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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

993 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-11-2013 16:02:09 | More by dctriman
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautifully blended sipper.

Presentation: 22 oz boxed brown capped bottle. Black colored box with the seal of the brewery presiding it and highlighting the name. Back box label notes history of the brewery, expertise aging brews in barrels, intent of ales and blending process. Inside the box a detailed two sided page offers and extended note about the anniversary, collaboration with winemakers, detailed tasting notes, and an overview of their barrel aging program including a careful breakdown of the different components of the blend. Bottle offers a label with similar colors and presiding brewery seal. 15th anniversary: vintage 2011. Notes 12.5% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Clear deep brown pour, nice fizzy creamy head, moderate retention, fair surface memory with a good surface ring and spotty lacing.

S - What a nose, plenty of malty bourbon notes, fresh pineapple and vanilla

T - Nice long complex expansion in the palate. Sweet, molasses, caramel, notes of barrel oak, vanilla, pineapple, light charred notes, hint of coffee, as it settles the flavors start to coalesce and expand with further nuances… The pineapple has tropical touches of mango and even a tiny citric touch. Touches of cocoa and a floral boozy note punctuate the flow.

M - Medium/full to full body, moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy sense with a well woven boozy presence that lingers nicely.

O - Delightful sipper. Very glad I could finally get my mouth on this one.

Notes: Memorable barrel aging and blending, truly memorable. This might deserve higher notes, but I was actually floored by XIV and at least on this tasting this feels a small notch below.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 14:10:03 | More by Daniellobo
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Colorado

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Virginia

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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Washington

3/5  rDev -31%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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e30todamax

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

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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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calcnerd

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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jeonseh

Indiana

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

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sleuthdog

Illinois

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

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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