Firestone Walker 19 (XIX Nineteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 414   ABV: 13.8%
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We blended together 235 oak barrels and four different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional.” – Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Parabola / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 33.33% of Final Blend / Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Stickee Monkee / Aged in Bourbon and Whiskey Barrels / 33.33% of Final Blend / Central Coast Quad Brewed with Belgian Candi and Mexican Turbinado (brown) Sugar

Bravo / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 16.6% of Final Blend / Imperial Brown Ale

Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 16.6% of Final Blend / Traditional Oatmeal Stout

As a finished beer, XIX is a rich, chocolaty, chewy brew with brandy-soaked raisin and holiday fruitcake flavors. The blend is anchored by equal parts Stickee Monkee and Parabola, which combine to create a dense chocolate truffle-like base. Velvet Merkin and Bravo lend their spicy oak, leather and fruity accents to complete the brew. The beer is unfiltered and unfined so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XIX 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 the true complexity of this blend is revealed, so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect, like our other Anniversary offerings, that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come.

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4.1
nickd717 (6006) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 6, 2019
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2019 Finally ticked this, embarrassingly overdue. I'm sure everyone REALLY cares. Very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, nuts, molasses, vanilla, roast, coffee, booze. Flavor is sweet, lots of caramel/toffee malts as well as roast/coffee. Significant booze. Smooth slick full feel with lighter carb. Not the top tier of Firestone vintages, but mid-tier of this series is still awesome.

4.4
HarvesterOfSorrow (2769) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2019
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2019 August 26, 2019 - bottle opened on wedding anniversary. Dark pour with limited head. Aroma was a nice mix of brandy and bourbon. Taste had the bourbon and brandy, plus chocolate, dark fruit, sugary sweetness and wood. Finish was slighty dry and boozey.

4.2
pictoman (1519) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2019
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2019 Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle (brought back and aged). Near black with dissipating beige head. Chocolate, oak, leather, molasses, dried fruits, mild warming alcohol, hint of tobacco. Can really taste both the Parabola and Stickee Monkee parts of the blend. Excellent, but I like the XX slightly more.

4.2
fiulijn (25173) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2018
Bottle at Black Christmas 2018
Black colour with generous tan head. Rich caramel, with balanced booziness, strong nuttiness too, peanuts; sweet, warming.
Excellent.

4.1
Jyrsa (1357) - - DEC 13, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2018 Bottle with friends. Dark mostly clear brown. Raisin, cocoa, wine and malt. Vanilla, oak, chocolate, raisin. Full body, light.

3.9
Tide (6972) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2018 Bottle from random liquor store. Dark brown color, beige head. Bitter taste with dried fruits, toffee, coffee, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts, oak, bourbon and a bit of alcohol. Bitter finish with dried fruits, bourbon, oak, roasted malts, dried fruits, toffee and coffee. Excellent American strong ale.

4.3
cobaink2 (1307) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2018 22 oz botttle from beer junction. Tastes of toffee, figs, cinnamon, brown sugar and tootsie rolls. Really tasty.

4.3
Chalumeaux (2500) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2018
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2018 Poured from bottle 2015 vintage cola brown with nice legs and minimal head. Aroma is toffe fig raisin barrel notes. Taste is smooth, brandy raisin chocolate spicy oak. Each sip in the glass changes the complexity. Well crafted brew.

3.9
SHIG (6345) - Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2018
Bottle: Poured a light brown with tan ring. Aroma is boozy molasses vanilla. Taste is sweet malts, molasses, toffee, vanilla.

4.4
dojken (1089) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2018
Flaska! Doftar fantastiskt av muscovadosocker bourbon ekfat o läder. Lite kaffe hittar jag också. Mycket smaker som avrundas med en behaglig liten beska. Riktigt gott


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