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Firestone 13 - Anniversary AleFirestone 13 - 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 Todd on 11-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MASPuros
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown with a little light head

Smell: Oak and Vanilla ... some faint smoke in the background

Taste: lots of malt, Vanilla, slight smoke and oak. All smells come through in taste. Its a bit hot but with some time should mellow out.

Mouthfeel: not as thick as 12, but flavor is there. Was expecting a bit more thickness to coat the mouth better. This is the only area a bit dissapointing.

Drinkability: The thin body does make it drinkable. It has a pleasant heat as it goes down but smooth. I enjoy the alcohol in this one.

This will evolve very nicely. Can't wait to revisit in 6 months

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Photo of nlmartin
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind Beer # 11. This beer was shared with my wife. I had a 50/50 shot of having a kill shot. I got lucky this beer was a very fine beer to celebrate our 11th anniversary. The beer was chilled and served in a goblet.

A- 4.5 The body of the beer is dark brown nearing black. One finger nugget colored head. The head resolved to a thin layer.

S-4.0 This beer has sat in a barrel for a good long time. The aroma of the beer is caramel, cocoa, dark roasted malt, a bit nutty.

T- 4.0 This beer has a very nice flavor. Lots of oak, caramel, a flash of smoke and char, dark roasted and toasted flavors, dark fruit notes hit my tongue, I think this has been bourbon barrel treated. The alcohol is present and peaks out but more in the terms of warming.

M- 4.5 The body of the beer is full moderate levels of carbonation. The alcohol is warming but not hot. Very well done.

O -4.5 This beer is very well done. The beer improved steadily the longer the beer sits in the glass. This was a great beer for sharing.

Reveal. Firestone Walker 13th. This is a most excellent beer. It has in no way peaked. Lucky me I have another bottle in my cellar. Thanks Phelps for yet another great beer!

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Photo of GregSVT
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Stella glass - snifter is dirty but this one has a similar mouth

A: Pours a dark dark cola with brown highlights on the edges. There's really a bit more light coming through than I thought there would be. A small tan head barely forms even after a pretty vigorous pour and fades as quickly as it was formed leaving no lacing at all. No real evidence of much carbonation which is slightly disappointing.

S: The nose is beautiful! Loads of vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, and cocoa. Man this really smells great and reminds me of a more subtle and complex BCS.

T: The taste is not BCS though. Wow big vanilla and molasses flavors at first that meld with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors as the beer fades on the palate. There are also flavors of toffee and butterscotch in there. On one sip you can taste the BA stout influences and then on another you can taste the BA barleywine flavors. Very complex and excellent stuff.

M: The kinda thin and the lack of carbonation will drop the score for me to average. If this had a bit more bubbles it would be creamier and be truly excellent.

D: This has all the aromas and flavors of a world class beer but the carbonation issues would make me think twice about buying or trading for another one.

I may give 14 a try and will probably drink it fresh instead of sitting on it for so long.

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Photo of slayer3604
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black body, with ruby amber rim light. Darker tan head, fades to a slight ring.
s-bourbon, alcohol, vanilla, coffee bean, and nilla wafers.
t-up front vanilla, graham crackers, bourbon, oak and heat. lots of alcohol aparent in this beer. Finishes with dark fruit, heat and a lasting vanilla spice.
M-solid, chewey, and warming.
D-I can imagine that in a couple years this beast will be PERFECT but right now, theres way too much heat!

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 auroracrisis
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from the bottle.

Pours a dark, dark brown with a one finger head that dissipates into a rim around the edges of the liquid.

Smells like brown sugar, vanilla, coffee, a bit of booze, wood and bourbon. Lots going on in this as it warms up.

Taste is dark chocolate mixed with vanilla, brown sugar with coffee and wood. Some hotness as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is very low carbonation and on the lighter side of thick.

Drinkability is good on this one but nothing I could pound all night. Just enough to keep you going to finish the 22oz.

Overall, I'd say I like this beer. It has a very complex profile that couldn't be found in any other beer I have tasted. Glad I have a couple more bottles of this i can break out on special occasions.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black and oily with a head that leaves quickly due to the higher alcohol percentage. Aroma is more subdued then i expected, at least compared to Parabola which is one of the base beers blended into this one, but i get some hot alcohol notes when i really stick it in the glass and get up and personal, along with some sweeter malts.

