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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 326   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle shared with Dave on August 30th, 2013.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black
Aroma: Aroma of heavy bourbon, faint roast.
Taste: Bourbon but not too intense, roast, coffee, some sweetness.
Palate:Heavy body.

Summary: A nice tasty brew, but there is so much that goes into this making some of the subtler notes not easy to access to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 30, 2013
Growler enjoyed during Christmas 2012. Pours a dark dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is very malty; caramel, toffee, bourbon, brandy oak, chocolate, a little alcohol. Taste is sweet with lots of bourbon and other liquor notes, some roasted bitterness as well, a bit of alcohol on the finish. Medium-Full body. Complex and huge. Well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14062) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle at home... Dark black... Thin tan lacing... Sweet dark toffee... Treacle berry nose.... Very viscous body.. Huge dark berry... Sarsaparilla. .. Soft fruits.... Juicy rich dark malts... Awsome

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle, thanks Paul. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Fairly muted aroma, wood and molasses, resinous. Taste is much more intense, licorice and wood up front, resinous, toffee. Sweet and quite bitter. Nice

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4022) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2013
CBC 2013. Pours red mahogany with a small tanned head. Aroma is good maltyfull bodied caramel cumin anise sweet. Flavor is malty pungent peppery bitter a bit fruity nutty boozy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Nearly black, moderate to large frothy tannish head, nice lacing.   Bourbon, oak, graham cracker, and soft vanilla on the nose.   Smells like a tasty campfire treat, with liquor!   Smooth bourbon, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and campfire on the tongue.   This is reall silly, too easy to drink.   Warming on the tongue, but not alcoholic.   Fairly full bodied.   Finishes with lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and graham cracker.   This one is a treat.   Warming, very flavorful in its barrel aging, and just a good example of what can be done.   More please!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2013
bottle, from brewery. great aroma, sweet. malty, chocolate, caramel, oak, dark orangy brown color, good head that faded to a ring, little to no lace. sweet flavor. medium body, creamy oily mouthfeel, sweet bitter finish. WONDERFUL.....rich in aroma and flavor, I poured it slow so maybe I didn’t get best head and lace, nice mouthfeel and considering ABV it drinks smooth. Love the Firestone Walker...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Staffan47 (858) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2013
På midsommar hos Wallén. Rejtar i efterhand. Minns den som oerhört balanserad och trevlig

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (7279) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Draught @ Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, chocolate, caramel, oak and vanilla finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5595) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at The Barrelworks. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is sweet and warming with malt, oak, caramel, toffee and bourbon. Full body, soft carbonation.


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