Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - Anniversary Ale
BA SCORE
95.7%
Liked This Beer
4.39 w/ 399 ratings
Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - 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 Todd on 11-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
399
Liked:
382
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
8.43%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
287
Gots:
138
Trade:
8
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dleiner
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting better, as the vertical goes up. Holding up against the 11 and 12. Still not godly, but showing nicely.

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Photo of Boilerup
4.41/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

39%- Porabola (13% ABV) - Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout - Aged in Bourbon Barrels
24% - Bravo -(11%AVB) Imperial Brown Ale - 2 Barrel varieties Bourbon and Brandy 50/50
15% Velvet Merkin (6% ABV) - Traditional Oatmeal Stout - Aged in Bourbon Barrels
6% Opal - (11%ABV) Wheat Wine- aged in rye barrels
6% Rufus - (11%ABV) Continental Imperial Amber Ale- aged in rye barrels
6% Double Double Barrel Ale - ( 10.9% ABV) - Double Englis Pale Ale - 100% aged in FW union retired barrels
4% Saucerful of Secrets (9% ABV) Belgian Strong Ale - Aged in bourbon barrels.


22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Out of the bottle towards the glass it's a dark cola brown color but as it pools up in the glass it becomes black and you can't see through it. Still there are some slightly lighter areas producing some slight brown highlights on the side. Slightly darker than kaki colored head with small and medium sized bubbles that sticks around a good portion of the session. Decent lacing and has a nice syrup effect after each sip. It's a good looking beer.

Smells awesome. Sweet aromas of vanilla, molasses, dark grain, ripe and not quite ripe plumbs, and a bit of leather and sweet tobacco. Some hard alcohol aromas, bourbon and a dark rum blend.

Taste is truly outstanding, I absolutely love it. Lots of vanilla, bourbon and bruleed caramel. There's also some sweet toffee flavors but there's a fruity element with flavors of dried plumbs and maybe even some raisons. A lot of natural sweetness, but there's a natural earthiness to the flavor as well. Roast grains, but there's a hop flavor as well at the end especially when it reaches room temp.

Mouthfeel is pretty near perfect, especially considering the style. Full bodied with some nice lingering flavors for several seconds. Nice natural sweetness, very smooth in the middle and has a nice warming finish at the end. A pinch of heat at the end, I wouldn't describe it as "hot" though. Very drinkable beer a very easy sipper. Firestone killed this one and it aged extraordinarily well. Wish I could find more of this one.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extremely drinkable for alcohol strength. Velvety, creamy mouthfeel, well-balanced with rounded malt up front, could use a few more years cellaring (4-6) to round it out a bit.

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Photo of ReDave
3.92/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I found this in the back of 'deep storage'. These Anniversary Ales started tasting like pruney strong ales, and this may have been the last year i bought.
This seemed to hold it's age well, maintaining a pretty complex taste.
I'm thinking it might have been a little low carbonization to begin with, and it surely lost some on the way, but maintained enough effervescence to bring out the flavors well. Not much lace however.
As the beer warmed up, it was very drinkable, and hid the higher alcohol well.
Some bourbon, wood, and sweet flavours, very nice.

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Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mythaeus
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevlee722
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Svyturys30
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kplooki
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vande
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of aquazr1
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely fallen off, which is too bad for my first time having it.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atrocity
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vertical ten to eighteen. This one was past the prime.

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

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ScottO
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dwagner003
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of LakerLeith
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95.7% out of 100 with 399 ratings
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