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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 340   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours black, finger off white head. Smell bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel Taste booze and sweet caramel, small roasty, strong beer Mid body but very strong flavor Nice

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4596) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
This one poured a dark red to brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was pretty much all barrel, oak and alcohol. Flavor was similar really, great example of barrel aging, but the qualities of the individual beers are really not there.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (12964) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
Bottled@CBC2013 Dark opaque ruby color, steady beige head. Vanilla dominates the aroma, maybe some dark fruits too. Medium to full-bodied. Very mellow, covers alcohol completely. Sweetish, vanilla. Very complex and pleasant. I like really much of these anniversary brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Super tasty, quite a mouthfull. Oily and heavy. This beer sports a complex buffet of aromas including dark cherry, coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasty malt goodness. Excellent blend!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Draft at coles. Dark Reddish Brown with a medium khaki head. Nose is caramel and toffee with some fruity boozy notes. Taste is malty up front that moves into a Bourbon chocolate body that has some notes of coconut. Semi bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1758) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with nice tan head. Tons of liquor on the nose. Bourbon for sure, some others as well. Sweet, boozy and tons of flavor. Toffee, chocolate, vanilla, really sweet but the liquors off-set it. I liked it a lot.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bacterial (1677) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle shared at The Hoff’s place - dark brown pour. Some off-white head. Malty nose. Bourbon hot. This is just ok. I’ve had several other years and have loved this. 16 was not the same caliber.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (5030) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
29/IX/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ American BBQ and beertasting, my place - BB: n/a (2013-911) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, bit creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, somewhat sugary, vanilla, bit of chocolate. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, vanilla, sweet impressions, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, dried fruits. Amazingly complex yet balanced beer! Aftertaste: lots of caramel, burnt caramel even, vanilla, chocolate. Liquid dessert, and I love it!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
burg326 (3840) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Poured a black color with aromas of roast, coconut, molasses, light tobacco, and booze. Flavors follow suit a solid beer overall.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4794) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle at GABF 2013. Poured a clear deep dark brown colour with a round off white heat and a rich consistency. The aroma is rich toffee caramel, The flavour is strong bitter with a malty toffee weak bitter creamy smooth palate. This was worth waiting for!


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