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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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992 Ratings
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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 158
Gots: 737 | 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:
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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ricknelson

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:02:22 | More by ricknelson
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-25-2014 22:56:29 | More by jzeilinger
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-25-2014 22:47:15 | More by Knapp85
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-21-2014 03:34:39 | More by tommyguz
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George1799

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-19-2014 19:36:36 | More by George1799
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jbear68

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-19-2014 19:30:39 | More by jbear68
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

03-18-2014 21:16:11 | More by Axnjxn
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-10-2014 16:08:43 | More by CGMLS3
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justinbrown

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-10-2014 05:09:42 | More by justinbrown
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KristineT

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

03-08-2014 21:03:33 | More by KristineT
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mquartuccio87

New York

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

03-02-2014 22:34:44 | More by mquartuccio87
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-01-2014 22:49:07 | More by TKEbeerman
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brewstraveler

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

03-01-2014 21:03:53 | More by brewstraveler
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Williaar

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-28-2014 05:29:58 | More by Williaar
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-22-2014 22:11:46 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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jason_hertz

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-18-2014 03:11:06 | More by jason_hertz
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jaymo18

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-17-2014 22:48:26 | More by jaymo18
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Twig2848

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-11-2014 23:53:57 | More by Twig2848
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mc4z

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-10-2014 17:13:26 | More by mc4z
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

02-07-2014 06:04:27 | More by NorthSideSean
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dspinler

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-06-2014 01:19:42 | More by dspinler
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BeerNW

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-29-2014 15:19:53 | More by BeerNW
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ox. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. Liquid comes out of the bottle a nice amber brown color. While it collects in the glass a bit more of a reddish amber then brown. Off white to tan colored head with medium sized bubbles. Goes away faster than expected, but there's a ring of very small nitro looking bubbles that leave a ring around the edges. Not too much in the way of lacing, but there a little.

Smell is really good. It isn't overly strong, but it's complex, it has a hint of everything. Hints of bourbon, caramel, toffee, candy coated figs, and a very slight citrus hop presence. All of that is coated in a vanilla woody aroma. There's also a nice sweet decadent candy presence, sort of like if haribo did some type of sugar coated grape gummy bear.

Much like the smell, the taste is complex, layered, and delicious. Lots of oaky vanilla and a generous amount of carmel and toffee are extremely strong with a back hint of a mild coco in the back. Sort of like a barley wine blended with a reasonably robust porter at a 80/20 ratio in favor of the barley wine. Some of the above sugar coated figs and also cherries are present, as well as the candy coated grape flavors again. There's a nice citrus peele happiness masked in the back to provide just the right amount of bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden by the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel is straight up perfect. A hard medium to the lighter end of full bodied. It's got a lingering flavor that you'd expect in any full bodied beer, but it's not that heavy on the tongue, sot of thin, not something easily accomplished. Nice medium carbonation level that complements the feel quite well. It's sweet, in the best way possible, it takes the sweetest part from the barley, hops, and bourbon without this making it the slightest bit of a sugar bomb. Well balanced, perfect amount of bitterness from the hops and heat from the alcohol. As I said, the heat is present, yet I still wouldn't say this would pass the 12% range, still at 12.5% if someone were to tell me this beer was sub 10%, I wouldn't argue. Drinkability is ridicules, so easy to polish this one off. I've had it fresh, with a year on it, 2 years, and now a little bit more and I gotta say they are all delicious. Love what Firestone Walker is doing with blending and barrel aging beers, this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:10:57 | More by AndyAvalanche
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%

01-27-2014 04:02:42 | More by FUwolfpacker
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Odysseyalien

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 21:17:22 | More by Odysseyalien
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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