Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 11 - Anniversary AleFirestone 11 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zorro on 12-01-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
248
Reviews:
172
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
9.52%
 
 
Wants:
319
Gots:
34
For Trade:
3
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tbone1384
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.08/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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3.64/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, this one still holding up well after 7 years.

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3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.41 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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