Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
12.5%
Score:
97
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 10.48%
Reviews:
324
Ratings:
1,135
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
97
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Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale
Notes: 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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Reviews by rodbeermunch:
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark beer, more black than brown, beige head just under half an inch. Aroma was complex, bourbon, chocolate, citrus, molasses, vanilla, char, brown sugar, caramel.

All of that in the taste, sweetness is there, darker, brown sugar sweetness, the chocolate is of the dark variety. The helldorado is excellent, the most obvious of the blend. Definitely a sipper. Plenty of toffee. Take your time, and sip it slow, something this good you gotta make last. . .

Dec 20, 2015
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve snifter.

Pours a deep brown, chocolatey body that, once in the glass is deep black and opaque. Off-off head rises a couple inches then reduces to a small layer of foam, leaving blotchy lacing.

Aromas are delicious and inviting, vanilla cake and butterscotch upfront, heavy bourbon and caramel, slightly nutty, molasses.

On the tongue is caramel and brown sugar upfront, bourbon and vanilla on the follow through, slightly roasty on the finish. Slight hops on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kinda thin, medium carbonation.

Overall it started out nice but I think this may have fell off since bottling. Thin and weak on the palette. Nonetheless an enjoyable drink.

Feb 23, 2015
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MtnSoup from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still drinking wonderfully - little to no heat compared to fresh, but toffee/caramel flavors are really at the forefront as opposed to any intense barrel flavor. Last one I have, but I'd imagine with proper cellaring conditions this one would continue to develop, but I'd not wait too much longer...

Sep 28, 2015
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-tinged brown, pretty lacklustre, just a pool of cream-coloured bubbles on the side. Lace is quite thin.

Smells intensely sweet. Mega vanilla with peanut brittle, toffee and peanut butter. Smells like sweet, caramelised nuts more than a beer really should. But, you know, nuts.

Taste is also very sweet. And nutty. There is a distinct nut character throughout - peanut and pecan with toffee crisp and caramel. Touch of roast on the back, but it's like the kid who asks to join your football game some 10 minutes from the end, it's already a foregone conclusion that this is a sweet beer and that roast kid ain't gonna make much difference. Really enjoyable though.

Bit boozey and warm. Nice body but a bit of ethanoic tickle.

Tasty, sweet desserty beer. That roast, you know, the forgotten late kid, it actually balances a bit. Still unnecessary, because the flavour's still nice, but it's there.

Aug 06, 2014
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phishsihq from Colorado

4.92/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

15 years of brewing excellence, in bottled form.

Firestone Walker 15 - Anniversary Ale is a blend of some of Firestone's world renowned brews, aged in barrels. Here is a list of the blends;
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.

WOW! Those percents add up to 76% Barley Wine style beers, 19% Stout and 5% Imperial IPA. The real fun is in trying to pick up on all the flavors and styles, challenging too!

15 pours a very deep, dark brown, nearly black with flashes of ruby, all beneath a thin off-white head that dissipates slowly, leaving no lacing. Where to start on the aroma? We picked up hints of bourbon, coconuts, oak, dark fruits (raisins & plums), rum, citrus, alcohol, vanilla, chocolate, and malt, to name a few. Full bodied this brew is crisp, sharp and smooth. The flavor profile matches that of the nose, lots going on and it is easy to become tongue twisted trying to pick everything up. Most notably present is a strong, roasty malt presence followed by vanilla, oak and alcohol. Lots going on here, and it ALL works well. Brilliant brew from a brewery that knows a thing or two about brilliant beers.

Jan 14, 2012
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elNopalero from California

4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Updated from 2013:
I tasted this as part of a flight at an epic bottle share. The review is from my notes, based on at least 1 ounce and at most 2 ounce pours. In most instances this would be an insignificant sample size but considering the fact that I could quite possibly never even see this beer again, well, I couldn’t pass it up. [This is my standard intro to my tasting notes from the series.]
This pours a dark caramel hue, like a malty amber orange brown. Great lacing!
I get a lighter aroma than other offerings, with a subdued caramel malt, touch of candied orange and a light hint of stone fruits. The flavor has notes of vanilla and toasted coconut, along with a subdued malty-candied orange. There’s a bit more booziness in this as well.

