From Firestone Walker – 14 is best enjoyed in a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. If left in a cool dark place, I suspect this beer will age well. It was an absolute pleasure making it and I truly hope you enjoy our fifth oak–aged blend! The journey continues.
Firestone Walker Brewing – Firestone 14 – On tap at Stone World Bistro and Gardens, poured into a snifter. 12.5% abv.
Appearance: Pours a rootbeer brown with a very thin ring of tan suds.
Aroma: Bourbon, leather,wood, grass, chocolate,vanilla,caramel.
Taste: Chocolate, bourbon, apple crisp/pie, oak, euro hops.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (for a Firestone Anniversary beer), prickly modest carbonation.
Overall: Amazing. Not goopy or syrupy. It reminds me of a cross between an Impy Stout, Old Ale and Barleywine (funny, it really is though). Some who tried this think it was rather young and hot, for me, compared to previous anniversary blends, this seemed the most refined. While there is no denying the level of alcohol or influence from bourbon and brandy barrel aging, it didn’t blow my face off like fresh 10,11 or 12 did.