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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,014 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,014
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 158
Gots: 740 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into two snifters. This bottle was the subject of some controversy in a recent thread, from which I learned much about being a better BA. Thanks to all the vets who provided useful criticism/advice. The bottle must be at least fifteen months old, but I imagine that it was cellared properly, considering the temperature control and the encasement.

A - based on the blend notes, it's actually darker than I expected it to be. Just under 40% barleywine, it pours more like a strong ale, dark, dark brown, lightening on the periphery. Very little head on the forced pour, no lacing. Nothing remarkable.

S - very sweet, very malty, just like you'd expect from an EBW. There's a little booze on the nose, but it's not overwhelming. Definitely the most pleasant aspect of this brew. Lingering chocolate, some butterscotch.

T - sweet, sweet, sweet. Caramel, lots of syrupy malt and barley, almost like some honey was integrated into the brewing process. It finishes sweet and pleasant. Nothing bitter. I think this bottle has benefited from its age.

M - as with most BBBWs, there's a stinging bitterness right on the end, but it's velvety, smooth, and finishes sweet on the cheeks. A burst of sweetness makes it a smooth finish. The alcohol doesn't dominate at all. Again, I think this beer has really benefited from its year+ on the shelf.

O - if it lingers, I may get another one. FW's BA program continues to impress. I've got a bottle of 16 waiting for the Elite Eight.

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.