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Firestone Walker 11 (XI Quercus Alba)

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RATINGS: 263   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Thanks to hoppymeal for sharing this beaut. Pours a nice mahogany with medium off-white head. Aroma strong of alcohol, obvious barrel aging, toasted malt, and raisins. Flavor is quite strong, but no surprise, except for a bit more bitterness and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Overall, pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3014) - Dayton Area, Ohio, 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 (2999) - 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 (8094) - 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 (5205) - Lisle, 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 (1262) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Sampled on 9/2/2012 during an FW 11-15 vertical. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is caramel, fruity, sweet and woody. A full bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are fruity, sweet, boozy and woody. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. Slight touch of oxidation, but mostly wood and bourbon. Very smooth. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. An interesting tasting. The group consensus was that the was not a whole lot of difference between the 11, 12 and 14, but that the 13 was thin and tasted so different from the others we wondered if they changed the recipe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2258) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul! Firestone Walker tasting, including FW 10-14, Abacus, Parabola, Walkerís Reserve, Black Xantus. Order of preference and notes: 13, 12, 11, 14, 10 Abacus and Parabola still shined. Along with FW 13, these were my three favorites of the lineup, with FW 12 not far behind. The beer appears dark brown, transparent to a certain degree when held to the light. The head is a thin beige cap that fades within a few moments, leaving sparse lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, toffee, booze. The flavor in FW 11 is certainly better and more palatable than FW 10. Everything is more balanced, and the heat is toned down a notch. The finish still brings a boozy kick, but thankfully, lacks any harsh burning sensation. Overall, a solid beer, good representation of the style, and worth a try if you have the opportunity. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-27-2011

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Shared by Daknole. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of has some oak, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is very malty with some chocolate and some resin hops and an alcohol bite. Good stuff!

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