Firestone Walker 13

Firestone Walker 13

Rated 3.773 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Paso Robles, CA, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

11% Alcohol by Volume

40 International Bittering Units

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As a finished beer, 13 is more sublime then last year’s blend. It is all about the subtleties and quiet tones. It has deep dark chocolate notes and is accented with dried fruit and licorice. Tere are hints of molasses and even a little cherry in the middle complimenting the vanilla and coconut notes brought in by the oak. These barrel qualities are very well integrated and meld well with the roast malt and caramel undertones. It 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 that this beer will age well. It was a pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our fourth oakaged blend! The Components: 39% of final blend: Parabola (13% ABV) - aged in bourbon barrels -Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout (brewed 04-30-09 and 09-17-09) OG = 28P FG = 7.5P IBU = 80 Color = Black Hopped with Simcoe, Bravo, Styrian Golding and East Kent Golding 24% of final blend: Bravo (11% ABV) - 2 barrel varieties- bourbon (50%), brandy (50%) -Imperial Brown Ale (brewed 2-10-09) OG = 22P FG = 4.8P IBU = 35 Color = 32 Hopped 100% with U.S. grown Fuggles 15% of final blend: Velvet Merkin (6% ABV) - aged in bourbon barrels -Traditional Oatmeal Stout (brewed 10-02-08) OG = 15P FG = 5.5P IBU = 32.5 Color = Black / 15% Oats Hopped with 100% U.S. grown Fuggles 6% of final blend: Opal (11% ABV) - aged in rye barrels -Wheat Wine (brewed 2-25-08) OG = 22.4P FG = 6.2P IBU = 45 Color = 17 Brewed with torrified and malted wheat, lightly hopped with Saaz 6% of final blend: Rufus (11% ABV) - aged in rye barrels -Continental Imperial Amber Ale (brewed 8-17-07) OG = 22.5P FG = 4.5P IBU = 40 Color = 15 Brewed with Belgian dark candi syrup, hopped with Styrian Goldings and Saaz 6% of final blend: Double Double Barrel Ale (10.9% ABV) - aged 100% in retired FW union barrels -Double English Pale Ale (brewed 12-03-08) OG = 24.0P FG = 5.8P IBU = 30 Color = 16 A double version of our flagship created by Cellar Master, Ali Razi 4% of final blend: Saucerful of Secrets (9% ABV) - aged in bourbon barrels -Belgian Strong Ale (brewed 10-30-07) OG = 23.4P FG = 6.1P IBU = 25 Color = 39 Brewed with Belgian dark candi sugar and everything else but the kitchen sink

ID: 37913 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 11 years ago

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Overall Rank639
Overall Percentile98.7
Style Rank27 of 722
Style Percentile96.3
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.7
Average Score4.063
Weighted Score3.773
Standard Deviation0.558

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  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Recently tried this beer and was not impressed, quite boozy in my opinion. The other aromas and flavours suffered as a result. While I've heard great things aboput this brewery, none of the beers I've tried are anything special to me.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.9 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 9/2/2012 during an FW 11-15 vertical. This American Strong Ale pours a dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to no head. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. A touch sweet, a little boozy. Kind of thin tasting and very different from both the 11 and 12. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. An interesting tasting. The group consensus was that the was not a whole lot of difference between the 11, 12 and 14, but that the 13 was thin and tasted so different from the others we wondered if they changed the recipe.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Thirteen comes off as a smoother, darker and more robust cousin of eleven. Sultry and deep with vast amounts of bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, oak and rum. Tasty.

  • RAGNAROK 110 reviews
    rated 4.5 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Wow. Period. Aoma is rich dark druit, fig molasses, oaked cherry, and deep wood. Sweet licorice, and wormwood. Very cherry. With spice and notes of cedar and cherry. Rich cardbord and dark toffee. Caramel, rich caramel oak and toffee. A brew truly to be enjoyed. I am only enjoying this brew because I am deployinng in 5 weeks and cannot wait. If I am to enjoy this brew, I will do it as I am alive to do so. This is an amazing brew. Period. Simlpy. Slainte!!!

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    A good friend brought me this beer a few months ago, so naturally, I had to try it. A very dark brown pour, almost black. Decent sized brown head, that sadly dies quickly. The aroma is all over the place with roasted malt, alcohol, chocolate, more alcohol, and a hint of vanilla. The flavour is very much on the sweet side with the vanilla and alcohol showing through. Not a beer I'll ever try again, but not something I'm sad about either.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Yippee! .. Pours out a very dark brown, whimsical head, good lacing . . good thick mouth, sweet and chewy .. . sweet dark sugar, chocolate and dark caramel flavours.. . awesome stuff!! .. . I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night...

  • POPERY 212 reviews
    rated 4.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Birthday beer #2. Bottle, home. Why you gotta be so good, Firestone Walker 13? If I spill this beer, I’m going to lick it off the floor. It’s big, luxurious and delicious. It reminds me of Port’s Older Viscosity, one of my favorite beers, for its velvety feel and lush, barrel-aged pleasure. It pours black with a small dissipating head. The aroma is brandy, rich malt, cocoa, vanilla bean, espresso and brown sugar. The flavor is relatively sweet, but it works very well with the flavor. There’s a lot of oak and wood throughout the beer. It’s just a really nice blend. This is a treat and a nice slow sipper. Great beer

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Holy Crap - check out what this beer is made of... 39% Parabola (13% abv) bourbon barrel imperial oatmeal stout 24% Bravo (11%) bourbon AND brandy barrel imperial brown 15% Velvet Merkin (6%) bourbon barrel oatmeal stout 6% Opal (11%) wheat wine aged in rye barrels 6% Rufus (11%) imperial amber ale aged in rye barrels 6% Double Double Barrel Ale (10.9%) aged in FW union barrels 4% Saucerful of Secrets (9%) belgian strong ale aged in bourbon barrels Maybe overkill with that many base beers, but I REALLY can't argue with thr result. Smells, feels and tastes amazing. Decadent is the best word to describe this bad boy. Aroma is strong bourbon, vanilla & chocolate, but with other aspects not drowned out...tobacco/leather, woody, roasted malts. greeat smooth feel, full & round. obviously quite dark with decent choclatey head retention. awesome complex flavor as well. expertly blended. the rye barrels peek through just a bit and lend another level of complexity to this great beer. in the end, though, while i love the sum of all the parts, it's the assertive but not overdone bourbon barreling that really shines. Awesome stuff! Reminds me of Palo Santo in that it's a super complex dark beer that defies style...but barrel aged!!!

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