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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 342   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2578) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3524) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pete4999 (1129) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (423) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Very dark brown, little foam our lacing. Figs, chocolate, kind of a reeses peanut butter note, almond, vanilla, maple syrup. The chocolate comes out stronger as the glass warms. Cherry, almond, coffee, and chocolate notes, but they disappear under the alcohol pretty quickly. Complex and interesting but the alcohol works to mask the best traits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmac (4217) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
22oz bomber from Spirits Beachwood. Poured thinner then I would have like with a deep dark chocolate brown body under an average sized tight foamy beige head. Aroma of maple syrup with some cinnamon along with chocolate, well done toast, flower petals, brandy, vanilla. Average mouthfeel with a slight touch of heat on the finish and average to slightly strong carbonation. Flavor is just as good if not a hair better then the aroma. Notes of syrup, tequilla spicyness, bourbon, wood, chocolate, dark well done toast, tree bark, espresso, vanilla extract. Solid beer that gets better as I sip it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at House of 1000. Toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bread pudding with caramel sauce. Sublime nose and only improves and expands as it warms. Dark black opaque with thin off-white to light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation, smooth. Alcoholic warming, slightly boozy. Sweet start with bread pudding, caramel, oak, vanilla, and licorice. Warm finish, heavy with oak and vanilla. Delicious sweet after but not cloying. Nice example of what you can do with brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coolfunnj (323) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2013
big aroma of vanilla,caramel,maple,booze,burnt malt ,dark chocolate,licorice...black with slight brown edges in the light..,tan head dissipates to thin film sparse lacing..palate is thick creamy and a bit sticky..im going to let it warm a bit before rating the taste..creamy vanilla ,smoky alcohol and wood are my first flavor impressions,followed by chocolate anise and burnt malts,a winelike fruitiness if you concentrate very complex and sweetens as it warms i know its getting to be a cliche but this beer will be amazing when aged as is its great objectively but to my taste the big woody smoky flavors and the big boozy hit are a bit much if you like those qualities more this is your beer (note:20 bucks for 22 oz bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drjay44 (2739) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Draft at a local. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled mocha head, with hints of lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is Bourbon, chocolate, cocoa, light coffee, plum raisin, dried cherry, tobacco hints.....taste is Bourbon, plum, raisin, fig, light sweetness, as it warms, tobacco, light beef and soy arrive, finishing with a moderate bitterness....mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low. This is a very rich, complex beer in both aroma and flavor. Some of the flavors are a bit raw. Bourbon tones are dominant over the brandy an tequila. This needs to age to gain its final balance, and should be served much warmer than the typical bar temperature. BJCP 9/3/16/5/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (826) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bomber. Pours a thick, murky burnt caramel brown, no head to speak of (could be glassware though). Nose is toffee, bourbon, dried fruit and candy sugar. Mouth is big and boozy up front (warmth noticeable even though it was in my trunk here in Chicago on a 7 degree night in January), after that there are cocoa, vanilla, coffee, raisins, more bourbon, some dark roasted malty notes, and a medium but lingering bitter finish. I waited in line on Black Friday for this one, and it was worth it.

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