Firestone Walker Big Opal
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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Big Opal is a hearty wheat wine brewed for our anniversayr barrel-aging program. You will most likely see this blended into “Twelve” later this year. A hefty malt bill drives the alcohol over 9% and a blend of our House Ale yeast and Humboldt yeast adds to the complexity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
N3lson1 (1005) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2016
Drank at ACBF, pours a nice light clear color. Has nice aroma too it. Has a nice hidden spiciness that isn’t overwhelmning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
I am assuming this is the correct beer I had a woodshop. Brown pour, very light tan head. Aroma is very sweet up front, some caramel and toffee, marshmallow and raisins. Flavor is big and bold, spicy, I detect some oak, vanilla, brown sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22400) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
September 2008
A hand labelled bottle brought to the Rake by the Matt Brynildson from FW. Big cheers to Matt for bringing and Rich and Mike (of the Rake) for sharing! The bottle was noted as ’Rye Barrel Wheat Wine’ - 11.0% abv. So this was the Opal the fed in to FW13 I guess. Sweet start, porty. A lovely strong beer with a lot of barleywine characteristics. Sweet rich strong beer with smooth everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 09/10/2008 (As Opal Wheat Wine ABV 9.5%) Very fruity aroma. Golden coloured and slightly hazy in appearance. Sweet on the palate with a crisp slightly dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dustbuster (1) - alameda, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009 does not count
Another Firestone Xll release party goer. An impressive wheat wine, sweet with a peculiar (to beer) coconut macaroon flavor. Sweet enough to hide the strength of the alcohol, and very drinkable. Like many big beers changes as it warms, with different flavor nuances about every 5 degrees....

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Draft @ Toronado, for the Firestone Walker XII release party. Pours a murky, orange-amber color; light tan head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Loads of juicy coconut, dried oranges, and sweet candy sugar in the aroma; still, really nicely dry, dense, and generous nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: intensely chewy, dense dried oranges, toasty coconut, and oily dried fruits; lightly-barreled and toasty dried fruits and caramel. Lengthy finish: soft toasty oak, coconut, and dried, dense fruitiness; oranges, nicely toasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 On tap at the Toronado. Listed as Firestone Opal Wheat Wine (13 or 14% if I remember). Pours a stunningly beautiful hazy deep reddish amber with a small, wispy off-white head. Aroma of prunes, plums, caramel and alcohol. Taste is a malty and pruney barely wine with some banana and clove elements from the wheat with a considerable amount of oxidation in the taste. A lot of alcohol in the taste makes this odd drink a bit hard to put down. Syrupy mouthfeel with small bubbles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Draft. Also just called Opal. It’s a wheatwine. Reddish amber beer with a light off-white head. Malty, wheat aroma. Wheat, malt flavor with light fruitiness, noticeable alcohol, and a bit of darker malt. Fuller bodied. Lingering alcohol, wheat, malt, spice, fruit. Starts to get some cocoa notes. Gets better and better.

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