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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (14425) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (15094) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (13136) - DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle @ CBC. Dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon and wood. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, oak, wood, vanilla, bourbon, medium sweet and toasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (6203) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013, Saturday. Clear dakr brown with a medium head. On the sweet side with dried fruit, toffee, bourbon, malt, some vanilla, oak and light spices. Also some light notes of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear red-brownn coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and frutiy aroma of caramel, dried fruits and bourbon with notes of licorice. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and bourbon. Warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Camons (8032) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle @ CBC. Pours very dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma is rich malts, toast, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, little alcohol. Wonderfull, i could snif this forever. Flavor is rich malty, winelike, toffee, woodnotes, bourbon, sweets, vanilla, licorice, light spice, light alcohol. Medium body, lively carbonation, warming alcohol in the finish. 040513

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1581) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle at CBC. Dark briwn colour, slightly reddish, with small white head. Oak and malt aroma. Caramel and malt taste, slightly bitter. Acidic and alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours dark brown with a small white head. Aromas are caramel, roast, licorice and some wood+bourbon. Flavor is very balanced caramel and bourbon. then some roast, mild wood and smoke and a very nuanced hop note way in the background. Palate is perfect for this beer. Not too heavy though it suffers if too cold, when warm it feels wonderful on the tongue. Overall, this is a superb drinking experience and a must try if you like FW beers or BA stouts, barleywines or strong ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14835) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013. Pours cloudy amber with a small head. Sugar, oak, roast and chocolate. Smooth and vinous. Sipper.

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