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Firestone 14 - Anniversary AleFirestone 14 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The blend consists of: 31% Double Double Barrel Ale, 29% Sticky Monkey, 27% Parabola, 7% Velvet Merkin, 3% Good Foot, 3% Black Xantus

Added by ZX6Chris on 11-02-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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710
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Photo of Mora2000
3.76/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to this one.

The beer pours a dark brown coilor with a white head. The aroma is a disappointment. It it not bad, but it is not what I was expecting. I get a lot of soy and toffee, as well as some leather. I also get something that resembles trash. Hopefully the flavor will be better.

For the flavor, I get a lot of roasted malt and chocolate, which is coupled with a lot of barrel-aging characteristics. I get a nice amount of oak and maple, as well as quite a bit of vanilla. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Luckily, the flavor was much better than the aroma, which salvaged this beer. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at 38 Degrees, on to the beer:

Dark leather brown in color with a little lace that remains on top. The nose is very sweet and obviously influcenced by the barrel aging process. Whiskey and maple syrup are among the aromas coming from the liquid.

Bam! It's rich and it's delish. Some oak, toasted sugar, toffee, and marshmallow come out with good quantities. Still, it's a very mellow beverage, especially with the alcohol being buried quite well.

To sum it up, yet another worthy concoction to be made for the Anniversary series.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Satchboogie for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very nice bourbon notes, chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, chocolate/toffee adds a nice back taste, lots of bourbon notes here. Full/Medium body, the ABV is alittle too up front. A tasty brew, thanks Kyle!

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Monkey in New Jersey, this is the first time I traveled into Jersey to drink some beer. Baffled by how NJ gets FS before PA, but I live in a great location, The Fertile Crescent! Bitches better recognize..

Firestone came to me in a big ol Chimay chalice type glass with about 10oz or so in it. A big black ol body with a dark tan, semi mocha like head. Sudsy and firm. Some stick towards the side, spraypaint in some spots. Great looks for a big beer like this. Smell is incredible, getting alot of parabola with coffee, roasted malt, caramel, bourbon and the like. I kinda get a old ale feeling out of this, alot to say the least. Im greeted by like 7 different beers at once and the Parabola comes out the most with nice chocolate and roasted coffee overtones. I get some bourbon barrel from what im guessing is the double double barrel stout. Vanilla, slight oak, small butterscotch. This is alot of beers in one, alot going on, cant really describe it, but I know I taste that parabola, by god, that beer is good on it's own. Feel is what you would expect, rich and chewy, approaching full, yet not hot at all, ok maybe there is a burn towards the end, but I like the burn sometimes, it let's me know im alive. There was a one glass per customer allotment at the bar, I could of easily went for another if allowed and barring I had a taxi waiting for me. Better, stronger, maltier!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a dark, deeply concentrated brown / amber color that shows clear, brown tinges around the edges when held up to the light. The aroma smells of deeply caramelized wood (think toasted coconut and vanillin) and malt; the malt gets rich and concentrated enough to smell umami like with notes of savory, chewy, at times almost smoky raisins, deep caramelized sugar and even some slight sherry / nuttiness. Touches of roasted grain seem to add to the sherry notes some how and in the finish there is definitely some light touches of noticeable roasted character that contributes dark toasted / burnt, whole grain bread-crust aromatics as well as a hint of dark espresso roast character. The up front barrel derived caramel and vanillin notes accentuate a concentrated, caramelized fruitiness that reminds me of rum soaked raisins, dark molasses and notes of brandy. At times this can seem a bit too focused on the barrel / wood character, but the whole thing is so well integrated and there is truly a lot of complexity noticeable in the subtle portions of the nose.

