Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by russwbeck:
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A Semi-clear deep red brown pour devoid of head. 4
S The smell is amazingly malty. Anton of vanilla with slight bourbon. It's oaky, but the amount of barrel aging makes it hard to determine what's going on. Boozy, but blended and mellowed very well. 4
T The taste is pretty boozy, but the bourbon and oak take over towards the backend. The vanilla and sweet maltiness are pervasive, but the barrel aging balances it out. This beer is becoming exceedingly difficult to describe. It's all barrel and sweetness. The finish is slightly hoppy. It's not bad, but I think Parabola and Velvet Merkin were better. 4
MF Heavy body with a low carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but the alcohol and sweetness gets to me a bit. 3.5
Pairing: This was the finishing beer. The nail in the coffin if you will. I wanted something to snack on, but I'm pretty sure I've run the gammet with delicious food. 3
O This is a great beer, but probably not worth the price tag for a bottle. It's good, but didn't blow me away 4
Serving type: on-tap
06-05-2012 02:04:22 | More by russwbeck
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Opened a bottle of this on 02 May 2014. Drink at room temp....the colder this was, the more flavors were muted, but as it warmed closer to room temp it really really opened up nicely...either that or I got more drunk! Either way, it was great! Not really gonna go into the finer points of this beer, but the overall finished product is flippin great. No problems with this beer at all.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2014 21:49:57 | More by 4thelvofbeer
4.84/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
On tap MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Henrietta, NY.
An aged keg, this was a huge surprise to find.
Pours a ruby garnet brown color, with a quarter inch head that recedes into a film on top of the beer that looks like overhead view of a hurricane on a weather map. Very small splotches of lacing remain down the glass.
Aromas include vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and sweet bourbon.
The taste is similar and quite complex. At different times, I taste oak, vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow, dark fruits (figs, cherries, raisins), caramel, and brown sugar. The alcohol is mellow and provides a subtle bite.
Medium bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, despite the ABV. Almost no carbonation after 3+ years of aging.
This was goddamn amazing. It's so drinkable, almost crushable, but it's best to savor the crap out of this one.
Serving type: on-tap
04-29-2014 01:17:02 | More by GreesyFizeek
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.