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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: 1,053
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 164
Gots: 744 | FT: 38
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  rDev -31.2%

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1/5  rDev -77.1%

Photo of LaneMeyer
4.01/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Dark brown with some reddish highlights, one 1/2-finger head.

S - Raisin, berries, rum, bread, alcohol, mint.

T - Raspberry, bitters, vanilla, brown sugar, sweet alcohol finish.

M - a bit too low on carbonation - left me with a flat beer towards the end, a little syrupy, goes down smooth for a 12.5% beer.

O- I really like this beer. Much better than the 14 which was OK but not worth the price tag. Interested to see how this ages.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Treebs
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Surly Darkness Snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a ruby and lighter brown edges. A quick brown head forms on the pour and subsides quickly.

S: Citrus hops, caramel malts, some leather and tobacco all mix together for a very barleywine(ish) smell. There is some slight alcohol present.

T: More of the nose with some amplified burnt sugars, leather and surprisingly fruity hops.

M: Great mouthfeel. Light carbonation, full bodied with a coating sticky mouthfeel.

O: For Double Jack only 5% of the blend, I'm really surprised how hoppy this tastes. I think with some age to let the hops fade and some of alcohol blend this will turn into a great beer. As it stands right now it is slightly too hoppy in the nose and taste for me.

Photo of davey101
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber into an over sized wine glass at cellar temperature.

A - Aggressive pour yields a frothy 3 finger head. This eventually dies down and after a while all traces of foam are gone. Decent lacing, but amazing alcohol legs. Clear dark brown body with great red tint. Sits in the glass like a hard liquor.

S - Loads of boozy bourbon and oak notes. Vanilla, toffee, candied dark fruits and caramel malts. Hops are not noticeable.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, and oak are the dominant tastes here. In the background is raisins, toffee, caramel and just a hint of citrus. The alcohol is present but in the best way possible. Very pleasant warming sensation.

M - The best part of this beer for me. It just drinks so smooth. The alcohol is present but its not harsh at all. The body isn't quite medium, but it just works. This is like drinking a nice malty flavored bourbon.

O - The aromas and flavors aren't earth shattering, but the smoothness of this beer makes it a really great sipper. A really enjoyable barrel aged beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Brewermeister
3.33/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark brown with a slight head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Smells like booze. Mouthfeel is a bit watery.
Tastes very alcoholic; bourbon and tabacco present at first. As it warms up other flavors become noticable like vanilla and dark fruits. I was very dissapointed because 14 was one of my favorite beers and 15 falls very short.

Photo of axeman9182
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. This one was allowed to warm a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Firestone Walker's 15th Anniversary blend pours almost stout black, only backlighting reveals some cherry redhighlights. There's maybe a finger and a half of light cocoa head, and it displays just a little bit of both retention and lacing. The nose is reminiscent of a barrel aged English barleywine (which makes sense, given how much of the belnd is made up of just that), with notes of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar. There's also a faint background aroma of citric American hops. The flavor profile adds a nice chocolate note to the typical barleywine fare, but the hop presence is also steppe up a bit. Sometimes hoppy and malty can coincide nicely in a big beer, but this isn't one of those times, as the grapefruit and other citrusy flavors don't really meld into the beer and just seem like they're coming in on the back end and interrupting all the delicious sweetness that came up front. The carbonation is spot on, nice and subdued, but the body just feels a little thin, like it could definitely be a bit more rich/full. Firestone Walker 15 is a good beer, but I think it had a tall order in living up to 14, which is still an all time favorite beer. I think some age will do this one good.

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.

Photo of Centennial
3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split into snifter

A. Dark tan with amber hue while being poured, yet appears darker in the glass except when held up to the light. Still opaque. Clear, appears slightly syrupy, virtually no head.

S. Bourbon and alcohol, vanilla, mild caramel. Can not detect the hop aroma they claim is suppose to be apparent due to the 5% double jack addition.

T. Sweet caramel and vanilla with brandy undertone. Hops in the back seem to mix this up a bit in the wrong direction and do more to bring out unpleasant alcohol nuances then add to the smoother barrel flavors.

M. Slick and a little syrupy, alcohol has a burning effect.

O. Ok barrel blend, falls far short of FW14

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/31/11 notes. Big thanks to Ian for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip, served side by side with the FW 14th Anniversary ale.

a - Pours a transparent dark reddish brown color with one inch of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. The 14 was much, much darker.

s - Smells of vanilla, oak, bourbon, fruity malts, tropical fruits, light citrus hops. A lot of bourbon/vanill and fruit, which surprised me a bit.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, fruity, malts, caramel malts, tropical fruits, citrus, oak, roasted malts, toffee, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but the 14 blew it away. While I know they are different blends, this reminded me of the 14 fresh in that they are both bourbon forward, and a bit boozey fresh, though good. With a year on it though, the 14 has become a really great beer, like some of the earlier anniversary beers, so I am hoping that happens to the 15 as well. 15 seemed a little more barleywine-ish while the 14 seemed more stout-ish, but I think this will age nicely. I'll open my bottle next winter.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour was a deep yet clear brown, very dark. light creamy head that gave way quickly. little to no lacing.

smooth bourbon. slightly sweet. very faint hint of alcohol.

sweet and smooth. light bourbon and really smooth vanilla. some darker brown ale flavors with some dark sweet fruit. some heat on the finish.

moderate carbonation with a slightly smooth.

pretty awesome for being so fresh, but seems more one dimensional than previous vintages.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice dark ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very slight yeast notes, with some plums, figs, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity, with some caramel. Medlium Body, very smooth brew for such a high ABV. To me quite not an American Strong Ale at all, more like an Belgian Dark Strong Ale, a nice brew, very easy drinking, but, quite different than their other Annv. Ales, quick dissappointed.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FW15 pours up a bit heavy with enough effervescence to create a moderate creamy beige-tan colored head that encompasses the deep mahogany-reddish black body. The aroma is a showcase of complex malts & oak finishes with nuances of cocoa roasted almonds, candied ginger, cordial cherries, cinnamon bark, heather honey, maple sugar, toasted coconut & treacle pudding. However, all these components haven't yet melded leaving it a bit disjointed. The flavor starts off with some caramel sweetness e.g. toffee apples followed by a complex toastiness with roasted malts taking over the long, marked bittersweet finish. Alcohol is well-intergrated and this anniversary is surprisingly drinkable for being so young. I cannot wait to revisit this one in another year or so after cellaring. We're not worthy!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

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3/5  rDev -31.2%

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.