Firestone Walker 18th Anniversary Ale

Published On February 2, 2015 | By Stephen Rubke | Anything Beer, Beer Reviews

The brewers at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, California, have been consistently excellent with their special releases. Parabola, their annual Imperial Stout, is among the best examples of the breed. No surprise then that their 18th Anniversary Ale, which contains a Parabola blend and is aged in oak barrels, is absolutely stunning.

The entire blend contains other beers as well including a barley wine, a brown, and dark IPA. The result is so fantastically balanced and completely focused that it defies any rational explanation. As a kid, I used to mix sodas into a single cup at Sizzler, and nothing ever came out this good.
Although it is strong at 13% and extremely complex, I’d actually say this could be a really good gateway beer for casual drinkers. It’s so smooth and balanced that even its high strength isn’t very obtrusive. This is truly an example of craft brewing at its absolute finest. 5/5. I sincerely hope you can find a bottle of this somewhere. Worth every penny.

Like this Article? Share it!

About The Author

Stephen Rubke
i, I'm Stephen. I'm an airline pilot and reformed beer drinker. Born and raised in southern California and lived the last half of my life in the SF Bay Area. I like sports cars with clutch pedals, airplanes, and both college and pro football. I spent most of my 20's drinking High Life and Rolling Rock, but was shamed into beer snobbery by the woman who would become my wife. Currently I enjoy travelling around the country and searching out the local beers. Cheers!

Comments are closed.