with strong notes of oak, milky vanilla, coconut, toffee, burnt caramel, freshly roasted coffee beans, and brown sugar. Smacks of blood orange and a spicy, peppery alcohol bite that, combined, creates a distinct, unique and classy, bourbon-y character. Sweet and mild pipe tobacco in the back.

The verdict: Hell yeah! One of the best beers we've tasted this year. We'd even go so far as to say that it's in our top ten of 2006.

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Photo of blackie
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

been saving this for my "finally got a job" beer...traded for a couple years ago, from whom I can't recall, but probably TheKegergator...reviewed from a Piraat snifter on my last night in the 'Ville before Raleigh for a couple nights and then Reston

a: the pour gives a modest khaki head that shows light retention, the color is a gorgeous, nearly opaque chestnut brown.

s: lovely and exceedingly rich aromas of soggy oak steeped in rich malt syrups, big smooth bourbon, well-aged evergreen hops give a nice counterbalance, layers and layers of malts bring a full table of dark fruit and sugar aromas, brandy soaked dates, figs, currant, and raisins, a little smoky roast and cocoa underneath that I suppose is from the Oatmeal Stout component, currents of booze fit into the picture well, a straight oak-malt bomb with some strong American hops still clinging on, the complexity is outstanding, as far as the blending goes, the American and English barleywines are obvious, the oatmeal stout a little less so, and the imperial brown totally absorbed by the others

m: very gentle carbonation with a smooth medium-full body, almost oily

t: rich sweet malts with a gentle roast component, loads of dark concentrated fruits, big soggy oak and subdued bourbon flavors, booze warms the stomach, heavy malts with a buttery feel on the tongue, American hops with aged flavors and a moderate bitterness that builds high in the finish, much like what I described in the aroma

d: exceptional for the abv, alcohol more than present but never "hot", but a sipping beer nonetheless

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Charred chestnut that crowds the edges of the snifter so completely that no more than the skinniest sliver of scarlet is visible. Given the ABV, the persistence of the crown is a minor miracle. The foam is peanut shell in color, looks great and is more than capable when it comes to the laying down of lace.

Ten (10) is literally a mixture of an English barleywine, an Imperial oatmeal stout, a DIPA and an Imperial brown ale. That's an interesting concept that should have led to a more interesting aroma. The boozy dark fruit of the barleywine and the roasted malt of the stout come through the loudest. Edit: bourbon-soaked oak dominates once the beer reaches room temperature, forcing a score bump.

Maybe it's nothing more than the difference in acuity between my nose and palate, but this big brew has much more depth and complexity than the aroma suggested. It looks like almost two years has helped fuse the various flavors and has given the alcohol a chance to mellow a little. Drinking it barely cool is good idea as well.

It also tastes like a combination barleywine-Imperial stout. The pale malt of the DIPA isn't able to stand up to the more assertive flavors and the brown malt is dominated by the roasted malt of the stout. This is a luscious beer that is full-to-bursting with complexity.

The flavor profile includes bittersweet chocolate fudge, dark brown sugar, black currants and plums soaked in bourbon, candied cherries, orange peel and vanilla. The remarkable combination of aggressiveness and harmoniousness is brewing alchemy of the highest order. The time that it took to settle on the ultimate proportions of the component ales was definitely time well spent.

An ABV of 12.0% is akin to playing with fire for most brewers. The fact that Ten isn't the least bit hot is a testment to the skill of the folks at FWBC. What alcohol is appreciated warms the tongue, the esophagus, and the stomach like a well-aged bourbon whiskey. Like everything else about this outstanding beer, the bourbon barrels were utilized in expert fashion.

Rule of beer reviewing #6: whenever I can't come up with a single suggestion to improve the mouthfeel, a perfect mouthfeel score is in order. This one hits the exact center of the bull's eye. It's full without being heavy and is impressively silky and smooth-edged. Calling it outstanding seems inadequate, but my brain is too fuzzy at this point to come up with something better.

Firestone Walker Ten is a remarkable achievement and is this brewery's finest creation (at least until Eleven is bottled). It was probably damn good beer fresh, it's damn good beer now, and it will almost certainly be damn good beer for years to come. My advice is to snap up every bomber that you can lay your hands on.

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Photo of Viggo
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to grub for sharing this fantastic bottle!

