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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 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8698) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick dark black, with some brown through the bottom of the tulip glass. The head is khaki, smallish, and lacy. Nose is figgy and raisins, oaky bourbon, dark malt, cacao, nuts. Very complex woody spirity nose. Tastes rich, very woody, oaky, bourbony, with notes of cacao, pruney and blackberries, cacao, Brazil nut, vanilla. It is amazing how many flavor and aroma notes come through in this. FInishes complex, with well hidden alcohol, but the density lets you know that this beer isn’t for lightweights. This one is great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7447) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from the Foothill State Store. I had a sample of this a few months ago at Mikey’s party, but I resisted rating it. See, I have some limits:) Pours a deep mahogany color with a small greyish head. A deep nose of berries and massive bourbon. The flavor throughout is huge almost defining bourbon barrel, some vanilla, berries, heat, burnt caramel, light fruity hops. Obviously complex. Mixes together well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9410) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
651mL. Tepid, clearer mahogany pour. Weaker yellowish foam. Nose is seasoned tomato, sugary bourbon, black pepper, licorice hard liquor. Taste is money: cinnamon ganache, thick milk chocolate, thick salted caramel, mild spicy alcohol warming. Really rich, dense, dessert palate. Easy to love. There is a long sweetened tea flavor in the finish with a lot of Spenda/aspartame. The sweet bourbon barrel notes aren’t my thing any more. People love this and I can see why. Another good offering from what is probably the best American Strong Ale series.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1850) - Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle, courtesy GT, thanks! Pours ruby, tan head, little retention/some lace. Aroma is barrel, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, light roast. Taste is lightly bitter; sweet, barrel, vanilla, chocolate. Palate is soft, creamy, rich finish. Really nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
fires burst of energy that knocks all your enemies down, not particularly useful in luke’s opinion, no ammo for guns you don’t have, wow that rocks. dark, ridiculous porter/stout, so rich and thick and creamy, beautiful pour, so good, at least a 4.2 for sure!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5822) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and light roast. It’s medium with mild carbonation. Overall, this drinks very easy for 13%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2902) - 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.

   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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (2091) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1150) - 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

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