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)

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Added by barleywinefiend on 11-09-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, vanilla, wood, bourbon, and brown sugar. 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 very good beer that is really tasty and highly drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While I thought this was made better than the X and XI, I did not enjoy it as much as the other 2 because its basically a stout. Still a great beer though. Tried it last Wednesday at Stuffed Sandwich and then again Friday night at Blue Palms. Both out of bottles.

Pours dark brown, murky, tan/brown head, nice lacing.

Smells of chocolate, roasted coffee, alcohol, oak, and whiskey. The other things that I knew should be there were not but showed up in the flavor.

Flavor is sweet yet very dry, heavy on the chocolate and roast, moderately boozy (about the only negative of the beer), nutty, very oaky and whiskey-like, and crystal maltiness. Very complex. It also tasted old, in a good way. No idea how long this beer has been aging but I can't see this beer getting too much better than it already is.

Body is medium/heavy and its not overly carbonated. Smooth and very drinkable. Good, not $20 good, but very enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes, thanks Jay for the sample...

Black with woody brown edges, a tan skim of latte foam leaves a persistent ring around the edge. Aromas of bourbon, cookie dough, and dark chocolate. Wham! Rich chocolate and vanilla, coconut, brown sugar, and light oak flavors. Superior quality barrel showcased here. A long finish with notes of bitter chocolate and earthy hops. Full bodied, fudgy, a dry bourbon finish without the spicy burn. A very tasty sipper that's probably best shared.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: With a hard pour, the coffee colored liquid generates a small, beige head that fritters to a ringlet rather quickly and leaves more legs than lace

Smell: Caramel and graham cracker, with coconut, fig and a bit of vanilla bourbon underneath

Taste: Graham cracker malt, up front, with a burgeoning fig flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the vanilla, bourbon and coconut flavors; rather boozy, both before and after the swallow, when the flavors coalesce into a long-lasting and balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderately low carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: A year or so of aging has helped settle this one down, though I can tell it has quite a few years ahead of it for those who are patient

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4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gravity pour at Toronado in San Francisco, poured from a cute little 5 gallon firkin. Pitch black in appearance, low carbonation and not much head to speak of. The aroma is rich and chocolatey, infused with a strong undercurrent of spirits. The taste follows suit, drinking like a liquid oatmeal chocolate cookie. The presence of wheatwine and Belgian ale in the blend adds an interesting fruity complexity to what would otherwise be a fairly straightforward barrel-aged stout. It's got a slight boozy kick to it, but I didn't find it a detraction at all, and I can see this stuff being incredible with a few months of age.

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4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a layer of light tan head. Good retention with some lace. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma: Rich and malty with some heat showing. I get a nice dose of bourbon and oak. I also get some vanilla. Some nice caramel sweetness with some roast and chocolate. Very nice aroma.

Taste: A bit more roasted and chocolate comes out here. Big bourbon and oak. Caramel and vanilla sweetness. It is warming. It has a bit of toffee as well. A bit hot, but good.

Mouthfeel: Warming and smooth. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with a lot of booze showing.

Overall, this is a great beer, but it is still hot. I have had it multiple times and I always say it can still use some time. How much time does it need? I like it, but it needs to lose some heat.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Tasted side-by-side with the 11 and 13.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin head and a bit of retention. A few bubbles here and there as it goes down. The nose is roast, bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a tad bit of chocolate. The taste combines everything quite nicely with a bit of vanilla and chocolate coming through atop the oak. Feel has gotten a bit thin and actually has a moderate amount of booze still. Not quite as good as the 11, but still quite tasty.

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of atrocity
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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3/5  rDev -31.4%

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2/5  rDev -54.2%

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4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Chocolate-covered fig brown with rust orange and cherry red accents at the bottom of the glass. The outstanding looking crown is a thick slice of golden brown sugar colored cream that doesn't look like it will fade in this lifetime. That's a remarkable achievement considering the double-digit ABV. Gossamer-like sheets of currently unbroken lace are now decorating the glass as well.

The nose is akin to an especially black licorice-like Belgian stout. It's incredibly powerful and speaks of good (make that great) things to come on the palate. No alcohol is noted, which is yet another impressive feat. Warming opens things up even more, which didn't seem possible on first sniff.

Historically, the Firestone Walker Anniversary brews have been blends of four different ales. XII is no exception. Its components include Parabola (Russian Imperial stout), Opal (wheatwine), Bravo (Imperial brown ale), and Saucerful O' Secrets (Belgian quadrupel). Let's see what this potentially devastatingly delicious exilir has to say for itself.

Wow! This 2008 offering may the best in the series to date, and that's saying something. First of all, any concerns about aging and whether this was the right time to crack the crown should be laid to rest. This beer is drinking beautifully right now and should last for many more years to come. Yeah, it's still *very slightly* warm, but show me a 12.0% ale that isn't.

It's impossible to pick out the contributions from the component beers, so I won't try. In any case, the end result in an incredibly well-integrated concoction that delivers the best attributes of several different styles. This beer's depth is unfathomable and its complexity is mind-boggling.

Flavors include dark chocolate-dipped figs, dates and raisins soaked in Sambuca, coffee, bourbon whiskey and brandy. There are caramelized sugar, vanilla bean and toasted oak notes galore, which adds immeasurely to an already jaw droppingly delectable brew. Let's not forget the dark berry vinousness of a large shot of tawny port. My oh my... oh my!

The mouthfeel, once I wrest my attention away from the taste bud extravaganza, is out of this world. It's big beer thick and chewy and heavy creamy smooth and silky. We might have to invent new adjectives to describe what goes on in the mouth with each upending of the glass.

Both Firestone X and Firestone XI were great beers. Firestone XII is transcendent beer that makes me glad to be alive with functioning taste buds. This is easily numero uno for 2010... and I seriously doubt if it will be challenged for that spot over the next several months.

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/25/11 notes. Huge thanks to nimbleprop for busting this one out; thanks Mac. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. No lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet chocolate, and rich chocolate. Smell is really good.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts, and light fruit.

m - Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation, smooth, thick, and creamy body Light alcohol warmth keeping it from perfect, but a very good mouthfeel.

o - Overall this is a great beer. I had heard this was starting to go downhill but I really didn't see any signs of that. I was lucky enough to try FW 13 at NOTB last month and to me, this was very similiar. Both flavors seemed to have a lot of Parabola going, which is great in my opinion. Would love to have again.

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Firestone 12 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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