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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 332   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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The Aging Cellar – The Components
We blended together 226 oak barrels and 8 different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional.

The following are descriptions of key components with their original code names:

Velvet Merkin (8.7% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon barrels
-Traditional Oatmeal Stout (23% of final blend)
OG= 15P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color= Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles

Stickee Monkee (12.5% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels
-English Barley Wine (22.5% of final blend)
OGP FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=28 / Brewed with Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar

Double Double Barrel Ale (14.2% ABV) - Aged 100% in retired Firestone Union barrels
-Double strength English Pale Ale (20.3% of final blend)
OG=25.0P FG=5.1P IBU=30 Color=16 / A Double version of our flagship created by Ali Razi

Parabola (13% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon barrels
-Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout (10.8% of final blend)
OG=31P FG=8.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Simcoe, Bravo, Styrian Golding and East Kent Golding

PNC (13.0% ABV) - Aged in Tequila barrels
-American Strong Buckwheat Stout (8.1% of final blend)
OG = 25P FG = 5.0P IBU = 80 Color = 100 / Brewed with Buckwheat

Helldorado (11.5% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon Barrels and Brandy barrels
-Blonde Barley Wine (5.4% of final blend)
OG=24.7P FG=4.5P IBU=24 Color = 8 / Brewed with buckwheat honey & 100% El Dorado hops

Bravo (13.4% ABV) - Aged in Bourbon and Brandy barrels
-Imperial Brown Ale (5.4% of final blend)
OG=26.5 FG=7.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles

Wookey Jack (8.3% ABV)- 100% Fresh, Dank & Hoppy 100% Stainless Steel
-Black Rye India Pale Ale (4.5% of final blend)
OG= 18P FG = 3.0P IBU = 80 Color =black / Extremely hoppy double dry hopped BIPA

As a finished beer, XVI takes us back to some of the wonderful dark notes (the black keys) that I remember from the original 10 blending. XVI is 42% stout with Velvet Merkin, Parabola and “PNC” working together as three roasty toasty friends that create rich cacao, chocolate and mocha flavors together. “PNC” also introduces tequila barrels into our blend for the first time and brings some interesting south of the boarder spirit notes to the mix – a welcome twist. Helldorado, with flavors of lavender honey liqueur was again a favorite of the winemakers and made the cut adding some flowery notes. DDBA continues to deliver its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. DDBA was also release on its own in 2012 and is now established as a solid annual brew. Stickee Monkee is fast becoming one of our favorite pieces with its rich maple syrup, spicy cinnamon, and ripe fig flavors which has developed into a bolder cousin of perennial blend component Bravo who carries barrel character and bourbon notes like no other. The additional twist this year is Wookey Jack, Black Rye IPA with its wily citrusy hop notes and spicy rye backbone. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XVI is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half filled brandy snifter or red wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. It takes a while, but as this beer sits and breathes in the glass, more rich dusty chocolate, stone fruit and crčme brulee character is reveled as the rich spirit characters fade - so take your time. If you wait to open your bottle later, store it in a cool dark place. I suspect that this beer will age well and change favorably for years to come. It was an absolute pleasure in the making and I truly hope you enjoy our Seventh oak-aged blend! The journey continues and its just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996. Thank you so much for spending a little time with us!


kimjongill's rating

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 18, 2012
Aroma of wet oak and various liquors. Almost black appearance with off-white head. Tastes fantastic - all the barrels and beers come to the forefront for a great moment, but die off without an unpleasant finish. Mouthfeel is just right.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (2178) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Man...don’t know where to start with this one. This year’s blend (which over the last 2-3 years has become THE seasonal release) is rather stout heavy (42%). So was XIII, my personal favorite. This year’s is maaaybe a notch lower in pure awesomeness...better than 14, a step behind the barleywine heavy 15 (hard not to try and rank these in my head, but I love em all). Probably THE most complex of the blends. Still sweet leaning, a little heavy and sticky, but surprisingly lacking in alcohol burn. Warm? Yes. Hot? No. Aroma sensory delight...cocoa, mocha, leather, wood, bourbon/vanilla, and a hint of brandy and yes, tequila (very very subtle, a tiny bit more in the flavor). A floral honey-like sweetness from the Helldorado (probably my favorite componenet), light toffee and caramel (DDBA) and dark fruit. Taste is likewise so ridiculously complex (though bourbon and cocoa dominant, it goes waaaay beyond those flavors). Slight twang from "other" barrels and an ever so slight note of rye and hops from the Wookie (like last year’s use of DBL Jack, just to temper sweetness. Expensive at $22 per, but you can tell the craftsmanship that goes into something like this. One of the most decadent and complex beers I’ve had. And the best part? No hint of surprise in that statement. "

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (2159) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
@ Basunen 14-9-6: ganska snäll doft men en trevlig smak med en fantastisk mjuk balans. Lite alkohol men trevliga toner av mogen frukt och rusin. Inte all värdens men ganska ok. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (940) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottled, sitting at the back of my dwindling personal stash. Like all of the other Firestone Anniversaries, I picked this one up direct from the Paso Robles brewery sometime around Thanksgiving 2012... I think that’s the right year. Color is near-black with slight transparency when held up to light. Beautiful dark copper color around the edges. Low carbonation forms a bubbly tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is smothered in cherry chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon and oak. Tanned leather, tobacco and sweet chocolate follow in the flavor, with spicy nutmeg and maple syrup. The flavor is immediately bombarded by the warming character of the barrel liquors. Unbelievably, I think I taste the tequila barrel. As of finishing, I still haven’t decided if this is a good or bad thing. Interesting for sure. Oily mouthfeel, very nice palate. Overall the brandy, bourbon, and tequila notes came through damn strong, maybe just a bit too much for my tastes. Definitely a slow sipper. Not my most favorite of the Firestone Anniversary bunch, but a unique one to remember. The heat could benefit from a few solid years of aging.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (3587) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured black with a thin beige colored head. Aroma is vanilla, woodsy, and roasted malts. Strong bourbon bite, vanilla, coffee bean, roasted malts, alcohol burn and hints of chocolate melded with complexity. Finish leaves the tongue dry and tingly.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stuu666 (2306) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is woody, taste is sweet rich chocolate, vanilla.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Experiment_Ale (1004) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
At Big Texas Beer Fest 2014. Pours dark brown with medium creamy head. Armoa is roasty toasty, spicy hops. Taste like pure chocolate, big roasted malt, caramel, toffee, somehow still silky smooth, big bold beautiful flavor. Love it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (781) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of malts, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, ripe red fruits, vanilla, slightly oaky, coconut and bourbon. Full bodied, medium carbonation, chewy mouthfeel, long bourbon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle, shared with my wife at home while our kid is visiting grandparents. Seems like cause for a nice bottle of beer. "Hoppy or not hoppy?" I ask. "Dark and strong" she replies. I listen, because I’m a good husband. Pours dark with khaki head. Aroma is everything I expect from a FW annivesary. Chocolate, toasted coconut, caramel, toffee, tobacco, cherries. Taste is decadent -- sweet but not cloying, rich, lovely. Full body, silky smooth texture, soft carbonation. Overall: lovely.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (3437) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some sugar, yeast, oak and barrel aromas. Clusterf*ck of flavors, oak barrel, dark malt and other various tones.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (970) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle to plastic taster at the RBAG14 warmup ... FW Anniversay Vertical Whiskey, brown sugar. Dark brown no head. Hot. Heavy rye, oak. Good with cookie.


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