Firestone Walker is set to release Firestone XV this weekend. Each year, different barrel aged strong ales are selected for the final blend. One of the components this year is an old rare favorite called Bravo. Firestone Bravo isa 13.5% abv. Imperial Brown Ale aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels. This was poured during LA Beer Week at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, to get us all excited about the upcoming release. OG=26.5P, FG 7.7P, IBU=35 Color=32/ Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles.
Firestone Walker – Firestone Walker Bravo – On tap at 38 Degrees – 13.5% abv.
Appearance: Pours a deep ruby with a creamy tan cap that subsides to white edges. While sitting on the table it looks dark, when you lift it up to ambient light, it’s fairly translucent.
Aroma: Alcohol, apples, cherry, wood.
Taste: Burnt caramel, toast,alcohol, spicy hop, oak, spicy candy apple.
Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy with modest carbonation.
Overall: Another tasty, boozy sipper. I’ve had this a few years ago at a festival, and don’t remember it being this big, boozy and bold.