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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
400
pDev:
8.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/11/11 notes. On tap at NOTB up in Boston.

a - Pours a black color with less than an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, tofee, and caramel malts. Lots going on but well balanced. Smells great.

t - Taste mirrored the nose; lots of bourbon, oak, and caramel malts. Also some roasted malts, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and dark fruits. Again, very balanced and enjoyable; not too boozy.

m - Full body and low carbonation, thick and chewy mouthfeel. Very light alcohol heat, but great for a 12% strong ale.

d - I really liked this one; if the FW 14 morphs into this, I'll be very happy I have a few bottles of it. It wasn't overly boozy, and the smell and taste had a lot going on. Would love to have again.

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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 punkrkr27
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany pour with a small head. Heavy charred oak in the aroma with a strong vinous note, tobacco, leather, chocolate and alcohol. Big, oaky red wine note up front in the flavor, with long notes of tobacco, pine tar, dark chocolate, cherries, creamy vanilla, and a hint of bourbon. Oily, full body with moderate carbonation. This stuff is just massively complex and yet still has a great subtle balance. Fantastic!

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

Pours a straight black, with a little thin head, quickly dissapates.

Aroma is sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, figs, deep and malty, some booze and alcohol, definetly a powerful aroma.

Flavor follows the aroma, deep dark malt with dark fruit, booze, lots of sweetness on the back end, very smooth for its size.

An extremely tasty beer, reminds me of a modified abacus (duh). glad I have multiple bottles of this!

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared by Diomede. Almost black in appearance, with a small tan head. Smooth aroma that has less spirit influence than 12. There is a surprising smokey and burnt wood quality, chocolate, oak, wine, caramel, and burnt sugars. A little bourbon is evident, but is far from making a dominant impression. The flavor is very smooth already, with nice chocolate malt sweetness, lighter bourbon and whiskey, dried fruit, oak, and some vinous tannic and fruity touches. Full bodied and smooth with almost no alcohol bite at all. I had been saving a bottle of 12 to do a side by side, and the comparison is really making me want to lower my score of 12 because this is so much better. It has at the same time a more pronounced dark chocolate flavor, and more vinous and oaky nuances, without the hot alcohol and bourbon flavors that are more dominant in 12. Out of the last three blends, this is definitely my favorite, and they really took it to another level this time.

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Photo of davod23
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Glad to snag a couple bottles of this. Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass.

It pours a clear near-black with chocolate brown highlights. A two-finger tan head emerges rapidly, but just as quickly dies off to a collar. Nice.

Smell is quite good. Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, oak, and alcohol heat. Surprisingly understated though - these aromas play off in the distance. If everything was a bit more up-front, I would probably give this a perfect 5. But then, maybe I'm just too much of a peasant to appreciate the subtleties.

This tastes excellent. The first thing that struck me was just how chocolaty this brew is. It's very surprising, and unlike any of the other Firestone Anniversary ales I've had so far. Even 12, which was about the same proportion of Parabola as this one was (so far as I can remember). Rich, artisanal dark chocolate plays the key role, with vanilla, oak, (very slight) heat, and some sweet dark fruit (dates?) playing supporting roles. Very nice. Brownies! That's it, there is a definite brownie component to this brew. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is similarly good. It's somewhere between medium- and full-bodied. Sticky, with a long, lasting hot chocolate finish.

If it wouldn't ruin my day tomorrow I could drink liters of this stuff. It's not too hot nor too sweet to be tough to drink. My half of the bottle was gone much faster than I anticipated. Offhandedly, I would say that I enjoyed this more than the FW12. My experience with FW10 and FW11 has been a little more limited, so I am not comfortable with making a comparison with those brews.

In any case, this beer is excellent. Well worth the price tag. Matt and Co. do not disappoint. Now, for f*[email protected]'s sake, bottle Parabola already!

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Malt & Vine. Complete with fancy box and everything. This was my Christmas gift to me.

A- Pours a beautiful inky black with garnet/ruby highlights through the edges. Very clear and translucent. Minimal tan head on initial pour quickly recedes to almost nothing. Better head/head retention would have pushed this to a 5.
S- Wow. Bourbon, bourbon, and more bourbon. Some faint oak character but you can guess what stands prominent in the nose.
T- Hello! Heavy (yet tasteful) bourbon up front, that quickly leads to some faint roasted/chocolate notes. As the beer warms up a bit the barrels really come out and you can detect oak, vanilla, etc. Clean, yet complex. One of the best bourbon-barrel-aged beers I've had to date.
M - Yeah, it's cliche, but smooth, velvet, especially at warmer temps. Heavy to medium body, which is great for a beer of this magnitude. Not too thick, and nowhere near too thin.
D- Ok. On one hand I want cases and cases of this in my cellar. This is delicious. On the other hand, after one bottle I'm done for the night. This would be the perfect beer to share with one other person or would be the ideal nightcap.

Overall - Finally. A highly touted beer that more than lives up to its hype (especially after the sadness that was "TREAT" last night). Heavy on the bourbon yet tastefully done. Smooth, complex, and just plain delicious. The alcohol is perfectly hidden, and makes this a fantastic candidate for cellaring. If it were any less of a beer it would not be worth the pice tag paid for admission. Highly recommended. Maybe one day I'll have the fortune of trying the 12th, 11th, and/or 10th.

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Photo of pwoods
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to swnicholson for the bottle!

22oz. Brown bottle poues inti a chalice.

A: poured a deep brown, almost a loose black. Decent wispy head on the pour with a little bit of retention... Lots of barrel. Some lacing.

S: Soft but rich bourbon aroma with loads of deep barrel. A good healthy smokiness holds maybe a touch of smoky bacon and covers up some of the vanilla sweetness.

T/M: Great stout flavors with plenty of barrel flavors. The bourbon and brandy blends get a bit lost but still come through at times... More of just a bigger alcohol presence. More of the smokiness and light bacon, especially as it warms. Deep, rich sweetness, molasses. Body is medium full with some Belgian light carbonation.

D: Drinks incredibly well for 12%. Very tasty brew.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep and black... "strong dark" as a style is a bit of an understatement. Forms a decent head which does come down quite quickly - acohol can play into that a lot. Keeps a very bubbly collar and a little spotty lacing down the glass.

S: + T: These are very difficult for me to cover with such complex brews. The solera process has intrigued me as of late, and it tends to add a magical touch to a beer. This is no expection. Big oakiness, lending a wonderful vanilla aroma - tobacco, and some peppery scents along with some lighter notes of maple and caramel. Notes of dark fruits - plum or fig, coming out more in the flavour.

M + D: Certainly a calm sipping beer, and wonderful w hen shared with good company. Rich, full-bodied, more viscous than creamy. As far as cost goes (at least on the East Coast), I question paying double digits when there are also other good beers out there for under $10. This one fits the bill of the few that would be an exception. An excellent beer, and worthy of the praise it receives.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

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Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle split with crazeguy and t0rin0 tonight.

A: The pour is just about black with a thin layer of dark brown colored foam.

S: The smell is quite similar to Parabola. A lot of smooth bourbon, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and a bit of oak. There is also a bit of alcohol, but not very much at all considering the blend and the ABV.

T: The flavors are quite similar to the nose. The initial sips seem a bit boozy, but this quickly dies down. The dominant flavors are chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt. There is a bit of alcohol and oak, but surprisingly balanced for its (young) age.

M: The body is quite full and the carbonation is moderate but quite proper for the beer.

D: I thought this would be a bit hot and tough to drink at its young age, but it is quite an exceptional beer. This one will surely get better with age, but it will be tough to keep my hands off of.

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 400 ratings
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