Thick, chewy and viscous as it first hits my palate, the beer lingers for quite some time almost seeming to coat the mouth with a layer of viscous, sweet beer. Somehow the beer does not end up being cloying, much of this is due to the complexity of all the flavors. The long finish sees a bitter, herbal hoppiness meld with some roasted bitterness as well as some warming / spice from the alcohol and some additional spiciness from oak. Up front the beer tastes of deeply caramelized malt sugars, some notes of molasses, rum or even brandy soaked raisins and dates as well as really reminding me of a dense, sweet, incredibly moist, brown sugar and molasses focused cake or bread. Showing up in the flavor is a rich, umami like malt character that, while not quite as expressive as in the nose, still produces flavors that hints at salty-smoky peat and savory concentrated malt notes (not really teriyaki or soy, but that is the best I can describe this flavor with). There is actually a fair amount of herbal hop character (including the bitterness) that this beer has; I don't know why but I wasn't expecting a lot of hop character from this beer. A biting bitterness (that is honestly a bit overwhelmed by the rich malt), a nice herbal / pine / touch of hemp oil hop flavor in the middle and perhaps a hint of citrus character that gets subsumed in the rich maltiness of this brew.

Coming back to this beer after dinner, my changed palate has me noticing subtle notes of dark cocoa in the finish that melds quite well with the rich molasses like malt character. The herbal hop character seems to also play a more prominent role now as does the spicy, warming alcohol.

This is drinking very nicely right out of the gate, while not a dominant character, I am really enjoying the vibrant hoppiness that this beer currently has. Wow, again I am just quite impressed with how tasty this beer is right now; I haven't had 13, but this beer is definitely starting out much stronger than any of the other beers of this series have for me. This is purely a contemplative sipping brew, there is a ton of complexity and it is way too sweet to be something to be drunk quickly; despite the ample sweetness I am quite enjoying this beer, I expected / wanted it to be rich and satiating, and this beer most definitely is. I wish I had quite a bit of this beer in my cellar right now and not to age, but so I could drink a lot of this beer this winter.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Bronze-chestnut color. Bubbly, khaki head. Average retention, dots and dashes of lacing.

S: Toffee, caramel, licorice, anise, alcohol, vanilla, oak, hops that fade as it warms, bourbon.

T: Molasses, milk chocolate, leather, citric hops, oak, tannins, brown sugar, toasted malt, light char, coffee.

M: Medium thick, mildly syrupy, light fine, fizzy carbonation.

No real major surprises going into a FW anniv. beer at this point. I haven't tried any others this fresh, so I don't have a great reference point for it at this age, but this is sweeter with a stronger accompanying hop presence than others. The contribution of Parabola, while noticeable, is not as strong as last year's blend. Alcohol presence becomes more potent as the beer warms. For such a large, complex beer this is drinking pretty nice right now, but hopefully will smooth out a littler more with time. My least favorite of 11-13 so far, but not to say this isn't a world class beer. Buy a few, drink a few, age a few, whatever, you won't lose.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have a relatively innocuous path to this beer, so far the 11 is the only one I've had to go on an active search for, 25.4 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown, with a moderate tan head for the so-called style, limited lace.

S: Lots of caramel, some booze. Treacle dominates, an inviting nose as all its brethen in the past have been.

T: Lots of dark chocolate, caramel and barrel. The booze is there a bit, but the overall flavour is nice. Good complexity overall.

M: Full-bodied, fairly smooth, little boozy.

D: Everyone's saying this is the best since the legendary 11, so I was real excited. It's good as they've all been, but the 12 was clearly better earlier. Like the 13 this is a beer that needs some time to find itself, it needs aging, that is my final suggestion for the 14, give it a year.

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Photo of Zorro
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 4th in the Firestone Anniversary series.

There is a data sheet inside the box with the bottle of beer detailing the mix that went in to this beer.

Double Double Barrel ale (10.9% ABV) 31%
Sticky Monkey (12% ABV) 29%
Parabola (13% ABV) 27%
Velvet Merkin (6% ABV) 7%
Good Foot (13% ABV) 3%
Black Xantus (11%)

This is a clear very dark brown colored beer with a small yellowish brown colored head. This is considerably light in color than the anniversary beers from the previous three years.

