RateBeer
Home >

Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 (RETIRED)
overall
100
99
style
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3478) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle @CBC13. Deep mahogany with tan head. Nose is rich and deep with toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is fruity and complex, roasted notes. Finish is very boozy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, liquorish, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and coffee. Very complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013.
Pours clear dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is sweet, plums, chocolate, caramel, toasted, port, oak, vinious. Low carbonation, lovely oily and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour has luscious chocolate, nuts, port, caramel, vinious, plums, toffee. Very mellow and smooth.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
_angst_ (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 Draught @ CBC2013. Pours hazy deep reddish brown with a small creamy golden head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with toasted malts, dates, figs, bourbon, brandy, raisins, sweet dark bread, toffee, caramel, charred wood, vanilla fudge and hints of chocolate. Taste is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with toasted malts, sweet dark bread, caramel, toffee, bourbon, brandy, raisins, prunes, figs, dates, vanilla fudge, roasted nuts, alcohol and hints of chocolate. Mouthfeel is round, soft, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is Sweet, tiny fruity tart and malty with biscuits, caramel, toffee, dried dark fruits, bourbon, roasted nuts, charred wood, pine needles, brandy and chocolate.

Re-rate! A whole bomber split 2,5 ways. Malt paradise with obscene yet balanced barrel-aging and a hop bite. Tasty as fuck!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (2137) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2013
Sample @ CBC 2013. Dark amber with a tiny tan head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, mocha and hops. Full body with a long balanced finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (6261) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2013
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Dark brown with a beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malt, vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Sweet and malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon and an alcoholic finish. Full-bodied.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lukaduke (2326) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Pours a deep mahogany burnt umber color with a finger or two fo khaki foam. The nose is rich, deep toffee, molasses, corn pops,chocolate malt, bourbon pecan pie, woodsy booze... the palate follows with complexity. Damn this is a complex yet smooth round full bodied bomb of a palate pleaser, Double damn. Amazing drinkability considering the 13% abv... with perfect balance. Front to back a pure pleasure to drink !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (11690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
CBC. Hazy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish. 040513

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Dark, dark pour into tulip glass. Huge aroma! Booze, plums, roast malts, sweet sugars. Flavors of dark cherries, caramel, bitter chocolate, sweet alcohol. As it warmed, got more vanilla, tequila barrel, brown sugar. Could detect the alcohol, but very drinkable at the same time. A very, very complex beer! One of the best I’ve ever had, of any style, period.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (14155) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Sample @ CBC. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, bourbon, vanilla, wood, malt and hops. Yummy.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 12 13 14  15  16 17 18 » 35


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50