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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: 980
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 157
Gots: 733 | FT: 35
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 jbakajust1


4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured at a FW release event at Bier Stein w/ free taster of 14. 8oz pour into Tear drop glass

A - Pours an opaque black w/ faint brown highlights, thin brown head fades to nothing, light lacing

S - Smells of chocolate, cherries, hops, sweet, oak, vanilla, brandy, big caramel and dark fruits

T - Prunes, sweet cakes/bread, cookies, chocolate, brandy, caramel, citrus hops, oak, bourbon, spicy hop bite as it warms.

M - Big and chewy, full body, sweet & warm finish w/ decent bitterness

O - Wow! Way too complex. Amazing sensory experience. Too deep for me to fully experience. Warming, brandy, bourbon, fruits, hops, chocolate, oak, sweet malts. Christmas present please!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 22:19:22 | More by jbakajust1
Photo of richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

12-16-2011 21:59:56 | More by richbrew
Photo of OldIronLungs


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-16-2011 15:59:24 | More by OldIronLungs
Photo of darkmoon66


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2011 11:02:21 | More by darkmoon66
Photo of theminutemen


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-16-2011 04:36:23 | More by theminutemen
Photo of mrand01

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz shared with nicoco. Poured into Dogfish Head "tulip" glasses.

A: Pours with a thin line of tan head that quickly dissipates. Spotty lacing, and the beer appears quite sticky. Mahogany in color, the beer is pretty clear...when you have enough light to see through it. In normal lighting, this beer is dark. Very dark.

S: Butterscotch, toffee, coffee, cocoa, vanilla, honey...sweet smelling. The addition of Double Jack to the blend does not appear to effect the smell. Almost no booze on the nose.

T: More of the same notes from the smell...but the hops are there. After the onslaught of sweet butterscotch and toffee, you are presented with a mild kick from the hops. Hops take a more piney tone rather than citrus. This beer is certainly a little hot, but nothing that takes away from the whole package.

M: Heavy bodied, creamy, with mild carbonation.

O: Amazing, as usual, for the Firestone anniversary beers. I've seen some mention that this year's offering is not up to par compared to previous years. I've only had the pleasure of trying 14, and this blows it out of the water...fresh at least. Not having had an aged 14, it's tough to really compare. That said, if you see this, buy it.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:34:40 | More by mrand01
Photo of cougarbait


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-16-2011 01:37:59 | More by cougarbait
Photo of tbizzle0


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-16-2011 01:16:20 | More by tbizzle0
Photo of stylinprofiylin


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Backstory: Ralph's managed to mislabel 4 bottles at $4.99. They had to honor their price, so i took em all. Luck.

A: Dark almost maroon look. Off-White head. XV is nowhere near as cloudy as its predecessors.

S: This is where i feel this beer excels. Sweet aromatic malts fill far beyond the glass. The hops have a good footnote, almost cementing the aromas onto your palate.

T: Sweet malts feel properly infused with the bourbon barrels used to age this mixture. This is a trait that Firestone has always been able to deliver on. You really get that Parabola mouthfeel with that awesome Barley Wine warmth.

M: Has a bit of a bite, with a mixture of sticky, smooth, and slightly dry towards the end.

D: Definitely a drink to share.... Be Careful cause its a duzy. I want more.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:03:27 | More by stylinprofiylin
Photo of corby112


4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a two finger, frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks and spots if lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a very prominent barrel presence along with some dark malt and a surprisingly strong hop character. Sweet and boost smelling with lots of bourbon, toasted oak, marshmallow and vanilla. The barrel is countered by some roasted malt and a really nice hop presence that gives off hints of pine needle and citrus fruit.

Medium bodied and incredibly complex with a great balance of barrel, sweet, boozy spirits, roasted malt, dark fruit and hops. The barrel character is very prominent with lots of dry oak, vanilla and toasted coconut. There's plenty of delicious bourbon but it's perfectly integrated into the flavor without overpowering the other notes or giving off any heat. As the beer warms and I slowly sip, I can pick up elements of each component of the blend. Some leathery malt and lavender from the barleywines, dark roast and sweet malts from the stouts and brown ale and complex hops from the Double Jack and high IBU beers. Sweet notes of caramel, toffee, hazelnut and dark fruit countered by the complex hop profile. Some dry, earthy pine bitterness along with some citrus and tropical fruit notes. Very faint heat in the finish but overall the ABV is excellently masked. I can't believe that this beer is almost 13%!

Overall, this beer is incredible. Complex, flavorful, well balanced and dangerously drinkable. One of the best FW Anniversary blends yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 07:44:07 | More by corby112
Photo of Solether


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-14-2011 23:02:35 | More by Solether
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

12-14-2011 20:14:42 | More by acurtis
Photo of Dlish


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-14-2011 05:25:11 | More by Dlish
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA served in a half-pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts, vanilla and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. There’s a hint of an alcohol booziness but it’s faint considering the 12.5% ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice high-octane beer to drink for as long as you can handle it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 03:46:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep deep brown. Almost black. Had a nice tan head to start. Dissipated to a ring. Not a lot of lacing.

