Firestone 22 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 22 - Anniversary AleFirestone 22 - Anniversary Ale
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 5.52%
Ratings:
248
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 16, 2022
Added:
Oct 05, 2018
Wants:
  6
Gots:
  31
SCORE
96
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Firestone 22 - Anniversary AleFirestone 22 - Anniversary Ale
Notes: 44% Stickee Monkee
22% Parabola
22% Bravo
7% Rum Barrel-Aged Helldorado
5% Gin Barrel-Aged Helldorado
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4.3 by Budlum from Maryland on Jan 16, 2022
 
4.21 by jak from North Carolina on Jan 01, 2022
 
4.4 by mdfb79 from New York on Jan 01, 2022
 
4.31 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 06, 2021
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4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Guaro from Italy

Dark mahogany with slight ruby ​​reflections, not very abundant and persistent foam of beige color.
The scent is very intense and elegant, molasses, caramel, coffee, cocoa, ripe cherry, light toasting, typical oak notes of oak, vanilla and bourbon.
On the palate, the entrance is sweet, greedy and decadent, molasses and caramel, coffee and cocoa, raisins, followed by delicate notes of roasting, wood, vanilla and an infinite ethyl embrace of bourbon, rum and a touch of dryness given by gin. Final with gentle bitterness. Soft body but not totally full, low carbonation.

Oct 04, 2021
 
4.69 by arzt from Russian Federation on Aug 22, 2021
 
4.02 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Aug 15, 2021
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by joaopmgoncalves from Portugal

Bought at CoolaBoola Bottle Shop. Poured into a BrewDog snifter.

A: The body is a rich dark brown with some purple hues that's highly interesting. It's not thick as a stout and is not light as porter but it gets stuck somewhere in between.
S: The aroma is very good with hints of brown sugar, molasses, light malt roasting, vanilla, deep dark berries and with just a small note of oak.
T: The taste surprisingly takes me back to some dubbels and quads from Belgium, with notes of molasses, toffee, caramel, brown sugar and huge punch of alcohol in the end.
M: Body wise, it's medium high with a very reasonable carbonation for a 3 year old beer. Alcohol is felt throughout the beer though it's not overwhelming - which is incredible running at 12.7% ABV. Bitterness is mild. Sweetness is medium high.
O: First time having an Anniversary Ale from Firestone and I'm delighted to do so. The beers these guys brew are pretty awesome.

Jul 22, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Reddish brown/mahogany pour with scant tan to khaki head.
Nose of toffee, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and bourbon (with a bit more bourbon!).
Tastes of caramel toffee, molasses, raisins, dark fruit, vanilla and brown sugar sweetness. The bourbon is present also on the palate, carrying a bit of woody boozy heat.
Medium full mouthfeel with tingling carbonation - sweet brown sugar and bourbon booziness linger nicely with warming effect.

Jul 18, 2021
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4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a one finger creamy tan head. Nice soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, molasses, oak and bourbon.

T - The taste is brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, raisins, dark cherries, vanilla, oak, rum and bourbon.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - Another really tasty anniversary beer from Firestone Walker. Tons of flavors going on and yet everything works so well.

Jun 24, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours a syrupy murky reddish brown, minimal foamy head. Great aroma of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, candied dark fruit. Flavor is sweet brown sugar, bourbon barrel, sweet but nicely balanced. Booziness is not overwhelming. Fairly thick and viscous, syrupy. Overall this aged nicely, is delicious.

6/21/21
12 oz bottle, 2018 vintage
4.5 rating

Jun 22, 2021
 
4.25 by TylerJ from Iowa on May 18, 2021
 
4.42 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Apr 16, 2021
 
4.2 by SayBoom from Ukraine on Mar 29, 2021
 
4.72 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Mar 17, 2021
 
4.5 by BKotch from Texas on Mar 15, 2021
 
4.75 by BrookW from Virginia on Jan 11, 2021
 
4.21 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Dec 26, 2020
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4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by icecreamcake from Korea (South)

Simply excellent output from Firestone.

Nov 14, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

Bottle Date: 2018
Palate Contaminants: tres leches for dessert

Clear, but yet dark enough to begin to obscure things after 3-4 inches. Not cloudy at all. Fine head goes away quickly. So, points for uniqueness on the initial thing.

Smell is heavy on molasses, anise, and Brazil nuts. Butterscotch and cinnamon. It's really savory, which isn't that common for the nose. It's just so deliciously woodsy and nutty. I'd actually maybe go with pecans as the main one. Sweetness is moderate. Anise ramps up as it warms.

The taste is more nondescript wood, although it's not charred. What nut remains is toasted hazelnut. Anise is much more present in the taste than the smell. The taste also has some bitterness that isn't usually in these anniversary brews. The flavors are so heavy that it buries the moderate-heavy sweetness. Alcohol is also definitely present, and that's what knocks it down a notch.

Alcohol continues in the aftertaste. It's usually not a big deal, but it is at the point of being detrimental here. The wood and bitterness continue to echo, and they do play pretty well together, which isn't always the case. The carbonation is very fine and very nicely integrated.

So overall, pretty good compared to everything out there, but a little below the mark that FW usually hits with this series.

Nov 11, 2020
 
4.6 by dazedman from Virginia on Oct 20, 2020
 
4.44 by ckeegan04 from Texas on Oct 04, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Dark,dark brown with a tiny bit of head. Smell is boozy, malty goodness. Brown sugar, rum, molasses, banana bread. Very interesting and complex on the nose. Taste heavily mirrors the nose. Boozy rum up front, with the brown sugar / molasses following right behind. Nice and complex, with several layers. Medium feel / carb.

