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Firestone Walker 19 (XIX Nineteenth Anniversary Ale)

FW 1913.8% ABV. Another annual release of an Anniversary American Strong Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co. in Paso Robles, CA. This beer is particularly important this year as the brewer wanted this anniversary beer to be stout-centric compared to previous versions. The blend breakout was listed as follows:

Parabola / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 33.33% of Final Blend / Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout

Stickee Monkee / Aged in Bourbon and Whiskey Barrels / 33.33% of Final Blend / Central Coast Quad Brewed with Belgian Candi and Mexican Turbinado (brown) Sugar

Bravo / Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels / 16.6% of Final Blend / Imperial Brown Ale

Velvet Merkin / Aged in Bourbon Barrels / 16.6% of Final Blend / Traditional Oatmeal Stout

As a finished beer, XIX is a rich, chocolaty, chewy brew with brandy-soaked raisin and holiday fruitcake flavors. The blend is anchored by equal parts Stickee Monkee and Parabola, which combine to create a dense chocolate truffle-like base. Velvet Merkin and Bravo lend their spicy oak, leather and fruity accents to complete the brew. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass the true complexity of this blend is revealed, so take your time with this one. Since the Parabola is one of my favorite beer offerings from this brewery and seeing that this beer is 34% of the blend, I’ll just stick with the tried and true. theBeerAuthority: B+

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This entry was posted on April 7, 2016 by in Beer.

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