And at the Taste it is much as what i was thinking from the aroma, a bit sweeter then Parabola,alot more depth in the Caramel and Vanilla notes all around, probally allowed to shine through more due to the fact that the level of roasty malts has been diminished in this it seems, and even at room temperature this isn't as hot overall. I bet overall most people would prefer these changes in flavor profile, but i really liked the rough edge from the roast/hotness that Parabola had, but that may just be me.

feels a medium-thick consistancy with medium carbination, feels like a high gravity yet drinkable stout should.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my buddy Kevin (kzoobrew) for sharing this want with me at the CBS release. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Poured into my generic tulip at the release which Kevin makes fun of (shakes fist in air at Kevin, ha!). A dark brown color when held up to the light, light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar (candied), dark fruits, and bourbon.

Taste – Thankfully not as sweet as the nose led on. Lots of oak and dark fruits such as plum. Chocolate, bourbon booze, and toffee.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – Quite a fantastic beer though I did notice some oxidation. It appears to be falling a bit off but still a very good tasting beer from FW.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #60!

Provided by Newtonty during a FW X-XIII vertical @ beachbum1975's place. I had an awesome time and thanks to Newtonty for providing ¾ beers for this EPIC vertical!

A: Pours a root beer brown with minimal gray head, subtle suds swirling on top a minute after the poor. There was light lacing on the side of the glass after agitation.

S: I get a variety of fruits on the nose, including apple, grape and coconut. This is followed by a strong vanilla presence. Less bourbon aspects than expected, being this the youngest beer of the vertical. I assumed it would be very hot.

M/T: With a surprisingly light mouth feel, I first get the bite of the carbonation, followed by a fruit presence and ending with a caramel finish.

D: This beer is ready to drink and in my opinion does not need to be aged any longer than you purchasing it. Not as epic as I thought it would be and is a lot smaller than its grandfather, FW X. A very good beer non the less.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade. Very awesome. Beer was sampled late in the day, not quite what I was expecting, but the only thing I knew about it was the classification of "Strong Ale" which I suppose means nothing.

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is black and slightly brown at the corners. Forms a thin off white head of small bubbles, head breaks quickly, the clumps gravitating toward the walls of the glass. Leaves a little but not much lacing on the glass. Looks like a big stout so far.

Strong liquor almost bourbon aroma in the nose here. Some roast as well. Very imperial stout like. Some tannic notes but mostly overshadowed by the liquor component of the beer. At this point, I transition to stout criteria.

Beer is medium body, minimal carbonation in the mouth, pretty sweet. Finishes pretty dry. Some roasted malt flavors in the back of the palate. Its pretty strong overall in flavor. I may have been hallucinating the tannic quality, there is no detectable woodsey or graininess in the mouthfeel of this beer. Not resiny at all. For as big as it is and for the powerful aroma and strong flavors, its surprisingly easy to drink. A good beer overall, but not what I expected.

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Photo of Sammy
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gift to Radek, and to us. Initial impression, an imperial stout. What it is is lots of chocolate, mouthfeel on dark brown with lacey, off-wehite head, thick mouthfeel. A very smooth drinker without sharp edges. Masterful, there is coconut, chocolate, bourbon. Nothing overwhelms.

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Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Firestone 13 pours a dark mahogany or chocolate fudge color. It's very dark, but not opaque. Light bleeds through at the edges revealing crimson highlights. A modest tan head covers it. It's only a finger or so tall (if that lucky), and dissipates quickly. I suspect the high abv murdered this one. Lacing was sticky, but light.

The nose is good, but isn't a stunner. It kicks off with a healthy mix of chocolate and caramel malts. The chocolate scent smells like a mix of sweet milk chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate. I like that. Barrel aging imparted subtle notes of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. They're not all that strong though. Secondary scents are very subtle. There is a little coffee and residual earthiness. Perhaps it was somewhat hoppy fresh? Alcohol is noted, but doesn't suggest 12%. Goo d stuff.

