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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 342   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!


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
MrHangover (2762) - 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!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
smmadge (87) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Tasting at WWT lll. Thanks to Johan! Great beer! Want it again but won?t happen I guess. Simply awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8972) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ WWT III. Huge thanks to MrHangover!! Bonus points for the music! Very dark brown to black colored beer with a small light brown head. Aroma of malts, clearly barrel aged, some alcohol, wood. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark malts, wood, alcohol, some bitter. Full body, perfect carbonation. Very very nice beer indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dEnk (4034) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ wwt. Thanks johan! Aroma is molasses, liquorice, caramel, coffee and more. Flavour is thick creamy vanilla bourbon liquorice roasty crzay madness. Awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3560) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ WWT3 after. Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted, bourbon, ashy, spicy, creamy, coffee, caramel, chocolate, malty, sugary, alcoholic and awesome. Flavor is spicy, malty, roasty and full bodied with a huge amount of flavors, extremely full bodied. Awesome brew. Has everyting you’re looking for in a beer together.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajnepple (2540) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2013
On tap at the Mayor. Almost black with a tan head. Roasted chocolate malty coffee aroma and flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (4496) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2013
Firestone Walker 16 many thx to Mcberko - trade at CBC, cons and shared with friends at Adams cabin in Solviken outside Grebbestad AR: dark chocolate, bourbon vanilla, fudgy, AP: dark brow, high frothy crème brulee colored steady head F: bourbon vanilla, espresso, dadels, wee licorice, warming fizzy, dry, medium bitternees, not that fullbodied that could be expected, dark homebrewed coffey, figs baked with chocolate in the owen, afterwards - reading the brewers notes, I can only say yes to that there is some Tequila notes as well, brings some complexity but as well making the brew tinner...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
Shared by IrishBoy. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, bourbon, alcohol, caramel. Taste is vanilla, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, light bourbon.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an off white head. Boozy aromas. Sweet malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and tequila notes. For me, the tequila does not work well with this ale. Decent body and mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours nearly opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium to short retention with light to spare lacing. Aroma is a wonderful marriage of dark malts, roasted and chocolate with earthy and spicy coffee notes, prunes, plums, and raisins, figs, oak, bourbon, brown sugar and caramel, spicy and floral hops with peppery alcohol notes. Flavor is dark and bittersweet malts, dark dried fruits, medium hops and bitterness, warming and drying bourbon, oak notes and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. This beer warms nicely and is one to sip and contemplate for a while.


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