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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour courtesy of wethorseblanket at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy tan head that fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a woody finish on the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to clockworkorange for bringing this one to Stakem's Fish Fry.

A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white / tan head leaving very thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon. Some definite oxidation creeps in at the end of each sniff but that is to be expected.

T - Starts off with lots of sweetness - mostly toffee, brown sugar and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and some light bourbon warmth. Little to no booze and only a marginal amount of oxidation present. Finish is a little sweet, lingering on the pallet for only a short period of time after consumption.

M - Full body with a nice mild sweet flavor and moderate carbonation. Very little, if any alcohol is left and only a marginal amount of oxidation.

O - This one has held up surprisingly well. It still had all of the flavors I was expecting and the oxidation, while present, wasn't overpowering. Glad I finally got to try this one.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to stawn for sending me this bottle, old enough that I figured I might not get to sample it after missing a post-Great-Taste vertical this past summer. And lo! here it is. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pours are spring, muddy brown. Nose is the weakest part of the game, bits of bourbon, sweet malt, chocolate coming off the surface.

I was a touch afraid that Firestone Walker XI had gone south, but lo! incorrect. Bourbon remains the top dog here in a very interesting way - not the hot-shot of alcoholic swoon, but a slow, building fire that only fully arrives somewhere in the small intestine. Brown sugar runs throughout, big vanilla, hair-dryer oak, rich milk chocolate, deep malts. Bourbon drapes the afterburn. Ridiculous. Drinkable? I could happily drink the whole damn bottle, then kill a small mammal for another.

After four years plus, this beer retains an amazing taste profile (hey you dumbasses who say don't age bourbon barrel beeers, you're just wrong!). Never had this fresh, so I can't directly compare, but this is an excellent beer that would be proud to live on in the company of any of the series.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

133rd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. I opened this bottle at bspringer's birthday celebration. An epic night for sure to celebrate his golden day of birth!

A: Light brown. 1.5 (light tan) fingernail head on vigorous pour. Not what I was expecting, but I'll go with it.

S: Dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, plum, and toffee. A lot going on here...

T: Initially I wrote "hot", but after much thought...it's not that - just complex. Layers upon layers in this beer. First it was caramel, oak, and fig. Then it was plum, cinnamon, and toffee. Finally it was cloves, molasses, and caramelized brown sugar. Oh so nice!

M: Full bodied with medium carbonation.

O: This beer surely warms the soul (in a good way). The booziness is comforting, but the complexity is very nice. Many different layers and this beer changes quite a bit as it warms. I could definitely stand to search for another!

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3/5  rDev -32%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of iD9
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a cognac snifter.

Appearance: Looks opaque, but upon closer inspection is a hazelnut brown with a slight copper tinge in the light. Minimal head formation and retention. Viscous on the walls of the glass.

Smell: Immense notes of bourbon and vanilla. Hints of chocolate. Definite heat from the booze. Yum, smells tasty.

Taste: Malty and chocolaty. Bourbon isn't as strong as I was lead to believe! A very subtle beer. You can tell its mellowed out a ton over the years.

Mouthfeel: Rich, thick, full and creamy. Yum~

Drinkability: Infinitely drinkable. Waaay easy.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass form a 22oz bottle.

Pulled form my cellar.

A - Pours a nice rich dark caramel color with some nice slight reddish hints. There is a nice thin but dense light tan head. It is about .25 inches tall. It recedes at a fairly quick place and leaves a ring around the glass.

S - Aroma starts off nice and sweet. Brown sugar and molasses. There is also some maple syrup notes. The boozy and Bourbon notes seem to have mellowed because its not as intense as the 15. There is definitely some Bourbon and oak notes in the nose. There is some slight cinnamon and slight vanilla notes as well. Nose is also a bit spicy. It is pretty mild nose for the style IMO.

T & M - Starts off with some nice strong molasses notes mixed in with some nice sweet and strong Bourbon notes. Tons of dark fruit that I couldn't quite pick up on the nose. The beer is surprisingly smooth for 11% and for the barrel aging but its also been aged for about 4 years. There is definitely some nice prune notes as well as raisins and some mild licorice. There is also some nice woody spice and slight cinnamon. The finish is a bit drier than expected with some slight buttery sweetness to the end of it.

O - Pretty good offering. It definitely mellowed with age but all the flavors are in a better balance now. They all work so well together. base don the blend the lighter mouthfeel is probably due to the brown ale. Its definitely a good brew but should have a better mouthfeel for the style IMO.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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