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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: 1,027
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 158
Gots: 742 | 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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Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sooo glad I didn't buy more than a bottle of this, though I had a chance to pick up multiples.

Pours a dark, burnt orange-ish brown with some very subtle notes of deep mahogany red.

Smells like brown sugar, a bit of booze soaked figs/raisins, and ... kind of an indistinct caramel toffee/barleywine aroma. Sounds better than it actually smells. A bit too much alcohol, nothing real fresh or distinct in the aroma. Kind of like you mixed a barleywine and an old ale and called it a day.

Taste is ... disappointing. Not good. Way too much sherry/oxidation/indistinct woodsy malty flavors. There's an offputting bitter note to the figs/raisins/dark fruits, almost like they've been laced with an inappropriate hop strain. Too much booziness. The heat is not integrated into any strong noteworthy flavors, it just kind of makes it feel like they dumped bourbon/whiskey with a drop of vanilla extract into it. Not a bad/terrible beer, but disappointing given the prior achievements of this series.

Mouthfeel is flat. No bubbling. This would be easier to take if this was a heavy beer with really strong distinct elements, but it's not.

This is by far the worst of the Firestone series. I think they maybe need to back off a bit and not release this every year. I think the recipes have become less and less inspired, and what used to be awesome barrel aged backgrounds are now becoming a bit of a muddled mess. Parabola and Abacus are both significantly better than Firestone 13, 14, or 15.

Overlord, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of SalukiAlum
5/5  rDev +14.7%

SalukiAlum, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Lillie1128
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with a small white head

S - It's a really complicated smell. It's got a little bourbon with maybe some caramel.

T - It's complex to say the least. It's got a decent amount of bourbon balanced smoothly throughout. I also detect some caramel and spices. Just the tiniest bit of coffee.

M - Really smooth, medium bodied

D - Pretty low

This is a really interesting blend, but it's very enjoyable. Thanks to mthomas84 for this one!

Lillie1128, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of hopluva1
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

hopluva1, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.94/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had a serving of this fresh about a year and half ago and thought it was an interesting blend that held inviting flavors of typical barleywine and hints of chocolate-covered cherries, molassas, and dark fruits. The heat was prominent, but wasn't so bad that it had a negative impact on the experience. I liked it overall, but had doubts that it was worth the price tag.

22 oz. Bottled 7-Oct-11
Cellared 15-Nov-11
Poured into stemless wine glass on 30-Mar-13 (aged about 18 months)

Decided to crack it open based on what I've been hearing on how it's been aging. It's straight-up like a fine port with notes of chocolate, caramel, and cherries. Such a beauty! The heat's still there, but doesn't interrupt the fantastic taste; only feel it in the throat as it goes down. A fantastic sipper. Better than XVI fresh. Regret not buying more when I had a chance.

Rollzroyce21, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a very dark dark amber with some nice ruby red hints. Almost like molasses or burnt caramel. The head is thin, at about .25 in and recedes quickly. It is light tan and leaves a ring around the glass.

S - Complexity is out of this world with so many brews blended in. Strong sweet molasses come up front quickly. There is also some mild ready and earthy grain notes in there. There is a bit of slight pine and DIPA citrus trying to come through. Definitely some vanilla and cinnamon notes as well as earthy wood notes. Very complex.

T & M - Such a complex brew. Very strong. The taste starts off similar to the nose. Sweet molasses and caramel that is tempered a bit by some bready grain notes. Sweet malt is present in the middle. THe middle also is highlighted by some more of the stout notes with some slight roast and mild cocoa. On the back end it has some of the Barleywine flavor profiles. Strong malt backbone with some slight piney hops. There is definitely some slight boozy sweetness and heat. Especially as the beer gets warmer the booze lights up. It is a nice addition and not a turn off. The beer finishes of with an oily and slightly sticky but smooth finish and some slight leathery and tobacco notes. There is also a distant vanilla and cinnamon finish. Very impressive and complex beer. Definitely excited to age some.

O - Very good offering from FW. I enjoy these Anniv. releases because they do a good job of blending the beers. This brew is strong, pleasant and well crafted. nice job.

JoEBoBpr, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

ucsbmullet, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Durb777, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of DavidEddie
5/5  rDev +14.7%

DavidEddie, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of jag21
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jag21, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of ShawnMH
5/5  rDev +14.7%

ShawnMH, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of girllovesbier
5/5  rDev +14.7%

girllovesbier, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Swervine44, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of jeff1973
5/5  rDev +14.7%

jeff1973, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of eatabag
5/5  rDev +14.7%

eatabag, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Contagion
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Contagion, Nov 27, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

nightwing002, Nov 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

TeamUgly, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Kopfschuss
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Kopfschuss, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev -8.3%
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

ferrari29, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -11%
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

barleywinefiend, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of TicoCali
5/5  rDev +14.7%

TicoCali, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Rckmo10
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Rckmo10, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of yeahnatenelson
5/5  rDev +14.7%

yeahnatenelson, Nov 25, 2011
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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