Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
11%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 9.57%
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
76
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 04, 2019
Added:
Dec 01, 2007
Wants:
  311
Gots:
  35
SCORE
97
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Notes: None
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Reviewed by ReDave from California

3.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This is an old beer. Mostly kept in proper stasis. But a little past prime. A little flat. Still quite drinkable. A little pruney. I might have another hidden away, will try to find.
Mar 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.68 by Dirtyhands from Maryland

Apr 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by tbone1384 from Wyoming

Nov 03, 2016
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Rated by Can_has_beer from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
From bottle, June 3rd 2016. Definitely past its prime. Flecks of black sediment, lots of oxidation, cigar tobacco, twigs and shitty honey.
Jun 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.64 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Jan 20, 2015
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Rated by atrocity from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Surprisingly, this one still holding up well after 7 years.
Jan 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.88 by GClarkage from California

Jan 16, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Sanderson from Washington

Sep 22, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by wethorseblanket from California

Sep 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by Oakhtar from California

Aug 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by klipper from Michigan

Jul 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by JRod1969 from New York

Jun 13, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by yourefragile from District of Columbia

May 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

Apr 10, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by GRG1313 from California

Apr 09, 2014
 
Rated: 4.25 by zestar from California

Mar 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by rbrefbeerman from California

Nov 27, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by drummermattie02 from Texas

Nov 25, 2013
 
Rated: 3.5 by EB1 from California

Nov 24, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Nov 18, 2013
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to callmecoon for this long-time want. Pours the color and clarity of cola with no head. Nose suggests burnt molasses, brown sugar, ethanol, vanilla and coconut notes - definitely allow the beer to warm to open up the nose. Taste expresses coconut, cocoa, vanilla and ethanol. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with a still carbonation. I had the opportunity to try this beer 4-5 years ago and was utterly blown away by it. That said, it has continued to hold up extremely well, but it is definitely on its way down the other side of the slope. The oxidation imparted in the beer right now is pleasant and nicely adds to the complexity; however, in my opinion, drink it within the next 12 months before it starts to fall apart.
Oct 07, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by BColton1 from Rhode Island

Oct 06, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by CityofBals from Illinois

Sep 12, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by DLucky from Florida

Sep 04, 2013
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Reviewed by joe1510 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
22oz Bomber

I got this treat in a trade awhile back from errantnight, way to come through Derek! Firestone's 11th Anniversary brew appears solid black in the glass but the closer it gets to the light the brighter mahogany highlights I get until they glow ruby when directly backlit. A light pour upfront didn't bring much of a head so I got a little more aggressive and wound up with a quickly grown two finger beige head that fell to a half finger cap rather quickly. Peaked sheet lacing gets left behind after each drink making for a great appearance.

Wow! The nose on this brew is potent, rich and complex. The complexity is so much that I can't even begin to describe all the smells coming from this snifter. Silky oak in the form of vanilla, caramel and crystal maltiness, bourbon, mild coffee grounds, and mild chocolate all play roles in this brew. Each swirl brings roastiness to the top and the bourbon brings enough alcohol fumes to tickle my nose hairs. Even with this huge melting pot of aromas nothing is out of place and they all seem to be intermingling seamlessly. I don't want to pull my beak from the glass but of course I need a drink.

The first couple sips of this brew I took were merely good. After another 15 minutes or so of warming they have become excellent! This blend is heavy on the RIS as far as I can tell with roasty malts, dark chocolate and faint freshly ground coffee laying down the base. The bourbon and oak are both big with buttery vanilla and bourbon that seems to bring some heat to the back of the throat. Caramel sweetness pops up here and there along with what tastes to me like crystal malts. The RIS and barrel ageing are what take the cake and that's perfectly fine with me. The overall flavor of this beer is big and in your face with so much dense complexity it'll make you think.

The body was close but not quite where it should be when I first opened the bottle after about 30 minutes out of the fridge, but now after about 50 minutes from the fridge it's hitting its stride. The body tips the scale toward the heavier side while the carbonation adds both creaminess and a slight airiness. The clean booziness doesn't hit until the throat where it warms me up every sip.

This is a huge beer with huge flavor. It's so complex and palate destroying that a bomber is all I could or would want to handle in a sitting. This is a beer to sit and contemplate while you try and pick apart the blends.

I'm glad I got the chance to try this deliciousness. Unfortunately it was my only bottle and I already want more. Firestone, in my opinion, is one of the most consistently good breweries in the country. Thanks for the bottle Derek; I owe you big for this beauty!

Reviewed: 11/29/08
Aug 19, 2013
 
Rated: 4.5 by peensteen from Canada (ON)

Aug 12, 2013
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
FW vertical sampling at Luda's annual cellar clearance, thanks Ben for bringing this one!
Served in a mini-nonic, quick review from transcribed notes.

A similar appearance to the 10 that preceded it, dark brown color, murky with suspended sediment, larger bubbles clustering in a ring around the edges. Minor spotty lacing after each sip.

Smells like dead (autolysed) yeast, lightly musty.

Thinner feel and a llght astringency puts a slight damper on it, dark fruit notes of plum and fig. Lightly bitter, with some nice barrel character. Hardys-esque, leather, prunes, port flavors. Overall slightly different from the 10, the sharp feel is less appealing though.
Jul 28, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Jul 15, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by imperialking from Illinois

Jul 03, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Jun 21, 2013
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Reviewed by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
What a blending, elements of a strong ale, an imperial stout, a barleywine. Orange, oak wood, vanilla,booze. Black with a bubbly head. Bourbon aroma. A smooth drinker. Slightly sweet finish.
Opened at My 58th Birthday Bash., with fond memories of 2007.
Jun 21, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jun 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4.25 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Jun 15, 2013
 
Rated: 4 by RBassSFHOPit2ME from California

Jun 05, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by SpdKilz from Illinois

May 28, 2013
 
Rated: 3.75 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

May 25, 2013
 
Rated: 4.75 by Absolut from California

May 14, 2013
 
Rated: 3.25 by BMart from Pennsylvania

May 08, 2013
 
Rated: 3 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

May 07, 2013
Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 249 ratings