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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 342   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013.
Pours clear dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is sweet, plums, chocolate, caramel, toasted, port, oak, vinious. Low carbonation, lovely oily and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour has luscious chocolate, nuts, port, caramel, vinious, plums, toffee. Very mellow and smooth.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11093) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, toasted malt and dark bourbon wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer but not now great.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (10928) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2013
licorice, roasted malts, mild cellary note. dark brown, small light brown head. flavor is roasted malty, caramelly, bourbon, sweet licorice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10786) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle at CBC. Frothy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Dark amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Long moderate bitter fnish. Wonderfull creamy palate. Fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (10459) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. Brown/red coloured. Dense brown head. Aroma: Roast, caramel, sweetness, molasses, tar. Flavour: Chocolate, roast, liqourice, herbs, bourbon, vanilla. Medium to full bodied. Ends spiced roasted and a tad bitter. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10288) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 28, 2013
Botella. Nice deep amber colour, off-white head. Quite sweet caramel toasty malty vanilla like aroma, some bourbon too, alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour: toasty caramel malty dark fruity bourbon. Sweet caramel malty some bourbon bit in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10220) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bombe poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light vanilla and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak, bourbon, light fruittiness and light carmel with a smooth lingering oak finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours nearly opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium to short retention with light to spare lacing. Aroma is a wonderful marriage of dark malts, roasted and chocolate with earthy and spicy coffee notes, prunes, plums, and raisins, figs, oak, bourbon, brown sugar and caramel, spicy and floral hops with peppery alcohol notes. Flavor is dark and bittersweet malts, dark dried fruits, medium hops and bitterness, warming and drying bourbon, oak notes and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. This beer warms nicely and is one to sip and contemplate for a while.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks once again to the host with the mose for this ’dubblup’, the cucumbers were in fine fettle this evening of 04/11/14. Dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering that soon collapses. Nose is bitter roast, booze, dark fruits, dates, spice, chocolate, dark toffee imbibe. Taste comprises treacle toffee, coconut shavings, liqourice, spice, booze tunes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9555) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Murky dark brown pour with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Great retention. The nose is nutty and oaken with a touch of vanilla. Full-bodied and velvety with airy carbonation. The malty, roasty, sweet flavor consists mainly of fudge and dark chocolate. Finishes silky and sweet. Big-time thanks to newcigarz for providing this bottle of world class beer!


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