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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
316
Ratings:
1,118
pDev:
10.78%
Bros Score:
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Photo of DrBier
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From shared large bottle on 8 Dec. 2014.
Body is smooth but a bit too thin and, despite plenty of aging, there is more alcohol harshness than ideal
The multiple brews used to compose this blend nicely yet leaving lots of subtle omplexities.
Tasty and not challenging, with a nice component of dark fruity.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium-large patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with some moderate aromas of caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of dark fruit (plum). Just a touch of alcohol.

T: Similar to the smell, there are moderate to strong flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla with just a touch of caramel/toffee malt sweetness. Very light notes of dark fruit (plum and raisin) along with moderate notes of brown sugar. Very light amounts of bitterness that fades almost immediately. Light amounts of alcohol are also present.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Silky smooth and creamy.

O: This is a great beer and is very enjoyable - lots of complexity to both the smell and taste. The combination (sum) of the different beers blended to make this are greater than the individual components. There is a slight amount of alcohol present but the barrel aging of the different components makes this a great sipping beer.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 12/4/2011 at Pour Farm in New Bedford, MA served in a half-pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, dark fruit, caramelized malts, vanilla and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. There’s a hint of an alcohol booziness but it’s faint considering the 12.5% ABV. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice high-octane beer to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of oberon
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cole's last night.Poured into a goblet a deep dark chocolate brown with a minimal head.Deep oaky and vanilla notes in the nose mixed with deep chocolate and alcohol,it's boozy but not in your face boozy.Mellow and thick in the mouth with chocolate and whiskey flavors dominating,some vanilla and sweet booze linger in the finish.A great sipping beer,complexand smooth.Great stuff!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for picking this bottle up from Capone's for me. Served in a wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown color with a thin light tan head and a nice collar throughout. The nose carries some oak and bourbon plus vanilla, chocolate, and roast. The flavor is fairly oaky with some tannins. Roast as well. The oakiness comes along with a bit of booze; probably a bit too young at this point, though still enjoyable.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Poured a semi-cloudy, semi-opaque, dark brown color with a delicate ring of bubbles on top; nothing really to speak of in ways of retention or lacing, other than a bit of streaking on the glass. Aroma was pretty malt-dominant, with notes of caramel, chocolate, and woody bourbon. Nice complex taste, full of heavy malts, caramel--barleywine seemed to be the dominant factor here--definitely pretty boozy, with notes of oak, toffee, vanilla, roast, and a touch of bitter hops in the finish. (I guess I should pick up a bottle of this if I can.) Full body, smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. It poured a dark caramel color with a thin white head scattered across the top of the beer and clinging to the edges of the glass.

The first two things that jump out at me right away in the aroma is the hoppy citrus and the malty caramel flavors. I get some toffee, brown sugar and dark fruits to it along with a some of the barrel aged characteristics. The barrel flavors are pretty reserved in it overall though.

The taste shows a lot of the malty, barleywine flavors to it throughout. I get some notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and chocolate along with some hoppy, juicy citrus. The barrel flavors are there as, but again I find them a little more reserved. There is a lot of flavors going on, but they come together pretty well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall it was a very flavorful and drinkable beer. It had a nice range of flavors to it but managed to stay relatively balanced. Very solid beer all around.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.74/5  rDev +8.7%
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 wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Photo of drewone
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/31/11 notes. Big thanks to Ian for sharing this one. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip, served side by side with the FW 14th Anniversary ale.

a - Pours a transparent dark reddish brown color with one inch of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. The 14 was much, much darker.

s - Smells of vanilla, oak, bourbon, fruity malts, tropical fruits, light citrus hops. A lot of bourbon/vanill and fruit, which surprised me a bit.

t - Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, fruity, malts, caramel malts, tropical fruits, citrus, oak, roasted malts, toffee, and alcohol.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty thick body.

o - Overall I thought this was a good beer, but the 14 blew it away. While I know they are different blends, this reminded me of the 14 fresh in that they are both bourbon forward, and a bit boozey fresh, though good. With a year on it though, the 14 has become a really great beer, like some of the earlier anniversary beers, so I am hoping that happens to the 15 as well. 15 seemed a little more barleywine-ish while the 14 seemed more stout-ish, but I think this will age nicely. I'll open my bottle next winter.

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Small khaki head but it's gone instantly. No foam remains at all. Dark brown with ruby flecks.

Smell - Bourbon, loads of vanilla, and a bucket of caramel. Hop smell, too. Coconut? Boozy, like smelling vanilla extract.

Taste - Bourbon. Insane amounts of caramel. Coconut comes out more. Bitter finish. Dry and a little astringent. Not too sweet, despite the caramel overload.

Mouthfeel - Boozy, but decently hidden for its size. Bitter, but it balances it well.

Overall - It's good, but not great. Rather uncomplex for so many ingredients. Perhaps they all get lost in the blend.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish color with a small tan head. Smells of whiskey, milk chocolate, and vanilla, for the most part. A bit of wood and some toffee and caramel. The flavor is somewhat muted, even when warm. There is some milk chocolate, cocoa powder, whiskey, oak, and vanilla, though. On the thin side of medium in body with low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
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 dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is dark brown with a thin tan head. The aroma is of roasted malt, toffee, caramels, bourbon, oak, buttery malt, booze. The flavor is good, but not great. Lots of complexities, and well balanced, yet lacking that special something. Alcohol is present, but I wouldn't consider this beer as hot. A lot of oak character. Pretty good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills.

That's right: Firestone XV at a WB bar. I'm sure as hell not gonna argue... It pours a dark russet-garnet topped by a half-finger of dirty off-cream foam. The nose comprises bourbon, cocoa, roasted malts, vanilla, toffee, light maple syrup, Belgian candi sugar, and light mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toffee sorta morphs into lightly-buttery caramel, and some oak and background pine join the party, 'cause things just weren't quite complex enough. Sounds fair. The body is a hefty medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a chewy-ish, pretty smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine brew all-around. Good times.

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Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 1,118 ratings
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