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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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For the first ever SweetWater anniversary beer (yeah it took us 15 years), we went back to our roots, dusted off our original ESB recipe, and gave it a big ol’ bump. The recipe consists of 7 malts, one of which Kevin toasted personally in his toaster oven, just like the old days, and 5 different styles of hops. In true Sweetwater style, there is no style, but it’s big, bold, and meant to grow old, meaning this beer will be fantastic out of the gate, or you can lay her down in the cellar for many years to come.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Can’t say enough about this one. Blends lots of malt with plenty of hops showing through! Love the ABVat 10 percent too. Can’t wait for a taste of the draft or a growler full.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - MAR 20, 2012
Awesome beer. Did not know what to expect with the smell being very vague but such a great taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2196) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2012
bomber. Pours a deep red / orange with a 1+ finger off white head. Sweet malt aroma with bread notes, earthy hops and dark fruits. Med body with sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, light roast and an earthy spice. Very sweet finish with some lingering citrus bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10314) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Bomber courtesy of CraftBeerDesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of earthiness, toasted malt and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of toasted malt, earthiness, cocoa and fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012

Name: 15 Fifteenth Anniversary
Date: February 17, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Crabapple Bottle Shop
Appearance: hazy copper aroma, creamy beige head, heavy icy lace
Aroma: sweet pale malt aroma, earthy, light fruityness, touch of citrus
Body: big body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, candy, fruity, caramel, light candy, balancing earthyness
Overall: big and meaty, sweet and fruity, should age well

Name: 15 Fifteenth Anniversary
Date: February 18, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
even bigger and sweeter one draft, sticky sweet, still lots of fruityness that will age very well,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Big variety of flavors in this one. There is primarily caramel, but with a big hop presence. Add in a little rum on the side. The flavors change a little as the beer warms. Good complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CPDalton (67) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Very dark amber, small head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malts up front in the nose, with a little hoppy freshness. The taste follows accordingly. I get a delicious malt kick, sweet but not over bearing. It fades into a subtle hoppy bite. A little dry at the end, very little carbonation, goes down smoothly. Had this on tap and loved it. It's good in the bottle, but not quite as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle.  Pours dark amber with thin off white head.  Aroma of caramel malt and toffee.  Taste is sweet with caramel malt and honey.  Not tasting the hops as I had hoped.  Basically a big sweet malt bomb.  Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma of caramel, herbal hops, raisins and toasted malts. Taste of honey, big malt with a nice dose of hops coming through. Agree it is a huge ESB bordering on Barley Wine. Does get a little boozed up as it warms. Very nice balanced offering. Curious what this would be like cellared for a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3187) - Montana, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bottle pours a cloudy amber with a thin off white head. Scent is sweet toasted malts. Taste is sweet malts, bread and honey.

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