Aroma is very barley wine ish. Very malty and caramel like. Pretty boozy in the aroma. Bit of dark fruits. Not a crazy aroma.

Taste is awesome. Very barly wine ish. Lots of malt. Bit of sweetness. Kinda caramel and dark fruits. Little bit of boozyness with a bit of hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel isn't too thick. Nice and smooth. Good carb.

Overall I think this beer is too green and hot. Would like to see some age on it. Have 2 more to put in the cellar

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 08:16:02 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of pumaguy021


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-13-2011 04:07:55 | More by pumaguy021
Photo of metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are complex aromas of bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, dark fruits, oak and
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very complex and has lots of notes of oak and vanilla flavors.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great beer to sip and savor due to the complex aromas and flavors; it tastes nothing like any of the beers that were mixed to create it.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:29:13 | More by metter98
Photo of bertram


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-12-2011 23:48:01 | More by bertram
Photo of JimmyTango


5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-12-2011 14:15:25 | More by JimmyTango
Photo of xanok


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle for $20 at Jonny Macs in Springfield. I've been told this one isn't as good as 14, but who knows. Drinking this to drown my sorrows about losing in the first round of fantasy football playoffs.

Poured into a Stone Old Guardian snifter, as all my tulips are in sink.

A-Not black. Close to black. Burgundy maybe? Opaque. I poured the glass too hard so I didn't give the head as much room as I should have. It's off-white though and apparently has good lacing.

S-Bourbon. Obviously. Standard barrel flavors here really. Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Smell isn't incredibly complex.

T-Sticky caramel malt, chocolate, vanilla, and oak all mesh nicely here. Alcohol is a bit hot, but not too much.

M-Big,thick body, with relatively heavy carb. Alcohol lingering and warming aftertaste.

O-Compared to the draft of 14 I just had a few nights ago, I like this one more. I know they're different beers, just sayin though. This is delicious, I don't care what anyone else says.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 06:22:40 | More by xanok
Photo of TMoney2591


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills.

That's right: Firestone XV at a WB bar. I'm sure as hell not gonna argue... It pours a dark russet-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises bourbon, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, light maple syrup, Belgian candi sugar, and light mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee sorta morphs into lightly-buttery caramel, and some oak and background pine join the party, 'cause things just weren't quite complex enough. Sounds fair. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy-ish, pretty smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine brew all-around. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2011 03:55:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of flexabull


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown color with a small white head.

Aromas are chocolatey, with toasted coconut, vanilla, light booze, and a light earthiness. Smells very pleasant and complex.

Taste is nutty, cola like, lightly sweet, with notes of chocolate, coconut, and vanilla. Finish is lightly boozy, caramel like, with some toasted oak flavors. Complex, tasty, and very drinkable, alcohol is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit on the thin side.

Overall, another nice anniversary beer. This one is unfortunately the weakest of the bunch though. Still a solid, complex, and tasty beer. But it pales a bit in comparison to 10-14. The weaker mouthfeel makes me think this one might not stand up to aging as well as some of the others.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:50:10 | More by flexabull
Photo of lurpy1


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Muled this one home from Sacramento for myself. At $22 for a bomber, it's the most expensive I've ever bought. Still, the beer goulash concept is cool, and I'm looking forward to it. Split into 2 pint glasses. Gotta get some other glassware - the pint is not suitable for this kind of beer.

Elegant packaging (in cardboard),but on first pour, is not horribly impressive, but not awful either - little to no head, sitting on top of a Dr. Pepper colored pour.

Smell is great, bourbon, vanilla, malt, molasses, some indistinct fruitiness and an overall but again indistinct sweet.

A bourbon, woody experiences encompasses the taste. Vanilla comes through, as does some of the malty. The booze stands up and gives a big hello, the taste is not very alcoholic, at the same time, one sip lets you know that XV means business.

I found XV a bit over carbonated, and the massive alcohol ran interference. Still, pretty smooth. However, my wife had a beast of a time choking this down due to the booze content.

A very, very good beer, really a mutated barleywine at the end of the day. At $22, though, probably a 1-time experience for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 23:49:22 | More by lurpy1
Photo of marqoid


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-11-2011 06:20:35 | More by marqoid
Photo of oline73


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a layer of smooth off white head. The head disappears completely.

Smell: Very sweet with some dark fruit and bourbon barrel. Caramel and alcohol with a very mild hint of soy sauce.

Taste: Quite sweet from the malt with some vanilla and caramel from the barrel. There is some bitterness and very hot alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with smooth carbonation and a slick finish. There is a warmth from the alcohol.

Overall: I thought this one could use some age, but I still enjoyed the blend. The sweet aftertaste was good and the taste was still able to shine.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2011 04:43:15 | More by oline73
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.