This is from Firestone Walker Brewing Company‘s Proprietors Reserve Series where they blend various styles of beer and age them in barrels. This ale is comprised primarily of English pale ale (Double Double Barrel Ale) and English barley wine (Sticky Monkey) with various stouts (Imperial, Oatmeal, Russian) added to the blend. 14th Anniversary Ale pours black with a thin, tan head that dissipates quickly. Strong toasted oak and bourbon notes are followed by hints of vanilla. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and full of body with the taste of chewy dates and an alcohol that makes its presence known very pleasantly. It has a dry, bitter coffee finish with a cherry brandy fade. Delicious while it lasted. Sad that’s it is all gone.
Posted May 2, 2011