Pours a dark red/brown, almost clear, big thick tan head forms, very tight bubbles, nice chunks of lace on the glass, insane retention, head never quits, looks amazing. Smell is great, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, chocolate, oak, citrus and floral, light roast, bread, super complex aroma, perfect combination, bit of coffee, alcohol, amazing. Taste is similar, big rich toffee, bourbon, nice vanilla and oak, very nutty, some chocolate, alcohol, very malty and enjoyable, flavours are very well integrated. Mouthfeel is excellent, medium bodied with low carbonation, some warming, super smooth for the ABV, very enjoyable. Thanks Russ!!!!

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Photo of drseamus
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

She's real fine my 409...

Tasting 3/29/08. Served side by side (and blended) with Firestone Eleven for a "verzonical". Props to the BA that coined that phrase, I can't remember who it was.

Let me start by saying that the Firestone 10.5 (the blend, as coined by Aerozeppl) was amazing...probably better than both separately.

That said, the 10 was heavenly. It pours a decently clear red with a thin off white head. The aroma is everything in one. Sweet malt with dark fruit, coffee, and raisins. Very potent aroma with a bit of bourbon in the background. It's almost like each beer provides a distinct part to the aroma without become muddled. The flavor is very strong with a bunch of oak, vanilla, good malt, dark fruit, and pretty decent hop bitterness. I'm actually surprised that the bitterness is as evident as it is. Medium bodied. Great drinkability. This baby has aged beautifully. I wish I had some more bottles to drink later.

In closing, comparing the verzonical, the 10 has much more bop bitterness and the Eleven has a stronger malt sweetness.

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Photo of grub
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

fartingdog hooked me up with this one in BC2. huge thanks to dave for this fantastic beer.

22oz bottle topped with a bronze coloured wrapper. presented in a box with a sheet detailing the creation of the beer and the various parts of the blend. sampled april 5/08 beside the eleven.

pours deep brown with a bit of garnet showing at the edges. a small dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is excellent. bourbon, vanilla, and oak in perfect interplay. i could just sit and smell this all night. caramel. dark chocolate. alcohol. bread and a bit of biscuit. some dark fruit too - date and raisin. bit of almond and nut. light earthy character. toasted multi-grain bread. i just keep going back and smelling it. truly amazing.

wow. taste is incredible too. bourbon and oak. vanilla. dark chocolate. slight toasty character. alcohol. bread and biscuit malt. bit of coffee. touch of dark fruit here too. medium-low bitterness level. some almond again. bit of caramel.

mouthfeel is great. well integrated medium-low carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is great. pretty well balanced. the alcohol is mostly balanced, but not hidden. great barrel character. great blend. this is a truly excellent beer - if only i had more! huge thanks to dave for this great beer.

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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting 3/29/08

This was tasted with Firestone 11 by its side. Question is...where do you go from here?

"Ten" is an incredibly complex beer. The aroma mirrors the taste and right off the bat you enjoy the vanilla, caramel, tobacco, chocolate, wood aging and others. The bourbon barrel isn't shy in asserting itself. Mouthfeel is refined...sophisticated...easy to misunderstand as boozy or hot. Ten is getting hard to find. I enjoyed it. But if you run across a bottle, give it a few more years before drinking. I think you'll be glad. Of course if you can't wait, it is good now.

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Photo of Avryle
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Night in the Woods" tasting 3.29.08
Thanks to Drseamus for bringing this to create a 'verzonical' otherwise known as a diagonal.

A- Dark brown with more hazing in the body compared to the 11. A small cap of head left after pour

S- Mind blowing. Phenomenally complex- vanilla, caramel, wood, plums, coffee, bourbon and more. Wow. I believe some magic may have been used in the blending of this.

T- Coffee, caramel, vanilla, oats & bourbon right up front. THere's also some chocolate & tobacco in there. Finished slightly bitter. Holy crap, this is amazing.

M- Medium-full bodied. Coats the tounge & has lots of residual flavors in th fumes

D- Sweet baby Jesus... Amazing. You could drink this all day long, contemplating life. However, it can improve... with the addition of the 11! Dubbed, 10.5, the sweet maltiness of the 11 improves upon something that's already next to perfect.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Drseamus for bringing this.

A: Deep red that is slightly cloudy. Better head retention than the 11.

S: This is the best smelling beer I have ever experienced. Then when you read it is a blend of so many beers it makes sense. I got a slight coffee smell,hops, barley wine. malt bourbon and some wood. Sublime

T: Bourbon up front then a big smack of oats. Then it goes into barley wine. Chocolate as well. So complex. If I did not know this was a blend I would have no idea how they got a beer this complex.

M:Med to heavy body. It is thick and coats the tongue. Probably thanks to the Oatmeal stout in here.

D: Amazing. You could drink this all day and not even begin to scratch the surface on all the smells and tastes on this beer. That being said we did a blend of the 10+11 and dubbed it the firestone 10.5 It killed the 10 and the 11. Long live 10.5!

