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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 crčme 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!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3299) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
10 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma has a very nice bourbony, sweet, and vanilla character. Some underlying woody barrel notes are present, too. Fantastic aroma. Virtually opaque mostly black body with a small, yellowish head present. Starts with a nice, creamy vanilla sweetness. Some bourbon flavors come though in the middle. Light chocolate malts and roast come through towards the end. Finishes a bit dry, and lightly woody. Light ethanol booziness. Really complex and flavorful. The finish is a little rough, but pretty much being nit-picky with that complaint.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3283) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2013
22 oz bottle. My rating #2800! Top rater of top 50 American Strongs!! Dark brown with tan suds. Nose is espresso, fig and oats. Vinous undercurrents with wood and caramel. Medium body with lively carb and building warmth. Taste is coffee, bourbon, dates, vanilla, a touch of grapefruit and wood. Some coconut as it warms. I usually wait a year on these; this one may need a few to shine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3276) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Bottle @ WWT3 after. Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted, bourbon, ashy, spicy, creamy, coffee, caramel, chocolate, malty, sugary, alcoholic and awesome. Flavor is spicy, malty, roasty and full bodied with a huge amount of flavors, extremely full bodied. Awesome brew. Has everyting you’re looking for in a beer together.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3255) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark tobacco brown with a small off white ring of head around the glass. Aroma of mild chocolate, tobacco, and oak. Mild bourbon, some caramel. Flavor is rich, strong woody and chocolate flavors. Mild hoppy bitterness. Other bitterness from the wood notes. Some saltiness as well. Touches of bourbon and spice. Strong oak tones. Nice, oily mouthfeel, slick carbonation. Finishes on a strong barrel note.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (3252) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle @CBC13. Deep mahogany with tan head. Nose is rich and deep with toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is fruity and complex, roasted notes. Finish is very boozy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3237) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2014
From a 0.65l bottle @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. This is a deep park wood brown one, lots of particles and some floaters in the glass and it had a nice small quickly sidesticking beige top. Not to extreme on the nose at first. Light wood sweet, lots of dark caramel, vanilla, nuts and sweetish toffee. Opens more up after gaining some temperature. It has a really gliding mouthfeel with a soft to average carbonation level. Superbly great flavors here. I get lots of wood with sweet glazed dark fruits, traces if prickling alcohol lingering. Bourbon wood and that typical vanilla sweetness finishes this off. Lovely! 04.05.2013

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
22oz bottle, courtesy of Firestone Walker. Thanks, folks! Pours a deep, dark cola-brown color; mixed-bubbled, very light-tan head with modest retention. Layers of dried dark fruits, bright oak, lightly charred wood, and a clean, vinous warmth in the nose; a lean, layered sweetness; some caramel and brown sugar. Medium-full body; very light co2; layers of dark fruits, brown sugar and caramelization, a subtle note of alcohol (especially for a beer this size), and some darker notes of charred oak & bitter chocolate; sweet, but not syrupy courtesy of the alcohol and specialty malt bitterness and tannins tempering things; really nicely blended, and on par with their previous efforts. Lasting finish shows a toastiness emerging and a balanced, lightly chocolatey end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3127) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle from Barry, pours reddsih brown eith small off white head. Aromas of bourbon, bannana, marshmallow, sugar, and booze. Taste is the same with alot of sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and booze. Med to full body, warming in chest. Not too bad for so many blends. It was a little hot but what do you expect for a newly bottled 13 percent brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3118) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
22 oz. bottle. It pours a nice chestnut brown color with a khaki head. For some reason I was expecting this to be darker. The aroma has lots of coffee, fudge, butterscotch and creme brulee. Like dessert in a glass. There’s some subdued notes of bourbon and wood, but those are secondary. The flavor doesn’t seem quite as sweet, and give this some points for being reasonably attenuated for such a big beer. Not syrupy at all in the mouthfeel. The alcohol comes through stronger in the flavor though. Caramel, bourbon, vanilla stand out. A little hot? Yes, but damn tasty.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Lucky bottle found at Tucson Total Wine to celebrate Ella’s arrival with Moose. I’ve got XI-XV at home but here’s where I’m starting the series. I hope they are all this good. Absolutely amazing that a beer this big can be this drinkable. Tons of: brown sugar, molasses, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt. ABV is well hidden and this beer is in no way hot right now. Reminds me of the first time I tried LA Angel’s Share. Beautifully made.


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