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Firestone 15 - Anniversary AleFirestone 15 - Anniversary Ale
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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21.13%
 
 
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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep garnet brown with a decent fluffy off white head that subsides quickly. Smells of oak vanilla and lots of dark pitted fruit with a touch to much alcohol. Slightly oxidized with a malty sweetness. Taste is sweet malty with lots of fruitiness. Hints of vanilla and oak play nicely off some smoke and roast. A touch of heat, but not like I thought based on the aroma. Long lingering fruity and roasty sweetness in the finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. There's a lot going on here and this is quite a flavorful beer. I think this blend would benefit from a little more time for the flavors to come together a little better.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A faint tan head and coffee brown is made, that doesn't stick around much, leaves a whispy top and thin collar. Body color is a nice reddish brown dark brick color, with some nice orange highlights for the light to escape.

Nose is faint milk chocolate and toffee, fairly hot and noticeable alcohol heat. Seems like a malty barleywine. Salt caramel action comes out quite noticeably. Like this caramel action, but this nose doesn't feel very complex or varied.

Taste brings some real noticeable chewy caramel, and taffy sugars. Finish is quite stinging and numbing, quite dry also. Some noticeable tight fizzy mouthfeel and carbonation. Palate gets a little richer as it warms up a bit, slightly.

Overall not too shabby but not really feeling the love or wow factor on this one. Certainly wasn't worth the price I paid for it. This is really missing the "wow" factor.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Relatively loose off-white head with ok retention and lace. Deep mahogany body with cherry cola highlights.

S - Stellar nose. Vanilla, milk chocolate, brown sugar, dried plum, cappuccino, touch of cinnamon, booze, nutmeg, bready grains. The only think keeping this from a 5 is that it's just a shade too boozy. BA needs a 4.75.

T - Stellar balance and integration. Cadbury milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, molasses, warm booze, black cherry, cream, medium roast coffee, pumpernickel, almond milk.

M - Warm, incredibly smooth, and full bodied.

O - Possibly the most drinkable 12%+ brew I've ever had. The flavor profile, complexity and balance are fantastic.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HOLY SH&T!!! This beer is AMAZING. A buddy has been holding this one for about a year and it is AWESOME!!! The beer pours hazy brown with thin white head that is not leaving much of a lace. The scent is dominated by bourbon with hints of oak. The taste carries bourbon, vanilla, molassis or perhaps a dark cherry cream soda. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a F'CKING AMAZING BEER!!!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is an extremely dark brown color, with ruby highlights on the very edges. The head starts as a foamy, off white, eighth of an inch layer that settles out into a sparse film. Aromas are dark and super sweet, with honey and butterscotch on the initial smell, and boozey, rich malt further into the nose. Very strong blend of aromatics, with woody characteristics throughout as well. Flavors are extremely strong and robust, with an initial blast of earthy and oaky notes, followed quickly by date and honey sweetness. There is a subtle hopping in the backbone that almost gets lost in the mix, along with some currant and alcohol characters that carry the brew across the palate. Some highlights hit chocolate and caramel profiles at times, and this beer is so complex that all the flavors are hard to pinpoint at times. The aftertaste is just as complex, with more of the honey and caramel syrupy sweetness coming to the forefront. The finish was rich and smooth, which fits the extremely smooth body of the brew itself. Extremely strong and flavorful ale. Wow!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
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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Photo of ShanePB
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Boxed, wrapped and capped 22 ounce bottle split with my girlfriend and family last night. Poured into a snifter glass.

A: Mahogany brown body with some reddish hues throughout, topped with a small off-white/tan head. A little lacing was left on the glass walls, but not much. The only remaining head was a thin bubbly ring around the edges. No complaints here, this is a high ABV, blended and barrel aged beer.

S: Dark fruits (fig and raisin), matured mellow bourbon, oak, graham cracker, caramel, toasted malts, sweet toffee and salt. Wow doesn't describe how complex and aromatic this beer smells. And it just got better as it warmed.

