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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 164
Gots: 743 | FT: 36
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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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of vic21234
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Been looking forward to this one...

A- A dark brown with slight white/ caramel colored head that quickly fades.

S- Alcohol-bourbon sting is there. Also getting hints of coffee, vanilla, and dark malts.

T- Very interesting. Up front is the alcohol sting from the bourbon notes. I also taste the coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oaky notes you would experience if sipping a BA stout. At the back of the taste I get citrusy hops.

M- Not overly heavy. Some heat from the alcohol sting. The hoppy taste at the end of each sip lingers.

Really interesting beer for sure. It's definitely a hot one, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, I think this one will be better with some age on it.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of PBoegel
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It scarcely gets better than this. I was pleasantly surprised when Firestone Walker products started showing up in my neck of the woods in Albany New York earlier in 2011.

I'll spare a tome to Firestone Walker, you can find a great about why this brewery is highly acclaimed and rightfully so across the world wide web.

Often times beers of this nature reach a proportion of hype which simply cannot be lived up too, they are good, but not the type of thing that changes your mind or perceptions. You can choose not to like this beer and perform an anti-hype campaign, but you would be wrong.

Poured from the 22 ounce bottle into a Brooklyn Tulip snifter the beer is stunning in appearance, deep hued brown, ruby the head (as to be expected) is short lived. I actually had to take a picture of the color that refracted through the glass it was that interesting. It looked like a Garnet stone.

Aroma was rich cocoa, vanilla, rum, scotch, some faint hints of piney hops (due to a healthy addition of Double Jack into the blend). No off aromas, certainly an alcohol presence, but one that supports the beer, not detracts from it.

The current taste profile of this beer is a rich layered but highly drinkable strong ale. The alcohol from the stronger beers in the blend combined with the bourbon barrel aged beers creates a rich palate. Everything from dark chocolate notes, to hints of fresh dark coffee beans, vanilla, traces of bourbon and a velvety caramel. The alcohol cuts through the sweetness to balance the beer magnificently.

I did not detect much in the way of hops from the flavor, but there was a very well defined hop bitterness. Full bodied, but also perfectly carbonated with a warming alcohol finish and rich oak character as well.

Hard to imagine there will be many beer experiences much better than this. Looking forward to trying to quell my lust to open the remaining three bottles. Perhaps I'll buy another to deny my sanity.

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2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rtaps
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with mrvonzipper,darthkostrizer.
pours almost black until deep red wine highlights are shown when held to the light, with a small khaki head decent retention leaving lacing on the glass.

smell is very nice. getting raisins, vanilla, some oak, and hints of the bourbon

taste is nice with is still fresh, similar to the smell. raisins, vanilla, chocolate, fruit, some oak and bourbon. all balanced well

full bodied little carbonation, and smooth the a bourbon way.

overall pretty satisfied with this beer and holding up to the hype. will be aging some to enjoy at a later date.

Edit opened a bottle with a friend that new to the craft world

Aroma is alot more fig like the taste also brings alot more fig to it and chocolate. Kind of a Brady more than a bourbon now it's good as it warmed it got a little more "hot"

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of stonermouse
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours dark reddish-brown with a minimal, quick-fading head.

Aroma is surprisingly muted. There's a hint of generic booziness, with some sweet fruits mixed in. Tough to pick up, though.

The flavor is spectacular and smooth, however. Huge bourbon notes, with lots of welcoming sweetness. Nice cherry flavor as well, and some nice vanilla contributes to the smoothness. There's a lot of depth here, and you almost literally can pick out the base brews one by one.

Mouthfeel is so smooth and clean for such a sweet brew. Finshes drier than the flavor for sure.

Great, great flavor here. Exceeded my high expectations.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of ricknelson
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone's 15th Anniversary Ale came in 2nd in my recent 8 beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting, 15th Anniversary got great reviews for a beer that was about 3 years old. It beat out 16th & 17th Anniversary Ales, Double DBA, Scuaba, and Double Jack and Wookey Jack. Would have loved to have had it when it was fresher, but age did not seem to hurt it all.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Bobheed
4.62/5  rDev +6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.