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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 1,091
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 21.13%
Wants: 170
Gots: 746 | FT: 32
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:
Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-08-2011

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.
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Small khaki head but it's gone instantly. No foam remains at all. Dark brown with ruby flecks.

Smell - Bourbon, loads of vanilla, and a bucket of caramel. Hop smell, too. Coconut? Boozy, like smelling vanilla extract.

Taste - Bourbon. Insane amounts of caramel. Coconut comes out more. Bitter finish. Dry and a little astringent. Not too sweet, despite the caramel overload.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, but decently hidden for its size. Bitter, but it balances it well.

Overall - It's good, but not great. Rather uncomplex for so many ingredients. Perhaps they all get lost in the blend.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to Callmecoon for this.

3.0 A: Deep brown color. Beige head that falls almost instantly.

4.0 S: While I thought 13 and 14 were both bourbony messes with too much going on, this one is better integrated. Don't get me wrong. This also has too much going on and lacks a focus, but it does it better. Roasted notes, caramel, toffee, dark fruits including plum, dates, raisins, and prune, some light fruits. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, and light char. Good bit of vanilla, some oak, and leathery bourbon. Even a touch of herbal hops. Smells good, but the lack of focus prevents me from loving it.

3.5 T: Same as the nose. Lots of flavors, but instead of a few good slaps across the face with big flavors, you get a million little pinches on the arm. Caramel and dark fruits are the strongest. Everything else listed in the smell in varying lesser amounts. This is the least bourbony of the anniversary beers that I've had, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, the booziness is still there, but isn't distracting.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy.

3.5 D: Of the anniversary blends I've had, this falls between 13 and 14 with 14 being the best. Glad to have had it and glad I have another for opening up at a later time with some of its bretheren

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Photo of kojevergas
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on-draught into a stem-tulip at the Verdugo Bar in Silverlake, Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes taken during Verdugo's anniversary event. Due to the nature of the event (standing room only with few surfaces), I wasn't able to review as in-depth as I'd like. I intend to return to this beer if I'm given the chance.

A: Pours a half finger wide head of tan colour. Recedes in less than a minute; that's disappointing but explainable given the high ABV. Nice thickness and creaminess.

Body colour is an opaque solid black.

No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Bourbon, light oak. Chocolate malt. Dark malts. Syrupy notes. Caramel. A light aroma, and not a particularly evocative one - especially considering the blending. You'd think there'd be a lot more depth here.

No yeast or hop character is detectable. I do notice some alcohol.

T/Mf: Syrupy. Smooth bourbon. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Caramel. Well layered and balanced, but not real rich or evocative. It's somewhat reticent, actually. Has nice complexity, but it should be more subtly executed. Well put together as a blend I guess. Hides the alcohol quite well. It does lack a prominent focus. It's tasty, if understated.

Smooth and wet. Thick and syrupy. Viscous. Good carbonation. Doesn't have any bite. Has a pleasant alcohol warmth, but it's not hot or boozy per se.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. I'd get it again, but it's not worth seeking out or paying top dollar for. A good beer on-draught; age has done it well. Well blended and quite mellow. Impressive work from Firestone Walker.


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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2012
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some patchy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a clear, bright-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized, toasted grain and pine-like / herbal hops up front. A second take sees me noticing some spicy, woody, slightly astringent / sharp oak character along with a supple buttery note, a fruity Bourbon-like character, soft nutty notes and a soft, supporting vanillin note towards. Between the hops and the Barrels, the nose picks up an almost holiday like spiciness as it warms up (cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of allspice).

The beer is a bit too cold to start out, but still has a nice nutty not up front, somewhat of a bitter hop bite, some lingering pine like hoppiness and a finish that has some Bourbon / Oak spice and warmth to it. The alcohol warmth and the hops mix in the finish to get a touch harsh, but this gets reduced as the beer warms up. A hoppy citrus character contributes a marmalade like flavor as the beer warms up; this is also accentuated by the deep caramelized character that makes up the malt character in this beer. Lots of barrel influenced flavors play the dominant role in this beer, especially as it warms; flavors of sweet, lightly toasted coconut, ample vanillin, richly caramelized character, molasses coated toasted-nuts. This beer is certainly a rich, sipping beer, it is not excessively heavy, or even cloying though; it hits the right balance of being rich, chewy and viscous, without being excessively heavy.

