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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit III. Pours a black appearance with a bubbly, light brown head. Kind of spicy tequila, sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, graham cracker, vanilla wafer aroma. Dark chocolate, toffee, s’mores, marshmallows, sweet bourbon, spirit flavor. Incredibly unique. While the boozy notes are noticeable from the barrels, they do create a very cool, unique flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
On tap at Beachwood Long Beach. Great wood ageing, still hoppy. Coconut, but does not detract from good drinkability.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Big sweet malty aroma with notes of roast, vanilla, booze and coffee. The taste is roasted malts, toffee, anise, berries, spice, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (7884) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
651mL. Tepid, clearer mahogany pour. Weaker yellowish foam. Nose is seasoned tomato, sugary bourbon, black pepper, licorice hard liquor. Taste is money: cinnamon ganache, thick milk chocolate, thick salted caramel, mild spicy alcohol warming. Really rich, dense, dessert palate. Easy to love. There is a long sweetened tea flavor in the finish with a lot of Spenda/aspartame. The sweet bourbon barrel notes aren’t my thing any more. People love this and I can see why. Another good offering from what is probably the best American Strong Ale series.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On tap. Pours with a deep brown hued body with a largish tan head. Aromas are of barrel, brown sugar, nutty char, tobacco. Lots of barrel, but not quite as much as I was expecting. Medium raisins, dark fruit and lightly faded hops. Strong cola and light molasses. Flavors are of coconut, vanillin, brown sugar. Dry and earthy, leathery, plum, soil, barrel, dark fruit complexity with a nice oak interplay. Mildly fruity brandy notes. Medium carbonation, big alcohol, medium body and tannin. Good for the current season. Tasty right now, but I don’t see much benefit in aging this particular Anniversary.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick dark black, with some brown through the bottom of the tulip glass. The head is khaki, smallish, and lacy. Nose is figgy and raisins, oaky bourbon, dark malt, cacao, nuts. Very complex woody spirity nose. Tastes rich, very woody, oaky, bourbony, with notes of cacao, pruney and blackberries, cacao, Brazil nut, vanilla. It is amazing how many flavor and aroma notes come through in this. FInishes complex, with well hidden alcohol, but the density lets you know that this beer isn’t for lightweights. This one is great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle picked up by Jay for me. Thanks Jay! Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of rich chocolate, oak, vanilla cream, creme brulee, caramel toffee, honey, mocha and light florals. Also minor notes of rye, flaked oats, sticky caramel candy and tequila and brandy barrels. Well balanced. Great complexity. Finishes with a hint of warming brandy alcohol and bright tequila citrus. Another homerun in the Firestone Walker anniversary series and probably the most complex offering to date.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (6697) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a light tan head. Chocolate and coconut aroma with light bourbon. Chocolate and light bourbon flavor with light tequilla and light malt. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light bourbon lingers with light caramel and light other barrels.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle shared by John at work. Pours a deep black with a thin to medium sized tan head. Bourbon on the nose right away, roast and cocoa, chocolate, wood. Warm bourbon, cocoa. Long sweet roast, more cocoa. Lots of depth and a good amount of subtlety. Lingering wood, roast, cocoa, chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6523) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Courtesy of dak. It pours out with a clear mahogany body that supports a thin tan head of foam. The aroma, as expected, is crazy with malts, caramel, molasses, vanilla and then some spicy wood notes. Behind those notes I get smooth bourbon like booziness. The taste is nice and pretty darn smooth with malts and a mild degree of caramel moving into coconut and sweet vanilla. It gets into bourbon and whiskey like notes and then a Single Malt peat flavor too. This all comes together pretty well.


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