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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 348   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 crčme 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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2494) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Bomber from trade with michaelinwa. Pours pitch black in color with a small light brown head that fades quickly. The aroma is fainter than I expected but very good and comlex. Cocoa, bourbon, plums, cherries, tequila, citrus, maple syrup, and spiciness. Taste is awesome. Every sip brings something different. All of the aromas come through and the finish is just incredibly smooth. Medium body, slightly sticky. Really enjoyed sipping this beer but it may actually be a bit fresh. I really think this beers will improve in a couple years. But it’s still very good right now too.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dave_wakeman (4) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had. It is so different and unique. If you see it, get it. Unreal!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1884) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Draft at Monks Cafe. Rich opaque brown velvet pour. Brown pillowy head that mostly disappears. Big chocolate caramel flavors jumped out first. Vanilla bourbon. Cherry cordial. Nutella. Cabernet. Peat. Lots of aged barrel goodness. Dark and complicated. Medium full body. High ABV is well hidden. Certainly sweet but has a nice clean finish with some hidden bitterness and spice that really only pops well after the swallow. Quite amazing actually.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1085) - Troy, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. The pour is a dark carmel. The aroma is mostly oak and general wood. The taste really smooth with a little heat. Finishes smooth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1773) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours brown thin head. Aroma of some nuts and toffee. Taste is slight band aid and hops

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6613) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small ecru colored soapy head. The aroma had caramel, wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, booze, vanilla and sine hops. The flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some sweet ripe dark fruits, alcohol with a dry finish. Not quite as ready to drink as XV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2792) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co.’s Firestone Walker Tap Takeover gathering. Dispensed to a mini FW logo snifter showing a black/brown hue, brownish tan head foam that quickly diminished to a thin ring & film, and streaks & spots of light lacing. Surprised not to see any obvious legs or syrupy coating on the glass. The nose was expressive roastiness, coffee, cocoa, caramel, dark fruit sweetness as prune, plum, & cherry, some tartness, barrel, port & sherry-like characteristics, and a definite alcohol presence. The flavor mimicked the aroma, transferred the potent alcohol to the palate, and added a strong but "mellowed by the layers of complexity" hop bitterness, while finishing with some tanniny/dry astringency. Softly carbonated, with a little less that full body, but impressive nonetheless.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (4129) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear ruby black, quite beautiful actually, with a small beige head that dissipates with decent lacing. Aroma is molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, barrel notes; more winelike than bourbon/brandy. Flavor is the same, very complex with medium sweetness, light woody astringence, and perhaps some bourdon character. Medium body. Drinks quite, almost offputtingly, hot. Very interesting beer, but a little hot and almost too complex IMO.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (1179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark brown, nice tan head. Super smooth, lots of caramel, vanilla sweetness in the taste and smell. Didn’t have a boozy feel at all, just really well-aged and really well-made. Loved this. Wish it wasn’t so expensive so I could get it again.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Poured from bottle a dark brown with a one finger tan head. Aroma is vanilla, toasted cereal, booze, and dark fruit. Tastes of dark fruit, oak, brandy, booze, bourbon, vanilla, and molasses.


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