The hop character isn't actually nearly as expressive as my description might seem, in fact it is less than I had been expecting, but it is noticeable and certainly an contributor to this beer. Really thought, the barrel character and malt play the more leading roles in this beer. At times this can be a bit hot & I bet this won't peak for a year or two once the heat has had some time to mellow.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for picking this bottle up from Capone's for me. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin light tan head and a nice collar throughout. The nose carries some oak and bourbon plus vanilla, chocolate, and roast. The flavor is fairly oaky with some tannins. Roast as well. The oakiness comes along with a bit of booze; probably a bit too young at this point, though still enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish color with a small tan head. Smells of whiskey, milk chocolate, and vanilla, for the most part. A bit of wood and some toffee and caramel. The flavor is somewhat muted, even when warm. There is some milk chocolate, cocoa powder, whiskey, oak, and vanilla, though. On the thin side of medium in body with low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind a near-complete wispy cap and a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark cherrywood body. Quite attractive considering the high ABV.

S - Lots of oak up front, and perhaps a bit of spicy alcohol presence as well. Behind that there's some milk chocolate, honey cakes, nuts, a bit of fig, and perhaps a hint of anise. Lots of wood for sure, and also a slightly aged, oxidized quality that makes this beer seem older than it is.

T - Extremely sugary - a mix of turbinado, oaky vanilla, maraschino cherries, milk chocolate cherry cordials, and a honey and burnt crème brûlée finish. It's complex, but becomes cloying and overly saccharine very quickly. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower carbonation, and a decidedly light tannic character. Alcohol isn't particularly present here, and there's a very mellow aged character.

D - Just too sweet for my tastes - the blend is basically all barleywines and brown ales, most of which have added sugar or honey. There's not enough whiskey or roast character in the flavor to balance out the intense saccharine qualities of this brew. Might be good as a 4oz dessert pairing, but it was a struggle for Mike and I to consume the 22oz bottle. Almost certainly my least favorite beer of the series. I also don't anticipate this aging well as it already tastes kind of old.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown with a red hue. Pours a sublte off-white head that faides instantly. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Bourbon, coconut, caramel, toffee, subtle citrus notes, brown sugar, boozy as it warms, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Bourbon, oak, leather, tobacco, sublte citrus notes, coconut, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, crisp.

Overall: A very tasty beer. Very compled. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Firestone Walker's biggest competitor is Firestone Walker. This 15th Anniversary bottle is two years old and has aged well. The alcohol is still hot though the flavors have blended well in two years. Still, while this is a delicious strong ale or barleywine, it competes in my book with their Sucaba offering which is an amazing English barleywine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPad

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Photo of Auracom
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. on December 11th, 2011 into a mini pint taster.

A - Dark mahogany brown. Surprisingly clear. Thin white head with good lacing. Looks attractive enough.

S - Oak barrel, heavy malt sweetness, lots and lots of toffee, some singularly-distinct hop notes. There's really not much integration of all these different barrel aromas beyond the predominant oak.

T - I would agree with the consensus here, the barleywine characters are much more overt than anything else. Molasses, caramel, and maple syrup. Almonds underneath, though not really roasted or anything of the sort. There's a peculiar light and dark fruit contrast behind the old ale flavors. Hops come in near the backend of the drink and a touch of alcohol warming down the throat.

M - Alright carbonation but a bit subdued. Medium body, too light to carry the load of sweet flavors. Shorter finish that I anticipated.

D - It's not awful by any means, but it's disjointed and underdeveloped. Glad I didn't buy a second bottle and really glad I went ahead and opened it fresh. I question where the hell the Parabola shown through the blend. Oh well.

