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:
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Added by Todd on 11-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
399
Reviews:
226
Avg:
4.38
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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288
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Photo of rpaul2012
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev -8.7%
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 BarrelO
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Body is pretty much black. Reasonably thick white head that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Vanilla, coconuts, wood, and alcohol.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Complex, but not necessarily good. The alcohol is well hidden, though.

M: Middle of the road in body and thickness.

D: A pretty decent sipper. It's not something I'd go out of my way for, though.

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Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will start off by saying this was my least favorite FW anniversary beer but it was still pretty darn good. Dark black color with a smell that at first was all barrel-aged spirits. The mouthfeel was quite creamy and the taste was mostly barre-laged imperial stout with wood and vanill, real nice but not as good as the 12 and nowhere near as good as the 11 (my favorite). The alcohol was a little hot but who cares since i split this with several people. I like what FW is doing with their anniversary beers and I look forward to trying the 14 later this year as well as parabola.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of akang
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jrob21
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jtrockchalk
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of w5baron
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a light mocha collar. Slow alcohol legs. No lacing but good head retention for the style.

Big time sweet aspect.

Big time roastyness. Some sweetness?

Big time something or 'nother. Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Reminded me a lot of Dark Lord with the sweetness muted a tad. Glad to have a chance!

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Photo of aquazr1
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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 waltonc
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with tan head. Smells amazing, as all FW anniversary beers do - vanilla, coconut, toffee, a little caramel. Taste is more of the same. I kept getting some cinnamon in the taste too. Not sure if my tongue was just playing tricks on me. Lots of alcoholic heat that I imagine will settle down over time. I didn't notice all the vinous qualities some reviewers are writing about. Body is thick with spot on carbonation. Delicious stuff that I'm sure will only improve with age as the FW anniversary brews always do. Can't wait to open another bottle.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of alexd3891 to complement a vertical with Firestone 14. (note: we had this several months ago with chocolate cake at alexd3891's birthday party) [yum], but he was quick to point out during this tasting that the strength of the aromas and flavors have died down considerably since then)

Into a wide-rimmed, non-stem wine glass pours a cocoa-colored head atop a black body. Reemerges quickly upon agitation, only to die down just as quickly.

Aromas include slight quantities of coconut, graham crackers, and some roasts. Despite the loss of intensity, I still *whiff* away because what is there is decent.

Flavors are still fairly rich, with an excellent amount of chocolate and roasts on the finish. The issue noticed among those of whom I am sharing this with is not that it lacks complexity, but impact (i.e., oomph!). A shame considering the ABV level.

Mouthfeel is soft and silky; a bit thinner than I prefer, though not unsurprising.

Overall, I may have enjoyed this more had Alex said nothing, but he's right. It is blunted, sadly only a shadow of its former self oh so not long ago. It tastes good (pairing extremely well with the blue cheese and chocolate/peanut butter cookies present) rather than great. That being the case, and considering how awesome a previous bottle was, I will be kind with my rating.

Here, enjoy some eye-candy (from bikebusbeer via flikr; yes, that is me in the background with pen and notebook in hand):

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Photo of stephens101
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to wake this one from its year long hibernation.

Thin tan and quickly fading head off a medium pour down the middle of my favorite snifter. Black in color with faint red hues when held to light. A few dotted lines of lace move up, down and around the glass.

Rich sweet malt and cherry aroma with a little vanilla and spice noticed on a second take. Complex and unique to the palate with sweet and smokey malts, milk chocolate, dried dark fruits, licorice, and subtle piny hops at the far edges.

Creamy all the way through with a medium to heavy body. Smooth and inviting. Alcohol is superbly blended and almost indiscernible.

Very distinct brew here. Has some Barleywine qualities which make for an interesting juxtaposition of tastes when you figure in the chocolate and vanilla notes.

Been looking forward to popping the cap on this one for a while, and have to say it was worth the wait. Damn fine brew despite, or maybe because of, its eccentricities.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my buddy Johnny. Out of my SN XXX glass...

A- Pours pretty black in color, with a healthy khahki colored head. It looks a little thin to the eye, nice lacing though.

S- Smells beautiful, a sweet blend of bourbon and malt. Chocolate, oak, and dark fruit.

T- It's a nice subtle taste at first, which transitions to a oaky bourbon sweet flavor. More chocolate, and cream. There is a nice lingering hoppy aftertaste.

M- Carbonation level is excellent for the style. The mouthfeel is a little too light though. I just wish it was a bit thicker.

O- Well, it's pretty darn drinkable. The 12% alcohol is barely noticeable till you start to catch a buzz. The body is the only thing holding this back.

Good stuff, however I think I liked 14 a little bit better. A very complex and tasty beer, that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of youradhere
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a 12, 13, 14 vertical.

Bottle opened with no pop, poured dark, deep mahogany, with less red tint than the 12. Slightly more carbonation than the 12 as well. Smells like bourbon, oak, cocoa,with vinous notes. Taste is sweet and hot, lots of cocoa, more roast character and definitely more tannins than the 12; thinner mouthfeel lets this drink alright, but I prefer something chewier. Still the best out of all of them IMHO.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at the Firestone Walker night at Steingarten LA in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite complex and is of roasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa, cookie dough, vanilla, slight toasted coconut, wood, and bourbon/alcohol aromas. Taste is very much the same with a woody aftertaste and quite a boozy finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but I prefer the smell over the taste. This one might be falling off a little bit flavor wise but I never tried it fresh so I won't know.

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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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