The flavor definitely kicks it up a notch. The base is definitely a blend of chocolate and caramel malts. The chocolate variety seems stronger and includes flavors of sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, bittersweet dark chocolate. It's nothing short of delicious. I like the subtleness of the bourbon flavor. It's very flavorful, but doesn't overwhelm the other flavors at all. Oak and vanilla are also noted and complement the malt flavors nicely. There is some roasted coffee, light molasses, and pepper at the secondary level. There's a hint of hop remnants, but I'm not sure how hoppy this was initially. Alcohol is noticeable, but has apparently blended well. It's not hot, and doesn't seem like 12% at all. Finishes malty with a touch of bourbon and oak.

Firestone 13 has a medium body that definitely leans thick with warming. Feels very nice and smooth. I like it more and more with each passing degree. Drinkability is good. There's no question that this is a big, bold stout. But, it goes down easy for such a big beer. I'm mindful of the 12%, but will finish off the bomber with ease. One's enough though.

Firestone 13 is impressive. If memory serves correct, I prefer Firestone 11, but this is about on-par with Firestone 12. I can't say that it has any material shortcomings. The nose could use a little more strength, but that's about it. Once again, Firestone Walker has crafted an excellent anniversary release. Find a bottle if you can.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter with creamy tan head, dark as night. Good retention and lacing. Smell was creamy with some vanilla, molasses and booze, a little too much alcohol i thought but not terrible. Taste, as expected, is a wonderful blend of a dozen or more flavors. Vanilla, chocolate, smoke, oak, molasses, alcohol, syrup, and a "barrel" (i know thats vague) taste all blend together to a sublime treat for the mouth. Mouthfeel is rich and full, nice and creamy, a smooth and velvety texture to it that is just wonderful. Overall a great beer. The ABV is relatively well hidden but noticeable. I think I liked 12 better, but this one has nothing to be ashamed of.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown beer. Tan-brown head that lasts a considerable amount of time.

S-Malty, rich, vanilla, rum.

T-Oak, vanilla, caramel, chocolate, bourbon.

M-Medium to full-bodied. Low carbonation.

D-Overall another win from Firestone Walker. Drinking so nice right now I don't know if I can resist my other bottles.

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Photo of kayalla
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a tan head into a Cigar City snifter. Aroma is rich and bright, mostly with dark chocolate, nice light roast, plum, raisin. A hint of black licorice! Flavor is sweet, nicely tempered with a light bourbon note. Very full and rich. Dark chocolate, roast, licorice, pretty earthy. I like how there are roasted, woody qualities to this combined with a plum, licorice, earthy flavor. My favorite of the five Anniversary beers.

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Photo of jethrodium
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that has good retention and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is roasty with bourbon, oak, a light mineral note, a bit of vanilla, and some some coffee. The initial taste has a light sweetness. There is lots of roastiness, a bit of bourbon, some oak, a bit of vanilla, and some light coffee. The finish is fairly dry with a lingering roastiness. Medium-light body. Low carbonation. Great beer. It might be my favorite of the anniversary beers.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a blackish body with brown head and lace sticking to the glass. Has a complex smell of intertwining malts like bitter chocolate, molasses, toffee, vanilla, oak and some roasted malts along with hints of dark fruit like cherry or grape. The taste is a full bodied beer with an incredible blend of sweet malts like chocolate and vanilla (plus licorice?) along with a bouronesque barrel dryness that balances out and there are fruits like cherry and grape (maybe sour) that are picked up as well. Finish is dry but clean and complemented by high ABV. All this is tucked into a big, robust body that requires sipping and if it weren't for the price I'd stock up on these.

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Photo of airohead2001
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to glazeman for sharing this one while watching the third round of the British Open. Outstanding.

A - Pours dark brown with a tiny head that quickly fizzles away to a few large bubbles that line my Westvleteren snifter. Little to no lacing.

S - The nose on this one is as good as it gets. Bourbon, vanilla, harsh whiskey, coconut, and sun tan lotion.

T - Just wonderful - almost as perfect as the nose. Bourbon, charred meat, leather, milk chocolate, lactose, vanilla, dried dark fruits. Tons of rich malt, with no hops. Slightly bitter finish.

M - Thin. Too thin. This outstanding beer's only downfall. For 12% and tons of bourbon, I need a bit more viscosity.

