Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thingus:
4.47/5 rDev +2.8%
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!!
12-25-2011 22:02:54 | More by Thingus
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +3%
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!
10-02-2012 13:20:56 | More by oberon
4.93/5 rDev +13.3%
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.
02-07-2012 19:37:25 | More by SkiBum22
3.05/5 rDev -29.9%
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.
10-05-2012 05:24:04 | More by Beaver13
4.6/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
09-22-2013 18:55:29 | More by dogfishandi
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
03-07-2012 19:22:14 | More by ehammond1
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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