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Firestone Walker 11 (XI Quercus Alba)

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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (913) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Big thanks to clockworkorange for bringing this one to Stakemís Fish Fry. A - Pours murky brown with a small half finger tall off-white / tan head leaving very thin streaks of lace down parts of the glass. S - Smells of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bit of chocolate, vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon. Some definite oxidation creeps in at the end of each sniff but that is to be expected. T - Starts off with lots of sweetness - mostly toffee, brown sugar and caramel - slowly giving way to hints of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, oak and some light bourbon warmth. Little to no booze and only a marginal amount of oxidation present. Finish is a little sweet, lingering on the pallet for only a short period of time after consumption. M - Full body with a nice mild sweet flavor and moderate carbonation. Very little, if any alcohol is left and only a marginal amount of oxidation. O - This one has held up surprisingly well. It still had all of the flavors I was expecting and the oxidation, while present, wasnít overpowering. Glad I finally got to try this one.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2434) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from SJ. This was so damn complex, but so good. Amazing notes of vanilla, dark malts, dark fruits, some dark and rich chocolates, and to make it better, OAK! Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2014
The one I was missing; huge thanks to Grant! Tepid brown pour. Lovely oxidized character of sherry and oaken dryness mix with captivating honeycomb, molasses, and creme caramel aspects. Nougat and almond abound as well. Definitely showing its age and a bit past its prime, but still absolutely lovely, and were I by a fireplace in January in New England there wouldnít be much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5875) - Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by ??? at RBWG 2011 alongside other versions, Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor had sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, wood, molasses, some alcohol heat, I thought this was tasty, but would like another shot at it because of the palate fatigue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3241) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Traded bottle. Actually carried this to WV for birthday celebration but ended up drinking it at home. This reminds me of a caramely barley wine with some vanilla but it is starting to thin. If you have this, drink it now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frydaddy (20) - Vail, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2013
I figured this had aged long enough! Iím not sure what should have showed up or not...but here goes. The blends I thought were perfect. Some below made the comment of Marshmallow flavor. Iíd have to agree. It was silky smooth and almost zero alcohol taste or mouthfeel. Zero oxidation and was bottle perfectly. I can see why this beer has received such a high marking! If you happen to have a bottle, Iíd drink it now as the beer might start to change in the other direction.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Iím feeling marshmallow and great age, if it has a taste. Caramel malt with some booze and subtle barrel flavours. Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Nice barrel in finish, bittersweet taste. Creamy texture. Big thanks to Sammy - itís more like my birthday than his with a beer like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8912) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2013
What a blending, elements of a strong ale, an imperial stout, a barleywine. Orange, oak wood, booze. Black with a bubbly head. Bourbon aroma. A smooth drinker.Thanks OCB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richardís Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in full 11-16 Vertical. Pours a richer brownish pour, good haziness, a bit dark and some glowing brownish amber edges with tannish head atop, dies to a mellow film, laces ok. Aromas are gentle dark fruit, oak, and mellow whiskey. Some caramel, carmelized malts, and toffee. Some whiskey, vanilla, raisin. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thicker with caramel, gentle oxidation, toffee. Some dark fruit, dried raisins, mellow whiskey and wet oak. Touches of vanilla, caramel, and some gentle whiskey. Middle and backend shows firm barrel, some toast. Whiskey, gentle ABV related heat. Some vanilla, firm toasty and carmelized malts. Lingering purple and dried fruit. Mellow oak, touch of vanilla and butterscotch. Still some firm tannic oak and spirit as we finish, toasty and carmelized. Pretty damn well put together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1326) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle at STL bbbb, thanks for the taste! Pour is brown with minimal tan bubbles. Aroma and flavor loaded with sweet caramel malt, light funk, faint spice, and some oxidation. better than the 10 but still past prime i think. There is just a little tartness in this that im guessing is not intended but is still nice. Glad to have tried this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Pours light brown and gets dark as it pools in the glass. The head is super thin and quickly becomes bubbles around the rim. The nose is coconut, vanilla, wood, caramel, molasses and hints of chocolate. The taste is super sweet with a smidge of bitterness in tact. Still delicious. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy. The body is heavy and the finish is long. Still drinking great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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