Immediately upon opening I am hit with the scents of coffee and white wine before I even pour it in a glass. Strong scents are coffee, chocolate and bourbon whiskey. Deeper perception of the scent there is a strong vanilla and caramel aroma, makes sense this is a bourbon barrel beer. Coconut and chocolate are moderately strong and there is a perception of German Chocolate Cake in the smell of this beer. Coffee seems to be present but the smell doesn't stand out as anything more than patent malt scent. There is a slight tart scent here that I can only describe as the wine like odor you get from some lightly roasted coffees.

The taste starts out semi sweet with a German Chocolate Cake flavor that really has a long coconut aftertaste. Alcohol is slightly hot but this is really tame compared to last year's version. Mild bitterness as much from patent malt as it is from hops. This is a damn tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is thick.

This is one damn tasty beer. This is MUCH smoother than the 13th Anniversary beer last year and I would compare it favorably to being much like the 10th Anniversary ale. This is great as it is now, this will probably peak after 1-2 years of aging but it is damn good as it is now, go get some!

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Galaxy Hut. Would have given long odds that this is one beer I'd never see on tap here on the East Coast (thanks for the heads up Dyan).

Poured into a 12 ounce brandy snifter, the beer is a dark brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The beer was a bit on the cold side initially, but as it warmed I picked up a wonderful melange of light coffee, chocolate, plums and prunes, cherry, molasses and light bourbon. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this moderately sweet beer, and I appreciate the long, lightly bitter finish. The bourbon barrel aging comes out a bit more on the palate, and undeniably the beer is a bit on the boozy side. Still, I thought drinkability was pretty decent in this beer, at least considering the 12.5% abv. Mouthfeel was full and fairly long, with the sweetness nicely balanced by the light hoppy bitterness on the finish.

Would be curious to see what a year or two of aging does for this beer, though certainly it's pretty tasty right now. Very nice...

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Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11/19/10

Bottle split with my girlfriend. Appears much the same as the draft version: dark brown with a small beige head. This took a while to open up, but when it did the aroma was quite nice. Notes of caramel, toffee, bourbon, earthy hops, brown sugar, and chocolate are apparent. Alcohol is a bit stronger here. Overall, it smells good, but something is missing. Oxidation seems onerous compared to the keg, and the alcohol is a bit too strong. In the flavor I find notes of brown sugar, bourbon, toffee, caramel, oak, and a strong oxidation character coupled with powerful alcohol. Compared to the draft version, the booze and oxidation are much more apparent, and somewhat distracting. The various flavor components don't seem to meld as well as I'd hoped. Overall, it wasn't exactly how I remembered it tasting on draft, and it suffered for it. Still, a less good Firestone Anniversary is still a good beer. I don't think this one will age well. It seems like it would become more disharmonious, and though alcohol heat would wane, the oxidation is already starting off pretty strong and I don't see a solid foundation for it to build on. Though, I don't think 11, 12, or 13 have really aged for the better, so this isn't a new trend in the Firestone Walker Anniversary series, for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Always a pleasure to try another of these releases. I hold high hopes for this one. This one was purchased in California and brought back to Sydney to share with @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a deep, heavy, viscous black-brown, with a mottled but reasonably solid head of mocha foam. Very fine static carbonation in the exceptionally heavy body. Lacing is almost non-existent, but that's not unusual in a beer this heavy.

Nose is just gorgeous. That perfectly balanced and sweet vanilla oak character, with dark chocolate and slightly astringent boozy notes. Even some dark toasted coconut—the barrel gives it such a redolent and mellow character, and the blending just gets the proportions right. Wonderful.

Taste is smooth and creamy, and genuinely darker than the previous release. Here we have big chocolate and coconut characters, like a toasted Bounty bar. It's so sweet and luscious, complementary and balanced. Still, it's smooth and leavened—it certainly doesn't have any roasted astringency. So smooth, and so drinkable young—and yet, it makes me want to squirrel away a bottle and see what it's like in ten or twenty years time. I think it would stand the test.

