Beer Review: FIRESTONE WALKER XIX ANNIVERSARY ALE

Beer Review: FIRESTONE WALKER XIX ANNIVERSARY ALE

Firestone Walker Brewing takes a step back with their XIX Anniversary Ale, embracing a more straightforward brewing philosophy. Brewmaster Matt Brynildson explains the shift, opting for fewer barrel-aged beers and eliminating the blending of hoppy stainless steel finished ones. The result is the XIX Anniversary Ale, a beer that centers on rich and complex barrel-aged flavors. In contrast to previous blends with up to nine component beers, this year’s concoction consists of only four: Parabola, Stickee Monkee, Bravo, and Velvet Merkin.

Unveiling the XIX

Publisher: Firestone Walker Brewing
Genre: American Strong Ale
Print Length: 22 oz. bottle
ISBN: N/A
ABV: 13.8%

The Pour and Aroma

Appearance: The XIX pours a silky black with a vanishing white head.
Aroma: Sweet woody booze, dried dark fruits, and a substantial whiff from a box of dark chocolate truffles permeate the senses.

Tasting Notes

Taste: The palate is treated to a medley of flavors – cola, roast, oak, whiskey, smoke, umami, and licorice. The finish is distinctly oaky and roasty.

Mouthfeel and Overall Impression

Mouthfeel: Despite being full-bodied, it avoids thickness and syrupiness, thanks to an easy carbonation.
Overall: This is no ordinary beer; it’s a big, bold, and flavorful sipper. Firestone Walker impresses once again with their ability to brew and blend high gravity beers that go down smoothly. Surprisingly approachable, this brew is ready to be enjoyed now. For pairing, skip the desserts; this is better suited for a red meat dish or can even stand alone as a dessert beer.