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Firestone Walker Opal (Dry Hopped Saison) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Today on Beer Geek Nation we take a look at the latest release from Firestone Walker. Opal is their interpretation on a farmhouse ale with the twist being they dry hopped it with hallertau blanc hops. Check out my review to see if Firestone Walker nailed another one! Cheers. From the brewer: “Our interpretation of the rustic Wallonian Saison style is a harmonious blend of rustic grains, spicy yeast and unique sauvignon blanc tones. Inviting lemon grass and gooseberry meet peppery spice and fresh grain aromas. Spicy Belgian yeast create a complex yet dry and refreshing canvas with splashes of citrus and stone fruit with a bright tropical white wine finish. Hop bitterness is assertive yet harmonious rounding out slightly tart and refreshing.” Read More »

Firestone Walker Sucaba (2014) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Today on BGN we take a look at the 2014 batch of Firestone Walkers bourbon barrel aged barlewine called Sucaba. Check out the review to see what I thought. Cheers! “Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.” Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Firestone Walker XVII (Seventeenth) Anniversary Ale Video Beer Review

As a finished beer, XVII is dark, rich and complex. The lead beers of the blend are Bravo, a lean and oak-forward imperial brown ale and Stickee Monkee, a huge brown sugar infused barley wine. These beers are beautiful on their own but together they bring rich molasses drenched oak flavors and cinnamon glazed almond aromas lifted by high alcohol. In the middle of the blend are our two favorite stouts, Parabola and Velvet Merkin, working in concert to provide a dusty cocoa mocha aroma and bitter dark chocolate flavors. Somehow together in this blend I am reminded of Bourbon-soaked chocolate chip cookie dough! Double DBA makes the blend again this year, bringing its signature vanilla-infused crème brulée flavor. Helldorado, our blonde barley wine, helps to bring balance with its honey notes and light leather nuances. Like last year, a dash of Wookey Jack ... Read More »

Beer Geek Nation presents San Diego Beer Vlog: Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin Video Beer Review

This is our Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and it just won the 2010 and 2011 Gold medal at the GABF for barrel aged beers!!! This beer goes into the barrels as a roasty dark chocolate, coffee accented mild mannered stout and comes out transformed as a milk chocolate, smooth dark cherry, vanilla and coconut infused masterpiece. We are incredibly proud of this beer and it seems as though it was always meant to be a barrel aged brew. 100% Oak Barrel Aged. Read More »

Firestone Walker XVII Anniversary Ale | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

During the dog days of the autumn grape harvest, thirsty overworked winemakers are fond of saying, “It takes a lot of beer to make great wine.” But at Firestone Walker Brewing Company, the opposite is also true, as 14 local winemakers recently convened to help the brewing team blend the next Firestone Walker Anniversary Ale. The result is “XVII”—a vintage blend of seven eclectic component ales aged in retired bourbon, brandy and whiskey barrels. XVII will be officially released starting at the brewery on November 2. The blending session has become an annual rite at the brewery, with Brewmaster Matt Brynildson enlisting his winemaker friends from the surrounding Paso Robles wine country. “I’m not aware of any other beer that is blended like this, from so many distinct components,” Brynildson said. “That’s why we bring in the winemakers.” During the blending session, the friendly ... Read More »

Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

This is our Velvet Merlin Oatmeal Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels and it just won the 2010 and 2011 Gold medal at the GABF for barrel aged beers!!! This beer goes into the barrels as a roasty dark chocolate, coffee accented mild mannered stout and comes out transformed as a milk chocolate, smooth dark cherry, vanilla and coconut infused masterpiece. We are incredibly proud of this beer and it seems as though it was always meant to be a barrel aged brew. 100% Oak Barrel Aged. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Firestone Walker Double DBA (2013 Vintage) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength. It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two. English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels. beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Everything we love about classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils. Beer geek nation beer reviws Read More »

Firestone Walker Parabola (2013 Vintage) | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favs. Beer geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »

Bourbon County Stout vs. FSW Parabola vs. Bells Black Note Blind Tasting | Beer Geek Nation Craft Beer Reviews

In this blind taste off I taste all 2012 versions of Goose Islands Bourbon County Stout, FIrestone Walker Parabola and Bells Black Note Stout. The results were surprising to say the least! Beer Geek nation craft beer reviews Read More »