Such a gorgeous beer, and such a valid and perfect addition to the series. Genuinely one of the most well thought-out and well-balanced beers I've ever had. They put such a concerted and nuanced approach into these beers—I can't wait for number fifteen.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color that appears almost black and completely opaque with faint mahogany edges when held to a light source. One finger frothy beige head that immediately fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Earthy, leathery aroma with sweet bourbon booze and a prominent barrel character. Hints of oak and charred wood mixed with toffee, biscuit, caramel and dark fruit notes. Subtle earthy pine notes as well as some chocolate malt, roasted coffee bean and tobacco.

Chewy full body with a sweet bourbon booze flavor up front along with a rich, silky malt profile, earthy hops and an earthy/leathery character. Slightly dry with a decent amount of warmth in the finish but not nearly as hot as expected considering the high ABV. The barrel character is evident but not completely overpowering. The aroma suggested a lot of charred wood but thankfully it's more balanced. There's some soft carbonation with subtle bourbon flavor and hints of vanilla that eases the earthy wooden tones. This beer is blended very well and thankfully isn't a bourbon bomb. Leathery malt smoothed out by luscious chocolate, oatmeal, caramel, toffee and biscuit. The spices from Sticky Monkey are evident with hints of brown sugar and cinnamon, adding some more sweetness. No too much so, however, balancing out the wood/leather notes from the barleywines. Subtle smokiness with faint hints of roasted espresso/coffee bean and toast. I'm also picking up some vinous dark fruit, especially grape, dark cherry and raisin. Dry finish with subtle tobacco/cedar notes and slight warmth.

Overall, this beer is very complex with an excellent blend that creates great balance, resulting in a pretty quaffable high gravity beer. I enjoyed sipping this bomber over the course of a couple of hours and picking out it's subtle nuances. My least favorite of the FW anniversary beers I've had so far but still pretty good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep brown, almost black with a small brown head and bubbles. Looked good to me as I knew it was already.

S: Wood, Earth, vanilla, oak, bourbon, some liquorice at time

T: The nose is fantastic, I mean very good. Take the caramel, toffee, smooth chocolate, wood, oak, vanilla, hints at coffee. Wow.

M: Low on carbonation, sticky, sweet so much flavor, big body, just right on the booze

D: One of the easier to drink strong ales I have had and I still think it is one of the best FW anny beers yet.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich otter brown is black in the chalice. A sparse sandstone head is both weak on the hold and lace.

S: Sambuca like aroma, black licorice, highly potent, especially at warmer temperatures, alcohol fusels dominate. Mild roast coffee, dark fruit of prunes with a smooth mild aroma of medium strength.

T: Deep flavor, robust rich, yet smooth of roast and black licorice blending beautifully together. Oak, black oily coffee with an earthy bitterness is also evident. Dark fruit of prunes, sweet burnt grains upfront that finishes out with a black liquor and dark bitterness. A slight buttery roasted grains and oak is also picked up on.

M: medium bodied, smooth and buttery in texture with an earthy roast bitterness and alcohol warming the inner cheeks and tongue.

O: Overall big flavor, great sipper that leaves a warming sensation all the way down to the pit of the belly.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 1/26/12
*From notes

A: Quite a dark beer, almost stout-like in color. A good pour yields a creamy, cascading two finger head. Healthy retention and lacing follow.

S: Slightly vinous, which I credit a bit to it's year-long cellaring. Quality caramel, an abundance of vanilla and a laid back bourbon vibe round out the bouquet.

T: Complex and well put together. Strong, firm stout characteristics dominate. It's still got a hoppy bite to it, and the caramel, vanilla and bourbon roll from the nose right onto the palate. The woody profile really helps to reign in the wild flavors that overwhelm every millimeter of the mouth. Even at a year, this could use a bit more time in the cellar.

M: Creamy, yet not overly thick. It's immensely drinkable and doesn't show too much wear from it's extended barrel aging.

