Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
Chestnut beer with smallish but lingering head. Surprisingly translucent for the dark color.
Bourbon really pops off the glass. I smell dark fruits too. More comes out with warmth--vanilla and oak mainly.
Taste is pretty interesting. Sort of vinous--cherries and oak. Lots of barley and malt, very minor roast, some chocolate, decent vanilla, and a hop edge in the back. The taste is definitely better as it warms. The complexity comes out. Raisins and figs too. Really, as it warms, each sip is pretty different.
I can feel the sugar from this beer on my teeth, but I don't taste it. It's the right thickness. Given the taste, I'd expect thicker, but I think the beers are blended well. Leaves a long-lasting and dry finish.
02-20-2012 02:59:48 | More by birderbeerer
4.98/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured into a snifter.
Appearance. Clear reddish brown in color. Pours with 2 fingers of bone white head. Some lacing, but doesn’t stick around for long.
Smell. Starts out very sweet and with dark fruits and toffee. Some underlying oakiness. As you inhale more there is an intoxicating maple syrup flavor.
Taste. Well, lets begin… this is a complex one. Starts out slightly bitter, but with flavors of oak and aged dried fruit. Some bourbon cuts in and is joined by syrupy dark fruits and molasses. It starts to thin out a bit, but some warming alcohol is introduced, reminiscent of a grape forward cognac. The finish is semi-dry and has an awesome lingering mango flavor, which starts to combine with the other dark fruit flavors that are already present.
Mouthfeel. No complaints here. Medium to thick body with moderate to low carbonation.
This is, so far, the most complex and nuanced beer I have ever tasted. I wish I had bought one more to age. Firestone Walker is really breaking some ground here in the blending department. I really hope this becomes a larger trend in the brewing industry. They have already set the bar high, though.
02-25-2012 04:55:21 | More by jtingue
4.68/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
12-28-2011 03:42:11 | More by ales4baldo
4.36/5 rDev +0.2%
A: Looks like a great BABW. Murky brown, ruby red - still decently clear. For the abv, complex aging process and blending, there is a remarkable head - light beige, nice sticky lacing with big alcohol legs. Gorgeous beer.
S: The aroma is FW through and through - a lot of oak tannin, toasted coconut and oaky vanilla. The DDBA really shines through, if not dominates. I did not have an opportunity to have it fresh, and I am sure it was very different 2 years ago. Some fig and other dark dried fruit come through as well as some toasted brown sugar. When it warms there is some bourbon/brandy booziness as well as almond and hazelnut. No heat to speak of - has completely balanced out.
T: Oaky coconut and vanilla, almost no spirt booziness. Some chocolate kicks at the back end. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Rich caramel and toffee, some dark fruit and brown sugar sweetness. After warming up to room temp, chocolate and nuttiness comes though as well as brandy and bourbon booze, though not hot.
P: Perfect for the flavor profile. Incredibly smooth, minimal carbonation, kinda sticky, medium body.
O: This is a great beer, but I am disappointed at it's lack of vibrancy. It is incredibly similar to DDBA and I was anticipating something more complex and over-the-top given the extensive blending and aging process. That being said, it is another success from FW's barrel program and a phenomenally well balanced and blended beer.
09-09-2013 03:57:34 | More by timc100
3.7/5 rDev -14.9%
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
01-26-2014 21:17:22 | More by Odysseyalien
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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