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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 331   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (5812) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2013
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Dark brown with a beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malt, vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Sweet and malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon and an alcoholic finish. Full-bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at The Barrelworks. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is sweet and warming with malt, oak, caramel, toffee and bourbon. Full body, soft carbonation.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark like a midnight sky without starts, covered with a firm fluffy blanket of light tan foam. The aroma is an amazing invitation, rife with muscular whiskey and raisin. This drinks with a wonderfully warming alcohol burn, running over with an amazingly lurid blend of amazing flavors -- a bit of molasses, honey, cocoa, oak ... This is a masterpiece. (#4989, 4/16/2013)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle at the Moth. Dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is very complex. I get some huge bourbon, oak and maple notes, as well as a little bit of anise. The flavor is equally impressive. The charred oak and bourbon notes really come through strongly. There is also some vanilla and maple, as well as some roasted malt and brown sugar. Wow. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Really glad I got to try this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in an 11-16 Vertical. Pours a nice darker brow nish pour, nicer haze and darkness in the middle. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle coconut, vanilla, sticky caramel, some dried hops. Oak, some gentle spirit. Faint cocoa. A bit off putting. Initial is medium bodied, a bit more thin than expected. Touches of carmelized malts, toffee, and some gentle oxidation. Oak, some toffee, toast, biscuits. Middle is some dry deadened hops, vanilla, gentle spirit, toast. Some gentle fruit, toffee on the backend. Finish is oak, gentle spirit and dry bitter hops are mellow but there. A bit non-descript, the blend kinda kills what might have been special about any of these individual barrel aged beers. Meh.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5549) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
(Draught) very deep, very rich ruby/espresso color, ring of tan bubbles. Nose of rich caramel, cream, bourbon, light vanilla, complex as hell. Taste, for a very young 13% barrel aged beer, is exceptionally smooth. Taste has notes of caramel, light pine hops, vanilla, lightly roasty, creamy, brown sugar, tons of things going on in this one, chocolaty as well. Medium bodied, complex linger also.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 14, 2012
On tap at city beer. Very dark brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, light cherry, caramel, bourbon, oak and alcohol aroma. Tastes of chocolate, plum, fig, red wine up front transitioning to roasted grain and cocoa nib with a light bitternes and finishing with pear, brandy, and subtle bourbon with caramel and oak notes and a lingering candy taste and alcoholic warmth on the far back end. Nice complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5452) - Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bomber to taster (thanks tmoney99). Looks good; a semi-transparent cola with bubbly light beige lacing. Smells light; malt and booze with sweet notes. Tastes like it smells, but a little more pronounced. Good on the palate. Decent, but not as good as the XV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5418) - Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small ecru colored soapy head. The aroma had caramel, wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, booze, vanilla and sine hops. The flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some sweet ripe dark fruits, alcohol with a dry finish. Not quite as ready to drink as XV.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5387) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2013
CBC - Red Session, Østerbro, Copenhagen, DK. Tap, 050513. Amber with white head. Aroma of malt and spices´. Flavor with alcohol, caramel and fruit


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