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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5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from bring many moons ago. Thanks for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Drunk in comparison with FW 13th Anniversary

APPEARANCE: Exactly the same as the 13. Transparent black pour yields a medium sized, medium looking, light tan head with good retention. Black, transparent body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to light wisp and ring. A splotchy wisp and ring remain and leave dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Big bourbon, oak, vanilla, coconut sweet cream and dark chocolate on the nose. Very aromatic. Light espresso as well. Really nice, bold, with lots of barrel and dark chocolate. Just like the 13 but a touch bigger.

TASTE: Big beer for sure. Bourbon and oak up front, with sweet cream and milk chocolate at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish with more barrel character, oak, vanilla, sweet cream and alcohol. Nice layers of bitter, pure chocolate, licorice and a touch of roasted grain offer a solid foundation. This is very similar to the 13 with the same stout-like base beer harmonizing really well with the barrel.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers on the palate. Identical to the 13.

OVERALL: A wonderful creation all around. I can only assume that this blend worked out so well that FW decided to do the same thing for their 13th Anniversary, as the two beers are virtually identical on the senses. A very robust, stout-like base beer lends a superb foundation for the bold and complex barrel components. Really enjoyed this and would love to drink it, or the 13 for that matter, over and over again. Thanks again for the beers bring. This was really good.

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4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tasted this as part of a flight at an epic bottle share. The review is from my notes, based on at least 1 ounce and at most 2 ounce pours. In most instances this would be an insignificant sample size but considering the fact that I could quite possibly never even see this beer again, well, I couldn’t pass it up. [This is my standard intro to my tasting notes from the series.]

This pours a stout-black with some foam. For the age it appears to have not suffered in the least. I found a great aroma on it with some coffee roast and dark chocolates, with a touch of vanilla buried underneath. Great flavor, with a dark chocolate and some coffee balanced by a hint of white oak, tobacco leaf and vanilla. A pinch of boozy heat reminds you of its strength. Tasty and no I’m not going to even try to rank them.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz brown bomber, bought upon release in November 2008, stored in decent conditions since then.

A: Mahogany hues, small off white head & bountiful tears on the glass.

S: Having a hard time detecting any distinct aromas, just booziness and a bit of plum.

T: A wonderful blend of plums, tobacco, coffee, chocolate...and wood.

M: The carbonation was minimal but still ample enough to help this elixir reach its potential. Definitely dry as it seeps down the gullet.

O: Meant to be consumed fresh perhaps, but holds up extremely well after five years of cellaring at 70F, including one somewhat climate controlled cross-country move from California to Texas in our backseat.

Consumed and reviewed after watching the Avery video on the pros & cons of cellaring. See this BA thread "Avery Brewing on Cellaring Beer, Do you agree or disagree?". I was curious to see how this held up after 5 years in my possession. Verdict: Still awesome.

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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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