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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 335   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!


4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiong (3819) - 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 (10869) - 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 (3371) - Media, 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 (3338) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 20, 2013
Very complex. I feel like there is an intense alcohol bite that is similar to a barley wine flavor. Some more aging might help this mellow more. A really good beer that shows how successful blending can be.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
22oz bottle picked up locally somewhere herein Chicago - missed it on tap on a few locations... Pours just pale of cola black, more of a twang port coloration with less intense edges and topped with a thin ring of light khaki head that reduces to a film around the edges of the glass... Barrel forward aroma with bourbon, chocolate, a modicum of char while waftings of coconut and marshmallow and candy-like inklings of tootsie rolls mingle to and fro. While the barrel notes take precedence, it doesn’t seem overly boozy or harsh in any way. Smooth, sweet, and nice blend of various notes... Flavors are more of the aforementioned with somewhat more brash of a presence overall. Bourbon, roast, touch of coffee, sweeter dark fruit and vanilla throughout. Hints of burnt toast through mid-palate. Onset starts sweet and smooth but a firm gripping bitterness slowly creeps in, sinks its teeth, and grips through until the finish and a little further beyond that. The tailend is a bit aggressive though which takes away from its upfront enjoyability. Medium bodied, not too heavy really and pairs with an expected level of carbonation but perhaps a bit too lively with its prickliness. Nice sipper all around although the backend needs to settle down just a touch. I liked it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark like a midnight sky without starts, covered with a firm fluffy blanket of light tan foam. The aroma is an amazing invitation, rife with muscular whiskey and raisin. This drinks with a wonderfully warming alcohol burn, running over with an amazingly lurid blend of amazing flavors -- a bit of molasses, honey, cocoa, oak ... This is a masterpiece. (#4989, 4/16/2013)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle at the Moth. Dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is very complex. I get some huge bourbon, oak and maple notes, as well as a little bit of anise. The flavor is equally impressive. The charred oak and bourbon notes really come through strongly. There is also some vanilla and maple, as well as some roasted malt and brown sugar. Wow. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really glad I got to try this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 11, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, vanilla, coconut, light bourbon. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, vanilla, laberlaver (bourbon). Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Nice ;O) [20130225]

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16927) - 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.


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