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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,052
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 163
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:
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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3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Block 15 snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruddy brown-maroon color with a finger of light tan head that faded into a bubbly collar. Wispy soapy lace was left down the glass.
S: Boozy notes of raisin, coco powder, Hersey syrup, hop resin, port, and bourbon. Smells awesome.
T: Chocolate fudge, slight vanilla and leather, bakers chocolate, fig, cinnamon, and bourbon come through up front with a hoppy barleywine-like finish. Tastes like a barleywine mixed with fudge brownies.
M: Very low and soft carbonation, full body, smooth overall, with integrated booze and a very solid bitterness.
O: More chocolate, more barleywine-esque, and more bitter than I remember the past blends being. Really really smooth and enjoyable, probably one of my favorites out of all the years so far. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Since this is such a mix of different beers I wasn't sure what the norm "look" was. Poured an off color amber, may'be murky brown with a light tan head.

S - Vanilla, boozy, oaky, bourbon and semi-sweet chocolate. Dark fruits are faint, but there.

T - A whirlwind of flavors... Sweet malts as a base, oak flavors are very present, dark fruits peak through, bourbon is there but not overpowering. A great mix with each flavor peaking through and fading as it goes through your mouth. As it warms, it can be a little sweet.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

O - It's amazing they can mix all these beers and the end result be drinkable.

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4.71/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

FW is a great brewery. Always seek them out. This special Anniversary edition is on my purchase list (wish list) each year.
Enjoyed on the deck for Memorial Day w/ my bud Lee Shelly.

Poured into a snifter glass and the tan head is just frothing with non-stop tiny bubbles. They explode and new ones appear. Very nice. The mouth is not carbinated though.

What can I say---from appearance, smell, taste---it is ALL GOOD.

This 15th Anniv. has a lot of Barleywine and the base stouts are there, but this tastes like a dark Belgian Quad (closests style to this blend).

It is very enjoyable, recommended. Go get some!

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4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 22 oz bottle to snifter

A: Mahogany in color, the brew forms a small coffee-tan head. A few dots of residue speck the glass, but the majority of lacing cascades down the glass under the weight of the brew.

S: Complex nose with notes of chocolate, vanilla, anise, booze. There's a lot going on here, even hoppy citrus notes pop through the rich, chocolaty malt-base. Plenty of alcohol volatiles deliver the rich bouquet.

T: Malt-forward on the palate, the rich caramelly sweetness anchors the flavor profile. Notes of chocolate and anise are distinct, and touch against oak and clove. Ripe fruit rolls in mid-sip, plums, cherries, maybe a touch of banana. The booze isn't masked, but along with a hoppy punch works to dry the palate. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Rich and viscous, chewy. Could use a touch more carbonation to scrub the sugary aspects, but given the booze and hop bite it's not a big complaint.

Another delicious barrel-aged blend from Firestone. I wouldn't be surprised if this came back in a similar form under a different name.

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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into my favorite Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is dark brown with a small khaki-colored head on top.

S: A lot going on in the nose - dark fruits, raisiny port, alcohol, caramel, toffee and brown bread. Wood also noted, along with a touch of vanilla extract.

T: Wow - a lot going on taste-wise too: big sweet malt foundation - i.e., caramel, brown sugar and butterscotch. Also dark dried fruits again - figs and raisins come to mind. Vanilla, wood, toasted coconut and a hint of bourbon are there in the middle and then, surprisingly (given that this beer is about 18 months old, I think) some solid citrusy hops. Alcohol is noted as a drying force in the aftertaste and also as heat in the belly. But it doesn't detract from the taste or take away from its drinkability - I know I should be sipping this slowly, but it tastes so good that I keep coming back for the next sip far more quickly than I should. Lingering taste of coffee in the aftertaste is noted after a few sips. Interesting all around.

M: Body is full in heft; carbonation is pretty modest, though it doesn't feel slick or syrupy. Well, maybe slightly syrupy - but not enough so to take away from the overall experience.

O: I'm impressed. Curious as to what it tasted like when fresh, but right now at about 18 months since bottling, it's quite tasty.

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 1,052 ratings.