Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale
1,116 Ratings
Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale

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

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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Photo of MrDanno96
3.41/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep nutty brown in color that is opaque when held to light, revealing some orange hues. A vigorous pour resulted in several fingers of head, but it receded quickly. Some spotty lacing and legs.

S: Very boozy. First beer that has ever actually burned my nostrils upon taking a deep sniff. Almost fusel alcohol. It's not all bad, though. Distinct notes of sweet dark fruit, brandy, and vanilla come through.

T/M: Not as much alcohol as the nose, but still a lot. Very hot, especially on the way down. Distinct flavors of brandy and bourbon and their components of vanilla and oak. Some dark fruit and nuttiness as well, with just a touch of bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, almost syrupy.

O: A little disappointing to be honest, especially at $20/bottle. Definitely a good beer overall, but the alcohol just overpowers it. Perhaps in a few years this will be phenomenal, but for now it is just a little above average for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.43/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a dark mahogany color with ruby clarity seen when held to the light. A khaki head appears across the top and is quick to fade. Some faint spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with vanilla, caramel, toffee and a bit nutty to fruity alcohol inclusion. A bit of toasty coconut blends into some wood notes and herbal to medicinal character.

The flavor includes dark fruity hints of alcohol reminescent of raisin. A bit of oxidation and nutty grain across the middle with a boozy alcohol addition. More sips reveal cardboard, earth and herbs. Some barrel character like vanilla and caramel is noted towards the back.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a low level of carbonation. I was not really a fan of this. It has some nice barrel presence but the booze comes out and the flavor falls apart with the light body. This is one of those cases where the sum is not as good as the individual parts.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of tadoor
3.49/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fitting end to SF beer week. I found this in the back of my beer fridge. I did not intend to age this for 5 years+ but it's still ok. Looks like pond water after 5 years but still has a slight hint of molasses on the nose. All of the strong flavors have faded . I should have opened this two years ago.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.49/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickhiller
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Azrael
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of steve8robin
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came across 1 bottle on the shelves in MA. Score! 22oz bottle...

A: A nice deep clear copper color with a tan colored head that fades quickly to very small bubbles atop the brew. Good.

S: I get some grassy hop upfront with some sweet toffee quickly followed by some more sweet caramel towards the back. Good.

T: A boozy bourbon taste upfront blended with a hint of creamy walnut. This is quickly followed by an acidy rye. More bourbon burn on the back. This one needs to sit for a while. Very one dimensional right now. Ok.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A boozy finish. Good.

O: All in all, this needs some time to calm down. Not very many flavors shine through on this one right now. It's very heavy on the bourbon! I would hope the flavors get better over time.

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Photo of benbjb
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of Retail1LO
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thorpe, at the time of this review, this is the #15 beer on the "Top Beers - American Strong Ale" list. I've had all of these anniversary ales and this one is a relatively big disappointment for me. Too thin, not enough barrel comes through. They should just make the 13th over and over again.

Beer is brown, dark, but clear, thin lazy head of small bubbles, minimal carbonation, minimal lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet, a little toffee, interesting yeast character, and some bourbon.

Beer is thin in body, sweet, a little bourbony, not boozy at all, moderate finish. I was expecting something totally different. This should be called FW anniversary light.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of goldspire
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,116 ratings
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