Firestone 10 – Anniversary Ale

Huge thanks go out to Grant for sharing this at the Brick Store.

Dark mahogany pour that produced a pretty good head considering the age of the beer, the style and the ABV. One of the most distinct parts of this beer (at least visually) were the legs.

The aroma is quite complex with a fairly large dose of vanilla. As Gregg pointed out, you could certainly detect a sort of old, musty hop note in the aroma too.

Smooth and warming in the mouth and a mild burn on the way down. Definitely manifests some more alcohol in the mouthfeel.

Tastes are light alcohol with some nice liquor like notes up front. It finishes with a chocolate like note, but it’s not a stout like, smooth chocolate taste but much more like a semi-sweet, bakers chocolate. A bit of cocoa too. The baker’s chocolate brings a seriously dry note in the finish that was surprising. It’s a complex beer but the sum of the parts is not stunning for me, rather just very solid. Despite the alcohol in the nose it is well hidden in the taste (at least relatively).

Absolutely delighted to have had the chance to try this – thanks again Grant.

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03/13/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 12.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4
Mouthfeel: 4.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 4
Total: 4.15
Series Name: Anniversary Ale
Year: 2006

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