Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Kinsman
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with some reddish highlights and a nice light-tan and creamy looking cap.

Wonderfully sweet upfront on the nose with a lively fruitiness that pairs well with the butterscotch and toffee notes. Some bourbon and oak character round things out.

Lots of malty sweetness greats the palate with hints of honey, butterscotch, and a good dose of toffee and caramel. Some chocolate and roast flavors in there as well. Oak flavor is rather mild in this one, with just a bit of the whisky influence and some vanilla notes as it warms up. Finishes with just a bit of a spice note and a light alcoholic kick.

Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied but with a creamy texture that make it go down oh so well. Overall, FW has another winner with this years release, and I appreciate this years being a bit less stout- heavy, giving the less dominant flavors a chance to shine.

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Photo of beer4colin
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Union BrewHouse, 12 oz pour. Yesterday, they had a hidden gem of the 14th up from the cellar.

This is a big difference over that. Maybe it was the age of but I think it is the blend difference.

This pours a medium dark with a lucious head. Taste is very indicative of the barleywines. Nice bit of chocolate being imparted ffrom the stouts.

This beer is a rocker. I will not be having another until I am well situated in my comfy chair!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DustinSmall
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

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

S-bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel, very well balanced and great smelling beer

T-Great taste on this beer, a hint of vanilla, carmel, mild bourbon characteristics slight hop presence great great beer

M- Big mouthfeel good carbonation, not to heavy perfect

O- outstanding beer, would deff drink again a tad pricey but worth it

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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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of MerryTapster
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours mahagony. No head on this bad bay whatsoever, although there is some nice lacing.

S:Caramel and Vanilla. Mild bourbon. Boozy

T:Carmal, Vanilla and Bourbon. Light oak notes. A nicely blended malt and hop character. Perfect balance.

M:Smooth and light creamy. Barely any carbonation. Goes down quite smooth for the booziness in the nose.

O: Great blended beer. Pricey, but worth it.

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

Thanks to Dan for sharing this.

A- Dark red-brown hue with a creamy light tan head. A good size, about two fingers. Retention is nice and a small pillow leaves nice patches of lace.

S- Big caramel barley wine feel, subtle fruits, whiskey, oak and vanilla.

T- Sweet vanilla whiskey, oak, nilla wafers, brown sugar,  raisin dark fruit. Definitely not dark or really deep caramel.

MF- Low carbonation. Slick oily moderately thick feel. Somewhat warm.

Interesting beer with a main oak whiskey feel but also a sweet light malt barley wine feel.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Root beer brown with a thin head. Thin swirl of retention holds on until about half glass then I'm left with a dead, laceless starfish.

Smells like Hershey's chocolate syrup and bourbon barrel. Sherry highlights. Tastes like a harmonious marriage of port and bourbon caramel fudge. Too sweet to have more than a 12 oz. serving but it's 12 oz. of pure bliss.


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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bum732
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Bourbon and oak up front, dark brandied figs, brown sugar, liquorice. Pumpernickle as it warms.

L: Dark brown, not much head or retention.

T: Bourbon up front with some bready sweetness. Lots of vanilla with toasted pecans. Medium low neutral bitterness with touch of alcohol. Finishes with additional bourbon notes.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Ok, not as good as 14. Not as complex, kind of a one-noted barleywine, which is too bad since i usually love blends.

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

poured into pint glass and shared with my ice fishing buddy today on the ice.

Appearance: Murky brown bodied beer that lets a little bit of light through. A khaki whitish colored head that falls quickly to almost nothing onto of this beer.

Smell: It honestly smells like a barrel aged barelywine. Lots of barrel notes, malts, and booze.

Taste: Lots of vanilla and oak notes. Hints of brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, and dark fruits. Its fairly sweet. It starts to get boozey mid palate and finished moderately bitter. I am not a fan of how this beer finishes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Little syrupy, but the carbonation does help to break it up just a little bit.

Overall: I have drank FSW Anniversary 13, 14, and now 15. I would have to say that this beer is easily my least favorite of the three. It is still a well made beer and it was still enjoyable for me to drink, but I think this blend has way too much barleywine in it.

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

22oz bottle poured into unmarked snifter. Split this one 4 ways with some buddies.

A: Pours clean golden brown color. Basically no head, but what is there is light tan forming in a ring around the edges. There are some alcohol feet for sure. The swirl shows some mild lacing.

S: I get a lot of that FW coconut note initially. Vanilla. Oaky woodiness. Sweet malt goodness. Sticky sweetness. Some alcohol is in there too. Really solid nose though.

T: I do get that mild hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue (from the Double Jack % maybe). I get lots of vanilla and oak notes. Caramel toffee and malty hints as well. Sweet maltiness. Alcohol is there, warms the throat but not as much as others have described. I know that with years it will mellow even more.

M: Full bodied mouth coating beer.

O: I am giving this one a solid A rating. I really enjoy everything that I have had from FW and this doesn't disappoint. Their BA program is awesome. This beer is delicious now and only stands to improve with soem time.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Firestone 15 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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