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Photo of birchstick
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red with some chestnut. Smells of vanilla, caramel, some pine as well. Starts some caramel malts that quickly fade to vanilla. The vanilla remains for a while, but soon some notes of whiskey and hops (weird combo) takeover. Keep in mind these are subtle. Ends with the vanilla whiskey notes. Pretty solid.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just sent a couple of these out so I thought I would see how its tasting. Into Duvel tulip at about recommended temp.

A - Maybe a half finger of light beige head that quickly falls. Body is clear but a deep amber that is more red than brown. Almost no lacing.

S - Sweet and very similar to an english barleywine. Caramel, some chocolate, and just a hint of dark sour fruits. Cherry and prune mix.

T - Starts with a sour bite that sticks throughout as the beer develops. Then the faint flavor of harsh hops show up, but because it is faint, the harshness doesn't take away from anything. Last is the Parabola which I get a lot of.

M - Gets you in the back of your mouth with some sour. Good carbonation and medium body. Very barleywine like.

O - The flavors are complex and a lot going on, but it ends with that Parabola flavor and just makes me want one of those.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewba for the bottle!

Pours murky deep brown with a thin beige head and slight legs on the glass.

Smells of chocolate, coffee with a little caramel, booze and dark fruits.

Sweet toffee malts come through more on the flavor along with dark fruits. A bit of booze and barrel, but it's not overpowering. The barleywines components seem to dominate. I wish there were a bit more of the chocolate from the nose.

A bit thinner bodied than I'd prefer. Booze is present, but fairly mellow and well integrated for the ABV. Medium carbonation.

Solid and enjoyable, but I'd rather have a Parabola. This one is a bit sweet and could use some roasted malts or a little more bitterness to balance somewhere.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle - same gorgeous packaging we've come to expect, and the only potentially over the top packaging I don't really mind - poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours light, surprisingly light ... for a FW Anniversary beer, that is. Though the base of so many has been Parabola, the base of this one seems to be part blonde barleywine and one part English barleywine, explaining the (relative) translucence. That's not to say it's transparent - it's most definitely not - just that it doesn't become entirely opaque until the snifter is about 50% full. A deep, rich mahogany hue, this one settles out of the bottle fairly quickly, dripping down in to the snifter at a steady pace. The moderately vigorous pour yields a good finger of tawny head with decent retention for a 12.5%, barrel aged brew, though within thirty seconds only a collar of form remains, and after a good 120 seconds, that collar has nearly dissipated entirely. Swirling doesn't do much to this one either, but I'm not disappointed - it's inching up on 13% and spent years (plural, cumulatively) in barrels, so who's complaining?

Aroma: Certainly this beer's weakest aspect. I really get very little out of it, save a harsh astringency and some estery alcohol notes that don't do much for me. Especially while chilled, there isn't much volatilizing off the surface, so all one gets is sweet, light malt notes, faint, high fruits, and harsh chemical notes. Really, the more I stick my nose in to it - even as it warms - the less I get from it. Truly unfortunate.

Taste: A very barleywine heavy flavor, and why not? Moderately roasted malts and a slew of solid hop flavors and bitterness provide the backbone of this beer, balanced by some heavier nutty, toasty, and fruity notes that dance in and out of the edge of one's senses.

First, the two big beers here (in terms of their share of the overall blend) are a blonde barleywine (wonderfully named Helldorado) and an English barleywine, and it's very obvious. This one showcases a slew of brighter, lighter notes up front, not just on the malt front - not just golden honey-like malt, bright, soft, sweet, and simple, but also roastier notes reminiscent of biscuit, cracker, graham cracker, light brown sugar, and caramel. There's also a nice amount of fruityness here, The bitterness associated with the barleywine components here (also, I should not that there's an American barleywine in the mix) lends plenty of balance to the sweetness, with a spicy, leafy, slightly citrusy hop presence that lends plenty of kick.

