Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by russwbeck:
3.95/5 rDev -9.2%
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
06-05-2012 02:04:22 | More by russwbeck
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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