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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5101) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle shared at the holiday party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, plum and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and oak
Nice and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pailhead (5066) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, caramel, coconut, and bourbon. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head. The flavor starts with chocolate and caramel. The finish has bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and light roast. It’s medium with mild carbonation. Overall, this drinks very easy for 13%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (5027) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013, Saturday. Clear dakr brown with a medium head. On the sweet side with dried fruit, toffee, bourbon, malt, some vanilla, oak and light spices. Also some light notes of alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Served in a Firestone Walker tulip. Nose has moderate smoke and underlying coffee and dark chocolate. Some roast as well. Flavor has too much smoke for the rest of the beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle purchased at Vicker’s Liquors in RI. Brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, chocolate, brandy and some fruit. Malty and caramelly flavor with chocolate and bourbon accents before a roasty finish. Very nice, but not quite as good as the 13.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (4992) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Milder nose than the rest, light sugars and raisin. Dark amber with a rich beige head. A little hot and dark, almost burnt caramel. Finish is bit hot and long.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4973) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle at GABF 2013. Poured a clear deep dark brown colour with a round off white heat and a rich consistency. The aroma is rich toffee caramel, The flavour is strong bitter with a malty toffee weak bitter creamy smooth palate. This was worth waiting for!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Pours brown with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, coffee, liquorish, dark fruit, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malt, caramel, alcohol, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruit and coffee. Very complex.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4694) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
This one poured a dark red to brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was pretty much all barrel, oak and alcohol. Flavor was similar really, great example of barrel aging, but the qualities of the individual beers are really not there.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4619) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2. Sampled 5cl. The aroma is a bit weak, but putting the nose a bit more in and over the glass results in tones of raisin, grape, wine, bourbon, different fruits. Brown coloured beer with a very thin head. The taste is quite on the bourbon side, has sherry and a rather dry finish. Quite thin. It is nice to taste such a ridiculous blend, but it remains just that; a ridiculous blend. No balance, too thin. Bit a waste of all these ingredients, barrels, effort, etc. But to end positive, the aroma is quite nice. :-)


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