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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12758) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours dark copper with a frothy beige head. Sort of mixed funky fruit/floral aroma. Not earthy - just funky. Full bodied. Flavor is light pitted yellow fruits, heather, earth, dark pitted fruits (this stuff keeps moving around, flavorwise). It’s a bit leathery. Definitely, tho subtly floral. Smooth roasted malt - not at all harsh. Heat is hardly noticeable. The bitter keeps fighting off the malt. It is "fresh". It is old. Brilliant ale. Really. Our cousins over the pond might die consuming this, but they’d likely die happy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 3, 2012
22oz bottle, thanks nimbleprop. Hazy amber body, minimal off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, light orange, earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, orange, some earthy, alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11520) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (10841) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draft at Brewvival 2012 under the 15 Years of Heady Beers name. Pours a clear copper color with a medium frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, herbal hops, raisins and toasted malts. The taste is caramel, toffee, stone fruits, hoppy finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 3, 2012
651mL. Clear orange. Bubbles. Nose is starchy, onion, strawberry. Taste is sticky, cheesy, astringent, sugary. Typical poorly made DIPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7103) - Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2012
2/19/12. 22oz bottle. Slightly hazed reddish brown pour with a small khaki head that fades to a sloppy ring and barely laces at all. Slightly sweet aroma with caramel, grassy hops, a bit of minerally dryness, and more sweetness. Slightly sweet caramel flavor with a bit of tartness and more dry minerals with lingering papery sweetness and cloying sweetness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (6400) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl - Momo’s Pizza - on tap. Dark orange pour with nice bubble action, off-white sticky head that leaves a brief coat of lacing. Aroma has some maple syrup accents, a hint of brown sugar. Flavor has some bourbon-like booziness, some candied sugar, maple syrup, a touch of citrus and a back end of cinnamon. Finish turns a bit boozy as it warms up. Thick, sticky mouthfeel. A pint of this was enough!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6163) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2012
22oz bottle pours a clear, burnt orange with some clumpy white head. Nose is sugary, malty, apple brandy. Sweet flavor, sugary, some orange, lemon, almost like a barleywine. Boozy. Full bodied finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5640) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2012
So, I had this in a bar and didn’t bother to rate it because I knew I had a bottle at home and I could rate it anytime I wanted. But after trying it, I was kinda...I don’t want to say "dreading", but I wasn’t really looking forward to having it again. It’s flavorful, but very heavy. And sweet. Alot of caramel, molasses, honey, vanilla, bourbon. Only lightly bitter. Ok, I suppose, but not really my thing.

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