Firestone Walker XXI Anniversary Ale

Firestone Walker Brewing Company
Paso Robles, CA, United States of America

Vital Statistics

Release: Limited Single
ABV: 11.8%
First released: 2017

From the brewer

This year’s Anniversary beer is a magical blend of five components. Chocolatey, mild Velvet Merkin takes the lead setting the stage full of lush malt and barrel driven texture, yet tempered alcohol strength. The rest of the components fall perfectly in line, backing Velvet Merkin up with luscious caramel complexity and a creamy malt symphony. The final component adds a new twist – the rum barrel-soaked and lean Helldorado makes its Anniversary debut, bringing a fresh splash of island-spice to a ridiculously balanced barrel-aged brew. This is one of those times that the whole truly equals more than the sum of its parts. I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Average Scores

Overall: 92 (logged 3 times)
Bottle: 92 (logged 1 time)
Draft: 92 (logged 2 times)

Who's been drinking this

Almost to the edge of too smoothed out, but still delicious. Light date flavors, caramel, just a hint of bitterness before dissipating to nothingness. Whatever edges were there are gone. This isn't the oldest anniversary ale I have, makes me wonder how the XIX is.
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