D - Great. Tons of booze and heat on this one, but the outstanding vanilla and coconut flavors allow me to drink as much of this as is available!

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Photo of HalfFull
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass after struggling for some time with the adult proof packaging. Pours dead black with a thin and bubbly mocha head. Keeps a surface ring on the glass and tosses some light sticky lacing. Goofy bubbles distract slightly.

Chocolate, cherry, light vanilla and some alcohol on the nose. Light piney hop presence. Notes of oak, wine and bourbon are well balanced with nothing that overwhelms, true team players. Not overly boozy like some wet barreled brews. Nose encourages a long smooth inhalation, quite nice. Bit low in volatiles at times, otherwise spot on.

Flavor is quite similar with cherry, bourbon and some coarse chocolate. Carbonation is more robust than the relatively flat pour might suggest and helps the feel somewhat. Finishes with a somewhat sweet cherry flavor followed by dry lingering notes of whiskey and oak. Flavors segue nicely through the palate.

Smooth and full flavor yet gets light in viscosity at times. Agitation helps before a sip. Drinks well for the ABV. Smooth, well balanced and with nothing that overpowers in a negative way. A delicious brew.

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Photo of Mahlik
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 oz sample at Belmont Station. Part of a vertical flight of FW Anniversary XII, XIV, XV. Got to meet Firestone Walker co-founder Dave Walker. He was a really cool, laid back guy who was very approachable and seemed to genuinely love the beer his brewery puts out.

A - Pours an almost opaque dark brown. No head or lacing. Looks very viscous and oily.

S - Lovely vanilla and oak notes hit the nose first. Bourbon, dark fruits and a slight nuttiness blend in. Some chocolate notes as well.

T - The barrel characteristics and big dark malts dominate. The bourbon and vanilla notes really stood out for me. Nice chocolatey and nutty flavors play in with some dark fruits. I found the sweetness to be subdued in the flavor.

M - Somewhat thick and oily with almost no carbonation. A bit chewy. Some warmth from the alcohol but nothing major. Finishes pretty smooth. Easy to drink for the ABV.

O - I feel lucky I was able to get to try this. I like the complexity and approachability this beer delivers. The barrel aging really brings a lot to this beer in terms of aroma and taste. I had this two years after it came out so I'm not sure if this beer was as smooth when it was fresh. But this beer is remarkably smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of rayjay
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just scored a bottle, it's party time.

Always impresses me when I pour these FW anniversaries...they are so thin looking and have plenty of carbonation...guess I expect barrel aged beer to be thick looking. It's black with see-through edges. Nice white foam and some lacing, although it seems to fade away. Very proper looking, like it was made for judging.

Aroma is all about sweet bourbon and wood. Not overpowering, but certainly dominant. A little bit of the associated aromas like vanilla. Alcohol smell is there but is faint and smells delicious. Smells like a lot of work and craftsmanship went into this brew.

Potent bourbon and brandy are dominant in the flavor, too. There isn't much heat to speak of, but notable alcoholic boozyness is there. A bit "green" tasting, as in young, however it's refined and mellow enough to drink right now. Certainly could be great with a few years of cellaring. Beneath it all is some serious carmel malt, and a variety of other complex specialty malts that sort of loose their identity amongst all the other stuff going on.

A bit too spritzy and carbonated for me, brings it down a notch. A bit like drinking a Beam and Coke. The mouthfeel of the actual liquid is nice; not too sticky and not too thick, but both come out to greet you.

Lets call the drinkability a 4 and see if it goes up with a year or 2 on it. Delicious but I would go so far as to say I'm clamoring for the next sip. Very good, with great potential in time.


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Photo of bamadog
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been sitting on this one for a while, had a long shitty day, so I figured that's a good enough reason to crack into it. Review is from notes taken on 8/18/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Looks pretty tempting coming out of the bottle -- pour is a dark burnt coffee brown/near black; starts with a short 1/2 finger creamy tan head that fades almost immediately to nothing other than a thin ring; body is of course opaque;

Smell: Wow -- super. Very sweet, lots of vanilla, burnt sugar/caramel; some bourbon; some syrupy sweet chocolate; some alcohol; nice and robust - jus flows out of the glass.