There are plenty of other notes here: a strong nuttiness abounds, likely the result of the Imperial Brown Ale that's dancing around in here somewhere; darker malt notes, cocoa and prunes and raisins and beautifully ripe plums courtesy of the Parabola and the Velvet Merkin (or Merlin); and understandably a beautiful array of spicy fruit cake notes and earthy, wholesome bourbon overtones. None of it's too strong or powerful, with the two actually balancing one another fairly well and neither providing too much kick or spice. Probably this beer's best aspect.

Mouthfeel: Bright, buoyant, and vivacious, with plentiful but creamy carbonation to counteract the sweetness, but enough sweetness to hold the effervescence together in to a milky, frothy, foam. It works really well, actually - it's always amazed me how smooth blended beer can be, with the sweetness and residual sugars providing enough heft and weight and stickiness to keep the carbonation tight and compact, but the carbonation in turn providing enough lift and airiness to elevate what might otherwise be a fat, heavy mess.

Drinkability: Is this the best FW Anniversary Ale? Most definitely not. In fact, I imagine that when the chips fall, this will have received the lowest rating that I've given any of them (and I've had all save the X), and I don't believe that's a byproduct of palate maturation. A huge discrepancy between the nose and the mouth on this one - if they'd tweaked the nose and made it a bit more robust and less harsh (and the two likely would've gone hand in hand) - and, indeed, this beer was really all over the place in a number of ways. Usually, I'll identify a beer that's all there in terms of recipe (the aroma and taste are out of this world), but the process has fallen short (and the appearance and mouthfeel are shot). Or, the opposite problem will happen, and someone will have the process down pat, but the substance sucks. This one seems to exemplify some of the challenges associated with blending beers well - the final result is going to be a little all over the place, with the pros and cons of all the base beers, in conjunction with the pros and cons of all the secondary and tertiary interactions amongst the constituent components. That being said, it's still a pretty solid beer (though perhaps not at the price point), but for any fan of the series I'd suggest it a worth addition.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Good retention, no lace.

S: Lots of vanilla and caramel, notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very boozy initially, but does blow off, though the whole beer has an ethyl undercurrent. Lots of toffee and caramel. Lots of malt character with a nice complex finish with some vanilla which I like.

M: Medium to full-bodied, not overly sugary which is nice. Hot to a point though I wouldn't call it boozy. Light aftertaste.

O: Better than 14 fresh for sure, reminds me a lot of 13 at this stage which aged great. 11 and 12 still are on another level early on.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Andy and poured into a tulip. This one pours a dark brown with just a thin cap of foam.

The aroma has a nice rich aroma with some hints of toffee and chocolate with a little bit of dark fruit. Rich chocolate and hints of coffee and dark fruit on the pallet.

The body is thick and chewy with soft carbonation. Overall this one is pretty tasty. A little bit more barelywine characters than I remember from yeast; this one is very good.

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Photo of DrMindbender
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I shared a cellars bottle of this strong ale this past Saturday...upfront, this isn't my favorite style of beer but thought it was a good, not great, beer for its style.

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Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.86/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big, brown beauty of a beer with a cream latte head. Drinking it out of a Firestone Walker small imperial pint glass because, well, it's a Firestone Walker beer.
Cocoa, bits of toffee and roasted coffee is what I smell.
This tastes much better and slightly different than the smell. Smooth cappuccino and lots of chocolate candy like Skor and Heath Bar. I do like those underrated treats. Moves towards a sweet cocoa dusted fig with a suggestion of chipotle peppers and vanilla bean. Very complex, but I guess that's what happens when many beers are blended.
The alcohol is pretty well hidden, I don't know what it is as I drink, but I'm sure it's high. The feel verges on getting too sweet and too much chocolate, but there is some balance every now and then with sips of chocolate truffle mixed with lemon zest.
I'm betting some age will mellow the stickiness and I'm looking forward to drinking this again in the future.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours out a dark brown body with maroon edges and a thin,quickly dying head of light tan that left thin but sticky sheets of lacing.

S-Strong notes of bourbon,caramel,molasses,vanilla,plum,raisin and fruity alcohol.Nice baked sugar sweetness on the nose.

T-Toffee,vanilla,slightly off-putting tinny note,bourbon filled chocolates,caramel,date and slight leather.