Sep 24, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by larryi86 from Delaware

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A-Dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head.

S- Dark fruits, bananas, chocolate, bourbon, hints of rum and gin, brown sugar.

T- Dark fruits, chocolate, bananas, vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, some plums and cherries, toffee, hints of rum and gin.

M- Smooth, medium to full body.

O- Being 44% Stickee Monkee the Quad/Belgian flavors take center stage, but the other beers add a lot layers to this. Another tasty anniversary from Firestone Walker.

Aug 11, 2020
 
4.08 by EdFed from Illinois on Jul 27, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

2018 Bottle:
L - Deep brown with light brown/amber highlights and a tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a thin cap
S - Sweet malt up front and throughout along with hints of rich rum, spices, charred wood, smoke, tobacco, bourbon, dark fruits, figs, raisins, some nuttines and hints of caramel as well.
T - Incredibly complex but largely follows the nose: Sweet malt and rich, sweet bourbon and rum up front and throughout followed by notes of sweet caramel, figs, dark fruits, raisins, spices, vanilla, and coconut intermix with a charred wood and smoke finish. A slight hint of alcohol on the backend.
F - Full bodied with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O- An incredibly complex American Strong Ale - the flavors really opened up after 2 years of aging this one.

Jul 17, 2020
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4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DoctorZombies from Florida

At 57° pours ruby brown with excellent clarity; fast, fizzy light tan head disappears quickly leaving a thin incomplete ring, no cap, no lace; heavy legs and some micro dots of lace on swirl. Bourbon nose becomes phenolic as beer warms; boozy rum on exhale; semi sweet malt. Rum up front, followed by spicy gin, bourbon, semi sweet toffee, vanilla and oak; no hop flavors, no bitterness. Medium minus body; moderate minus carbonation; smooth mouth feel; warmth from 12.7% abv; slight boozy burn on tip of tongue; almost dry and yet creamy at the same time. Overall, balanced but boozy; gin and rum linger; amazing how such a small percentage of spirits compete with bourbon barrel notes; easy to drink as this blend feels thin, but taste reminds me to sip; barrel flavors dominate the malt backbone, yet I’d be happy to drink again.

Jun 28, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by cjgator3 from Florida

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is wonderfully complex and something that I could hold my nose to all day long. Dark alcohol soaked fruits, tons of barrel notes, just fantastic. The taste follows the precedent from the aroma and surely doesn’t disappoint. Sweet bready malts make way for some booziness in the finish. Overall, this is a fantastic anniversary ale for a great brewery. Here’s to another 22 years!

Jun 28, 2020
 
4.42 by AWA from California on Jun 24, 2020
 
4.33 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on May 20, 2020
 
4.59 by dsshuck from Delaware on Apr 22, 2020
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4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark brown that pulls up just shy of black, revealing a little ruby tint to the edges when held against the light. Evidence of some lighter ales in this mix. Head is a finger of khaki foam that retains well. Considering this is a 2018 anniversary ale, and is being consumed in April 2020, that's a good showing. Aroma is jam packed with notes - toffee, raisins, fig, clove, caramel, molasses, charred coffee and roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts. Barrel character is prevalent, adding some char and bitterness along with a little woody oak to round it out. One thing is for sure - complexity is huge. Sweetness with a twinge of bitterness. Flavor profile is raisins, toffee, fig, caramel, molasses, chocolate, maple syrup, roasty coffee and roasty, toasty, nutty and caramely malts. Woah - huge! Some big sweetness characteristics right up front, and while they remain all the way throughout, they do subside slightly towards the finish, allowing the bourbon barrel to poke through. It is dessert like, but with the bourbon sear at the end, keeps the sweetness from lingering. Mouth feel is medium-thick that expands to a more full thickness as it warms. Texture is crushed velvet with a light siltiness, adding a little presence to each sip. Overall, depth and complexity is huge here, and yet it all works together well. It's sweet, hot and yet still bitter, netting out a noble balance.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz bottle. Poured and reviewed on 4/19/2020; 2018 bottling.

Apr 19, 2020
 
4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 19, 2020
 
4.15 by rbrefbeerman from California on Apr 03, 2020
 
4.27 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Mar 27, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/28/18. Had 7/28/19.

Pours a dark garnet/brown, mostly clear, with a half inch head and some spotty cling. Aromas of caramel, malt, figs, bourbon, oak, coconut, toffee, vanilla, some chocolate, plums, dates, light rum, some brown sugar, light coffee and raisins, light char, tobacco and some leather as it warms. Smells wonderful. The flavor tastes as good as it smells- bourbon, rum, plums, caramel, toffee, vanilla, prunes, brown sugar, oak, dates, figs, less coconut, light gin, some chocolate, a little tobacco and leather. Light alcohol warming, a little herbal on the finish. Smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

A cornucopia of terrific aromas and flavors, and the barrels shine without dominating. The rum really shows well for being such a low percentage of the blend. Definitely one of the best years I’ve had.

Mar 26, 2020
 
4.28 by Dmbphoenix from New York on Mar 08, 2020
 
4.69 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 26, 2020
 
4.32 by impending from California on Feb 17, 2020
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3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by FLima from Brazil

Brown color with a thin head.
Aroma with notes of molasses and wood.
Flavor with notes of citrusy and grassy hops, molasses, wood, rum and raisins. Dry, sweet and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 12.7% is perfectly hidden.
Sweet Strong Ale with rum notes and backed by American hoppiness.

Feb 05, 2020
Firestone 22 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 248 ratings