Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Out of a bottle into a tulip, live tasting...
Appearance; pours a lovely mahogany brown, ruby along the edges and when viewed through the top down through the beer. One finger off white, light tan head that quickly dissipates.
Smell; brandy, bourbon, brown sugar, maple, vanilla, oak definitely solid alcohol presence on the nose. Some may find it overwhelming but to my nose it nicely offsets the sweet smells I get.
Taste; this is a very forward beer with alcohol, tons of bourbon, brandy, dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and molasses...
Mouthfeel; is very smooth, somewhere between medium to full body with a viscous to syrupy mouthfeel... Getting the body pegged on this one is difficult for me for some reason... It feels thicker than the color would let on.. Very still although not flat, quite similar to a barley wine in my opinion, which would make sense given the barley wine contributions to this beer approach 50% (46% to be exact)
Overall; XV is extremely complex, and there are a ton of aromas and flavors I couldn't decipher in this beer... It is most similar to barley wines that I've had previously... Strong alcohol presence, and I'm curious to see how this beer mellows and matures with age. Certainly a great brew, but at the moment, a little raucous and immature in my opinion, absolutely drinkable and enjoyable but I'm also glad to have another bottle to revisit in a couple years!!
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2011 22:02:54 | More by Thingus
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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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