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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 335   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 crème 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (3699) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
On tap at Backcountry Pizza. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, oak. Thick mouthfeel with sweet roast, vanilla, light booze, silky finish. Yes

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Garlic_of_Doom (474) - SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2014
Bottle from Justin, thanks! Pours marshy murky brown with a small beige head. Aroma is filled with bourbon, marzipan and vanilla. Taste has loads of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, liquor pralines, spiciness and some warming alcohol. Full body, soft carbonation.
Fantastic sipper!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2667) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2014
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily to syrupy texture and soft carb. A great strong ale.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
(Bottle) Pours deep reddish brown to black with a pale brown head. The aroma IS malt and barrel heaven - perfect roast, deep but clean caramel, soft but complex barrel notes, soft underlying alcohol and soft resinous/floral hops. Undertones of port wine, liquorice, dark/grainy bread and creamy dark toffee. The flavour is near medium sweet, near medium bitter and tiny acidic with tones of fat malt, fat (but balanced) oak and a perfect hop profile. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, velvety and fiery numbing with a soft ´carbonation. Dark fudge, liquorice, soft oach, fat malt and smooth hops on the finish. Full bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla, & some bourbon; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, some oak, chocolate, dark fruit, spicy hops, and caramel/toffee; Warm booze finish; Nicely balanced; Overall, very good - but I expected a bit more.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mudwhomper (52) - Madison, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Boozy and woody nose. Very smooth taste with chocolatey and dark fruit flavors. Very nice

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xocnotnert (7) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2014 does not count
This was the first anniversary ale I tasted from Firestone, it was a gift to a friend on his wedding day that we shared between 3 friends. I have had it again since then and every time I drink it I remember how amazing it was.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Massive bourbon and milk chocolaty flavor. There’s a slight acidity that works. Thin body that somehow holds the robust flavor profile well.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bigguns22 (697) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
A very complex beer that is great wish I had more. Dark black in color with a tan head. Aroma and flavor are very much alike tons of wood,vanilla,bourbon and dark fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zymurgeist2 (1054) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrua for FW’s SF Beer Week event there. This beer is so rich, deep and complex. Full deep, dark fruit aroma and taste. Deep clear sherry like color.


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