T: Bourbon, oak, sweet dark fruits namely fig, caramel and toffee are all up-front. My cheeks started to get that warming and tingly sensation from the alcohol, although you couldn't taste any heat. An interesting peppery spicy element came out after the swallow and lingered around. Very interesting and a component I wasn't expecting.

M: Low carbonation, slightly bubbly but it still only has a medium bodied. It's not really robust and full bodied like I thought it would be, certainly on the thinner side. Less than I hoped for yet very drinkable for the style and ABV.

This was simply wonderful, as has every other Firestone Walker barrel aged beer I've tried. The blend of this beer is so flavorful and complex, it's every changing as you drink it. By far my second favorite from them. Superb job.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a dark brown in color with brown highlghts and a thin khaki colored head that left a good amount of lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I could definitely smell lots of caramel but also had plenty of chocolate malts, some bourbon oaky character, a little booze, maple syrup, tons of sweetness and slight dark fruits.

T: Lots of the caramel came out on the flavor alongside chocolate malts, booze, oak character, some maple sweetness, vanilla accents, and a touch of dark fruits.

M: the brew was medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonationwhich had a sweet, boozy, oaky, mild fruity, and silky sticky finish.

O: very good barrel aged blend, these foos really know how to do it. Westside beer pimps!!!

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of alcohol, oak, yeast, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, and hops. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. It is a blend of a Barleywine, IPA, and RIS!. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, oak, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hops, and slight yeast. Overall, very strong, but not overpoweringly liquor-centric. Good appearance, aroma, feel, blend, and body.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a mug at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. This beer is surprisingly smooth for the strength, but I also think the massive blending doesn't necessarily help. The beer comes off with subtle cocoa and barrel-like vanilla and bourbon. There are mild citrus hop notes and fruity malt esters, but they're tough to discern. Few flavors stand out here. A great complex beer has notes that jump out on your tongue, but I'm not finding this here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured medium brown with a small amount of bubbly light brown head.

S - Bourbon, brandy, vanilla and brown sugar are the dominant aromas. The barrel aging qualities really shine though in the nose. The background has hints of roasted malt, dark fruit anda touch of chocolate.

T - Bourbon, vanilla and some oak are evident up front with some brandy present as well, but not to the degree that the nose indicated. The background has some subdues roasted malt notes along with brown sugar, dark caramel and some raisins. The barrel aging flavours take centre stage but don't completely overpower the flavours of the base beers. The ABV is warming but overall the 15% ABV is well hidden.

M - Medium body. Very smooth and silky but a touch thin at times. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent beer. I was a little bit surprised that the barleywine qualities didn't dominate here, given that they accounted for almost 50% of this blend. But that wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brown in color with a one inch head that slowly falls.

Smell: nice woodiness of oak, caramel, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: big malt presenece here. Caramel, hint of milk chocolate, some vanilla, a nice amout of oakiness, a moderate bitterness, and some warming alcohol create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a great slow sipping beer, esepcially as a nightcap or after dinner drink. Wonderful flavors and easy to drink despite high alcohol levels.

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Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the immortal BrewerB, who also sent me the 14th, massive thanks once again Brian!

This beer pours a medium bodied, dark brown with copper and amber highlights and a one finger off white head. The nose is like a cross of American barley wine and old ale. There is plenty of malt, oak, light bourbon, some vanilla, and toffee. It has a nice nose and it what is to be expected from this line, barrel and malt. The flavors are more assertive than the nose. There is plenty of caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Bourbon barrel, and slight dark fruit. It has old ale written all over it. It is complex for the style and I appreciate how the wood shines through all this sweet matinees. It drinks medium in body and sweet, with the alcohol absent in both the nose and flavor. There is a good amount of residual sugar. The aftertaste is really nice and this is where the barrel aging shines. Overall I think this is much better than the 14 and much more complex. I really like this. It drinks like a barrel aged old ale and I appreciate that. This is a fine beer. Perhaps I should have chased another...