O: Firestone's 14th Anniversary Ale is a pretty solid blend of barrel aged delights. Not as strong as it's individual parts (specifically Abacus and Parabola), but still a worthwhile effort. Recommended, and significantly better then their 15th Anniversary effort.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle, black wrap with a silver pull tab to make things easy, and capped.

It pours a pitch black with about an inch of tannish foam. Plenty of lacing to please the folks that put a lot of emphasis on the appearance department...like myself.

There's no mistaking the barrel aging in the smell. There's lots of it and very pleasing. A huge amount of caramel malt sits side by side with the BA and makes this a treat to sniff over and over again.

The taste takes it a step further. Nicely sweet from the malt, deliciously decadent from the barrel aging, good notes of bread and a good dose of chocolate and some dark fruit in the background. Wow. This is some seriously good stuff and I'm getting quite a bit of warming from the more than substantial amount of alcohol that went into this puppy. Still, surprisingly drinkable for me. Wow, again.

I'd call it full bodied with a lowish level of carbonation that ends up with a great mouth feel. Luxurious, in fact.

Drinkability *could* have suffered from the sheer strength of this 14th Anniversary offering from Firestone Walker but imho,
they did their best to keep the alcohol in check and I surely appreciate it. It makes the sitting that much more easy to cope with.

Absolutely delicious fresh, I reckon this American Strong Ale *could* hold up, and maybe even improve, for many years to come. This is a hell of a brew!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Many thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a thick pitch black color. Produced a small cap of tan froth. Some lacing.

(S)- A rich and sweet combination of oaky booze soaked raisin and licorice. Bits of sweet molasses.

(T)- Very rich and sweet. A great overall barrel character and composition. Lots of toffee, brown sugar, cocoa, and molasses. Almost has a honey sweetness note to it at the end.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A nice balance too. Very rich and sweet but surprisingly has a well hidden ABV.

(D)- I like this one. Age might help it a bit, but its drinking well now. A great strong ale.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank last night with friends; reviewed from notes.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: light to medium black bodied beer with a light to medium brown colored head. This beer head is quite light and fluffy; definately 2 plus fingers of head.

Smell: The beer smells awesome. My mouth began to water when I smelled this beer. Coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses, and light herbal and grassy hops that almost go below my noses radar.

Taste: This beer is also very similiar to the nose in how it tastes. Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and bourbon are all out in the front of this beer. Oak, dark fruits and coffee linger, but are of lesser strength. Its very balanced beer even though alot of the flavors i am picking out are flavors that normally taste sweet. U get some alcohol burn in the finish which does become a bit stronger when the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Medium and boderline on being a full bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. This beer is really creamy.

Overall: I tried Firestone Walker 13 Anniversary the night before Dark Lord 2010. I remember really enjoy that beer, but it was before the days of me reviewing beers. I was hoping this beer would be off similiar qualtity or better than i remember the Anniversary series beer tasting. It is glad i have more bottles of this beer! Think I will be trying Firestone 15 can't wait for that one to hit shelves. Must try this beer!

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola-like brown, minimal head from moderately aggressive pour. Scent brings burbon and oak to the front, hints of vanilla, earth, anise, brown sugar and some fruity hops to boot. Taste is not as dark and aggresive as expected, but immediately reminded that 30%+ of this beer is a English Pale... the burbon barrel aging imparts vanilla and oak and not a big booze burn, lightly sweet with brown sugar, hints of anise and cinnamon, earthy and lightly fruity hops present. All in all, while not overly aggressive, the craftsmanship that went into blending this beer and making it as smooth as it is can not be passed over... while the individual components can be picked out, the beer is at its best when you are not searching for the parts. Fuller side of medium body, could have used a touch more heft and carbonation. A very good beer I am glad i had the opportunity to purchase.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Galaxy Hut tonight. And then, again. And then again, to make it a nice, round liter of this fine beverage.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, there's a dense, brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is outstanding. Clearly, this is different from the previous blends, the lack of Parabola is obvious. The base is clearly a barrel aged brown, there's toffee, maple, nougat, and plenty of bourbon. Vanilla, brown sugar are present, but there isn't much oak. The malt character of this blend is arguably a little disappointing. More or less simple, with a blend of sugar, brown sugar, there's a lack of a deeper complexity here. Initially, I am struck by the strength of brandy here, but the more it warms up, the more bourbon comes out.

