Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 1,086
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 170
Gots: 745 | FT: 33
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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:
Beer added by: brew3crew on 11-08-2011

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.
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Photo of crewfan16
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bomber into a sam adam's pint glass. have high hopes for this one, as it was a tad expensive ($20)

a- dark ruby brown with a 1/2" of khaki head. light shines through slightly with more red around the edges.

s- bourbon, vanilla, oak caramel malt, a little raisin. crazy complex

t- holy crap thats good. bourbon and oak biscuit caramel, vanilla then goes into the DIPA type flavors of hops and sweet malt then changes again back to stout like flavors of coffee, roasted malt and a little chocolate. wow. one of the most complex beers i have tasted.

m- not a ton of carbonation, which is expected. creamy silky feel. flavors linger nicely on the palate. abv is really well hidden. incredibly drinkable.

overall, this is an amazing brew. such complex and powerful flavors. you can really taste many of the different blended beers throughout. I wish i could get some more...but alas probably cant. insanely good. (926 characters)

Photo of bpfishback
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is blackish brown, barely transparent with some undertones of red. Head fades fairly quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass.

First smell is a familiar bourbon barrel aged smell, slight vanilla, sticky sweetness, then caramel, maybe slight oxidation, candied plums, cherries, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of spice.

Taste is dark fruits at first, cherries and plums. The dark fruit lingers for awhile, and after what seems like hours you get a finish of bitter chocolate and coffee.

The mouthfeel is very creamy, I would love to known the FG of this beer, it has a fullness in its mouthfeel but it is not cloying, it's a big beer yet I want to drink more and more.

I am really enjoying this beer. I was excited to try it and now I see why. An incredible balance between sweet and bitter, a beer with multiple dimensions, a work of art. (856 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with light brown head that dissipates fast.

Smell is vanilla, fig, brown sugar, and toffee.

The taste is boozy. Vanilla, brown sugar, toffee. It is a little too sweet, but I'm able to get past that as the rest of the flavor is good.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. The sweetness really comes into play in the mouthfeel and is a bit much.

Overall, a really good beer. My only real knock on it is the cloyingly sweet flavor and texture. Otherwise, I really enjoyed it. (490 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's last night.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The beer smells terrific, as I pick up considerable milk chocolate, vanilla, light cherry and coffee. There's is also a considerable aroma of bourbon, which becomes increasingly pronounced as this beer warms. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while absoltely delicious, this beer is definitely a bit on the sweet side. The alcohol is also pretty noticeable (it's not hot or heavy on the finish, but you can definitely tell you're drinking something with a considerable abv.), though I thought it well integrated into the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is full and fairly soft, with a long, rich, sweet finish. The carbonation comes across as fairly low, which I think works well with this particular beer.

An excellent beer, though given the sweetness and considerable alcohol, it's hard to imagine ever consuming more than one glass of this at a sitting. (975 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle poured into my Cigar City Tulip. Served just below room temperature.

Appearance: Much lighter in color from the other Firestone Anniversary beers I've had. The high percentage of lighter barleywines in the blend is really apparent. Pours a cola light medium to dark brown. Pours a slight beige head that recedes quickly. Almost perfectly resembles Coke.

Aroma: Big caramel, brown sugar and molasses upfront. Very sweet. Bourbon and brandy notes are definitely present in the back. Also, a surprising amount of heat. I am not detecting a lot of the Double Jack in here, as I am getting mostly cloying sweetness.

Taste: Brown sugar, honey, and molasses really dominate. Oak and vanilla add some nice backing notes and work well with the sweetness. I definitely still get the bourbon and brandy. In some ways this blend is very nuanced and nice, but I can't help but feel it is too sweet and could have done much better with something to balance all the barleywines. I guess my final impression is a bit too cloyingly sweet. I would be curious to see how this ages though, as I think a little less heat and the components blending together better might serve this well.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation to not weight this down too much. Medium to full mouthfeel.