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Photo of jasonm
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, handsomely packaged in gift box with the story of how this beer came about. Big thanks again to flexabull for the BC07 hookup. Poured at cellar temp into the Mad Elf chalice.

A - About as dark as could be without being pitch black. Dark luminous brown with hints of blood ruby. Pours with about an inch of light tan head, with minimal retention.

S - Sit back and soak this one in for a few minutes and allow the aromas to swim up in waves. Starts off with bittersweet cocoa powder and builds into an earthy dry oak aroma. As the oak crests, its Bourbon aspects become more prevalent with sweet vanilla and alcohol heat.

T - The flavor brings together the aroma aspects even more. Sweet chocolate and Bourbon predominate. The alcohol is not shy and does provide a spicy heat throughout. The oak is present throughout, lending a dry acidic bit hint of tannin. The finish is dry with the oak and roasted grain/hop bitterness.

M - Slick, with minimal carbonation. Alcohol is present throughout which adds a bite.

D - A sublimely good sipper. The alcohol isnt shy, but the complex flavors demand you take your time with this. Ill probably savor this one over 90 minutes or so. Wish I had more to age.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep, deep color. Not a lot of carbonation. Very complex aroma of oak, vanilla and bourbon. A brown sugary spice to it. The complex aroma is carried right over into the flavor-vanilla and oak dominate. Dried fruits, caramel and a mellow bourbon flavor all combine to form a very deep and complex flavor. Slight lingering alcohol flavor. Good body-very winey and vinuos feeling. Just an incredible beer. Probably the most complex and interesting barleywine I have had. Find some and horde some. Thanks to beerrun13 for this original Birthday Club BIF delicacy.

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Photo of Vancer
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest bw I have ever seen, almost an opaque dark brown, pretty damn fine head for a 12% hammer.

Good grief, aroma of vanilla, bourbon (Jim Beam) and roasted malts is impressive and enticing.

Holy crappola, this has aged a year and it’s still kicking ass – there is no bw to this, it’s all bourbon barrel strong dark ale. You had better like bourbon, as I do, to really enjoy this bad boy.

Mouth is soft and velvety, with a finishing alcohol glow. The vanilla helps to calm this one down.

A classic, I’m fortunate to have sampled this one, via rayjay and boolshot - Cheers!

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Photo of Floydster
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer Review #400 here on Beer Advocate, quite a milestone for me in the world of beer

For this special review, I had to track down a worthy brew and the Daily Pint was the place that provided me with it tonight, a 22 ounce bottle with gold plastic over the top of the cap was only fifteen dollars, after seeing on eBay for over one hundred dollars a few days ago, I was stoked to see it this inexpensive, got to keep the bottle but unfortunately they made me throw out the box which I found odd

Bartender gave me a Guinness tulip pint glass to pour this into, put a couple ounces in the glass at a time to really pace myself as much as possible

Color was a deep auburn/ruby red with a dark brown tint, there was chunky sediment floating throughout with a large amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, when poured there was lots of retention and it looked like a stout that had been poured agressively as far as the head looked, thick and creamy each time I poured more into the glass, left chunky light brown lacing all along the bottom of the glass, looked like a chocolate milkshake rather than a barleywine

Smell was all over the place but amazing at the same time, tons of bourbon and aromas of oak because of the extensive time this beer spent aging in it, also strong smells of vanilla and toffee

Taste was more complex than any beer I have ever had, that said there was ten different things going on, hence its name, could taste each one of the things I could smell, each sip was different especially when the beer got to its warmest, at first there was lots of chocolate and cognac type boozy tastes, then a mixture of brandy and bourbon hit my tongue, during the middle stage it tasted reminiscent of a Russian Imperial Stout as far as the coffee and cocoa aspects are concerned, then it warmed more and turned into a more candy finish with substantial amounts of different sugars, then I was able to taste different spices and more strong hard alcohol hints, after came dark fruits like plums, prunes, and raisins that you would expect from a dark Belgian strong ale, the came hints of honey and grapefruit and lemons, finally at the end I could surprisingly taste coconut and it was delicious

Not much carbonation in this one, but the body was as full as they get, taste lasted minutes and good still taste hints of the beer when I got home that night, amazing mouthfeel

For being twelve percent alcohol, this one sure did not hit me hard, it must have been since I took over an hour to drink it, the booze are hidden very well in this one and tasted no stronger than a porter or mellow stout, this stuff was not that heavy either which is what I was originally afraid of, highest drinkability for a barleywine ever

All I can say is, I cannot wait for another month until Firestone Walker 11 comes out, I could potentially buy a case of that stuff, it is supposed to be the same concept, just an American Strong Ale, simiilar to Lost Abbey's Angel's Share

This beer was in my top five of all time and it is hard to think that I will ever taste a barleywine as good and complex as this one, this blew away all of my expectations and I am very happy to get the opportunity to try this at such a low price, the ten different ingredients and ten months of oak aging did this brew justice, I could not recommend 10 anymore!

