Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 14 - Anniversary AleFirestone 14 - Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
714
Reviews:
301
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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219
Gots:
545
For Trade:
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown color with a thin finger of frothy chocolate-khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak, bourbon, toasted coconut, brandy, with some chocolate, coffee, and booze.

T - Starts off with sweet caramelized sugars, dark fruit, vanilla, and some chocolate and brown sugar. Through the middle, oak, Bourbon, and Brandy come through with some toasted coconut and a bit of coffee. The finish is a mix of vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts, with some roasted chocolate and booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth and a bit syrupy with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great bold barrel aged beer. Nice and complex from the blend of barrels and nicely balanced.

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Photo of Mark000
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of elquinty
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of stantheposterman
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of wesley14
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of ellswrth
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Holland
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of smutty33
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Dark, not quite black. No head. Some legs and lace.

Smell - Bourbon barrel, but mostly the spirit smell. Lacks a complex barrel aroma. Sweet. Vanilla and caramel come through, but that's about it. It's all bourbon and only a hint of beer.

Taste - Alcohol. Caramel. Booze. No oak. The barrel seems lost again. Very sweet with bourbon. Hop bitterness but not enough to give it any semblance of complexity.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and sweet. Low carbonation. Thick and syrupy. Slow to drink.

Overall - It's bourbon without any of the good barrel notes that usually accompany it. I don't really love the beer behind it, either. Uninteresting.

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Photo of RMoeNay
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing 22oz bomber sent from Steve, thank you so much! Poured into snifters and shared with my brother.

A: Pours that opaque dark brown color, with a khaki colored head that is quickly revivable with a swirl. Excellent alcohol legs cover the glass.

S: Absolutely epic nose, full of complexity...bourbon, vanilla, molasses, dark caramel, burnt sugar, rum soaked raisins, toasted coconut, slight alcohol heat, faint cocoa nibs.

T: Follows the nose, initially you are overwhelmed with sugary sweetness but this beer shifts flavor profiles continually. Bourbon and spirit notes again, along with the expected vanilla and caramel, there is a molasses syrup component, sticky figs, toasted coconut, and sweet cream. Very pleasant alcohol presence on the back end.

MF: Viscous and sticky, medium to full bodied with mellow carbonation.

O: Complex and admirably crafted, this beer is a pleasure to sip as it warms and evolves. Simply awesome use of barrels, with just enough of the abv showing at this age to add some warmth.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman 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 fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of roasted and toasted malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted coconut, slight cocoa, cookie dough, and some wood and alcohol aromas. Taste is the same but the flavors are balanced and complex with a woody finish and not too bad of an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that seems to be holding up quite well at this time. To me this one tastes great and has become a tasty and dangerously drinkable beer at this time.

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Photo of bhir
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of trancesk8er
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of BostonHops
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled date: 10/25/10

pours an opaque dark brown, sits a pitch black in the glass. 1/2" head fades to a thin, khaki colored collar around the glass... middling retention (not unexpected) and decent lacing. overall a solid looking brew, though nothing about it really stands out as exceptional.

aromatic nose is decidedly malty, offering strong notes of molasses, vanilla, oak, some hops, and a big bourbon presence. great aroma.

wow. hugely complex flavor profile follows the nose; just a ton going on - unsurprising given the blend (FW double double barrel ale, sticky monkey, parabola, velvet merkin, good foot, and black xantus). molasses, vanilla, oak, hops, bourbon, all shine through in one of the more complex beers i've had in a while. significant bitterness and a warming boozy kick to the finish.

smooth, velvetey full-bodied mouthfeel; oustanding there. the archetype of a sipper; drinks almost like a cognac.
carries a hefty pricetag, too. not something i'd buy on a regular basis but worthy of a once-in-a-while, special occasion purchase.

originally reviewed: 02-28-2011

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of BlitheringIdiot2003
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of EinWeizenbitte
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a brandy snifter. Sent to me in a trade by inventsituations. Thanks!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. A little bit of lacing.

S: Slightly oxidized dark fruits with a good amount of stout elements. Raisins, mild cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, smooth liquor, sweet oak.

T: Dark roasted malts laced with a pungent but smooth alcohol presence. Raisins, prunes, bitter dark chocolate, big sweet vanilla, coconut, and caramel, oaky whiskey. Solvent alcohol lingers. Great barrel presence.

M: Good carbonation in the body still. Medium-bodied and silky. Alcohol is very present.

O: Nice and smoothed out, although there's a bit of an astringent bitterness that isn't helped by the alcohol. Still pretty damn tasty. Great barrel presence as usual.

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Firestone 14 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.33 out of 5 based on 714 ratings.
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