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- Velvet Merkin
- Firestone Walker
Always fun to try the Anniversary Ale, in which local winemakers blend Firestone Walker’s barrel-aged Vintage series beers. To me, these blends are assured to be inferior to their progenitors (like Parabola, Bravo, Velvet Merkin, Stickee Monkee, etc.), but only because those beers are so superlative. Like most of their recent Anniversary Ale blends, this beer is stout-heavy with notes of coffee, vanilla, chocolate and caramel malts. But the other beers round out the flavor with some sweetness of brown sugar, dark fruits, and toasted grains. Very smooth and with a nice mouthfeel, especially as the beer warms. Inevitably, an exceptional beer! Get it while you can!