Firestone Walker 18 (XVIII Eighteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Final Blend:

Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (38% of the final blend)
Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
OG=30P FG=7.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Magnum, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition

Helldorado (11.7% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (16% of the final blend)
OG=24.8P FG=4.0P IBU=24 Color=8 / Brewed with buckwheat honey & El Dorado hops

Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (16% of the final blend)
Imperial Brown Ale
OG=26.5 FG=3.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with German Magnum

Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (14% of the final blend)
English Barley Wine
OGP FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=34 / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar

Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels (5% of the final blend)
Traditional Oatmeal Stout
OG=15+P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles

Hydra Cuveè (10.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels - A Collaboration brewed with Flying Dog for Savor 2014 (4% of the final blend)
Blended Hybrid ½ hoppy dark beer (Gonzo and Wookey) and ½-blended barrel aged beer (DDBA and Bravo)
OG=24+P FG=5.5+ IBU=32.5 Color= Black

Wookey Jack (8.5% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel (3% of the final blend
American Black Ale – Black IPA
OG=17.8P FG=2.5P IBU=80 Color=45+/ Dank and Dark

Ol’ Leghorn (12.5%ABV)Aged in New American Oak - A Collaboration brewed with Three Floyds for the FWIBF (2% of the final blend)
English Barley Wine
OGP FG=5.1P IBU=45 Color=28 / 50% 1 yr. barrel aged English Barley Wine + 50% fresh dry hopped stainless produced

Double Jack (9.5% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel (2% of the final blend)
Double India Pale Ale
OG= 20P FG=2.5P IBU=100 Color=8 / Extremely hoppy triple dry hopped DIPA

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, XVIII is a dark and complex brew full of malt and barrel derived flavors, with Parabola leading the brew into the rich darkness. The beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XVIII is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass, rich dark chocolate, toasted oak and dark fruit character is revealed, so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our ninth oak-aged blend! The journey continues and it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.

This beer is dedicated to Jake and the rest of the amazing Wolfe family who have supported this community, our brewery and me personally since the beginning. We love you dearly.

Matt

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IndianaRed (6767) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 7, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2019 On Tap at BitterCreek Boise Dark brown pour with a thin dense tan head. Terrific blend of caramelized sugars, medium roast and touches of licorice and molasses. A bit boozy as the barrel aging character kicks in. Smooth and some lingering sweetness. Very good

4.4
rami_pl (10198) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 27, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2018 Rami Rami is drinking a Firestone 18 (XVIII) Anniversary Ale by Firestone Walker Brewing Company at Mikkeller Bar Warsaw Piekna beczka, cialo, slodycz, kandyzowane, toffi, owoce, wanilia, ryli czad

3.9
ClarkVV (8565) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2018
Draught at Ginger Man, 10/11/18.
Mauve-chestnut.  Clear, I think.  Light tan head to ring.
Oatmeal raisin cookie nose.  Some alcohol, not aggressive, on the end. Lotta raisin, chocolate, caramel.  Super soft and aged but no oxidation.
Raisin, plum, toffee. Alcohol picking up. Light roast on end. Not too sweet.  Nuts, bourbon, vanilla.  Soft, malty, great carbonation.  Spicy rich.  But whew is it strong.  Good though.

4.1
TimE (8146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 23, 2018
Dark brown color. Light brown head. Tons of rolo candy, milk chocolate, vanilla oak, sherry in the nose. Light body, tons of oak, vanilla dark chocolate and bourbon. Very smooth. Well intrgrated and the flavors have meddle nicely after five year. Slight warming finish with vanilla going forever.

4.5
HarvesterOfSorrow (2764) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2018
August 26, 2018 - bottle poured into bourbon county sniffers, shared on our anniversary. Dark pour with limited head. Aroma was bourbon, brandy, wood, sweetness, chocolate and dark fruit / raisin. Taste was really complex and well balanced. One sip and you notice the dark chocolate and bourbon, then the next one and you get a strong sweetness with the dark fruit. The wood and bourbon/brandy come out nicely in the finish.

4.2
AndresTM (460) - Texas, USA - APR 1, 2018
The aroma is sweet and hearty, with loads of chocolate, prunes, raisins, toffee, caramel, buttermilk pie, and soft roasty notes. The alcohol is present, but not overpowering. Oak and vanilla make an appearance, as well. The palate is syrupy, with mild carbonation and a viscous body; the alcohol contributes a prickliness to give some texture. The taste is equal parts roasty bitter and malty/oaky sweet. Great beer, but as with some previous releases, I like some of the underlying beers more.

4.1
VastActiv (10679) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2018
Tap at EBF, Boston. Color is very dark brown with small slightly brownish head. Aromas and flavors: Chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruits, some spices and roasted malts. Very deep and excellent.

4.2
90 (1011) - BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2018
Thanks Kraddel! Bourbon aroma in your face! (but in a very nice way). Toffee, caramel and a mild bitterness. Really very well balanced.

4.3
Aminatchime (317) - BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2017
Donker bruine tot zwarte kleur met kleine beige schuimkraag. Geur is alcoholisch, zoete siroop, vanille, eik, likeurtoetsen en caramel. Smaak is warm alcoholisch, eik, chocolade, Carmel, noten van vanille en likeur. Zoete siroop en candy.

4.2
kraddel (10780) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle shared with friends. Big thanx to whoever took the big effort to type out the commercial description. Great info source ! Pours dark, nearly black, but still in the brown zone. No real head. Smell is intense, bourbon, bit boozy, Taste is full, tad creamy, bourbon, sweet, roasty, intense oak and bourbon notes. Very complex. medium thick body. Medium carbo. Very well made. lovely beer indeed.


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