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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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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 crme 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!


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle from Bottle Barn. Aroma and flavor of an excellently blended combination of components, which included smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate-covered dark fruit, milk chocolate, etc. Slight sour aftertaste, but otherwise just an amazing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 22oz Bottle A - Pours the color of root beer with little to no head that dissipates immediately. Some lacing. S - Lots of stuff. Fig newton, caramel, toffee, vanilla, praline, & mild alcohol. T - Intensely Complex! Vanilla, caramel, brandy cask, dark dried fruit, boozy. M - Medium/full bodied, warming booze, mild carbonation, & a sweet toffee/tannin finish. O - One of the more interesting/complex beer Ive had in a while.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo (1818) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
12oz pour at Piece. Pricey at $15. Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a small off white ring of head around the glass. Aroma of mild chocolate, tobacco, and oak. Mild bourbon, some caramel. Flavor is rich, strong woody and chocolate flavors. Mild hoppy bitterness. Other bitterness from the wood notes. Some saltiness as well. Touches of bourbon and spice. Strong oak tones. Nice, oily mouthfeel, slick carbonation. Finishes on a strong barrel note.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle Pours close to black small head ring. Tastes smells of dark fruits booze sweet bit heat from booze. Has caramel vanillia as well. Solid beer. Right up my alley would drink this all year long if I could.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Boy do I love these anniversary beers. They never fail to impress me. Pours dark and black with a small tan head. Nose is plenty of vanilla, raisins, molasses, toffee, chocolate and hints of coffee and nuts. Taste is big sweet and has a good bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, heavy body and a long drawn out enjoyable finish. Love it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark near-black with an amber tinge and a small beige head. Aroma is odd, with coconut, some weird vegetal notes, dark fruits and chocolate. Flavour is very complex, with sweet dark dried fruits, roasted malt, brown sugar and a bit of that vegetal note detected on the nose that slightly detracts. Quite complex and well-blended well see if my subsequent bottle has that same vegetal quality. All in all, still great, but not one of my favourites of FWs anniversary beers.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5259) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Draft at black sheep in mineola with Linh, dave, Tom and June. Pours a deep black body with thick brown lacing. Aroma is bourbon, dark fruit and sharpie marker. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sharp booze, bourbon, light fruit and yeast. A bit too much of a boozy mess for my tastes.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pcstuck (64) - Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a darker brown. Bourbon, chocolate vanilla and a touch of something sweet. For such a complex blend the taste is very smooth and goes down easy. Taste is filled with bourbon, vanilla and caramel. Everything is well done and combined beautifully.. My Comments cant do this beer justice. Great all the way around.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
(Draught) very deep, very rich ruby/espresso color, ring of tan bubbles. Nose of rich caramel, cream, bourbon, light vanilla, complex as hell. Taste, for a very young 13% barrel aged beer, is exceptionally smooth. Taste has notes of caramel, light pine hops, vanilla, lightly roasty, creamy, brown sugar, tons of things going on in this one, chocolaty as well. Medium bodied, complex linger also.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a slight ring of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is sweet brandy with bourbon (coconut, vanilla, alcohol spice), tobacco, sweet and dense malt, and sharp tequila. Taste is brandy and bourbon up front followed by vanilla, coconut, sweet barley wine malt flavors, leather, tobacco, alcohol spice, and a bit of tequila on the finish which is a nice contrast to the sweet brandy and malt. Smooth, coating mouthfeel. There might even be some hop bitterness mixed in with the spice from the alcohol and barrel influence. There is a lot going on but the presentation is smooth and orderly. Amazing beer and a testament to the extreme skill of the brewers.


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