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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
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953 Ratings
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Ratings: 953
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

18% Helldorado (11.7% ABV) Blonde Barley Wine.
17% Sticky Monkey (12.5% ABV) English Barley Wine.
17% Bravo (13.5% ABV) Imperial Brown Ale.
13% Double Double Barrel Ale (11.5% ABV) Double Strength English Pale Ale.
11% Good Foot (14.3 ABV) American Barley Wine.
10% Velvet Merkin (8.6% ABV) Traditional Oatmeal Stout.
9% Parabola (13% ABV) Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
5% Double Jack (9.5% ABV) Double India Pale Ale.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-08-2011)
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DustinSmall

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A-pours a deep dark mahogany, slight head, decent lacing, a great looking beer

S-bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel, very well balanced and great smelling beer

T-Great taste on this beer, a hint of vanilla, carmel, mild bourbon characteristics slight hop presence great great beer

M- Big mouthfeel good carbonation, not to heavy perfect

O- outstanding beer, would deff drink again a tad pricey but worth it

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 18:14:59 | More by DustinSmall
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A blend of 8 different ales aged in 197 different oak barrels. The smell has definite toasted oak and bourbonesque vanilla notes. There's a little chocolate and a clear alcohol kick as well. Up front the taste has strong bourbon chords such as vanilla and oak followed by chocolate and toffee sweetness. There are definitely hints of honey and a slight floral taste. It has a pretty dry finish and fades out with a tiny bit of hops swirled in with vanilla and caramel. Afterwords the flavors stick with you and change. Awesome. This was hard to describe, its so complex and wonderful. This beer is definitely worth the $18-23 price tag. Luckily mine was a Christmas gift.

NOTE: Now that I've sipped on it a little longer there is definitely some spiciness in there like cinnamon or ginger. A little more of a piney hoppiness in the background too, reminiscent of British hops like East Kent Goldings. Very very slight though, almost undetectable.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 08:41:33 | More by DonDirkA
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PBoegel

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It scarcely gets better than this. I was pleasantly surprised when Firestone Walker products started showing up in my neck of the woods in Albany New York earlier in 2011.

I'll spare a tome to Firestone Walker, you can find a great about why this brewery is highly acclaimed and rightfully so across the world wide web.

Often times beers of this nature reach a proportion of hype which simply cannot be lived up too, they are good, but not the type of thing that changes your mind or perceptions. You can choose not to like this beer and perform an anti-hype campaign, but you would be wrong.

Poured from the 22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn Tulip snifter the beer is stunning in appearance, deep hued brown, ruby the head (as to be expected) is short lived. I actually had to take a picture of the color that refracted through the glass it was that interesting. It looked like a Garnet stone.

Aroma was rich cocoa, vanilla, rum, scotch, some faint hints of piney hops (due to a healthy addition of Double Jack into the blend). No off aromas, certainly an alcohol presence, but one that supports the beer, not detracts from it.

The current taste profile of this beer is a rich layered but highly drinkable strong ale. The alcohol from the stronger beers in the blend combined with the bourbon barrel aged beers creates a rich palate. Everything from dark chocolate notes, to hints of fresh dark coffee beans, vanilla, traces of bourbon and a velvety caramel. The alcohol cuts through the sweetness to balance the beer magnificently.

I did not detect much in the way of hops from the flavor, but there was a very well defined hop bitterness. Full bodied, but also perfectly carbonated with a warming alcohol finish and rich oak character as well.

Hard to imagine there will be many beer experiences much better than this. Looking forward to trying to quell my lust to open the remaining three bottles. Perhaps I'll buy another to deny my sanity.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 14:25:20 | More by PBoegel
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Bfarr

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear sherry colored and a thin tan head with no retention. Caramel, oak, and toffee with hints of citrus. Sweet barley, caramel, vanilla initially. Evolves to caramelized sugar and custard and darkening in the middle to chocolate and earthy citrus notes. Light molasses and bourbon all around. Light bodied smooth, vinous feel.

A beautiful colored beer is heavy on caramelized sweetness but opens up to a ridiculous amount of flavor at a warmer temperature. The oak flavors and dryness don’t dominate but they are always present creating the impression of a very drinkable and complex bourbon. Alcohol flavors aren’t present, only a gentle warming. It is very apparent this is a beer blended by wine makers. This is certainly one that MUST be enjoyed at a warmer temperature and if you have a friend who prefers wine complexity, then this is one to share with them. It’s expensive but I say it’s worth it at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 23:57:00 | More by Bfarr
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vfgccp

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Relatively loose off-white head with ok retention and lace. Deep mahogany body with cherry cola highlights.

