Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 11 - Anniversary AleFirestone 11 - Anniversary Ale

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

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.

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3/5  rDev -32%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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3/5  rDev -32%

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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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.37/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a pour of a bottle split between four people. Thanks for the pour Joe.

The pour is a dark brown, with only small bubbles surrounding the edge of the glass. The aroma is very strong, and the most powerfull character is an aged, oxidation aroma. At this point the oxidation is a bit much, and I'm guessing its because of the storage conditions of the bottle. There is also a liqour like aroma, and a bit of hot alcohol fumes.

The flavor is rich and sweet, and again has a big oxidation character. I had a hard time figuring out the beer so I took a quick look of the contents of the blend. Most of the beer is an imperial brown, which lends a toasty nuttiness to the flavor. It is aged in a few different barrells that previously held an assortment of liqours. I couldn't figure out the flavors each liqour brought to the beer, but it's probably because I don't drink these liqours. I'm a beer guy. There was a burning sweetness that probably came from the barrells, and a bit of oak.

The mouthfeel is not very thick despite it's abv and richness. It's lowly carbonated, but has more carbonation than the appearance would lend you to believe.

Overall, I think this bottle would have been better at an earlier time, or if it was aged in better conditions. My overall impression was that this beer is rich, old, and boozy. I probably would have appreciated it more if I understood the characters the barrell aging brought to the beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.38/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for opening up this one, Mike.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a thin, bubbly, light khaki colored head.
S: I get hints of nuts, wood, sweet caramel and a bit of oxidation. Doesn’t smell bad.
T: Caramel, toasted malts and toffee come through the most, but I get flavors of brown sugar, chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla as well. Oxidation is very light but noticeable. The aftertaste is lightly warm with booze.
M: Medium-thick body, syrupy mouthfeel, with a touch of alcohol heat that is still present after all this time.
O: Better than 10 at this point but not the best, or even second best, of the series. A good beer on its own though, but I wouldn’t sit on this very much longer.

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3.44/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. The pour is clear brown with not much of a head. Smells of piny hops with some booze and sugary malts. Tastes about the same but is pretty easy to drink. I'm not sure why this one is all that special though. Nothing that makes this stand out.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black color with red edges and a thinner dirty white head. Dried dark fruits, sweet caramel, hints of malt chocolate, notes of wood and vanilla with some bourbon and booze in the back. A fair bit of chocolate and vanilla, smore esq. with slightly burnt caramel and toffee, notes of oak and fair presence of bourbon with a semi hot finish. The body feels a little thin in the finish with a moderate carbonatin and chewy body. Well integrated, might be a touch over the hill.

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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

Photo of Crosling
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color. Nose needs more power, but does have some pleasant notes of bourbon and dark malt. Flavor is nicely balanced, but doesn't have the richness or complexity I'd prefer. It does have a nice finish, with lingering notes of chocolate and nut, but needs more depth initially.

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Not cheap - $22 or $23, I forget - but well worth buying a few at this price.

Pours a nice mahogany/dark brown color, quite clear and with a half inch of rapidly receding tan foam. Some lacing left over the top quarter of the glass, after that none. Looks pretty nice.

Nose is nice too. Not over the top, and it isn't quite wowing me, but very enjoyable. The bourbon is of course quite evident, and the alcohol makes little effort to hide. In fact, inhale deeply enough and I feel a little burn. I dig it. A vague sweetness, some vanilla and charred wood aromas well beneath the bourbon, but noticeable nonetheless.

Pretty sweet beer. That goes for the flavor, and could be a one-word review. "Sweeet!"
Very much like an imperial brown ale, which I suppose makes sense as that is what most of it is. The alcohol remains at the front but usually manages to avoid being a distraction. I can't avoid calling it "hot" though. I think this one will get better but it is already quite good. In fact I believe the alcohol levels have helped keep the sweetness in check. Likewise the bourbon/brandy flavors are everpresent but seem to meld nicely with the rest of the taste. If I could I'd call the taste a 4.25 out of 5. Really nicely done.

Carbonation is low but seems appropriate for the brew. A little sticky. Very warming. A little less sweet and it could get away with being a bit thicker in body. As it is it isn't very full...some will even call it downright thin.

I'm not having any trouble at all verrry slowly sipping this beer. Very enjoyable but no desire to put this one down any faster. the alcohol heat is still a bit much. Without even thinking about the high price and low availability this one is only average in drinkability.
Recommended. And I think it'll get better too.

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

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3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this side-by-side with 10, 12 and 13; this one was holding up fine and should be good at least another year (as opposed to the 10th)

Appearance: mahogany/brown/black with a small head

Smell: Molasses, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla, oak

Taste: Toffee, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisins, figs, vanilla, bitter chocolate

Mouthfeel: Better carbonated than the 10th, also not as hot.

Drinkability: I think of 10-13 this was the only one we actually finished, I liked it the best. Still, that isn't saying much and I was not blown away or impressed.

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Firestone 11 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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