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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,051
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 163
Gots: 742 | 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:
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 cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing this.

A- Dark red-brown hue with a creamy light tan head. A good size, about two fingers. Retention is nice and a small pillow leaves nice patches of lace.

S- Big caramel barley wine feel, subtle fruits, whiskey, oak and vanilla.

T- Sweet vanilla whiskey, oak, nilla wafers, brown sugar,  raisin dark fruit. Definitely not dark or really deep caramel.

MF- Low carbonation. Slick oily moderately thick feel. Somewhat warm.

Interesting beer with a main oak whiskey feel but also a sweet light malt barley wine feel.

Photo of Faina
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Root beer brown with a thin head. Thin swirl of retention holds on until about half glass then I'm left with a dead, laceless starfish.

Smells like Hershey's chocolate syrup and bourbon barrel. Sherry highlights. Tastes like a harmonious marriage of port and bourbon caramel fudge. Too sweet to have more than a 12 oz. serving but it's 12 oz. of pure bliss.


Photo of LtCracker20
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of bum732
3.3/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Bourbon and oak up front, dark brandied figs, brown sugar, liquorice. Pumpernickle as it warms.

L: Dark brown, not much head or retention.

T: Bourbon up front with some bready sweetness. Lots of vanilla with toasted pecans. Medium low neutral bitterness with touch of alcohol. Finishes with additional bourbon notes.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Ok, not as good as 14. Not as complex, kind of a one-noted barleywine, which is too bad since i usually love blends.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into pint glass and shared with my ice fishing buddy today on the ice.

Appearance: Murky brown bodied beer that lets a little bit of light through. A khaki whitish colored head that falls quickly to almost nothing onto of this beer.

Smell: It honestly smells like a barrel aged barelywine. Lots of barrel notes, malts, and booze.

Taste: Lots of vanilla and oak notes. Hints of brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, and dark fruits. Its fairly sweet. It starts to get boozey mid palate and finished moderately bitter. I am not a fan of how this beer finishes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Little syrupy, but the carbonation does help to break it up just a little bit.

Overall: I have drank FSW Anniversary 13, 14, and now 15. I would have to say that this beer is easily my least favorite of the three. It is still a well made beer and it was still enjoyable for me to drink, but I think this blend has way too much barleywine in it.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into unmarked snifter. Split this one 4 ways with some buddies.

A: Pours clean golden brown color. Basically no head, but what is there is light tan forming in a ring around the edges. There are some alcohol feet for sure. The swirl shows some mild lacing.

S: I get a lot of that FW coconut note initially. Vanilla. Oaky woodiness. Sweet malt goodness. Sticky sweetness. Some alcohol is in there too. Really solid nose though.

T: I do get that mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue (from the Double Jack % maybe). I get lots of vanilla and oak notes. Caramel toffee and malty hints as well. Sweet maltiness. Alcohol is there, warms the throat but not as much as others have described. I know that with years it will mellow even more.

M: Full bodied mouth coating beer.

O: I am giving this one a solid A rating. I really enjoy everything that I have had from FW and this doesn't disappoint. Their BA program is awesome. This beer is delicious now and only stands to improve with soem time.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Atlas1977
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of ManVersusBeer
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, elegant packaging for this 15th anniversary ale from Firestone Walker.
From the bottle this ale pours a clear cola color and shows dark ruby red hues along the edges once it is in the glass. (Reddish brown transparent color in the glass)
Wow, aroma upfront is all bourbon; strong notes of barrel-wood aged alcohol coming through.
Alcohol warmth is evident the moment this ale touches the tip of the tongue. Lot's of bourbon notes, with dark fruits, raisins/dates in the back. There is just so much going on in this beer. Layers of flavor and aroma which are all woven around strong bourbon notes.
Full bodied with a nice silky mouthfeel. This is a definite sipper; a very, very BIG beer.
Words can't do enough justice to this beautiful blend. Definitely one of those beers that you "must" try. Worth getting your hands on at least one bottle, if not two.
Comes VERY highly recommended.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of phishsihq
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

15 years of brewing excellence, in bottled form.

Firestone Walker 15 - Anniversary Ale is a blend of some of Firestone's world renowned brews, aged in barrels. Here is a list of the blends;
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.

WOW! Those percents add up to 76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA. The real fun is in trying to pick up on all the flavors and styles, challenging too!

15 pours a very deep, dark brown, nearly black with flashes of ruby, all beneath a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving no lacing. Where to start on the aroma? We picked up hints of bourbon, coconuts, oak, dark fruits (raisins & plums), rum, citrus, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, and malt, to name a few. Full bodied this brew is crisp, sharp and smooth. The flavor profile matches that of the nose, lots going on and it is easy to become tongue twisted trying to pick everything up. Most notably present is a strong, roasty malt presence followed by vanilla, oak and alcohol. Lots going on here, and it ALL works well. Brilliant brew from a brewery that knows a thing or two about brilliant beers.

Photo of ONN8
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Chalice, this ale has an opaque dark brown color that gets to a dark amber around the edges. There is a minimal amount of light tan head that falls to loose bubbles on the edges of the glass. The aroma is of strong alcohol, coconuts, licorice, coffee, and vanilla. It sort of smells like a blend of coconut rum and bourbon.

The flavor is strong and overwhelmingly intense. Sweet boozy vanilla and coconut start it off while it blends together with dark fruit, candied sugar, and licorice. Getting towards the finish there is a dryer roasted malt espresso flavor mixing nicely with charred oak bourbon. In the end it finishes very smooth with lingering alcohol sweetness.

15th Anniversary Ale is definitely an experience, and I'm glad I had a chance to try this one. With that in mind, as delicious and complex as this beer is, I think it would be very difficult to finish it by yourself, at 12.5%abv in a 650ml bottle, this is a real sipper.

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Holy heck! This stuff just hits you over the head with COCONUTS!
Both smell and taste. Surprised the heck outta me. But there it is, the unmistakable signature of coconuts.

These tiny bubbles eventually dissolve into pipe tobacco and chocolate covered cappuccino bean flavors.

A bit watery. And if you let it sit and mellow, you get bourbony figs and buttery mincemeat.

I'm wanting to like this more than the COCONUT will let me. Unique in that fashion, but not the twenty dollars worth of beer I'd like. This one needs to lay down and mellow. Do NOT drink too young. Wait at least a year on this one!

It's like meeting a lady that has no apparent problems, has no kids, is awfully smart and pretty, but you just don't click.

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled boozy and malty with notes of oak and vanilla. Some piney/resin aromas, too.

T - Good roasty flavor with pine notes. Boozy with oak and vanilla flavors. A strong bourbon taste, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a soft finish.

O - This is a great beer. An amazing blend brings amazing flavors. It was worth the wait and hype.

Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of SpillyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.