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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 158
Gots: 740 | FT: 37
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

sugit, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

nathanjohnson, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Ninjabrew
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent beer, I was a little reluctant to pay $22 for another FW special after having been disapointed by Pararbola, but I am so glad I did.

Appearance, smell and mouthfeel are exceptional but the taste is where this beer excels the most. It has hints of dark fruit and maybe mollases very much like many Strong Ales, but there is something else, a sweet taste that is very evident but took a few sips to place, but once you do its unmistakeable. That taste is Dr. Pepper!!! I don't know what it is that makes it taste that way but that's what it tastes like.

Ninjabrew, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

tbeq00, Jan 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

Agold, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mark14580, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

rowingbrewer, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

volta, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Blanco
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker 15 is a dark brown color with amber notes, topped with a white head that eventually settles as just a light film on top of the beer.

The smell is inviting and mostly dark fruit with some light bourbon in the background. The taste is similar with dark fruit, a light tartness, and only the slightest hint of liquor. Dry at first, it becomes significantly sweeter as the beer warms with somewhat of a tannic quality as well. Like a red wine, only not. Alcohol presence is almost negligible despite sporting a 12.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is just about right, medium bodied, slick. Leaves a slight aftertaste however, that requires a splash of water from time to time as I sip the brew.

This is a very unique beer and I'm truly enjoying the complexity of it. I was expecting a deep bourbon barrel aged beer, but the bourbon is a background flavor (and after seeing the blend that makes sense) and was refreshed by the fact it was a little lighter. Excellent.

Blanco, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mjtiernan, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8%

jhb138, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ATPete, Jan 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -31%

jmadrigal2, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Scout11, Jan 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -77%

SteveRod, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of LaneMeyer
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark brown with some reddish highlights, one 1/2-finger head.

S - Raisin, berries, rum, bread, alcohol, mint.

T - Raspberry, bitters, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet alcohol finish.

M - a bit too low on carbonation - left me with a flat beer towards the end, a little syrupy, goes down smooth for a 12.5% beer.

O- I really like this beer. Much better than the 14 which was OK but not worth the price tag. Interested to see how this ages.

LaneMeyer, Jan 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

MASPuros, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ghetto90007, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

miked234, Jan 03, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Surly Darkness Snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a ruby and lighter brown edges. A quick brown head forms on the pour and subsides quickly.

S: Citrus hops, caramel malts, some leather and tobacco all mix together for a very barleywine(ish) smell. There is some slight alcohol present.

T: More of the nose with some amplified burnt sugars, leather and surprisingly fruity hops.

M: Great mouthfeel. Light carbonation, full bodied with a coating sticky mouthfeel.

O: For Double Jack only 5% of the blend, I'm really surprised how hoppy this tastes. I think with some age to let the hops fade and some of alcohol blend this will turn into a great beer. As it stands right now it is slightly too hoppy in the nose and taste for me.

Treebs, Jan 03, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.

A - Aggressive pour yields a frothy 3 finger head. This eventually dies down and after a while all traces of foam are gone. Decent lacing, but amazing alcohol legs. Clear dark brown body with great red tint. Sits in the glass like a hard liquor.

S - Loads of boozy bourbon and oak notes. Vanilla, toffee, candied dark fruits and caramel malts. Hops are not noticeable.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are the dominant tastes here. In the background is raisins, toffee, caramel and just a hint of citrus. The alcohol is present but in the best way possible. Very pleasant warming sensation.

M - The best part of this beer for me. It just drinks so smooth. The alcohol is present but its not harsh at all. The body isn't quite medium, but it just works. This is like drinking a nice malty flavored bourbon.

O - The aromas and flavors aren't earth shattering, but the smoothness of this beer makes it a really great sipper. A really enjoyable barrel aged beer.

davey101, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

khumbard, Jan 02, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark brown with a slight head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Smells like booze. Mouthfeel is a bit watery.
Tastes very alcoholic; bourbon and tabacco present at first. As it warms up other flavors become noticable like vanilla and dark fruits. I was very dissapointed because 14 was one of my favorite beers and 15 falls very short.

Brewermeister, Jan 02, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Firestone Walker's 15th Anniversary blend pours almost stout black, only backlighting reveals some cherry redhighlights. There's maybe a finger and a half of light cocoa head, and it displays just a little bit of both retention and lacing. The nose is reminiscent of a barrel aged English barleywine (which makes sense, given how much of the belnd is made up of just that), with notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. There's also a faint background aroma of citric American hops. The flavor profile adds a nice chocolate note to the typical barleywine fare, but the hop presence is also steppe up a bit. Sometimes hoppy and malty can coincide nicely in a big beer, but this isn't one of those times, as the grapefruit and other citrusy flavors don't really meld into the beer and just seem like they're coming in on the back end and interrupting all the delicious sweetness that came up front. The carbonation is spot on, nice and subdued, but the body just feels a little thin, like it could definitely be a bit more rich/full. Firestone Walker 15 is a good beer, but I think it had a tall order in living up to 14, which is still an all time favorite beer. I think some age will do this one good.

axeman9182, Jan 02, 2012
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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.

Bobheed, Jan 02, 2012
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.