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Firestone Walker 11 (XI Quercus Alba)

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
11th Anniversary Ale.<br />A blend of imperial stout, imperial brown, porter and imperial red ales, all aged in new American oak, bourbon and brandy barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - FEB 8, 2008
You know... I loved this beer and I couldnít pin it down on what exactly it was. Now that I read it being a stout brown red porter with new and used barrels...it makes sense. It seemed that every one of those styles came through, then the oaks and brandys and bourbons came through. Some really complex stuff that actually remains very refreshing. I wish I could find more, but I think the supply here has dried up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2008
At Foothills gathering from btl. A brown red pour with little to no head. Very rich caramel malt aroma packed in around hops and hints of abv. Very special sweet malt flavor with a nice bitter finish. Mouthfeel and carbonation are very nice. What a beer! Very fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2008
GABF 2007. Beer is clear, very dark ash brown without any head.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate toasted/raosted grain, biscuit, lighter notes of caramel and chocolate milk; Hoppy with light herbal note, traces of resin/pine and alfalfa; Moderate miscellaneous notes of brown sugar, slightly boozy bourbon, lighter note of woody vanilla, cherry and alcohol heat.<P>The flavor is moderately/heavily sweet, lightly/moderately acidic with a long, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish with a very boozy alcohol after burn.<P>The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Seems like only the strongest qualities survived the blending, didnít unfold in layers of flavor or aroma as one might hope, but itís still pretty engaging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Bottle shared by unclejedi at the footsex gathering. Pours a crimson brwon with a small off-white head. Nose has a lot of roasted, malt, brown sugar, caramel. Flavor is slightly boozy with good mix of hops, chocolate, roasted malts, and oaky/bourbon notes. Well integrated and balanced overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle: Thanks to golubj for sharing: Amberish brown pour with a bubbly tan head. Rich nose. Boozy with chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and wood. The flavor is nice and earthy with tons of malt depth, woody notes and balanced bourbon character. Rich and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to Uncle Jedi for sharing this one. Black body. Vanilla, whiskey aromas. Vanilla, whiskey, caramel, and brown sugar flavors. Get more enjoyable the more you taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma is roasted malt, alcohol, sweet molasses, vanilla, and some nutty malt. The flavor is the same; noticable sweet chocolate with light bitterness, and more bourbon / alcohol. Very good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5669) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 29, 2008
This was an excellent beer. Lots of port characters, it was rich and complex, but not overly thick. The alcohol is completely masked and overall the flavor is excellent. Only problem is that now I gotta make another run to the beer store!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2603) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
From Toronado. Nearly black, light tan head that doesnít last long. Aroma shows complexity of oak, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, molasses, chocolate, sugar, more. Medium to heavy body, lightly sweet but not overly so. Good balance of flavors. Alcohol hidden perfectly. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 Pours a nearly-opaque deep mahogany brown with a very slight head due to minimal carbonation. Very sweet, syrupy aroma with vanilla, caramel, molasses, dark fruit, and oxidation characteristics. Most of the aromatic characteristics are present in the flavor as well with some added bitterness, both from roasted malts and hops, and more overt flavors of both bourbon and brandy from the barrels it was aged in. Very complex, though comes across a bit confused with almost too many flavor facets--some working together and some working against one another. In the end interest and uniqueness win out. Body suffers a little from the lack of carbonation and just lays there at times but this is not unexpected from an aged beer such as this. The alcohol is well integrated and supports the huge flavor profile well. Seek this out for a new experience.

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