S - Stellar nose. Vanilla, milk chocolate, brown sugar, dried plum, cappuccino, touch of cinnamon, booze, nutmeg, bready grains. The only think keeping this from a 5 is that it's just a shade too boozy. BA needs a 4.75.

T - Stellar balance and integration. Cadbury milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, warm booze, black cherry, cream, medium roast coffee, pumpernickel, almond milk.

M - Warm, incredibly smooth, and full bodied.

O - Possibly the most drinkable 12%+ brew I've ever had. The flavor profile, complexity and balance are fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:34:01 | More by vfgccp
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

FW is a great brewery. Always seek them out. This special Anniversary edition is on my purchase list (wish list) each year.
Enjoyed on the deck for Memorial Day w/ my bud Lee Shelly.

Poured into a snifter glass and the tan head is just frothing with non-stop tiny bubbles. They explode and new ones appear. Very nice. The mouth is not carbinated though.

What can I say---from appearance, smell, taste---it is ALL GOOD.

This 15th Anniv. has a lot of Barleywine and the base stouts are there, but this tastes like a dark Belgian Quad (closests style to this blend).

It is very enjoyable, recommended. Go get some!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 15:33:11 | More by SHerninko
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billshmeinke

California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

One finger of bubbly white head. Dark brown, almost black body, some ruby highlights. Really nice color actually.

Smells of leather, tar, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, toasty oak, hints of oats, soft biscuity yeast notes. Hugely complex nose.

Tastes of dark chocolate, dark fruits (raisins, figs), caramel, vanilla, oats, brown sugar, waffles, touch of coconut, touch of licorice, some leather, baker's chocolate, hints of espresso, just the tiniest touch of lavender, earthy and dark roast finish. Hints of bright mango, tangerine peal, and oranges on the finish as well. You definitely get that kick of Double Jack, and it does something quite nice.

Mouthfeel is full, rich, smooth, textured, well carbonated, sticky and viscous, with a nice carbonic bight on the end.

An amazing beer, but I wouldn't expect anything less than that from a Firestone Anniversary beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:09:44 | More by billshmeinke
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a minimal head that dissipates to a fine lacing almost immediately.

S: Hints of bourbon and oak are immediately present with some hints of vanilla and a slight breadiness. I'm getting a bit of chocolate and coffee as well as some dark fruits as well.

T: Wow that's good. Notes of vanilla and bourbon are present up front with dark cocoa and bitter coffee on the back end along with some dark fruits, figs and dates.

M: Heavy and complex flavors with a light amount of carbonation that suits this beer quite well.

O: Fantastic. This is one of those unfortunate times when I wish this beer/type of beer was not in fact a limited release, but available year round.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 19:41:12 | More by Daktyls
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chilly460

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep orange/crimson, cloudy and low carbonation showing in the pour. Finger's worth of light tan head doesn't stick around for long, minimal whisps of lacing left behind.

S - Wow, incredible aroma booms out of the glass. Sweet honey and deep rich toffee pervade the first inhale. This is backed up by plenty of the barrels, plenty of vanilla and rich oak in there as well. The booziness isn't matching the bourbon I expected, it's a sweeter brandy type aroma. Some rich butterscotch in there as well, separate from the toffee picked up earlier.

T - This blend comes across as a beautifully crafted BA barleywine to me. Immense flavor throughout this beer. Immediate hit is the rich caramel and toffee flavors. The second layer adds complexity, when the barrel hits and you get a very intense vanilla flavor that is well integrated and "pure" tasting. Here's where it gets good, the beer holds up and hits with it's boozy character, a nice brandy/bourbon mashup with chocolate roast character. I can't say I picked up a distinct hop presence, but it somehow manages to finish clean with all this "sweetness" and is just an incredible tasting beer.

M - Nice and velvety smooth, carbonation felt spot on. Again, sweet beer but didn't get syrupy.