M-Sweet but not cloying with decent complexity but a lingering "dirty" bourbon finish.

O-Good but not great.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours like gasoline. Thin orangish brown with minimal foam. Ends up dark like bourbon.

S: haha smells like whole wheat bread most prominently, maybe with a bit of rye. I can't even smell any barreling. Maybe some nuts?

T: Quite unique and awesome. Mellow barreling, sweet taste, yeah lots of dark whole grain bread flavors but in a much more diverse and delicious way. This is actually best at first sips and dulls thereafter with no improvement as it warms.

M: *Smooth* Low carb. lil residual sweetness, little awkward bitterness thereafter, albeit barely mentionable. Very drinkable.

O: Unique, interesting, and weird brew. Overpriced, but awesome. Mixed feelings.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From shared large bottle on 8 Dec. 2014.
Body is smooth but a bit too thin and, despite plenty of aging, there is more alcohol harshness than ideal
The multiple brews used to compose this blend nicely yet leaving lots of subtle omplexities.
Tasty and not challenging, with a nice component of dark fruity.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet brown with a decent fluffy off white head that subsides quickly. Smells of oak vanilla and lots of dark pitted fruit with a touch to much alcohol. Slightly oxidized with a malty sweetness. Taste is sweet malty with lots of fruitiness. Hints of vanilla and oak play nicely off some smoke and roast. A touch of heat, but not like I thought based on the aroma. Long lingering fruity and roasty sweetness in the finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. There's a lot going on here and this is quite a flavorful beer. I think this blend would benefit from a little more time for the flavors to come together a little better.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: Pours a deep, shadowy ruby brown. About a quarter finger of cream colored head that quickly dissipates to a frothy ring around the edge. Good lacing. Solid.

S: Smells of oak, dark fruit, plum, fig. Lots of dark fruit on this. Also quite a bit of citrusy and piney hops. Little bit of chocolate in the background.

T: Chocolate, oak, piney hops, dark fruit, and more chocolate. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Pretty good alcohol burn and quite a bit of residual sugar. Hops are prominent at this point, but should calm down over time. Dark fruit and chocolate are most prominent. Good.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, flavors are well integrated.

O: Not quite the revelation that FW 14 was for me over the summer. This doesn't have nearly the age on it that that one did when I had it, so that could be part of the problem here. As if a 4.0 rated beer is a problem. FW maintains its honors as a top notch barrel aging brewer. Not sure I'm loving the citrus and sweet notes that the hops are passing off to this right now, but I think age will do this one extremely well. A good beer now, but I expect great things in 6 mos. to a year.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-tinged brown, pretty lacklustre, just a pool of cream-coloured bubbles on the side. Lace is quite thin.

Smells intensely sweet. Mega vanilla with peanut brittle, toffee and peanut butter. Smells like sweet, caramelised nuts more than a beer really should. But, you know, nuts.

Taste is also very sweet. And nutty. There is a distinct nut character throughout - peanut and pecan with toffee crisp and caramel. Touch of roast on the back, but it's like the kid who asks to join your football game some 10 minutes from the end, it's already a foregone conclusion that this is a sweet beer and that roast kid ain't gonna make much difference. Really enjoyable though.

Bit boozey and warm. Nice body but a bit of ethanoic tickle.

Tasty, sweet desserty beer. That roast, you know, the forgotten late kid, it actually balances a bit. Still unnecessary, because the flavour's still nice, but it's there.

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Photo of beertunes
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a very dark brown, almost a light black, with just a slight bit of red on the edges. The beer had just a very little bit of brown head and had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was very good, a nice amount of roast and grain, but the dominant scent was bourbon. Lots of bourbon, maybe a bit too much. The flavors were pretty much the same, bourbon, grain and roast and had a noticeable alcohol taste.

The body was and clean but a fair bit thinner than I look for in a big beer like this. Drinkability was very good for such a big beer, but I'm not sure I'd have two in a row. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, bordering on very good. This certainly a must try if you see it.

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.