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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (34166) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 11, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium brown colour with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, vanilla, coconut, light bourbon. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, vanilla, laberlaver (bourbon). Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Nice ;O) [20130225]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden amber to dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and caramelish. Toffee malty, bourbon, alcohol warmth and light brandy note. Warming alcohol finish, dark toffee malty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29017) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. A dark amber beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, dark dried fruits, and wood. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, wood, chocolate, and dark dried fruits, leading to a dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Lovely aroma of thick, burned sugar and oaky Bourbon. Fairly rich body. Loads of caramel, molasses and syrup, but everything is kept in place and balance by quite some hops and a subtle underlying roastiness and just enough hops. Very, very enjoyable. 250213

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20476) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Draught at CBC 2013. Clear red-brownn coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and frutiy aroma of caramel, dried fruits and bourbon with notes of licorice. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and bourbon. Warming alcoholic finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anders37 (16225) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate bourbon woody caramel aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14282) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
4th May 2013
CBC. Clear deep amber beer, good pale tan head. Nose of vanilla wood and spice. Palate is airy and a little dry. Bourbon vanilla, light wood. A little brandy and red wine. Finishes light and dry. Doesn’t appear to have the complexity these anniversary beers normally have but then this is hardly the right conditions to appreciate something like this. Must revisit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (13911) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (13796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Sample @ CBC. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, bourbon, vanilla, wood, malt and hops. Yummy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013. Pours cloudy amber with a small head. Sugar, oak, roast and chocolate. Smooth and vinous. Sipper.


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