Firestone Walker Brewing Company’s 13 Anniversary Ale came out in 2009 and is part of the company’s line of blended barrel aged beers. These line of brews are comprised of barley wines, imperial stouts and imperial browns which were aged for two years in bourbon, rye and wine barrels. I served this at room temperature. It poured black with a thin, tan head. Sweet molasses, vanilla, oak and bourbon notes came off the top. The mouthfeel was full of chocolate and roasted espresso – warm yet not bitter with a touch of rye. The finish was smooth yet crisp with hints of sherry. It had just the slightest touch of burn from the 12 percent ABV. If blended beers are your thing, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Posted January 25, 2011