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice dark ruby red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some very slight yeast notes, with some plums, figs, raisins. The taste is sweet, malty, fruity, with some caramel. Medlium Body, very smooth brew for such a high ABV. To me quite not an American Strong Ale at all, more like an Belgian Dark Strong Ale, a nice brew, very easy drinking, but, quite different than their other Annv. Ales, quite dissappointed.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Blue Monkey

Firestone fifteen is dark shoe polish brown with dark red tints in color with a centimeter or two of dark coffee brown foam. Leaves minor sticks and has pretty nice retention. It does look rather inviting. Smell takes at least 15 minutes to come out off the tap. Toasted oak, wet wood, bourbon scent, vanilla, almonds and some citrus zest from the double jack. It smells like 14 with DJ basically. Letting this sit for a while, I get citrus from the DJ up front backed by what im guessing is the blong barleywine. Oak plays a big part with faint wood mixing in with the bourbon. Faint coconut and almonds in the taste with a nice roasty taste from the malts, velvet? More citrus seems to round this one out.Im not all that thrilled about it. A nice firm body approaching full. A slight syrupy vibe on certain sips and I find the carb to be a bit lacking. The body is a step down in strength from fourteen. A longish aftertaste. I had a bottle of this and find the tap improves it slightly in texture and taste, but all together I think Im done with this beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled January 2012
A vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; as the head slowly subsides it leaves some patchy lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a clear, bright-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of caramelized, toasted grain and pine-like / herbal hops up front. A second take sees me noticing some spicy, woody, slightly astringent / sharp oak character along with a supple buttery note, a fruity Bourbon-like character, soft nutty notes and a soft, supporting vanillin note towards. Between the hops and the Barrels, the nose picks up an almost holiday like spiciness as it warms up (cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of allspice).

The beer is a bit too cold to start out, but still has a nice nutty not up front, somewhat of a bitter hop bite, some lingering pine like hoppiness and a finish that has some Bourbon / Oak spice and warmth to it. The alcohol warmth and the hops mix in the finish to get a touch harsh, but this gets reduced as the beer warms up. A hoppy citrus character contributes a marmalade like flavor as the beer warms up; this is also accentuated by the deep caramelized character that makes up the malt character in this beer. Lots of barrel influenced flavors play the dominant role in this beer, especially as it warms; flavors of sweet, lightly toasted coconut, ample vanillin, richly caramelized character, molasses coated toasted-nuts. This beer is certainly a rich, sipping beer, it is not excessively heavy, or even cloying though; it hits the right balance of being rich, chewy and viscous, without being excessively heavy.

The hop character isn't actually nearly as expressive as my description might seem, in fact it is less than I had been expecting, but it is noticeable and certainly an contributor to this beer. Really thought, the barrel character and malt play the more leading roles in this beer. At times this can be a bit hot & I bet this won't peak for a year or two once the heat has had some time to mellow.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Good retention, no lace.

S: Lots of vanilla and caramel, notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

T: Very boozy initially, but does blow off, though the whole beer has an ethyl undercurrent. Lots of toffee and caramel. Lots of malt character with a nice complex finish with some vanilla which I like.

M: Medium to full-bodied, not overly sugary which is nice. Hot to a point though I wouldn't call it boozy. Light aftertaste.

O: Better than 14 fresh for sure, reminds me a lot of 13 at this stage which aged great. 11 and 12 still are on another level early on.

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Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored ale with a small light brown colored head.

This is considerably lighter in color than any of the previous editions of this ale.

Smell is sweet and fragrant with lots of fig aroma. Coconut and chocolate with papaya and Cinnamon. Bourbon and vanilla scents are present but much tamed from previous years. Strong cherry scent with some more earthy scents of tobacco and leather. Quite good when does the aftershave of this come out?

Starts out sweet and boozy with a big coconut flavor. Papaya and vanilla with cherries comes next. Bourbon and oak come on in a big way after awhile. Medium bitterness level. Tasty beer still a touch hot, needs a year in the bottle. I could almost give this a 5 here but the alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is full.