O - Just a sweet nectar of a beer. Huge aroma and flavor profile, many layers of flavors integrate perfectly for me. Absolutely loved this one and pissed I didn't grab one off the shelves when it was readily available.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 16:06:22 | More by chilly460
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pschul4

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wrapping up the night of the King! with a FW 15, what a great night

A- Pours a murky brown with a 1/2" tan head

S- Bourbon in the front with some citric hops in the background. This smells downright awesome!

T- Bourbon at first but when you give it a second you pick up a lot of sweet hops that burst into juicy flavors such as tangerine and peach. I absolutely love this taste!

M- Insanely smooth but a little bit of alcohol holding it back. Lingers well with the bourbon

O- I wish this was an everyday beer from FW instead of an anniversary beer. Can't wait to try 16!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 04:29:00 | More by pschul4
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Rau71

California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this ale into a Luettich Balloon. Poured a Dark Brown with red highlights. The smell is welcoming, sweet vanilla and bourbon. The taste is very unique, and changes throughout the bottle. At different points I picked up Vanilla, bourbon, oak, raisins, and caramel. This is an outstanding mix. I got not boozyness and only a hint of warmness. One of my favorite anniversary ales.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 03:40:52 | More by Rau71
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ales4baldo

California

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P-Nice bottle. Looks medival and strong and the label really shows off.

A-Cool brownish color. Soft head. About a finger of head thats black and tan. Somewhat off white also.

S-Like a pineapple rum. Sweet grapes and apples make their way in. Smooth alcohol and tons of wine. A merlot kind. Delicious fruits as well.

T-Wow! Lots of wine and sugar. Subtle toffee with light bourbon that blends in nicely. Pine and banana and cherries are all present.

M-Nice, sits well in the mouth. Its light and heavy and smooth all at the same time. Has good carbonation and finishes with crisp and crackle. Bourbon engulfs the mouth towards the end.

O-A really nice beer that blends in very nicely considering there are so many beers combined. Really smooth and sweet that seriously delicious. Clean alcohol finish thats stellar and also fruity.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 03:42:11 | More by ales4baldo
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jamesfrazer

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The tobacco and vanilla notes of this beer seem unreal. I was very intimidated by this beer, that why it took so long for me to drink it. @ 12.5 %ABV and being my first Barleywine i dont think ill ever be able to enjoy another beer of this style as much as enjoyed firestone walker 15... Unfortunatly i might have to buy another one of ebay in order to appreciate it aged :/

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:40:59 | More by jamesfrazer
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elNopalero

Texas

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated from 2013:
I tasted this as part of a flight at an epic bottle share. The review is from my notes, based on at least 1 ounce and at most 2 ounce pours. In most instances this would be an insignificant sample size but considering the fact that I could quite possibly never even see this beer again, well, I couldn’t pass it up. [This is my standard intro to my tasting notes from the series.]
This pours a dark caramel hue, like a malty amber orange brown. Great lacing!
I get a lighter aroma than other offerings, with a subdued caramel malt, touch of candied orange and a light hint of stone fruits. The flavor has notes of vanilla and toasted coconut, along with a subdued malty-candied orange. There’s a bit more booziness in this as well.

From 2011:
This year’s vintage is a blended barleywine and it’s absolutely fantastic. Drink it now, or save some to sit on—but definitely try it!

This pours a rich caramel color, a light molasses-tan in the light. It smells fantastic--sweet, with a light caramel and some toasted coconut. It’s flavor is just as fantastic—such a rich, intense, rounded, flavorful barleywine, with caramel, coconut, a rich maltiness and warming alcohol that doesn’t dominate. Smooth, even young. Light and delicate, for a barleywine, yet lingering. Followed my first snifter with another—to share. Could have had a third, easily. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:39:18 | More by elNopalero
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Stone IRS Snifter/Balloon glass, the head on this was about a finger high, off white, and very creamy. Color of the brew is a marvelously deep brown, nearing black, but still with hints of ruby and purple when held to the light. Looks very nice.

The smell of this beer is very inviting and very complex to say the least. I'm getting a lot of sweetness, like a sweet liquor, along with vanilla and vanilla custard (almost custard creme filled doughnut), coconut, bourbon barrel juice and light spice, dark chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, prunes, figs, dates, chocolate covered cherries, and brown sugar. Then I sort of realize what else I'm smelling and it's the hoppy notes of citrus, tropical fruit, mango, etc. from the Double Jack. Not only does this have a fantastic aroma, but it's probably one of the more complex I've ever smelled. This smells like a nice and hoppy Barleywine was blended superbly with barrel aged version and with a portion of Parabola.

