Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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302 Ratings
Firestone 12 - Anniversary AleFirestone 12 - Anniversary Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by barleywinefiend on 11-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
302
Reviews:
186
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
9.79%
 
 
Wants:
350
Gots:
60
For Trade:
4
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to a few BAs for this.

A. Poured in to my Portsmouth snifter. Poured like cola, minimal head, no lacing.

S. Heaven!! Toffey, vanilla, oak.

T. Oh yeah! Tobacco, bourbon, oak, caramel, vanilla, coffee.

M. Thick mouth coating, sticky sweet, warming alochol.

D. This is a wonderful beer, worth all the hype. I could drink this all the time.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Great brown/black with a thin brown head, amazing deep earthy color.

S: Fantastic complex rich earthy chocolately malty smell. Just an amazing delicious smell.

T: rich, bold, complex, coffee, leather and malty. Fantastically delicious and very very well integrated, less boozy than the FW13 is right now and far more complex. More pronounced flavors than the 11 is right now.

M: smooth and rich, viscous and perfectly carbonated.

D: very easy to drink. the perfect blend of flavors.

Absolutely delicious, great complex flavors while not being overwhelming, perfectly balanced, drinking perfectly right now.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first perfect score. This may be the best beer I've ever had.

Pours near-black into a snifter. Tight, tan one-finger head fades fast, leaving a thin collar behind. Spotty lacing. Incredible nose, hints of caramel, toffee, butter, cream, oak, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, and coffee intermingle, none dominating any other. If this were the last thing I ever smelled, I'd die happy. Cocoa, caramel, vanilla, coffee and oak are the main flavors on the palate. As it warms, more flavors come through; maple, cinnamon, coffee, and bourbon. The depth and complexity are astounding, yet everything is balanced very well. Medium-full body, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. Barely any hint of alcohol. It's a sipper, but I could sip this all night.

This is a beer that deserves your full attention to really appreciate the subtleties and complexity. If my supply disappeared, I would sell my soul for more. I suggest you do the same.

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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Toronado last night in a firkin, along with Firestone 10. As expected, this was great. Darker than the 10, perhaps black. The base beer is Firestone's Parabola stout. Though it's blended with Saucerful of Secrets, Opal, and Rufus, according to the sheet handed out by a Firestone rep at the event. Taste is oak, coffee, vanilla, and a little more hoppiness than the Ten. abraser and I agreed that this tasted "younger," in that it seems built to improve significantly with additional age. Almost like a young wine, a little rough around the edges yet. Thankfully, I picked up a couple bottles to go, so look forward to trying this again down the road.

Update: Had this a few months later and it's mellowed out perfectly. Very prominent coffee and chocolate flavors. Delicious.

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.39 out of 5 based on 302 ratings.
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