RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.

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Cybercat (6429) - Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Aroma is not particularly strong, but does invite with its firm maltiness and fruity note of apple and pear, along with a hint of caramel. It comes out of the bottle a clear, dark coppery amber with a respectable light golden-tan head. Mouth-filling flavor is more than what the aroma promises: a malty and fruity core, notes of apple and pear, hints of caramel and wood, and a firm alcohol bite that lets you know this is indeed a strong ale. Smooth, firm texture has minimal fizz, and leaves a woody, slightly tinny finish. Though not Sweetwater’s best, this is still a worthy brew.

nearbeer (5712) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2012
650 ml. Clear, darkish copper with a lasting quarter inch of sticky foam. Sweet nose of caramel apple and fresh oranges is tempered by some oak. Tastes of toffee, orange, and plums; with hints of banana and cherry. Some lingering touches of wood and mint balance the sweetness well. Heavy body has low-medium carbonation, with a nice touch of alcohol warmth.

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.

BeeriedEyed (212) - USA - MAR 20, 2012
Awesome beer. Did not know what to expect with the smell being very vague but such a great taste.

craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

Ratman197 (15750) - 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.

kp (10880) - 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

AR (1002) - 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.

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.

jsh12bama (761) - 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.

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