Firestone 22 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.31/5
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Firestone 22 - Anniversary AleFirestone 22 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
44% Stickee Monkee
22% Parabola
22% Bravo
7% Rum Barrel-Aged Helldorado
5% Gin Barrel-Aged Helldorado

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
91
pDev:
6.03%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
26
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Grinky
4/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2018 Vintage, pours ink black with a 2 finger creamy tan colored head that was full of tiny bubbles, dissipating slowly and leaving good spotty lacing clinging to the glass after each sip. Nice looking for an American Strong Ale.

Smells of caramel, rye, toffee, peppery spices, dark rum, tobacco, brown sugar, light vanilla, oak/charred wood notes, candied sugar, faint molasses, dark fruits, a malty sweetness and merlot. Like XXI last year, it smells like a barrel aged barleywine with no major bourbon barrels influence besides the vanilla. It seems like the rum and gin barrels played a bigger part in the nose with a sweet, fruity complexity blending everything into a malty barrel aged blend of all 5 beers.

Flavor is complex and very much resembles the aroma with sweet malts, caramel, rye, toffee, dark rum, tobacco, brown sugar, vanilla, oaky notes/charred wood notes, Belgian candied sugar, molasses, dark fruits, some kind of red wine, gummy bears, syrup soaked bread, piney notes and light peppery spices, then some form of booze which seeped in from all those different barrel blends. Some dark fruit like raisins come out more as it warms, but like the nose it's like a barrel aged barleywine with no major bourbon barrel influence besides the vanilla and really faint coconut.

Overall another really enjoyable offering which was nice and complex like the prior anniversary blends. The 2017 release was quite boozy and a bit harsh when it was young, but this bottle is quite smooth right now with a perfect feel and zero alcohol burn. I'm looking forward to seeing how this ages and will crack my other bottle open at the 1 year mark.

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Photo of Mikexw
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a light creamy head. The beer itself is a delicious looking very dark brown that is opaque but seems to be nicely see through at some angles. The smell has a good bourbon note to it that mixes well with the sticky monkey. The dark fruit and caramel note comes nicely. There is a slight sweet chocolate note that pops out a little but the bourbon and caramel dominate. There is a bitter floral grapefruit note along with the maltier notes. The taste is a bit more interesting and complex. In addition to the bourbon note, there is a bitter floral resin hop note that comes along with a decent sweet dark chocolate at The she’s. The dark fruit notes are still the center piece but are surrounded by some interesting notes. Sweet overall but not undrinkably so. The beer has a heavy body but is extremely silky that makes it very drinkable. The carbonation is light and fuzzy but ticklish and good. Overall, one of if not their best one to date. Extremely drinkable and dangerous.

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of micada
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So glad to be finding these big name, big hype beers. Poured room temp hard to a tulip glass. This one is a dark burnt copper color. Head is under one finger fizz that burns to nothing immediately. Not much for legs or lacing. Nose is complex: sweet burnt caramel, bourbon, rum, gin. First sips follow accordingly. I’m a big Stickee Monkee fan, and you can tell that’s the prominent majority mix. The Parabola bourbon comes in strong second, with the RIS adding body without being out of place. I’ve never had Bravo, so I can’t tell how that synergizes, but the Helldorado rum and gin are very present aftertastes despite the low mix ratio. Alcohol has no bite, but wow it has a fast warming effect. What a nice beverage. The boxed series is cool as it is, but the anniversary blend adds a nice personal note of the beer’s history from the brewmaster. Get if you set it.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of admonster00
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NCSapiens
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emyers
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifterZ

Dark brown with a thin odd-white head.

Nose: mostly dark fruit and bourbon, raisin. Subtle dark chocolate undertones. Complex.

Taste: Stickee monkee definitely dominates with dark fruit and bourbon up front. Parabola doesn’t register much. Interesting spice note presumably from the gin on the finish. Finishes somewhat sweet.

Feel: smooth, low carbonation, medium-full body.

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Photo of SpaethJam
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpd026
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 5toutman75
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Map Room Chicago. Pours a nice deep brown with lacing that stays. Smells of bourbon and caramel sweetness. The sweetness comes through in the taste for me the whole time. I like it, but it might be a bit much for the whole 10oz pour. There are a lot of flavors going on that I really like though. It’s really nice to sip slowly and enjoy on a cold night. Worth picking up and I’m glad I have another one for saving at home. Love love that they went to the 12oz bottles awhile back for their BA beers now.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look forward to these each year. It's very unique and this year's is a little bit of a departure from previous Anniversary editions. I definitely has less parabola and thick feel. Still a great blend of tastes.

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Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crobinso
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buck89
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Teku glass. A moderately hazy copper-brown color with a small tan head. A bright and complex aroma with cherries, floral notes, caramel, vanilla, and bourbon. The taste was close to the nose with all of the above flavors. I also detected a hint of juniper from the gin barrel. Really complex and the flavors came out distinctive and not muddled. Slightly hot on the finish. This was full bodied but clean and not too sweet. Outstanding.

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Photo of Dark_Scarecrow
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.66/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with rose hues and minimal head and lacing. Smell is barrel and sweet syrup/molasses. Taste is roasty, malty, sweet and boozy. Feel is super smooth for such a high abv, slightly oily, not a very big body. Very good, but I'm glad I got a second to age for comparison.

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Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luckydog91
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Firestone 22 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 91 ratings