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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 158
Gots: 743 | 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 4thelvofbeer
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened a bottle of this on 02 May 2014. Drink at room temp....the colder this was, the more flavors were muted, but as it warmed closer to room temp it really really opened up nicely...either that or I got more drunk! Either way, it was great! Not really gonna go into the finer points of this beer, but the overall finished product is flippin great. No problems with this beer at all.

4thelvofbeer, May 02, 2014
Photo of SirIPAalot
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

SirIPAalot, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of timc100
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

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.

timc100, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of mthomas84
4/5  rDev -8.3%

mthomas84, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of BigV
5/5  rDev +14.7%

BigV, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Doodler
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Doodler, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of PHKrames
5/5  rDev +14.7%

PHKrames, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Monstro
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Monstro, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of birderbeerer
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

birderbeerer, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jtingue
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

jtingue, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of TPONY51
5/5  rDev +14.7%

TPONY51, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of rumorsofsurf
3.75/5  rDev -14%

rumorsofsurf, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of ales4baldo
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ales4baldo, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of ShawnMH
5/5  rDev +14.7%

ShawnMH, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of crashoveride
5/5  rDev +14.7%

crashoveride, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of George1799
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

George1799, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Eric15
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Eric15, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of mcintire78
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

mcintire78, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of bigorange
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

bigorange, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BobCobb
4/5  rDev -8.3%

BobCobb, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of hikeeba
4/5  rDev -8.3%

hikeeba, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of terraism
4/5  rDev -8.3%

terraism, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of ChesterHop
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

ChesterHop, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of smcnulty1981
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

smcnulty1981, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of jimmy82063
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a FW Snifter - This beer is a nice reddish brown when held up to the light. A little bit of a head. From the smell I get caramel and vanilla. From the taste, the caramel and vanilla return but there is also raisin and the barrel oakiness. Sweetness is really there. The alchol is hidden but this beer is to be had at home.

Very good.

jimmy82063, Feb 14, 2012
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.