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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 158
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:
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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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very smooth, though not super rich there is a lot of well balanced blending here. Not boozy despite 12.5% Lots of spice, and a nice blend of bourbon, vanilla, Cinnamon and spices. Definitely something special. A barleywine in that is on the somewhat sweet side.

Sammy, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -8.3%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -8.3%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear crimson brown color with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of coconut, wood, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, and some slight citrus zest. Taste is of toasted coconut, wood, toffee, some fruit, and citrus zest. A nice alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good blended beer and another winner from the barrel program in my opinion. This is my first of their Anniversary series and I must say I enjoyed this one very much.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8.3%

djrn2, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -8.3%

zestar, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -8.3%

nmann08, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Texasfan549, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are complex aromas of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, oak and
vanilla.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very complex and has lots of notes of oak and vanilla flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great beer to sip and savor due to the complex aromas and flavors; it tastes nothing like any of the beers that were mixed to create it.

metter98, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8.3%

GRG1313, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: The cola brown liguid arrives with a small cap the quickly becomes a ringlet though it sheets lace around the chalice

Smell: Many elements here, including caramel, figs, chocolate, coffee, wood, bourbon, coconut, vanilla and a hint of pith

Taste: Layers upon layers of flavor, with a progression ranging from caramel, fig, bourbon, coconut and vanilla, up front, to a hint of citrus and dark fruit in the middle; after the swallow, whisky and chocolate bring on the finish, with some coffee lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Really impressive, with a range of different flavor elements

brentk56, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Knapp85, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -14%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

oberon, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear tawny body with a small but lasting head.

A good mix of bourbon and brandy aromas, quite a bit of molasses, caramel and tropical fruit, along with a rather harsh ethanol character.

Palate is hot but pretty nice, surprisingly quite fruity with a big molasses/brown sugar character. Lots of brandy and bourbon, but not as much heat as the nose implies. The body is medium, a bit thin compared to past blends. Finishes a bit harsh, though I'm not sure if age will really improve this beer. Overall probably my least favorite of the FW anniversary blends.

largadeer, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills.

That's right: Firestone XV at a WB bar. I'm sure as hell not gonna argue... It pours a dark russet-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises bourbon, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, light maple syrup, Belgian candi sugar, and light mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee sorta morphs into lightly-buttery caramel, and some oak and background pine join the party, 'cause things just weren't quite complex enough. Sounds fair. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy-ish, pretty smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine brew all-around. Good times.

TMoney2591, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

FW vertical sampling at Luda's annual cellar clearance, thanks Ben for bringing this one!
Served in a mini-nonic, quick review from transcribed notes.

Dark brownish black color with ruby glints in the light. Creamy surface foam, little bit of spotty lace after each sip. Better clarity than the older aged bottles.

Aroma is rich and full of vanilla, nutty toffee, and chocolate.

Vanilla flavor is big as well, chocolate, molasses, tobacco leaf, barrel notes are more defined. Rich and full bodied, viscous creamy feel, mellow carbonation but still lively. Not showing any signs of age yet, seems to be in the sweet spot right now.

emerge077, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
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.

zeff80, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a divine offering. a blend of firestone's wood aged beers. pours a mahagony brown with a very thin tan head. smells like a glass of fine whiskey, vanilla notes, sweet and malty. smells rich and time honored. there is a modest alcohol aroma too, but very refined. taste is sensational, impossibly complex. there is just a touch of hop bitterness from the double jack, a ton of woody sweetness and a caramel vein throughout. youd be hard pressed to find a beer of this level of craftsmanship in the united states, unrivaled in my opinion as far as creativeness and complexity. worth every bit of the 25dollars it costs. wonderful warm buzz too

StonedTrippin, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA served in a half-pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts, vanilla and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. There’s a hint of an alcohol booziness but it’s faint considering the 12.5% ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice high-octane beer to drink for as long as you can handle it.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

MasterSki, Dec 02, 2011
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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.