Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 11-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
187
Ratings:
303
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
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348
Gots:
59
Trade:
4
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Photo of scootny
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A super dark brown liquid that looks black. Wisp of carbonation on top after the small head fades. A little lacing and syrupy stick traces of the what is obviously a thick brew.

Nose is sweet with lots of dark fruits and thick toffee like malt construct. Bourbon and vanilla flow into cherries and pepper from the fusel vapors.

Taste is surprisingly barleywine like. With huge notes of toffee and dark fruits. The bourbon gives an added depth and complexity that offers vanilla, cherries and oak. Also the lovely surprise of a mocha like chocolate coffee infusion that I guess comes from a base brew that leans in the direction of a RIPA but not quite. while there is definitely some heat it is tamer than you might expect and is well integrated into the overall profile. Hops are very well done, with earthy fuggles being a large presence. Finish is longish with notes of alcohol, dates, raisins and the sweet brown bread in a can from B&M.

Feel is thick and syrupy with a mild and tingly carbonation. Surely a sipper. Surprisingly easy to drink.

After 10 years thesis a great treat. Lovely.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.67/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For a FW Anny, this is pretty harsh. It did not hold too well. It's better than the 11, but has seen many better days. Consumed June 2016.

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

Photo of greg4579
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The old girl was still kicking. At this age it has everything to do with handling. I would not let this go too far longer.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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3.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Weird notes on smell and taste

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2.98/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Too far oxidized for this one.

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Bottle opened on 6.21.14

Smooth bourbon, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, nice.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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3/5  rDev -31.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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2/5  rDev -54.2%

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 303 ratings