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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 373   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


barn0216's rating

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Very dark brown, little foam our lacing. Figs, chocolate, kind of a reeses peanut butter note, almond, vanilla, maple syrup. The chocolate comes out stronger as the glass warms. Cherry, almond, coffee, and chocolate notes, but they disappear under the alcohol pretty quickly. Complex and interesting but the alcohol works to mask the best traits.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4045) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle: Aroma is malt, sugar, soy sauce, dark fruits, molasse, chocolate. Dark brown to black color, brownish head. Flavor is raisins, malt, some alcohol, plums, dried fruits.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (908) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..dark brown with almost no head..after 3 yrs...great aroma of bourbon,caramel,coffee,chocolate,vanilla,dark fruits..tastes of all of the former with some smokiness..after 3+ yrs..held up incredibly well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5658) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
From a bomber shared at home. Aged to perfection. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of toffee. Smooth, smooth, smooth, Light roast finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (3173) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle 22oz. Pours black with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Good stuff. A tad unidimensionnal and not really cohesive.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (4898) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared at tasting. Dark mahogany-brown with a small beige head, moderate retention, leaving little lacing and little legs on the glass. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, red fruits, coconut, alcohol, toasted malts, chocolatey notes, mineral notes, nuts and the list goes on... it’s super rich and borderline too much. Taste is sweet but not overly so. It’s quite boozy and hot as well, despite being a few years old already. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily and nice mouth coathing liquorous mouthfeel. Warming and hot finish. It’s another overly boozy strong beer from Firestone Walker and it feels a bit unbalanced to me (though I know they are doing tons of work to make it as balanced as possible for what it is). I can’t deny that it’s packing a ton of flavors and I find this to be interesting as a sipper in very small quantity but it’s a beer I would likely never enjoy drinking a full glass of. .

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3016) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
Pours a dark brown with an offwhite head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of coconut, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, boozy/spirity with some nice chocolate flavors. Body is full, carbonation moderate and it is not too boozy at all. A pretty good extreme dessert beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1407) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille 650ml, bottle share. Couleur brune foncée trouble, anneau de mousse beige. Arôme de malt torréfié, café, alcool. Goût de malt torréfié, café, caramel. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (7019) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
pours unclear dark brown with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. roasted powdery chocolate, burnt toffee, obvious bourbon, spicy red fruitiness, some sweetness - maple syrup; tasty nuts. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; sweet and woodsy-bourbon-spicy finish. tasty.. and scattered.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4695) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Robe brune, malts bruns, café, fruits, malts collants, alcool chocolaté, traces de noix de coco, boisée vert, rien de si cohésif, pas de véritable point de rencontre mais sans défaut, correctement exécuté, bien bon mais pas si extraordinaire. Bien content tout de même d’avoir eu la chance de croiser ce truc.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5463) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep red black pour with white head. Aroma is really rich, nice toasty notes, super fruity, boozy, cherries. Taste is rich, roasty, a bit mineral, fruity, boozy finish. Palate is full bodied, hot, with good carbonation.


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