Taste does not disappoint after such a great and complex aroma. The taste is comprised of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, dark fruit/fig, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, lots of bourbon qualities, vanilla, light coconut, oak, slight leather, and slight tobacco with light notes of the citrus, mango, tangerine hops (come out a little more on the finish I think).

The consistency is silky, nearly velvety, the carbonation is creamy and round, the body is medium-full but not heavy, and the finish is actually pretty light and quick. This is seriously too smooth and drinkable for 12.5% ABV

Overall this beer is phenomenal. The aroma makes me think the beer is going to be Barleywine heavy, or skewed towards Barleywine taste, but the taste is actually extremely balanced, amazingly integrated, and just a little skewed towards a darker beer, like Parabola. I'm not so sure they didn't just blend a hoppy Barleywine with Parabola and call it a day. But seriously, it's an amazing blend of beers that I plan to have again and again after I go buy about half a dozen more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 04:49:43 | More by matttttYCE
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: When held to the light, this beer shows that it is an amazingly deep shade of red. There is only a small amount of white head that settles nicely along the top of the beer. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer smells amazing. It's big on the bourbon and brandy. There are layers of vanilla, oak, molasses, and candied stone fruits. There is a sweetness in there that is perfectly balanced with the large boozy hotness.

T: This beer does not fool around. Everything in the nose comes through in the taste. The alcohol is extremely noticeable, but it's never overwhelming. The vanilla/oak shine throughout as well. It's absolutely fantastic.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer is mega smooth. There is a wonderful sweetness mingling with high alcohol. The lasting remnants remind me a bit of campfires.

O: I'm super impressed with this beer. I think it is outstanding. I'd love to see what this is like in a few years, but I feel it might lose some of it's balance once the booze begins to mellow. I'm glad I have an extra bottle to find out.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:24:11 | More by trxxpaxxs
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WankelEngine

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A: Very dark mahogany brown bordering on black. Almost opaque. The is a slight foam head that disappears quickly to a faint rim around the edge.

S: The smell is deep and malty. Warm, brown malts dominate with a bit of darker chocolate/coffee scent. The burn of alcohol is also prominent. There are notes of cherries, raisins and rum along with just a hint of bitter hops.

T: There are a lot of nuances to this beer. Bourbon is a prominent flavor that I did not catch in the smell. There is still a strong malt presence which lends some dark coffee notes and chocolate. This is complemented by dark fruits, cherries and a light vanilla flavor. Hop bitterness and spicy oak and molasses.

M: Moderate to thick mouthfeel and a little bit syrupy. Alcohol heat is noticeable but manageable.

O: Excellent. Incredibly nuanced, potent and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 03:08:02 | More by WankelEngine
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boralyl

Oregon

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a small light tan head that fades pretty quickly leaving a thin ring of lace. The beer is a dark brownish-red with a little bit of light coming through.

S - The aroma has a huge sweetness with toffee, caramel and vanilla coming through. There are also brief instances of tropical notes that go in and out. There is additionally a pleasant oak presence and some barrel character. It's a very complex aroma that develops more as it warms.

M - Full in body and lightly carbonated. The beer has a smooth feel and creamy finish.

T - Light chocolate notes greet me first followed by a strong caramel and then toffee presence. There is a little bit of booze mid taste. The flavors seem to alternate with each sip. The second sip reveals the subtle hop character from the Double Jack along with oak, vanilla, and bourbon.

This is without a doubt one of the most complex beers I have tasted. The blend of 8 beers works extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 05:18:40 | More by boralyl
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tut2528

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this one on tap fresh
opened a bottle on 1/20/12 (Go Niners!)... bottle dated 10/07/11
this review is based off the cellared bottle.

A: Pours a deep milk chocolate brown, no head formation whatsoever, you can see the alcohol sticking to the glass as your tilt it. So rich in appearance, it looks delicious

S: simply awesome. huge, and i mean huge sweet toffee, massive figs/raisins and enormous vanilla, blended absolutely beautifully with one another. the oak presence matches the bourbon characters beautifully and for it being 12.5% there is no aromatic burn. Just pure awesomeness

T: again, massive toffee, big alcohol soaked figs and raisins. the oak and vanilla finish this brew off with a beautiful creaminess. Very rich brew. and the balance is terrific.

