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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 155
Gots: 742 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

18% Helldorado (11.7% ABV) Blonde Barley Wine.
17% Sticky Monkey (12.5% ABV) English Barley Wine.
17% Bravo (13.5% ABV) Imperial Brown Ale.
13% Double Double Barrel Ale (11.5% ABV) Double Strength English Pale Ale.
11% Good Foot (14.3 ABV) American Barley Wine.
10% Velvet Merkin (8.6% ABV) Traditional Oatmeal Stout.
9% Parabola (13% ABV) Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
5% Double Jack (9.5% ABV) Double India Pale Ale.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-08-2011)
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Reviews by PBoegel:
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4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It scarcely gets better than this. I was pleasantly surprised when Firestone Walker products started showing up in my neck of the woods in Albany New York earlier in 2011.

I'll spare a tome to Firestone Walker, you can find a great about why this brewery is highly acclaimed and rightfully so across the world wide web.

Often times beers of this nature reach a proportion of hype which simply cannot be lived up too, they are good, but not the type of thing that changes your mind or perceptions. You can choose not to like this beer and perform an anti-hype campaign, but you would be wrong.

Poured from the 22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn Tulip snifter the beer is stunning in appearance, deep hued brown, ruby the head (as to be expected) is short lived. I actually had to take a picture of the color that refracted through the glass it was that interesting. It looked like a Garnet stone.

Aroma was rich cocoa, vanilla, rum, scotch, some faint hints of piney hops (due to a healthy addition of Double Jack into the blend). No off aromas, certainly an alcohol presence, but one that supports the beer, not detracts from it.

The current taste profile of this beer is a rich layered but highly drinkable strong ale. The alcohol from the stronger beers in the blend combined with the bourbon barrel aged beers creates a rich palate. Everything from dark chocolate notes, to hints of fresh dark coffee beans, vanilla, traces of bourbon and a velvety caramel. The alcohol cuts through the sweetness to balance the beer magnificently.

I did not detect much in the way of hops from the flavor, but there was a very well defined hop bitterness. Full bodied, but also perfectly carbonated with a warming alcohol finish and rich oak character as well.

Hard to imagine there will be many beer experiences much better than this. Looking forward to trying to quell my lust to open the remaining three bottles. Perhaps I'll buy another to deny my sanity.

PBoegel, Jan 08, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cole's last night.Poured into a goblet a deep dark chocolate brown with a minimal head.Deep oaky and vanilla notes in the nose mixed with deep chocolate and alcohol,it's boozy but not in your face boozy.Mellow and thick in the mouth with chocolate and whiskey flavors dominating,some vanilla and sweet booze linger in the finish.A great sipping beer,complexand smooth.Great stuff!

oberon, Oct 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

abeerdude, Sep 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

SanFranJake, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of delaced21
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

delaced21, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of SkiBum22
4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany, slight head, decent lacing. A great looking beer.

S - Caramel, vanilla, oak and cherry. Mild bourbon.

T - Caramel, vanilla and bourbon just like the nose. Light oak notes. A nicely blended malt and hop character. Perfect balance.

M - Very smooth and with light creaminess. Barely any carbonation. Goes down quite smooth for the booziness in the nose.

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. I can't see were all the negativity is coming from on this one. It is a little pricey but I think it's worth it. I can't wait to see this beer in a year. Should be an A+ then.

SkiBum22, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

warnerry, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.05/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours brown with a medium creamy light tan head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet dark fruits (plum, raisin) and vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet sugary dark fruits with some strong harsh alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery with low carbonation.

Overall, decent, but too sweet and boozy.

Beaver13, Oct 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

imagery, Dec 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bishopdc0, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

megamass, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

mctizzz, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

aquazr1, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Juan611, Aug 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

BigE90, Jun 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

GarrettB714, Dec 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Spotupfor3, Jun 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

standardcherry, Jun 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mjtiernan, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bpfrush, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle a bit above fridge temp poured into a snifter

Pours out nearly opaque black, maybe a super dark brown? About one fingers worth of light tan to yellow colored head off the pour that quickLy fades to a thick ring and patchy foam. Lacing is quick to fall back into the beer, but some really nice alcohol legs.

Lots of bourbon and barrel character in the aroma, vanilla. Maybe a bit of brandy as well. Quite warming. Lots of wood. Sweet caramel, and maybe even hints of some sort of grain, maybe rye? Or maybe this comes from the wood?

Very nice, flavors meld together so nicely. Bourbon at the forefront with some brandy as well, a nice barrel character, oaky vanilla, quite warming on the palate. Lots of sweetness, dark caramel, maybe a bit of burnt sugars. Some grainy wood.

Thick and sweet, but not overly so. Boozey and warming all over.

This beer really brings it with bourbon and brandy flavors and some amazing barrel characteristics. Warming for sure, but quite amazing how it can have some much bourbon flavor without being overly boozey. Quite possibly one of the best BA beers I've had.

dogfishandi, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A very dark ruby color, bordering on dark brown with a creamy, tight, small-bubbled off-white head that leaves the glass sticky with irregular lines of lace. This is a significantly lighter colored beer when compared to previous Firestone Walker Anniversary beers.

The aroma comes together quite nicely. It's rich in chocolate, coconut, a bit of dark fruit, and whipped cream sweetness. There's also a bright, almost citrus, hop component as well.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, with the citrus hops actually making quite an impact. Along with the bright hops are flavors of coconut, chocolate, slight roast, and a bit of dark cherry.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

A very nice blend and a distinct departure from previous Firestone Anniversary beers. I like this one, and am interested in how it will age, but it doesn't seem the prime candidate for cellaring where the previous iterations clearly were.

ehammond1, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

TKEbeerman, Mar 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31%

rwilde, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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