beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 and sweet. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. A touch sweet, a little boozy. Kind of thin tasting and very different from both the 11 and 12. 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.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks bro! Pours darker brown with a sudsy light tab head. Nose is rich and conplex, various sweeter smelling barrels, chocolate, light roast, leather, vinous and dark fruits, light port. Flavor is similar, sweet and slightly boozy but like the 10-12 and 14 it manages to make a drinkable complex sweeter beer. Always a treat.
BVery (5157) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Dark brown pour with minimal head. Chocolate, oak, licorice, and dark fruit. Excellent.
scanovajr (614) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - SEP 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Bought at the brewery on the day of release. a dark brown beer with a medium size creamy beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet, notes fo chocolate, caramel and wood. Taste is also malty and sweet, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla and dark fruits. Winous texture. Spicy and alcoholic finish. Amazing beer
Huhzubendah (2162) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!
Firestone Walker tasting, including FW 10-14, Abacus, Parabola, Walker’s 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.
A: FW 13 appears a near black color. There’s a pretty nice looking head resting atop the blackness and some decent lacing left behind.
S: The nose is all different kinds of wonderful goodness. Toffee, oak, booze, malt, chocolate and more.
T: This tastes fantastic. Seriously. I’m so glad I got to try this, let alone half a bottle. This beer is insanely complex. Parabola seems to emerge more so than any of the other beers used to blend this anniversary ale (that is not a bad thing). Although the beer is so profound and possesses so many characteristics, they are woven together masterfully.
M: Nice, thick feel. Alcohol is there, but I wouldn’t say that this beer is hot. Nice warming finish. Superb feel.
D: Highly recommended. By far the best of the Firestone anniversary lineup.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-27-2011
JPDurden24 (1385) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a small head. Aroma of Chocolate, vanilla, wood, dried fruit and some licorice. Flavor is sweet and caramel with toffee, alcohol and some brown sugar notes. Good stuff!
Countbeer (3701) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUL 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice small brown head, disappears slowly and leaves a creamy brown lacing on top of a black colored beer.
Smell vanilla, milk chocolate, creamy, toasted malts, sweet wood,
Taste is milk chocolate, light roasted malts, spices/alcohol tints, some wood , light hint of yeasty notes, creamy notes, light bitter, light hoppy, some darker fruit notes and a hint of liquorice,
Aftertaste of light roasted barley malts, sweets, light spices and vanilla/oak/wood.
Low carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a light sticky creamy texture.
It’s a good beer but seems to loose something of a body in time
madmitch76 (12253) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
18th October 2010
Opaque dark brown beer. Tidy tan head. Perfectly balanced vanilla oak and light coffee nose. Soft smooooth palate. Vanilla oak is the strongest flavour but these Firestone Walker Anniversary beers are so well blended it doesn’t dominate by much. Beautifully integrated coffee and bourbon. Buried slightly deeper is a little chocolate. Finishes soft and a little dry. Smooth sumptuous treat!
radarsock (651) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
FIRESTONE WALKER 13th ANNIVERSARY
I’ve been cellaring this baby for awhile and last night seemed like the right time, just as good as any, to finally open it. Here are my notes from the glorious tasting: pours a darkened brownish color with ruby pigments resembling a root beer float, ironically smelling of a root beer float, too. Smells secondhand of bourbon oak, charcoal, brown sugar, frosting, bitter chocolate and toffee.Tastes predominately of spiced liquorice, chocolate cake batter, cocoa, bourbon oak, burnt rice, oatmeal, spent yeasts, sorghum molasses, rust and black tea. Perhaps a little too overwhelmingly overpowering: I left it out for a few minutes for the warmth to change its tonality but not much had changed save for how it seemed a little richer and not as sweet as before. A remarkable beer nevertheless! I only wish I had opened this sooner.
cbfobes (1946) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Madvike at local tasting a while back, thanks Matt! Pours black with a thin off white head, the aroma has a ton of chocolate, vanilla and leather, the flavor has a lot of bourbon in the front end with some chocolate in the finish and some other spices mixed in, sweet finish overall, not bad at all.