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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 328   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!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (4563) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (4555) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
29/IX/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ American BBQ and beertasting, my place - BB: n/a (2013-911) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, bit creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, somewhat sugary, vanilla, bit of chocolate. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, vanilla, sweet impressions, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, dried fruits. Amazingly complex yet balanced beer! Aftertaste: lots of caramel, burnt caramel even, vanilla, chocolate. Liquid dessert, and I love it!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (4483) - 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. :-)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
I am afraid combining so many beers muddled the different flavors and aromas that might have been originally present. Dark brown beer, sweet malt with lots of sugar. There is no significant hop presence.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4367) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4320) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Draft at stone. Pour is a clear deep dark reddish brown, with thin head. Bourbon, raisin, molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet dough, light brandy, and a touch of rye-like spiciness. Despite the flavors and strong barrel character, this beer is very smooth and silky. It feels like a much lower abv beer without sharp edges, which is almost a downside. Good, but there is so much barrel aged stuff out there today, its not that "special" anymore.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4302) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (4258) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nisse666 (4167) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2013
Firestone Walker 16 many thx to Mcberko - trade at CBC, cons and shared with friends at Adams cabin in Solviken outside Grebbestad AR: dark chocolate, bourbon vanilla, fudgy, AP: dark brow, high frothy crème brulee colored steady head F: bourbon vanilla, espresso, dadels, wee licorice, warming fizzy, dry, medium bitternees, not that fullbodied that could be expected, dark homebrewed coffey, figs baked with chocolate in the owen, afterwards - reading the brewers notes, I can only say yes to that there is some Tequila notes as well, brings some complexity but as well making the brew tinner...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4130) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Tap @ The BeerMongers during Christmas Eve Eve Barrel Aged Beer Fest... Poured dark, black, fairly opaque with a thin forming, off-white head. Nose came off like espresso cookies dipped in whiskey. Nice depth, some complexity for spirits and wood. Mild roast, but mostly smooth and un-abrasive. Quite nice fresh, could go a million directions as it ages. Notes of bourbon, cookie dough, pasty sweet malts, booze, brandy, whiskey, mocha, and dark chocolate.


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