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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (4741) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle sampled at CBC 2013. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, vanilla, fudge, ripe fruit, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osvalsan (2) - - MAY 4, 2013 does not count
Nice blend! Goes on very smooth. Very balanced. Very light body. Good but was a bit disappointed ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
olio (5854) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Sample @ CBC’13.
Pours clear dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of mild hops, dark ripe fruits, some caramel malts and toffee. Mild wooden and vanilla notes appear on the background. Very refined aroma altogether. Flavor has some sweet ripe fruits, caramel malts, subtle toffee notes and wooden wine notes. Nice mouth-drying effect with a somewhat sticky and tangy finish. Excellent.
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (6301) - Helsinge, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet malty and has lots of barrel notes like vanilla and dark fruit. The flavor is bourbon, sweet caramel and ripe berries.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (10044) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Very dark amber/brown beer with a nice beige head. Caramel aroma, dades, chocolate, cocoa powder, raisins, vanilla, vinous, toffee, soot, figs, some licorice. Caramel flavor, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, creamy, warming alcohol, salty, roasted, some figs. Very nice beer with a great balance.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lusikka (5927) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
650 ml bottle @ CBC2013. Pours a dark brown colour with a white head. Aroma is very complex with toasted malts, raisins, caramel, tar, cherries and biscuit. Couldn’t be better. Flavour is very, very complex; roasted malts, cherries, grassy hops, wood, salty licorice, dark chocolate and biscuit. Full bodied, so very smooth mouthfeel with a long, lingering, dry, oaky finish with mellow sweetness. Like a fine wine really. One of the best beers I’ve tasted.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
650ml bottle @ CBC 2013

Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Excellent aroma of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, cocoa, syrup and ripe fruits. Taste is smooth, complex and hoppy with loads of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, syrup and molasses. Finish is hoppy and roasty with vinous notes, oaky wood, syrup, salty licorice and vanilla. Extremely well balanced but complex.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
licorice, roasted malts, mild cellary note. dark brown, small light brown head. flavor is roasted malty, caramelly, bourbon, sweet licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3272) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
22 oz bottle. My rating #2800! Top rater of top 50 American Strongs!! Dark brown with tan suds. Nose is espresso, fig and oats. Vinous undercurrents with wood and caramel. Medium body with lively carb and building warmth. Taste is coffee, bourbon, dates, vanilla, a touch of grapefruit and wood. Some coconut as it warms. I usually wait a year on these; this one may need a few to shine.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2013
This was on tap at Hop Scotch in the Chicago area. It pours to an extrememly smooth body and is near perfect on tap. The 13% was hidden extremely well. Velvety texture and a taste of sweet barley and bourbon. But it was so intricately balanced. I guess I forgot that this was a blend, because it did astonish me on how complex it was.


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