Overall damn tasty but not yet at its peak. Still no reason at all to enjoy some now. Just be sure to age a bottle or two.

Technical Data Time.

8 Beers in this mix.

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 (American Barley Wine (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 GreesyFizeek
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

On tap MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Henrietta, NY.

An aged keg, this was a huge surprise to find.

Pours a ruby garnet brown color, with a quarter inch head that recedes into a film on top of the beer that looks like overhead view of a hurricane on a weather map. Very small splotches of lacing remain down the glass.

Aromas include vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits, and sweet bourbon.

The taste is similar and quite complex. At different times, I taste oak, vanilla, bourbon, marshmallow, dark fruits (figs, cherries, raisins), caramel, and brown sugar. The alcohol is mellow and provides a subtle bite.

Medium bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, despite the ABV. Almost no carbonation after 3+ years of aging.

This was goddamn amazing. It's so drinkable, almost crushable, but it's best to savor the crap out of this one.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/7/2011

Bottle shared by Jason, thanks!

A: Dark brown with a reddish tinge and a small tan head.

S: Fig and plum with grape and date. Quite fruity. Notes of brandy and bourbon are present, and brown sugar blends with oak. I get a little molasses as well. No booze. Caramel comes out with warming.

T: Lightly boozy with pervasive brown sugar. An even blend of bourbon and brandy, with molasses and date. Very smooth and sweet. Light vanilla with chocolate and a touch of caramel. Sherry oxidation is evident.

M: Medium body with matching carbonation.

Overall: Unique for the anniversary beers with all the dark fruit and quite good. Very mellow, I can't see this aging well.

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Photo of dar482
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark mahogany with a small off white head.

The aroma has some dark fruit, almond, and coconut, but mostly sweet caramel, toffee.

The flavor follows, but with a big hoppy bitterness. The Double Jack definitely comes through to give this a dimension of bitterness that goes well with the sweet barleywine notes. In general, the beer has tons of barrel, vanilla, toffee, and caramel sweetness.

I guess this is hard to rate because I had this with Melange 3, which I really loved a decent amount compared to this. However, that is not to take away from how delicious this beer is. It's almost like a huge American barleywine with the bitterness that contains.

Despite how good this beer is, still a disappointment I would say. I do prefer Sucaba and Parabola, the other barrel aged offerings that I've had from Firestone.

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Photo of weeare138
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dense mahogany with a beige head that slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, rum, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with a huge chunk of nougat and vanilla with caramel and cocoa.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, chewy, ballet, with some heat in the background.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz boxed bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, OR, approximately 18 months ago, when it was already a little on the agèd side. Brought back to Sydney, where I sat on it for a while and then shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a pleasant deep umber brown colour, with a pale beige head that seemed to form swiftly, but in the end turned only into a mass of large bubbles around the edge of the glass. Body is thick, and it holds what minor straggling carbonation it has very firmly. Looks thick and old. That's good.

Nose is oaky and a little flat, perhaps with a tad of oxidation coming through, giving a slightly buttery note. Stacks of sweetness, but more oak. Slight vinous notes, a little roast and a hint of balsamic. I do think that it has a fair amount of oxidation and age on it, but there's still plenty to enjoy here.

Taste is very smooth and very pleasant. Here, the oxidation has been kinder, leaving a pleasant smoothness to complement the intrinsic oak notes. There's some roast and a richness on the back of the palate, suggesting sultanas and baked rye bread. Some estery notes still come through, more of those raisin notes and a touch of sweet overripe banana. It's very pleasant.

Feel is good, but has lost a bit of carbonation: just a fine tingling would help it a lot, but I fear that's something that has come and gone.

Overall, this is still great stuff, but I feel as though it's showing its age. As much as I feel as though you should be able to cellar these beers, the ones I've had in the past have been much superior to this one, and I had them sooner after their release. The next time, I'll choose to drink my FW anniversary ale earlier.

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,109 ratings.
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