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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 331   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 crème 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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJvd (846) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle at WWT III. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Sweet aroma with bourbon, dark fruits, slight roast, molasses. Taste is very sweet with bourbon, molasses, alcohol, some roasted malts and dark fruits. Full bodied.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2357) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2013
22 oz bomber Pours a dark chestnut brown with a medium cream colored head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit and creme brulee. Taste of bourbon, cocoa, chocolate and dark fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK. Tap, 050513. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices´. Flavor with alcohol, caramel and fruit

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Deep brown chestnut pour with a thin creamy khaki/beige head ... aroma of dark fruits, some booze, light nutty, cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, caramel malts and some oak .... talk about complexity .... tastes of dry oak, caramel malts, nutty, light vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits/brandy qualities, light chocolate, some of the taquila comes in giving it a "spirity" feel ... mouthfeel is so soft and smooth .... abv hidden well .... just unreal how all of these flavors come in

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
VernonBaxter (4) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2013 does not count
Lots of vanilla, bourbon and wood on the initial nose, slight chocolate. Taste is the same, slight heat on the back of the throat. Very good brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BillWyce (723) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2013
From notes: Poured deep nutty brown, with a slight haze and a small, thin light tan head. Woody aroma with notes of butter and leather. Body is full and slightly oily. Light boozy astringency in the finish that would likely mellow further with aging. Flavor is woody with notes of leather and buttery toffee. Mild booziness at the back and a note of stone fruit that shows underneath as it warms.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wordsworth (132) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle poured into snifter. Pours a dark caramel brown with a pencil thin khaki head that dissipates into an outer ring. No lacing. Aroma is molasses, caramel, vanilla, and a boozy sweetness. Flavor is all of those smells in a beautiful palate that is complex and delicious. This is a unique and great beer and I may cellar one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (2607) - California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
26 July 2013, tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks in Buelton, CA. Dark brown/black. Nose is tobacco, lime, syrup. Full body, almost flat, slightly fizzy. Sugary tobacco, syrup, bitter chocolate, bitter finish. Great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
chef_brewardee (28) - Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Dark brown black with tan head. Toasted coconut, chocolate, toffee oak, tequila. Vanilla. Extremely interesting smelling beverage. Taste matches the smell with a slight alcohol burn. Very complex and interesting beer. Love it

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrHangover (2456) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle, huge thnx to Ed588, @ WWT III post tasting. Pours a pitch black beer with a big tanned head on top. Aroma of oak, dark red fruits, brandy and bourbon. Amazingly complex aroma wow. Flavour is sweet, full of the different oak influences and incredibly complex. Dark fruits, oak, booze. This gets better with every sip. The complexity of this beer is incredible. It has fruityness, oak and bourbon with some brandy influences. Awesome brew! Wow!


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