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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
On tap at Noble Hops in Tucson, served in a pilsner glass. Pours cloudy chocolate-brown with a tiny tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of lace. The nose has lots of brown sugar and oak, along with molasses and hints of earth and herbal hops. The flavour is moderately sweet with brown sugar, molasses, caramel, earth and oak. A moderate hoppiness enters through the middle, imparting earthy, herbal notes. The finish is long and hoppy with notes of resin, earth and herbs, along with a touch of bourbon and a hint of pepper. On the palate, it is full in body with a silky smooth texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great blended strong ale with recognizable elements from the bourbon barrels, the black IPA, and several strong ales. Beautiful! It is incredibly complex and I suspect it would benefit from further aging. 2012-12-28

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayklew (29) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours dark almost black with auburn edges. Thin head at edges. Alcohol lacing with points thin line. Taste is bourbony, boozy. Smooth. Great beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GothGargoyle (1952) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
Deep brown/black with a decent beige head. Aroma is liquorice, raisins, fig, bourbon, oak, molasses, hint of booze. Velvety mouthfeel, well balanced on the palate, hint of bitterness and booze in the aftertaste. Taste is molasses, soy sauce, liquorice, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, hint of chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1442) - Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle; Pour is murky brown with a modest khaki head in this glass; Average retention, light lacing is present here. The nose is coconut, vanilla, earthy oak, cocoa powder, bourbon, spent grain; I found the flavor profile more appealing, but overall, I found this blend not nearly as appealing as the previous year. The flavor profile reveals; chocolate cake, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, spices, and sugars. It is fairly bitter, some fruit is present, with mocha, brown sugars, and booze near the finish. This is obviously a unique brew. I found it appealing overall, yet a little over the top as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1261) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle share. Deep brown with amber highlights. Massive chocolate, bourbon, plum and vanilla notes. Tastes is cherry chocolate, smokey, vanilla. impy stout forward.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Big sweet malty aroma with notes of roast, vanilla, booze and coffee. The taste is roasted malts, toffee, anise, berries, spice, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Notes of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some hot alcohol in the nose. A nicely blended beer, but I enjoyed XV more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DougHnut70 (70) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Draft from Livermore Saloon/Beer Baron during SF Beer Week. Color is very dark with a brown head. Taste has cacao, berries/cherries, vanilla bean, oak barrel, spices, with a light sweetness. Very complex, has both hops and malt, but finishes nice and smooth. Not my style but an excellent beer. Coulda had one more…

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8978) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7797) - 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.


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