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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

02-15-2013 00:47:20 | More by PComninaki
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-10-2013 16:04:18 | More by e30todamax
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium-large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some moderate aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of dark fruit (plum). Just a touch of alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell, there are moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with just a touch of caramel/toffee malt sweetness. Very light notes of dark fruit (plum and raisin) along with moderate notes of brown sugar. Very light amounts of bitterness that fades almost immediately. Light amounts of alcohol are also present.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy.

O: This is a great beer and is very enjoyable - lots of complexity to both the smell and taste. The combination (sum) of the different beers blended to make this are greater than the individual components. There is a slight amount of alcohol present but the barrel aging of the different components makes this a great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:54:25 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Dope


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty much exactly a year old.

A: A deep, dark amber pour. Moderate sized fizzy tan head. Fades slowly with decent retention. Just the slightest bits of lacing left behind.

S: Very barleywine-ish. Lots of caramel with a bit of toast. Touch of brown sugar. Raisins and figs. A little bit of bourbon but not as strong as the 14th anniversary. Some decent coconut, vanilla and oak. Very sweet, almost sickly sweet. Wonderful aroma regardless.

T: Again, very barleywine-ish. Some decent bourbon mixes in. Strong caramel, toffee, brown sugar and coconut. Fruits are still here but subdued, primarily the raisin. Get a little toasted malt in the middle and in the finish. More bourbon in the finish with that surprisingly strong coconut flavor and some vanilla and oak.

M: Heavy, very sweet but not cloying.

O: Hmph. It's mainly like drinking a bourbon barrel barleywine. Not too far from abacus to be honest. That's of course, not a knock against it since abacus is delicious too. But not as complex as the 14th and a little too one-note. Maybe I'm just biased because 14 was amazing. This on the other hand is a nice big, sweet, bourbon barrel barleywine with hints of other flavors from the smaller beers. Delicious nonetheless, just not earth-shattering like 14 was.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:34:30 | More by Dope
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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

02-08-2013 04:15:38 | More by Azrael
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

02-03-2013 14:32:15 | More by RedneckBeerz
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

02-01-2013 00:52:51 | More by jplopez21
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4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swampy tobacco brown body with little activity. A half finger of off-white head retains rather well before sinking down to a tight collar which laces quite well.

Rich toffee and caramel covered with sweet bourbon, molasses and brown sugar. Sweet dark malts, intense plum and fig. Even with a pronounced bourbon presence, the alcohol is pretty tame. Some leathery port type aromas... smooth stuff.

Sweet cola and red fruits dominate the palate. Some dirty brown ale flavors with some mellow bourbon and vanilla oak. Again, the alcohol is rather subdued which I can definitely appreciate. Butterscotch and toffee, pretty cloying at the finish (hi Bryan).

Very grateful to have had the opportunity to try this one. Thanks Tom!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 02:54:46 | More by yamar68
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-31-2013 02:33:55 | More by calcnerd
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3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by awdturboiv @ NWI tasting group bottle share

A - Dark chestnut brown with a thick, syrupy look. No head and very light carbonation

S - malty beer. Light caramel and maple, dark raisins, strong nose

T - Big alcoholic beer with dark fruit, candied dates, light maple syrup. Still a bit hot with some alcohol in it. Get the oak barrel in the finish. Slight bitter hops as well.

MF - syrupy beer light carbonation. Light oak and alcohil in the finish that leaves a slight astringency

O - Solid beer with nice overall sweet flavor. Still a bit hot but it may settle down.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 16:25:10 | More by jeonseh
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4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to woodjjacct for opening this one!
Poured into Founders Bolt Cutter glass

Pour: A dark rusty brown with absolutely no head formation.

Smell: Really digging this smell with toasted coconut and vanilla. Toffee, vanilla, molasses, oak, bourbon, and a touch of tobacco.

Taste: Wow! Toasted coconut and vanilla hits the taste buds first. This is followed by the oak, wood and bourbon. A beautiful sweetness mingling with the barrel.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel with minimal carbonation. Palate coating slickness.

Overall: Well who can do a barrel blend better than FW? No one I say! Damn they have done it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:01:46 | More by sleuthdog
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-24-2013 17:53:02 | More by HopsHopenstein
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-23-2013 22:50:15 | More by Duff27
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 on tap at Birch.

A - Dark cherry color. Nice.

S - Syrupy, brown sugar smells.

T - Bourbon, sugary in an alcohol kind of way, smooth yet potent. Wam bam.

M - Not the most memorable, maybe a little light.

O - Very potent and tasty. Look forward to the follow-up versions. Enjoyed it much.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 03:42:35 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-22-2013 06:53:25 | More by oglmcdgl
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-21-2013 19:50:23 | More by hiphopj5
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a brownish red with good head that left minor lace ring on top of an almost vinous aroma, at least at first. The oaky, bourbon/whiskey barrel smell, along with alcohol, is potent, as well as good chunks of sweet/spicy (caramel and roasted are my generic go to words) malts and touches of fruity citric hops. A heavy body that still goes down smooth and gives off a strong alkie bite at the end that is damn enjoyable. Beer has a pleasant mix of roasted bready malts that tag team with the bourbon barrel aging along with some spices and sweetness of caramel, molasses toffee. These beer are in cohesion with hops that come across as not only citric but dark fruit/grapefruit esque and it seems the oak/oatmeal stout elements really smooth it out so it's not too harsh/syrupy/watery. For the high ABV and different blends of malts and hops this beer really pulls it off and is dangerously sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 18:48:20 | More by clayrock81
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

had this one on tap fresh
opened a bottle on 1/20/12 (Go Niners!)... bottle dated 10/07/11
this review is based off the cellared bottle.

A: Pours a deep milk chocolate brown, no head formation whatsoever, you can see the alcohol sticking to the glass as your tilt it. So rich in appearance, it looks delicious

S: simply awesome. huge, and i mean huge sweet toffee, massive figs/raisins and enormous vanilla, blended absolutely beautifully with one another. the oak presence matches the bourbon characters beautifully and for it being 12.5% there is no aromatic burn. Just pure awesomeness

T: again, massive toffee, big alcohol soaked figs and raisins. the oak and vanilla finish this brew off with a beautiful creaminess. Very rich brew. and the balance is terrific.

M: borderline full bodied brew. it coats the mouth with a rich toffee and vanilla sweetness, yet there is enough alcohol heat to make this extremely enjoyable.

O: a freaking terrific brew all the way around. its rich, complex and beautifully balanced. at 12.5%, this one still has a bit of heat, but it suits the brew perfectly. I think the best aspect of this brew is the mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 22:07:57 | More by tut2528
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

01-18-2013 21:45:11 | More by Davihaw
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

01-18-2013 02:38:35 | More by brandoman63
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-14-2013 00:01:38 | More by CanisMajor
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 16:47:02 | More by M1A2
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5/5  rDev +14.9%

01-13-2013 14:49:11 | More by scott2269
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-13-2013 06:56:46 | More by megamass
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 980 ratings.