Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brew3crew on 11-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.26
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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.

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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.

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Photo of MtnSoup
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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...

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,113 ratings.
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