Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary AleFirestone 12 - Anniversary Ale

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

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.

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2/5  rDev -54.4%

Photo of atrocity
2.98/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Too far oxidized for this one.

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.12/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Weird notes on smell and taste

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black liquid with hints of red on the edges and a slightly bubly tan colored head. The nose has hints of peat, notes of caramel, some dried fruits, light dark malts and an almost vinous quality. Dark fruits are brighter in the flavor, plums and figs, hints of ash and notes of roasted malts, light chocolate and bourbon with a bitter aspect with a thin finish. Medium body, light carb and slightly oxidized.

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Photo of craytonic
3.3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted side-by-side with 10, 11 and 13

Appearance: coffee/brown/mahogany, decent head and lacing

SMell: Caramel, fig, bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, raisins

Taste: Toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, oak, booze

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, alcohol is a bit harsh

Drinkability: I did not notice any big differences between FW 10-13, they range from OK to slightly better to my palate. THis one was a bit hot, although most of them were to some extent.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of sweemzander
3.61/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. I believe thanks go out to John or Jim for sharing this one!

(A)- Pours a dark brown; almost black color. A decent tan head that dissipated after awhile.

(S)- Kinda closed. Some roasted bits and some raisins. Touch of heat.

(T)- Some rich nutty hazelnut and vanilla caramel and molasses. Still a bit hot.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. As mentioned before, it is a bit boozy, but otherwise a good rich, malty sweet monster.

(D)- Good, but a tad sweet and boozy for my taste. Maybe another 6 months could help this one out?

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3.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours nearly black and opaque with some ruby hues at it's edges. A large one inch light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention. No real lacing is left behind.

The aroma is decent. It's fairly boozy, but I get a good dose of vanilla and oak, with a touch of caramel and phenol.

The taste is ok, but a bit of a disappointment. It's slightly bitter, with a bit of a dying hop presence, a bit of a phenolic quality, a ton of booze, and a big dose of oak. No real pleasing flavors are available.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied, and is slightly slick and creamy. Carbonation is very low, with a gentle bubble giving a bit of a tickle at the back of the throat.

Drinkability seems low. The alcohol is high, and it's very apparent in every sip. The flavor profile is lacking pleasing qualities. I just don't get this beer. 11 was much better.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.67/5  rDev -16.4%
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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Photo of Murchmac
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is that guy from the bachelor the same dude that is Firestone? Either way, this beer is better than the show.

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights, frothy tan head. Look out for the yeasty sediment crap that can float on down like a disneyland snow globe.

Smells of strong bourbon up front, makes way for vanilla, dark fruits, coffee, toast. Smells a lot like the 11.

Straight up bourbon taste, bleeds into melted chocolate, hops, roasted coffee, burnt toast. Very complex, the bourbon dominates like Buster Douglas against Tyson.

Warming alcohol numbs your head and coats your throat, bourbon chocolatey coffee tastes linger like Piston Honda. Very complex, good, but not great, yet. I liked it but would let it chill for 4-5 years and see what happens.

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3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, dark brown hue with a thin, frothy, off white head.

S- Smell is deep with hints of plum, fig, caramelized sugar, a little mettalic

T- Taste very round, hints of spices, rum soaked raisins, brown sugar and rounded out with a bit of roasted malt / coffee flavor at the end. Very balanced and full but not nearly as complex as some other big beers.

M- Thick with medium low carbonation.

D- Very big, thick, and sweet with alcohol that is pretty "in your face". I really don't think I can justify the retail price let alone some of the ridiculous markups (not that i graded it down for this, just thought i would mention it).

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Photo of trappistlover
3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(sampled at Dak's Final Four Tasting, courtesy of Rusty!). Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma has loads of bourbon, vanilla and wood. The taste is sweet with bourbon notes. Medium bodied with an oily texture. This is a nice beer. Thanks Rusty!!

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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