Taste: See smell. Fantastic -- plenty of vanilla and sweet caramel -- I'm reminded of those caramel target candies; plenty of alcohol and it is very much like bourbon; bit of a roasty coffee flavor lying in there somewhere, but it's really subdued by the sweetness. This would be a fantastic dessert. For being a few years old, the alcohol is still booming and I love it.

Mouthfeel: Body is medium/heavy in terms of weight; carbonation is soft, a little "flat" and all of the life of the body comes from the big alcohol, and it works alright, but I do feel that the carb could be a touch stronger; a thin, semi-dry and sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth; gums and belly are left extremely warm from the booze.

Overall: A great beer, world class. The only thing I feel I can fault it for is a body without much life, but overall, a fantastic beer that should be made again and distributed to anywhere I happen to live.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at our FW Anniversary Tasting. Poured into Bruery tulip.

A - Pours black, no head, thin ring, no lace or retention.

S - Sweet cherries, dark fruit, burnt sugars. Very rich, decadent, and sweet. The alcohol has really smoothed out and it's not hot at all. The sweetness and smooth booze really work well together.

T - Dark fruit, dark chocolate, oak. Really not as sweet as the nose suggests. The fruit, chocolate, and oak are the main notes going on here, with vanilla, caramel, and cherries finishing.

M - Full, rich and smooth, viscous, creamy finish.

O - Probably my favorite of the vertical along side 12. The aging process has taken away the alcohol heat that was there when fresh and the sweet fruits, chocolate, and smooth booze have come together well. Recommend.

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Photo of Overlord
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark brown edging. Surprisingly robust 2-3 inch tan head that dies down to a tan crust around the edge of the glass fairly quickly.

Smells like roasted vanilla, bourbon, roasted vanilla, maybe a bit of chocolate, vanilla roast, and ... maybe a hint of currants? Yeah, this beer smells shockingly vanilla-ish. I mean, whoa. It's like roastiness and bourbon vanilla with a few nuances layered in.

Taste is a bit more complex. That ashy, roasted sensation carries through, and there's an acrid, biting aspect to it that I'm a bit on the fence about. The vanilla and bourbon is a given, but I'm a bit surprised at the dark fruit/plum-my aftertaste. What were the proportions of this? Some brown sugar-y chocolate, too. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. I've waited till the end to mention the alcohol heat. It's there. Hope it dies in time, but for now, deal with it.

This is a good beer. Maybe even a very good beer. But, it isn't Firestone 10 or 11. Like 12, maybe it needs some time for the heat to die down. I really hope the anniversary series wasn't at its apex for the first two iterations, but that's starting to look to be the case. Firestone 10 is an absolute revelation, and it seems like it has years left on it. Firestone 11 was also great, and is probably peaking right now. 12 was a bit hot, still really good, but at 18.99 ... it was getting a bit steep on the old price per taste ratio. Now they're 25 bucks, and I feel comfortable saying that this is the least of the series (though still really good) when consumed fresh.

I imagine these are really complicated beers to make, and I kind of wonder if maybe they shouldn't sorta take a year off by tweaking one of the old recipes, rather than reinventing the wheel every time.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into a petite Duvel tulip. I had this one earmarked for review #450, but cracked it to celebrate a good showing at a homebrew competition. Thanks for the hookup WeisGuy!

Firestone Walker 13 pours stout-like in its appearance. It's a solid black, with just over a finger of mocha head. The foam shows a little bit of staying power, and the lacing left behind is quite spotty. The nose is highlighted by caramelized brown sugar. Rich milk chocolate, vanilla, and a bourbon undercurrent also show up, giving the overall impression of a bourbon spiked chocolate cake, but overall the aroma could stand to pop a little more. The flavor profile is largely the same as what's found in the aroma. There is a bit of oxidation showing here though, as notes of both cherries and sherry are appreciable and add a nice additional layer to the beer. The mouthfeel is superb, with a full body that has just a bit of creaminess to it, and carbonation that keeps the beer from approaching syrupy, but otherwise stays out of the way of the malts. Firestone Walker 13 is drinking very nicely right now, and is another top notch barrel aged beer/blend from Firestone Walker.

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Firestone 13 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.38 out of 5 based on 399 ratings.
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