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Photo of Brewfan
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial Stout tulip. Shared with Cooperip and Magget around Cooperip's fire, before an abrupt exit to Providence to catch Queens of the Stone Age at Lupo's (thanks for the heads up Bigs!)

Dark brown body with some garnet highlights. Tan head with with decent retention. Lacing clung nicely to the glass for about 1/2 way through the beer.
Aroma of burbon soaked oak chips, vanilla, cognac, malti-booziness. Deep and rich, lucious. Every swirl of the glass more complexity becomes aparent. Now for the taste. Holy shit!!!! Starts out boozy, and stays that way. Immediate bourbon and brandy sweetness with vanilla and TONS of oak. Toffee and caramel with layer upon layer of flavor. One of the most complex beers I've ever tasted.
This was one chewy beer. Nice full mouthfeel with good carbonation. I could sip on this all day. One of the best beers I've had this year, and definitely one of the most complex I've ever had. 12% ABV didn't rear it's head until the end of the beer. Then you realize it. But even that high, it was very drinkable.
Gorgeous Barleywine. Now to find another bottle.

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Photo of Talisker
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. A sensational beer. At risk to be too much of everything, but succeeds in being a great balance of a whole lot of good stuff.

Pours very dark, but not super viscous. Medium tan head. Ruby highlights and some other translucency.

Aroma is bourbon led, but just at the edge before it's too much. There's rich malt, wine, a deepness without being cloying that is really special. The taste is almost too rich to describe -so many flavors. There's definitely some barley wine-ish/old ale-ish stuff going on, but it's accessible. Not a difficult beer - anyone with an appreciative palate could enjoy Firestone 10. As it warms, many new flavors come to the fore - candy, toffee, chocolate - but nothing overpowering.

The alcohol warmth is there but not unpleasant. This is a sipper. Finishes soft and gentle, definitely wants you to savor the next drink.

A magnificent achievement from Firestone Walker. This is drinkable now, but will probably taste great over the next several years. I can't wait for Firestone 11.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to solomon420 for the chance to try this brew.

Pours a dark brown color almost black with a caramel and reddish hues. Thin bubbly light brown sugar colored head. Not much retention besides the small bubbles. Vanilla bean, booze soaked wood chips, caramel, and slight molasses notes. Hops are a bit masked but play a supporting role.

Smooth body at the outset with a slight crispness that tickles the back of the throat as it goes down. Ever so slight boozy presence. Thick and malty with caramel, molasses, and thick brown sugar. Hop bitterness has a nice bite leaving a leafyness on the palate. Pine and citrus notes are present, but are a subdued a bit. Juicy and boasting with booze soaked wood and thick licorice. Not as big on the palate as I'd thought it'd be though it's still very bold. Coats the mouth and leaves a softness. Abv of 12? where? GOes completely masked except for a bit in the nose and slight notes at the back of the throat.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I broke out this bottle for the Sopranos finale and I shared it with a couple friends. The color was a dark, dark brown, almost black. There was a short head of tan bubbles. The smell was woody. The taste had oak, vanilla flavors, and I tasted components of the different beers. It was weird how one minute I thought it was an imperial stout and the next I was tasting some IPA hoppiness. The flavor was really strong and one friend said"it's like a punch in the throat". Not sure if that is good or bad. I thought this one was pretty good but one sample was all I really needed. I couldn't see myself purchasing this with any regularity (even if I could).

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to IntriqKen for this birthday present. Beatifully presented in a box with a detailed explanation of the making of this beer.

Pours with good carbonation for a barrel aged beer, it appears to be a dark, ruby-tinted brown. Smells of boozy fruits, the oak is apparent.

This is one of the most complex beers I have ever had. Rum soaked raisins and cherries upfront, some twisted blend of roasted malt is the next layer down. Tobacco, slight anise, and a variety of chocolate flavors from milk, to dark in the middle, and dry cocoa powder on the finish. Bourbon and brandy flavors toward the finish, and then vanilla and dry oak. Hops are apparent at various points in the background, they are tough to pinpoint. Drink this beer at room temperature, BTW.

