Firestone 22 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Strong Ale - American
4.36 | pDev: 5.5%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 20, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Firestone Walker tulip. Pours a very dark mahogany brown and a quarter finger dark khaki head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of caramel, molasses, figs and raisins, a little dark malt and bourbon bourbon. Flavor is semi-sweet dark caramel malt, bourbon, dried plums, vanilla, dates, raisins, a little rum, oak and milk chocolate vanilla and oak. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Immediately upon pouring, I knew Stickee Monkee was the dominant component. There is a very light dark malt flavor from th Parabola and hints of rum from the BA Helldorado; not getting any gin. This has become my new years eve ale for a good reason. The flavor is well integrated, made up of five excellent barleywines and stouts/brown ales. Each time I have this I can't help but think about how much fun it must be to decide on the balance of components. They really can't go wrong, and always seem to do it right. A fine, world class strong ale. Happy New Year.

Jan 01, 2019
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IKR from California

4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: From FW XXII Anniversary Party

Appearance: Dark-brown color with some ruby highlights. The beer has a medium-sized beige head that gradually faded to a ring. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Moderate Bourbon, fairly prominent brown sugar/toffee notes, moderate vanilla and mild brandy-like notes. The barrel elements typical of past FW anniversary beers feature prominently in the nose.

Taste: A complex palate featuring Bourbon, brown sugar/toffee, mild vanilla notes, mild brandy/rum, tannic oak notes from the bal-aging, and mild roasted malts notes. The beer starts off somewhat sweet and finishes fairly dry with the mild roasted malt notes and tannic oak notes. Like FW XX and FW XXI, FW XXII features a mellow finished taste profile right out the gate. The alcohol presence is very subdued in this beer.

Mouth-feel: On the lighter side of medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Overall: The Firestone Walker Anniversary beers are one of my favorite American Strong Ales. FW XXII features a complex tasty profile the result of a great blend various FW beers. I know what I like and this flat out works for my tastes.

Nov 05, 2018
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BAsbill from California

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Aug 20, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear deep dark mahogany brown with a thin tan cap that falls away quickly. Nice legs when swirled. Aroma is boozy and full of sweet caramel malt. Flavor is sweet, caramel and molasses. Bourbon and rum are also very forward. Feel is medium bodied. Overall a wonderful sipper.

Apr 12, 2019
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Kdouble from Tennessee

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 23, 2020
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 18, 2020
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rbrefbeerman from California

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 03, 2020
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gelasin from California

4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 02, 2019
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Feb 26, 2020
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 23, 2019
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captainkrad from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 24, 2019
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alexsergio from New York

4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 06, 2019
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Jimmy_Kneecaps from Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

An opaque dark brown with lighter brown around the edges. One finger of light tan head recedes quickly to a thin bubbly ring around the outside. Sweetness hits you right off the bat. Nose is sweet toffee, dark candied fruits, and brown sugar from the sticky monkee and some rum hints without the booze. I’ve never had gin but my wife says it can be sweet as well. Taste is off the chain and layered with so many flavors, I’m gonna have to put on my @superspak hat to solve this puzzle. Some heat initially from the alcohol, dark fruits again, sweetness again, some coffee sometimes on the finish. Flavors seem to change with every sip but never disappoint. Some warming as it goes down, which I like with these high ABV brews. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation, just a little fizz. Overall this is fantastic and my first run in with the anny ale has been an enjoyable one!

May 12, 2019
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Viaduck from California

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle on a box with a lengthy note from the brewmaster. Dark reddish brown body. A rough pour will produce a little head, blink & it’s gone. Sniff & it tells you to expect a delicious dessert, vey sweet: brown sugar,vanilla, oak, toffee & bourbon. Taste: pure sweetness, no bitter, no salty, no sour. Flavor: yes plenty of it & plenty of variety-it is a blend of 5 excellent brews. To the implied flavors add: caramel, raisin, plum, maple & gin. Medium thick viscosity,very smooth, no detectable carbonation but playoffs alcohol heat. I’m a fan of high ABB & sweetness & with the great flavors supplied I have to give this a high rating.

Jun 15, 2019
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jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 20, 2019
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user785335 from Florida

4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 20, 2019
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brenn79 from Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle- Pours dark ruby red to brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is strong, barleywine, fruity, figs, leather, slightly boozy but mellows as it warms. Cream like feel in my mouth, with chocolate, vanilla and just a smooth malty finish. Divine and delicious, hard to compete with FW's barrel beers.

Jul 07, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blue Coast, Rehoboth, DE.
Pours an opaque brown/mahogany color with a minimalist head, given the amount of booze, and some light lacing. An inviting looking brew.
Rich malt aromas of toffee, caramel, honey, bready and biscuity and sweet cereal grain. The barrel aged aromas yield woody notes of bourbon, gin, rum and vanilla.
Sweet and decadent flavors of molasses, honey, caramel, brown sugar. Boozy notes of dark fruit, plum, cherry, vanilla, bourbon, gin and rum. The rich bready and biscuity malt taste is complimented by a touch of roasted malts and chocolate liqueur.
Full bodied with a gentle carbonation. Definitely a sipper due to its boozy qualities, strong alcohol spice and dessert like sweetness. The finish is dry with a clean alcohol spice and moderate bitterness from the hops and roasted malts.
Complex and full flavored with a big alcohol warming. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Apr 30, 2019
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Kurmaraja from California

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 12, 2019
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GoneARye from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark Brown with mild lacing. Swirling the glass shows off this beer's stickiness. It doesn't have legs but it does linger for a bit as it falls back into the beer.

S: vanilla, burnt sugar, and oak. Sweetish on the nose but inviting, a promise of toffee.

T: vanilla and wood, with stone fruit coming through and definite Candi sugar. Very mild leather notes as well.

M: chewy and thick for sure with a slickness. Some mild alcohol heat and spice too. Gentle carbonation on the finish brings the full flavor to life.

O: A great anniversary blend. The gin barrel really brought something special to this blend and i wish i had bought more

May 19, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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czillmer from Texas

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 16, 2019
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morimech from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Definitely a blend as I am unable to identify any of its individual components. Getting a lot of bourbon barrel and oak sneaks in the finish. I taste molasses, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, cocoa, booze, and wood.

Apr 13, 2019
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
Firestone 22 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 230 ratings