Overall, not as successful as some of the other Firestone Walker beers. It is overly sweet at times, but I never found it hard to drink. I also felt it was overly hot at times too. An interesting beer that might age well, but left me a bit disappointed considering the standard I usually hold Firestone to. (1,604 characters)

Photo of perrymarcus
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
bottled 10/07/11 (wish i could get double jack this fresh. not that this is exceedingly fresh but the most recent batch of double jack on the shelves around here is-, ok, sorry i digress. but we're talking ~6 months.)

pours a mahogany tone, sits a borderline black in the glass; yields a short-lived tan head.

as anticipated the nose is malt-forward. bourbon is clearly showcased, along with notes of vanilla and caramel and hints of chocolate and molasses.

flavor is intriguing, a lot more going on than i expected going solely off the aroma. vanilla, caramel, and molasses pull through (along with bourbon of course), but there's also a slight citric presence - as others have noted likely coming from the double jack - some raisin, and a touch of chocolate. complex and tasty. definitely on the sweet side but not overly sweet for me, though i can see where it might be for others. alcohol presence is there but not nearly as imposing as you might expect for a 12.5% ABV beer... medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with below-average carbonation.

overall i'm right in-between an A- and a solid A on this one, with A- seeming a touch low and A striking me as a hair too high. forced to choose, i'll give it the .5 bump. a really enjoyable beer. (1,276 characters)

Photo of ms11781
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep brown, nearly opaque, with some reddish/amber hues on the sides and bottom of the glass. There is almost no head at the pour and what little foam there is immediately disappears.

A good deal going on in the nose. A big bourbon aroma comes across first but quickly backs off, allowing some other characteristics to come across. When chillled, some chocolate notes are present, along with some caramel and toffee. When the beer warms the chocolate takes a backseat to a dominant caramel and coffee aroma with some nice vanilla and oak notes.

The taste follows along with the nose but it is very sweet, perhaps too sweet at times. The bourbon and vanilla notes are excellent but the caramel and toffee notes aren't so subtle and provide a substantial sweetness. There is a brown sugar aspect that wasn't in the nose that plays a huge part in the flavor profile. There is a nice warming at the back of the throat from some alcohol.

The body is pretty thick and viscous with low carbonation. Although the carbonation is low it feels a bit prickly on the tongue. Combined with the finishing alcohol, it gives the beer a bit of a kick that keeps it from being cloying.

Overall, this is an ok beer. It's pretty much a darker barleywine and those characteristics come through. It's too sweet for my liking. The aroma is great but nearly every characteristic in the nose comes across as sweet as possible in the taste. This beer would be extremely good if the sugary sweetness was dialed back a bit. (1,545 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish color with a small tan head. Smells of whiskey, milk chocolate, and vanilla, for the most part. A bit of wood and some toffee and caramel. The flavor is somewhat muted, even when warm. There is some milk chocolate, cocoa powder, whiskey, oak, and vanilla, though. On the thin side of medium in body with low to medium carbonation. (352 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe. Pours a cola-like color (black with ruby) with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly. The aroma that stands out the most to me are the barleywine characteristics of dark fruits, along with some coconut and vanilla flavors. The taste has some heavy bourbon characteristics because of the barrel aging, along with the slight hops kick from the Double Jack, the same flavors from the aroma, and some roasted malts. The mouthfeel is surprisingly medium/thin with decent carbonation, and goes down very easy for a 12.5% beer.

Overall, a darn good beer I wouldn't mind revisiting again. I think I would enjoy it more if the balance of barleywine and stout was 50/50, but I enjoyed it, much more than other barleywines I've had. (783 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brownish orange, nice off-white head eventually reduced to a cap leaving some good lace.

Smell is good but a bit faint, surprising considering how strong the other Anniversary's were. Bourbon, caramel, vanilla, slight chocolate.

Taste is a big bourbon/vanilla/toffee bomb, caramel, honey, brown sugar, decent hop presence and some dark fruit. It's an interesting blend, it almost reminds me of bourbon soaked caramel popcorn...but in a good way. It is sweeter than previous Anniversary beers but I didn't find it cloying, my 8oz went quickly and I wanted more. Taste would probably be a 4.25 if that were an option.

Low-ish carbonation, slightly syrupy, big bourbon flavor but not very boozy. I actually found this less boozy than 14 fresh.

Mostly has a bourbon-blonde-barleywine feel so it makes sense that's what made up most of the blend, but it feels like many of the other beers are lost in the mix. A nice change up to the series, maybe if bottles are still around in a few months I'll pick one up. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Impfan
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the most complex, balanced, fruity, chocolatey, sherry-like, velvety, silky creations I've ever tasted.

On balance, it's definitely sweet, and perhaps it could use a bit more roastiness to dry it out a tad, but its flavor is so voluptuous that I really couldn't knock it down even a tenth. (304 characters)

Photo of kkrez
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To say the least, this beer is complex and extremely layered.

It pours a dark brown color with a tan head which dissipates.

Aroma is of vanilla, toffee, caramel, coffee and cocoa.

