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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 326   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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16460) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate bourbon woody caramel aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (845) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Served in my Figueroa Mountain pint glass for a little irony. Pours a nearly opaque, dark cola brown with ruby glints around the bottom edge of the glass. A short, caramelized sugar colored head forms and fades just as quickly--in true FW fashion. Chocolate syrup out of the gate, coconut, ripe banana, and brown sugar on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick, wet, slick, but nearly flat. Flavors of coconut and sweet caramel. Some chocolate notes emerge and some oak vanilla also break through. There’s an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat at the finish that tends to migrate into the olfactory. Gets a little to boozy for my liking. Double DBA is far better.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReggieDunlap (3030) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Pours a deep chestnut/ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has slightly boozy candied fruits, touches of bourbon, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is boozy dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, roasty malts, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice warming vanilla/oaky/whiskey finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (934) - Nevada, USA - MAR 24, 2013
From the tap, an opaque brown with a dusty aroma of dark fruits and oak. Full body. You can tell this is a blend but its done so well. Not bitter, not sweet. Excellent flavors of fruit, sugar, wood, and smoke. Finish is not too dry. Quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4317) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1009) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottled. Super dark pour creamy head. Light malty bourbon aroma with strong bourbon flavor. Strong contender.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4621) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Sampled at EBF. Pours a translucent brown with some beige head. Nose is booze, coconut, vanilla, toast, wood, caramel. Flavor is malty, caramel, coconut, vanilla, malt, coffee, rum, tropical fruit. Full, sticky, boozy finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (753) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bomber. Pours a dark brown and mahogany color with a ring of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is a blend of bourbon, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and caramelized sugars with a bit of pine resin in the background. The flavor starts out with a strong dose of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla along with some molasses and resiny hops bitterness toward the end. Also a fair amount of bourbon and brandy notes throughout that hold together all the strong flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with soft carbonation and more oak and alcohol in the finish. As bold and complex as you would expect a FW Anniversary Ale to be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
legion242 (2163) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Poured an almost still medium brown. Wine like nose. Very hot in the mouth but in a very pleasant way. Can’t wait to lay this down and try it in a year or two.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (1882) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2013
Bomber comes in a box with a nice descriptor sheet and everything. I’ll bet the packaging guys at FW had a fun few days getting this one fully dressed. Split with TheRon. Pours dark opaque brown with some reddish hues and hardly any head to speak of. Initial aroma of red apple peal, damascenone, and then vanilla and oak with some booziness. Flavor is still surprisingly fruity, with more red apple, purple drink, burnt wood, oak, a hint of licorice, and a warming, alcoholic finish. Complex and lovely.


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