Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
It's a shame that these Firestone Walker Anniversary beers are so expensive, as I do enjoy the hell out of them.
Bottle purchased at Samz in Burlington, $21.99 a bottle. Bought 3.
Poured into a large snifter. Lighter coloration that previous anniversaries, likely due to the inclusion of lighter beers in the initial blend. Duh. Smells of vanilla, bourbon, and surprisingly, hops. Alcohol comes through in the scent, but to be somewhat expected, due to the high abv.
Taste also follows the similar FW -bal beers, with the vanilla-bourbon flavor, but with a higher alcohol burn than I'm used to with their boxed specialties. Hop flavor adds to the burn, like drinking lemonade after eating a sour patch kid. Somewhat off-putting, unfortunately.
Definitely a pleasant beer in the ever growing ocean that is modern -bal beers, but as a blended American Strong Ale, especially from FW, it is a bit unbalanced and the alcohol burn is too strong. I hope this will mellow out with age, before it falls apart like some of their other blends tend to do. Next time, leave out the DDBA and the Double Jack.
Serving type: bottle
12-27-2011 21:38:27 | More by YaKnowBrady
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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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