From 2011:
This year’s vintage is a blended barleywine and it’s absolutely fantastic. Drink it now, or save some to sit on—but definitely try it!

This pours a rich caramel color, a light molasses-tan in the light. It smells fantastic--sweet, with a light caramel and some toasted coconut. It’s flavor is just as fantastic—such a rich, intense, rounded, flavorful barleywine, with caramel, coconut, a rich maltiness and warming alcohol that doesn’t dominate. Smooth, even young. Light and delicate, for a barleywine, yet lingering. Followed my first snifter with another—to share. Could have had a third, easily. Yum.

Jan 06, 2014
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ChumleyX from California

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Apr 06, 2013
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TonyTalon from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Apr 27, 2012
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birchstick from Colorado

3.72/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red with some chestnut. Smells of vanilla, caramel, some pine as well. Starts some caramel malts that quickly fade to vanilla. The vanilla remains for a while, but soon some notes of whiskey and hops (weird combo) takeover. Keep in mind these are subtle. Ends with the vanilla whiskey notes. Pretty solid.

Dec 27, 2011
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nh2032 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Nov 03, 2013
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bishocr from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.9%

Mar 25, 2012
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rumorsofsurf from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Aug 16, 2012
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seanh99 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Mar 02, 2012
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dougofthefuture from Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed as part of Blind Bif #6:

A. Deep amber, with little head. It is clearly syrupy, but still maintains a clean, filtered look. 3.5

S. Hops surprisingly, are the dominating component here. Definitely pine. With that is a medicinally alcohol-sweetness that is mildly offensive, but not too bad. 3

T&M. This is definitely a barleywine or a strong ale, packing a boozy punch. It also does not seem thin, even at colder temps. Still, it stays fairly dry from start to finish thanks to a strong piney hop character. I think there is a touch of bourbon playing out in the finish, but there definitely is some drying oak character. As it warms, a nice burnt toasted malt flavor and a subtle complementing vanilla come out. It seems to hit a sweet spot at cool temps, but then things get weird. Booze comes on strong, throwing everything out of balance. It is thick enough for the style, but not enough to support the ABV. 3/3.5

O. Certainly a lot of depth and complexity, I'd probably try this one from time to time if it were a local. 22 ounces was too much for me though. 3A. Deep amber, with little head. It is clearly syrupy, but still maintains a clean, filtered look. 3.5

S. Hops surprisingly, are the dominating component here. Definitely pine. With that is a medicinally alcohol-sweetness that is mildly offensive, but not too bad. 3

T&M. This is definitely a barleywine or a strong ale, packing a boozy punch. It also does not seem thin, even at colder temps. Still, it stays fairly dry from start to finish thanks to a strong piney hop character. I think there is a touch of bourbon playing out in the finish, but there definitely is some drying oak character. As it warms, a nice burnt toasted malt flavor and a subtle complementing vanilla come out. It seems to hit a sweet spot at cool temps, but then things get weird. Booze comes on strong, throwing everything out of balance. It is thick enough for the style, but not enough to support the ABV. 3/3.5

O. Certainly a lot of depth and complexity, I'd probably try this one from time to time if it were a local. 22 ounces was too much for me though. 3

Jan 31, 2012
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dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 16, 2018
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srw from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Dec 27, 2012
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jkane101 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

May 10, 2013
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Doodler from Colorado

5/5  rDev +13.9%

Nov 23, 2011
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goldspire from California

3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Dec 17, 2011
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egrace84 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Mar 20, 2013
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Nov 24, 2011
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SkiBum22 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep dark mahogany, slight head, decent lacing. A great looking beer.

S - Caramel, vanilla, oak and cherry. Mild bourbon.

T - Caramel, vanilla and bourbon just like the nose. Light oak notes. A nicely blended malt and hop character. Perfect balance.

M - Very smooth and with light creaminess. Barely any carbonation. Goes down quite smooth for the booziness in the nose.

O - Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. I can't see were all the negativity is coming from on this one. It is a little pricey but I think it's worth it. I can't wait to see this beer in a year. Should be an A+ then.

Feb 07, 2012
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mklisz from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 07, 2015
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Lucho from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Mar 23, 2013
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rbrefbeerman from California

4.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 29, 2014
Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 1135 ratings