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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 328   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!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maddmatt639 (227) - Pacifica, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
No retention and minimal lacing. Smells of chocolate and molasses. Tastes of molasses, oak and vanilla. Long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Great beer. Rated it low because it’s not the best. I have had better tonight! Smells good tastes good next!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1419) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle share at DLD 2013. Pour is dark brown with some slight ruby tints and a small tan head. Aroma is muted with notes of molasses, resin, and wood. Flavor is much more intense with notes of licorice, molasses, campfire, vanilla, and oak. Warming booze on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (613) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours a deep, dark brown with a brown head and lacing. The aroma and flavor have more coffee than the 14 and 15, but there's still lots of complex malt and chocolate notes too. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
On tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Great wood ageing, still hoppy. Coconut, but does not detract from good drinkability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle purchased at Vicker’s Liquors in RI. Brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, chocolate, brandy and some fruit. Malty and caramelly flavor with chocolate and bourbon accents before a roasty finish. Very nice, but not quite as good as the 13.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
I am afraid combining so many beers muddled the different flavors and aromas that might have been originally present. Dark brown beer, sweet malt with lots of sugar. There is no significant hop presence.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2014
Bottle from trade with skycracksopen, cheers! Very dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma: toffee, candy, chocolate, vanilla. Taste: toffee and fudge, knäck, nuts, chocolate, wine gums, licorice, fruity with citrus and dried tropical fruits, coffee, soft roast. Full-bodied. Awesomely well-balanced!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ed5388 (2051) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
22oz bomber. Cellared for the last year. Opened on Christmas night 2013. Pours a thin dark brown/almost black color with a finger of foamy khaki head. Aroma of wood, bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is very complex. Up front lots of oak, bourbon, pine, roasted malt, burnt toast, and end with rich toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, and rich roasted coffee. Mouthfeel very dry and on the thin side, but lots going on! Very good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. Almost black pour with a small tan collar for a head. Huge nose. Full of vanilla, toffee, roasted malt, cocoa, and a hint of brown bread. Sweet on the palate with dark caramel, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, and a touch of coffee. Full bodied with a finish that gets dried out by the high abv. Superb.


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