The palate opens with a big, bourbon character, vanilla, oak and some brown sugar. Again, the lack of malt complexity translates to the palate here, I find mostly a simple blend of sugars present. The barrel expression is excellent. Bourbon and brandy are present, but really, the lack of roast and a balancing bitterness makes this less than excellent. Mildly drying on the finish, there's some oak and tannins present, but not too much. A touch of bitterness is present as well. The mouthfeel is sublime. Medium with mild carbonation, the flavors on the finish are excellent. Brown sugar and vanilla in moderate amounts, this allows for enjoyment of the flavors. I did drink 3 12oz glasses, and could have gone for more. This is quite excellent.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

A dark mahogany body with a thin, light tan head that rose to a finger and then fell rather quickly. No visible carbonation.

The aroma is a little bit of everything. Heavy bourbon notes with cherries, figs, raisins, oak, brown sugar, vanilla and even some milk chocolate. The bourbon really dominates though.

Booze really takes center stage as sweet milk chocolate comes in quickly on its heels. Brown sugar, toffee, tart cherries, raisins/figs and vanilla round it all out. Once you get past the booze, you can only begin to try and break down the complexities.

Full and rich with low carbonation. The finish is lightly sweet and extremely boozey.

This beer has it all, literally. A concoction that is blended extremely well, lending the best qualities of nearly every beer in the FW lineup. One of the most complex beers I have ever tasted.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.
A: Pretty much pitch black with a small caramel colored head. More brown than black when held up to light but still looks stoutish.

S: Lots of oak along with some bourbon and sweet vanilla. Lots going on in the nose. Alcohol notes to remind you its a big boy beer. Everything Im looking for in a beer like this.

T: Dominated by oak and a carmel sweetness. Molasses and a little dry alcohol burn in the finish. Booze is noticeable but tolerable .

M: lower level of carbonation than I would like. Also a little thinner mouthfeel than expected.

O: Drinks smoothly for a bigger beer and sports a fair amount of complexity. Can't wait to try this one with some age on it.

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Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared with a couple friends. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is black with a one finger beige head. It has malts, bourbon and some tobacco on the nose. While the taste has dark fruit, chocolate, some hops. MF is medium, with a bit of a creamy texture. All in all, this is a very good strong ale, not top of the heap, but damn tasty.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black. Expected lighter given the other beers in the blend that aren't stouts. Bourbon dominated nose.

Easy drinking for the abv. Muddles all the beers blended, I can't taste Parabola or Velvit Merlin, etc. . . but it is interesting. Bourbon is heavy, but not as much as its aroma was. A little bit of everything else, chocolate, oak, vanilla, rummy sweetness, brandy, some other kind of wood heavier than oak, chicory? Not too thick, actually on the thinner side of most beers in this abv range. Maybe a kick of dark sugar.

While this was great fresh on tap, I think it definitely has the build to age miraculously. Of my bottles, I'm going to hang on to all of them for at least one year I think. This really seems ageable.

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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ml Bottle poured into my De Struise glass... Dark brown pour with a hint of crimson. A very light tan head leases a thick finger cap, ok lacing... The star of this beer is the aroma, perfectly shows the greatness of barrel aging. Vanilla with super smooth bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, a hint of oak and chocolate. Main player is the vanilla accented by the bourbon. Outstanding!... The taste has the same elements but isn't quite as successful. Same flavors but more oak, more alcohol very spirit like, and a touch to warm. More oak and dark fruits come through, loses a lot of the vanilla. Still good just not as smooth or sweet, hurting the drinkability a bit... The mouthfeel is nice, a little warm but nice, good carbonation. Easy to drink.

This is really good, much better then 12 or 13. A steep price tag but worth it.

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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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