If you are wondering what people mean by thick and chewy, taste this beer, then you'll know. You have to swallow like four times for every sip you take, each time a new layer of flavor emerges. I will savor this bomber for a while. And then, I must find more...

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Photo of Sammy
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I lost my note of whom I traded with, what a find. This beer is everything, a yummy drinkable barkeywine, with an exceptional complexity of bourbon, whisky, vanilla, and wood. A strong ale, this is an evening 12% and it is drinkable yet deserves sipping, after several minutes of aroma.. All kinds of hops, spearmint, peppermint.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to TheKegergator for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice deep dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, some islands and sticky lacing follows. The nose is sweet, bourbon, oaked, malts, vanilla, and some caramel. The taste is very nice, sweet, nice touch of the oaked bourbon, some vanilla, malty, and nice touch of caramel. This brew is awesomely balanced, ABV hidden very well, slightly dry finish. Medium body, very complex brew. Very drinkable, very tasty, hopefully I can get some more some day, highly recommended.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Mom for bringing me a bottle from Cali!

Served in a brandy snifter. Appeared to be bottle conditioned.

Deep chocolate brown. Lively carbonation to start. This beer had legs that stuck to the sides of the glass. Great aroma, lots of vanilla, American hops and a hint of alcohol.

Full bodied. Tons of malt and plenty of hop bitterness. Long dry finish with lingering chocolate and vanilla. Oak is there along with bourbon, but it is not overwhelming. This is a very complex beer. Serve at cellar temps to really enjoy. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My 500th review on BA! Thanks to mcallister for sharing this tasty brew. 22 oz. bottle, 12% ABV. Pitch black in color, with some sediment floating around the bottom of the glass. Thick tan head holds together well for a few minutes, then trickles down to a thin layer for the remainder of its life. Quite a stout-like appearance.

Aroma of oak, vanilla, roasted malts, and dark fruit. Great layers of smells here, none seem to dominate. Some alcohol notes as well.

Very thick, chewy, and coating. Oak and vanilla flavors seem to linger on the palate forever. Roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee flavors combine with a good amount of citrusy, piney bitterness. The oak and vanilla come in at the end to lend another layer of complexity. Some warming alcohol presence. Full body, and appropriate carbonation. What a super beer. A lot of stout/porter feel, with the back end of an American barleywine. Great sipping beer. Wonderful.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that takes me to Afficianado status!

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a modest head (high abv, remember) that splotches the chalice; the head retains as a swirl of foam and can be stirred up at will to provide a fresh head

Smell: Bourbon, oak, vanilla and a leathery aspect infuse the aroma

Taste: Up front with a rich flavor combination of dark fruit and coffee that is joined by oak, vanilla, bourbon; fruity flavors (citrus, now) emerge by mid-palate; after the swallow, the woody flavors and the bourbon jump to the fore and are joined by some milk chocolate, vanilla and coconut through the finish, which is still a bit hot

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and moderately carbonated; considerable warming on the finish

Drinkability: Here's where I struggle with this beer; there is a ton going but I don't find myself enthralled; I just feel it is going to take a while for all of this to come together; wish I had another bottle to set aside for a few years because this could become something really special.

Almost sorry I drank it so soon; thanks again to my trading buddy, Boolshot

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Photo of mcallister
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500th review brew. As a wine lover I have really been looking forward to this beer!!

Deep mahagony with ruby/scarlet glowings. Much darker than I though it would be. Head pours large and thick but fades quickly. A nice mocha shade with very little lace expect for a high ring around the collar. Many little floaties wonderously roam wherever they may see.

Nicely oaked with toasty vanilla. RIS aromas abound. Hints of brown sugar and mollasses. Brooding dark fruits of black currant, black cherry, dried raspberries, bitter chocolate, and a slight roasty accent. However nothing is overly dominate and things are laid back.

Another 5 years will do this beer wonders. Huge a pure monster. Reminds me of a young 1st growth Bordeaux. Out of control and wildely complex. Thick, sticky, chewy, and gooey. Alcohol is very present in the mouth but falters in the chest and throat. This is a beer is so complex and young things aren't as put together as will be in a few years. Such a chewy mollasses filled mid-palate. Full of dried smyrna fig, with a mission fig sweetness. Black currant and black raspberry lie deep. Oak and vanilla coat the entire palate. A bit of brown sugar. Dry bittered hop finish lasts forever showing piney and hints of floral signs. Bitter cocoa. Can't wait to try this in a few years when it mellows out to let things fall into their own and really see what this can do.

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Firestone 10 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.24 out of 5 based on 150 ratings.
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