M: borderline full bodied brew. it coats the mouth with a rich toffee and vanilla sweetness, yet there is enough alcohol heat to make this extremely enjoyable.

O: a freaking terrific brew all the way around. its rich, complex and beautifully balanced. at 12.5%, this one still has a bit of heat, but it suits the brew perfectly. I think the best aspect of this brew is the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 22:07:57 | More by tut2528
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arizcards

Arizona

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo at the end of November for $21.99. I took the advice of BA's to drink young and not age too long.

Beer poured brown with an OK head upon initial pour.

Nose is wonderful; vanilla, bourbon, ripe dark fruit, hints of dark chocolate.

I have to admit that instinctively the booze from the barrels tell me to age this. Taking advice i cut the aging process short. Here we go...Taste is perfection, a light oaken vanilla bourbon theme provides the backbone. Dark ripe fruit and cocoa blend in nicely. Citrus and pine hops balance the huge flavorful backbone perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is an awesome beer, one of the best blends i have had. This is a beer that has been professionally aged by the fine FW brewers. I would concur that should be drank as "fresh" as possible!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 23:36:25 | More by arizcards
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mrand01

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz shared with nicoco. Poured into Dogfish Head "tulip" glasses.

A: Pours with a thin line of tan head that quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing, and the beer appears quite sticky. Mahogany in color, the beer is pretty clear...when you have enough light to see through it. In normal lighting, this beer is dark. Very dark.

S: Butterscotch, toffee, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, honey...sweet smelling. The addition of Double Jack to the blend does not appear to effect the smell. Almost no booze on the nose.

T: More of the same notes from the smell...but the hops are there. After the onslaught of sweet butterscotch and toffee, you are presented with a mild kick from the hops. Hops take a more piney tone rather than citrus. This beer is certainly a little hot, but nothing that takes away from the whole package.

M: Heavy bodied, creamy, with mild carbonation.

O: Amazing, as usual, for the Firestone anniversary beers. I've seen some mention that this year's offering is not up to par compared to previous years. I've only had the pleasure of trying 14, and this blows it out of the water...fresh at least. Not having had an aged 14, it's tough to really compare. That said, if you see this, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:34:40 | More by mrand01
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense mahogany with a beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, rum, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with a huge chunk of nougat and vanilla with caramel and cocoa.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, ballet, with some heat in the background.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:36:45 | More by weeare138
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Bobheed

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, nearly black in color. Dark, dark brown with a little red around the edges. A small khaki head that dissipated quickly

S: Fantastic. What did I not smell? I picked up more hoppiness than in previous Firestone anniversary beers. Also got that distinct Firestone bourbon barrel smell. Picked up some banana peel and coconut, with a lot of vanilla as well.

T: Very complex. Hops right at the very front of it, then goes into a deep alcohol, kinda vanilla bourbon flavor. Got lots of dark malts in there, and a very, very sugary sweet finish.

M: Light carbonation. Very thick beer, with a bit of a warm alcohol presence.

Overall, this is amazing as I would expect it to be. Would love it if there was more available on the market, but we'll see. Another great job by Firestone Walker.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:53:36 | More by Bobheed
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz at cellar temp into widemouth glass.

Pours with a short tan head - thin & soapy. Very dark amber body but decent clarity when held to the light.

Aromas are a little lighter than expected for the size. Very bourbon barrel soaked. Raisins. Toffee sweetness. Dark fruits, plus oranges.

Flavors are wild. So much going on here. I picked up dark chocolate, vanilla beans, burnt caramel / creme brulee, whiskey AND tequila, and decent roast throughout. Pretty damn smooth on the mouthfeel, given the style and ABV. Much less thickness than expected.

Overall? This one is dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:09:00 | More by BeerImmediately
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faucd531

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Portion of a 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A:XV pours a light almost tranparent color with a thin soapy bubble quality and tan head that quickly recedes.

S: Smell of pit fruit and alcohol from the barrels. I also detect vanilla and brown sugar.

T: A wonderful bourbon tast that coats the mouth. A sweatness that stays with you in the after tast. I pickup alot of the english barley wine in this one. Also a hint of the pit fruit and vanilla that I picked up in the smell.

M: Medium body with just the right level of carbonation for me.

O: An orgasim in your mouth!!

Serving type: bottle

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