Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - Anniversary Ale
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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
228
Ratings:
403
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Photo of Mauerhan
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken off of two tasters from Haven Gastropub or as my good friend says Gastropub Haven...like a wonderland for gastropubs...

Pour is a very dark rich brown full of ruby highlights and a nice one finger cream/ khaki head. Looks good. A decent amount of lacing. a good looking brew.

Smell is very sweet. Hit by waves of brown sugar/molasses. black licorice and vanilla. Nice barrel sweetness on it. I dont get as much booze off the scent as I would have thought or come to expect from the other firestone anniversaries. Pleasant on the nose but a touch to sweet for my tastes.

Taste is damn good. Smooth vanilla. Wonderful amounts of rich dark belgian chocolate/ bitter cocoa. Obvious wood tones. I pick up alot more alcohol in the taste/mouthfeel than I did off smelling it. creamy caramel as well. A good tasting beer.

Not crazy by any means but still a damn good beer and I will gladly buy a few bottles to see how this develops and what shifts in this beer.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed 5 oz. pour at the Firestone 13 release party down at Gastropub Haven earlier tonight.

A: A basic black barrel aged beer that had hints of reddish brown when held towards the light. The cream colored head was appealing, and there appeared to be some lacing along the sides of my tasting glass.

S: Bourbon, wood, brown sugar, molasses, that is backed up with subtle notes of chocolate and some sort of dark fruit (perhaps anise).

T: The flavor profile is more or less the same as the aroma indicated. The chocolate and a sweet brown sugars seems to jump out a bit more. The finish has a slightly 'burnt' quality as well. Overall, all the flavors blend together quite nicely and resembles more of a stout character than any of the previous Firestone annivesary ales.

M: A full-body beer that is creamy at first, but then leaves the mouth feeling a bit dry.

D: I recently opened up a bottle of the Firestone 12 and found that a lot of the alcohol flavors I experienced before...still there. This year's blend has less of this quality and more ready to drink as well.

Overall: #1 Firestone 11, #2 Firestone 13, #3 Firestone 12 (Have no idea where FW 10 ranks...since I haven't had the pleasure of trying it...and really want to. LOL.). A must try. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

9oz consumed in a snifter next to 12 after a 10-12 vertical at Stone's Firestone Walker night on 11/13/2009. Pours near black crowned with a creamy toffee head. Decent retention, scattered lacing.

The nose opens up with a nice mild roasted malt character and light coffee with a touch of caramel. Dark fruits are present, as is vanilla. Molasses is far off in the distance. As the beer warms, the coffee that seemed dominant at first fades to the background and caramel comes through stronger, and the beer is better because of it. Light notes of brown sugar and oatmeal are evident, and I detect oak, coconut, and maple. There's no astringency or harshness from any element, but the booze has room to mellow. Bourbon adds a nice complexity. Nice sweet caramel toffee coffee booze nose. Near the end, the coffee was hardly noticeable.

The flavor is strong booze with less coffee than I detected in the nose. I notice brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and vanilla. Bourbon comes through nicely. Sweetness is at a moderate level. Booze is prevalent in the flavor and there's a lot of room for aging. The finish is moderate brown sugar caramel sweetness with a potent level of heat.

The mouthfeel is creamy, silky, and smooth with low moderate carbonation that is perfect. This beer will age well.

Bottle consumed on 12/06/2009 and poured into a snifter. Pouring the beer myself, the head that appears before me is a massively thick two fingers. Lovely. Retention is excellent.
Changes:

+.5 Appearance
-.5 Mouthfeel (I don't know why I gave it a perfect 5 to begin with. I can' justify that)

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 403 ratings