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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: 993
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 157
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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DavidEddie

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-28-2011 03:31:56 | More by DavidEddie
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jag21

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-28-2011 02:35:55 | More by jag21
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ShawnMH

Indiana

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-28-2011 02:08:28 | More by ShawnMH
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girllovesbier

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-27-2011 08:43:27 | More by girllovesbier
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-27-2011 06:56:38 | More by Swervine44
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jeff1973

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-27-2011 04:44:29 | More by jeff1973
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eatabag

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-27-2011 03:37:03 | More by eatabag
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Contagion

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell is a complex blend of the various scents from the multitude of beers that went together into the construction of this ale. First off there is a noticeable coconut scent followed by bourbon and brandy. You can easily pull out tones of vanilla as well as chocolate malts. There is a hint of oak and dark fruits that bring all of the scents together pleasantly. Surprisingly you don’t get a strong Alcohol scent with this being a 12.5 ABV beer.

The flavor is almost as complex as the scent and the beer mixture combination itself. The various beers blend together to create a tantalizing flavor combination of Vanilla, Coconut, Bourbon, Molasses, dark fruits and brown sugar. There noticeable chocolate and caramel malt accents that help solidify the flavor combinations. Unlike the scent you can pick up just a touch of the alcohol taste to it. The finish is a pleasant sweetness on the back of the tongue.

This is a full bodied beer. There is some creamy coating to the mouth, but not a lot. It has a light carbonation that makes it easy to drink.

I really enjoyed this beer and I was pleasantly surprised by its complex taste. Based on the fact that it is a combination of 8 different beers, I figured it would be so busy that it would be difficult to enjoy. That isn’t the case. I enjoyed all 22 ounces of the beer and it was just as delicious all the way to the last drop. I will say that I did prefer it when it warmed up closer to room temperature than when I pulled it out of the refrigerator. If you get a chance to get this limited edition beer, I would suggest trying it. It’s well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 01:28:45 | More by Contagion
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nightwing002

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-26-2011 20:27:01 | More by nightwing002
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TeamUgly

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-26-2011 18:59:21 | More by TeamUgly
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-26-2011 06:42:34 | More by Kopfschuss
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ferrari29

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed Tulip-shaped glass

A - Dark red colored body, slightly on the brown side; liquid chocolaty look; small beige head formed, less than one finger in size; well carbonated; lights out cloudiness

S - Vanilla; maple; roasted malt back-end; has a heavy barleywine smell; liquor-grain alcohol nose; dark fruit like figs and dates; brown sugar; light american coffee aromas

T - Figs and dates; brown sugar; maple syrup; sweet; dark chocolate taste; oak and toffee; finishes with a light coffee flavor

M - Creamy; chewy; slightly effervescent

D - Great drink; easy to consume; unique blend of different beers brings a whole new meaning to collaboration brews; definitely worth having around dessert time

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:34:49 | More by ferrari29
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown with low carbonation and a nice dirty white cap

S: Coconut, vanilla, toasty, caramel, toffee, honey and light booze

T: Black liquorice, vanilla, coconut, toasted malt. Light bourbon, chocolate, oats, booze, caramel, tobacco, dark fruits, toffee are second play with a very light hop presence on end

M: Sticky, big body, low carbonation

O: Very good but my least favorite of the anny beers

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2011 02:01:51 | More by barleywinefiend
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-25-2011 06:58:32 | More by TicoCali
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Rckmo10

California

4/5  rDev -8%

11-25-2011 05:11:13 | More by Rckmo10
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-25-2011 01:33:09 | More by yeahnatenelson
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beertunes

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in tulip. Poured a very dark brown, almost a light black, with just a slight bit of red on the edges. The beer had just a very little bit of brown head and had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was very good, a nice amount of roast and grain, but the dominant scent was bourbon. Lots of bourbon, maybe a bit too much. The flavors were pretty much the same, bourbon, grain and roast and had a noticeable alcohol taste.

The body was and clean but a fair bit thinner than I look for in a big beer like this. Drinkability was very good for such a big beer, but I'm not sure I'd have two in a row. Overall, this is a pretty good beer, bordering on very good. This certainly a must try if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 18:51:06 | More by beertunes
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avaldivia

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-24-2011 08:31:05 | More by avaldivia
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear crimson brown color with a 1 inch foamy tan head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Random dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of coconut, wood, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, and some slight citrus zest. Taste is of toasted coconut, wood, toffee, some fruit, and citrus zest. A nice alcohol warmth in the back of the throat with each sip. This beer has a nice level of carbonation with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good blended beer and another winner from the barrel program in my opinion. This is my first of their Anniversary series and I must say I enjoyed this one very much.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 05:56:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ArrogantB

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $22.99. This may be the freshest Firestone anniversary I've had yet, poured into two stemless snifters. Dark brown, looks red when I hold it up to the light, brief head. Smells good, coconut, alcohol, pretty good. Flavor is nice, chocolate, booze, well done. This is pretty much on par with all the previous iterations of Firestone Anniversary with the exception of 11 which was sublime. Still, I can;t help but think that Abacus and Parabola are just as good if not better than the anniversary blends and much cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 04:22:03 | More by ArrogantB
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown with some amber. Dark cream head with good lacing that resides after 30 seconds or so.

S- Chocolate, tobacco, leather, bourbon, vanilla, oak

T- Roasted and amber malts, caramel, some bourbon, chocolate, fairly large pine hop flavors.

M- Full body, but heavy are super thick. Some hottness is present. Low/medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Another awesome beer from FW. Had 14 a year old and thought is was better than this beer is fresh, but will like to see what a year of aging will do to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:06:07 | More by kawilliams81
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waltonc

Colorado

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at falling rock and also opened a bottle. Pours a nice caramel color with tan head. Smells of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel. A slight hoppiness in the background. The bourbon and brandy are very strong in the nose. Sipping this reveals a sweet, bourbony, caramel beer with nice hints of vanilla. Finishes with a little hop bitterness that I don't care for. Otherwise quite nice. Body is thick and sticky with medium carbonation. Overall quite good and will hopefully get better once the hops from the double jack fade.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 01:59:04 | More by waltonc
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this is a divine offering. a blend of firestone's wood aged beers. pours a mahagony brown with a very thin tan head. smells like a glass of fine whiskey, vanilla notes, sweet and malty. smells rich and time honored. there is a modest alcohol aroma too, but very refined. taste is sensational, impossibly complex. there is just a touch of hop bitterness from the double jack, a ton of woody sweetness and a caramel vein throughout. youd be hard pressed to find a beer of this level of craftsmanship in the united states, unrivaled in my opinion as far as creativeness and complexity. worth every bit of the 25dollars it costs. wonderful warm buzz too

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:20:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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Doodler

Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-23-2011 09:51:02 | More by Doodler
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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Good retention, no lace.

S: Lots of vanilla and caramel, notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very boozy initially, but does blow off, though the whole beer has an ethyl undercurrent. Lots of toffee and caramel. Lots of malt character with a nice complex finish with some vanilla which I like.

M: Medium to full-bodied, not overly sugary which is nice. Hot to a point though I wouldn't call it boozy. Light aftertaste.

O: Better than 14 fresh for sure, reminds me a lot of 13 at this stage which aged great. 11 and 12 still are on another level early on.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 06:10:51 | More by Halcyondays
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.