Starts out a little boozy hot, but then follows the nose and then some; caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak, tobacco, oats, leather, bourbon, dark fruits and Brandy notes, all finished off by a citrusy hop bite coming from the use of the Double Jack, which leaves the palate clean and ready for more.

Mouthfeel is perfect. medium to heavy body, perfect amount of carbonation that lasts throughout

But really, words do not do this beer justice. The interplay of flavors is divine and indescribable. The price tag is bold, but so is this beer. You want it. (737 characters)

Photo of Docer
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Nice rich dark and mostly clear brown. Big slowly forming off-white to beige colored head. Bubbly like a barrel aged brew should look. Settles with lace all about and a thin pillow riding on top. Nice looking!

Smell: (4.5)
- Great sweet malts and holiday dessert notes. Brown sugar, molasses, vanilla from the barrels.. earthy sweet caramel.. light grassy and herbal hop spice.. little roasty tobacco, and light alcohol. Almost a touch of licorice going on. Very good.

Taste: (4.0)
- Oh my. Where to start? Rich caramel and grainy molasses sweetness. Vanilla and oak character really shines through, and blends perfectly with the bready grain, and esters from the grain. Some fig, raisin, tobacco, earthy grassy hops with a slight citrus and spicy zest. Little alcohol, but very well hidden. Really good bourbon notes. May be a bit much on the bourbon side for some, guessing this will age perfectly.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Super nice medium to heavy body with the perfect carbonation. Though a very sweet beer, it isn't too overly syrupy or sticky. Quite chewy and cloying really, and dries the mouth just a touch. This is a smooth winner.

Overall: (4.0)
- A very well made and carefully blended beer. I love barleywines, and I love bourbon barrel barleywines. This turned out very good and is very well balanced. A lot of good beers went into this, and simply created a fantastic beer. Worth picking up a few. (1,432 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind a near-complete wispy cap and a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark cherrywood body. Quite attractive considering the high ABV.

S - Lots of oak up front, and perhaps a bit of spicy alcohol presence as well. Behind that there's some milk chocolate, honey cakes, nuts, a bit of fig, and perhaps a hint of anise. Lots of wood for sure, and also a slightly aged, oxidized quality that makes this beer seem older than it is.

T - Extremely sugary - a mix of turbinado, oaky vanilla, maraschino cherries, milk chocolate cherry cordials, and a honey and burnt crème brûlée finish. It's complex, but becomes cloying and overly saccharine very quickly. Alcohol is better hidden in the flavor.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower carbonation, and a decidedly light tannic character. Alcohol isn't particularly present here, and there's a very mellow aged character.

D - Just too sweet for my tastes - the blend is basically all barleywines and brown ales, most of which have added sugar or honey. There's not enough whiskey or roast character in the flavor to balance out the intense saccharine qualities of this brew. Might be good as a 4oz dessert pairing, but it was a struggle for Mike and I to consume the 22oz bottle. Almost certainly my least favorite beer of the series. I also don't anticipate this aging well as it already tastes kind of old. (1,496 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice looking beer. A rich mohagany color with good ruby on the edges. Off-white head with some decent retention and moderate stick.

S - There is quite a bit in the nose here. Nuts, fruit, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, butterscotch and dark fruit. Smells quite sweet, but good.

T - Taste is a lot like the nose. Really get a lot of brown sugar in this. As Alex said, reminds a lot of a brown ale. Bit of chocolate, slight hops. I don't really like Double Jack, which was supposed to be the "game changer" in this beer. Maybe that's what's making this one not as good as the last anniversary beers. Overly sweet, becomes a bit cloying and hard to drink.

M - Lower carbonation, close to full bodied.

O - My least favorite of the beers I've had of this series. It's got a lot going on to make for decent complexity, but it's too sweet and I wish they would have focused more on some of the more subdued notes. (914 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulips glass...

A - Pours a deep mahagony color, with a minimal off-white head. Pretty much no lacing.

S - There's a LOT going on in my nose. I get chocolate waffer, bourbon, coconut, and woodsey oakiness.

T/M - The taste is that of a bourbon barrel barleywine. The smell carries very well over to the taste. It's kinda crazy, but it's like I can taste some of the beers blended in this one, especially Parabola and Abacus. Medium heavy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

O - This is the 1st Firestone Ann. I've had, and I love the concept. Blending different barrel agerd brews to perfection, and hiding the alcohol very well. Scary easy to drink since there's no boozy blowout, which is amazing for a 12.5% beer. (750 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of Lillie1128
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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! (454 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (862 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,567 characters)

Photo of Contagion
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (1,621 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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 (737 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (415 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (659 characters)

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.