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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

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RATINGS: 350   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!

jstraw's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Bomber at Jerry’s. Black with whispy tan head (barrel-aged) / Mellow nose of coffee, chocolate, oak, and alcohol / Full body, very smooth and creamy, gentle carbonation, sweet but with excellent balance and good hopping, lightly bitter finish still with some alcohol kick / Complex, flavors of chocolate, roast coffee, caramel, marshmallow, date, fig, coconut, mint, gin, herb, whiskey barrel / Truly one of the most complex flavor profiles on what is essentially a stout that I have ever tasted. Subdued in the nose, but the flavors opens as it warms. A little out of balance with alcohol still prominent, but what a treat. Thank you FW.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (462) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle, bottleshare aka traintrip to cbc15. Pours clear very dark ruby-brown with one finger beige head, some sediment. Aroma is vanilla, fudge, malty, light roast, chocolate, raisins, caramel, bourbon, toffee, more dried fruits, nice minty booziness to cut through all the sweet things going on. Brown sugar, some coco, candy, almost as After8. Taste is heavy sweet, dark malts, caramel, toffee, bourbon, minty booze, vanilla, After8 chocolate, slight tequila, honey. Surprisingly light body for ABV, low carbonation, bourbon and dry wood finish. Slight hops and toasty malts keeps in mouth for a long time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BiiruBierBeer (501) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Malt and bourbon smell. Nutty malt and bitter hop taste with a harsh amount of alcohol and a bit of bourbon. Long aftertaste, full body, and very light foam.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Valgreen (740) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2015
Bottle @ toget til cbc 2015, with Niels and Lukas. Dark brown, medium off white head, nice lacing. Aroma, caramel malty, bread, grain, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, bread, toasted notes, little alcohol, . Taste, malty, bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, chocolate, . Hoppy and roasted dryness. Medium carbonation. Dry mouth feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbfobes (2656) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Poured from bottle, pours a very dark brown with a thick brown head and a tad bit of lacing in the glass, aromanhas a nice bourbon and malt touch with a kick of vanilla mixed in, the flavor has a kick of chocolate at first with a good amount of bourbon and oak in the finish, booze is pretty well hidden, nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vestergaard (840) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2015
Rating number 700 thanks to Valgreen! Shared threeways in a train. Pours a dark, semi-clear, reddish brown with a medium sized, yellowish head. Aroma has english barley wine caramel malts, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, oak, nice booze, coffee, slight roast, coco nut, filled chocolates. Taste is sweet with hints of roasty and hoppy bitterness, vanilla and a nice alcoholic finish. Full body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2763) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Like all the anniversary beers from firestone its great. Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass at local BYOB asian restaurant. Aroma is awesome oaky, bourbon, vanilla, nuts, and rich grains. Taste is heavy bourbon without being boozy. Slow sipper for days loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4583) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pours very dark brown with a reddish hue and modest soapy tan head. The aroma has maple, vanilla, oak, dark caramel, rich maltiness, licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, and... well... most descriptors that can be give to big maltiness and barrels it seems. A lot going on, but very well integrated. It has a full rich lush body with very soft unobtrusive carbonation. The flavor begins with rich vanilla, dark chocolate, alcohol warmth, mango, licorice and a bit of a bite that seems like wintergreen, but more metallic. The finish has an alcohol heat presence, raw woodiness and a heavy liquor-esque bite. Very good, but almost overwhelming with the different aspects that are there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alphadelic (1883) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Phenomenal. Aged a good while, the Stickee Monkee is very apparent (I tried it this past week). Rich and dry with brown sugar flavor. Mellow and dangerously drinkable. It’s expensive but you’d better buy it. Think of it as a bottle of nice spirits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
adster (509) - HUNGARY - FEB 20, 2015
Alighanem az egyik legexkluzívabb főzet, amihez az eddigiek során alkalmam volt hozzájutni, így annak rendje és módja szerint láttam neki a tapasztalatok kialakításának. Kellemes bevezetőként a míves doboz tartalmaként felbukkanó személyes hangvételű levél, informatív dokumentum sorai szolgálnak, a terjedelmes irományt olvasva egyre nagyobb késztetést érzünk, hogy saját magunk vonjuk le a hordóérlelés magasiskolájának gyümölcsére vonatkozó következtetéseket. Kitűzött célként annak beváltását határoztam meg, ami az egyik legmegkapóbb üzenete a leírásnak, nevezetesen az arról történő megbizonyosodást, miszerint ez az alkotás több, mint az egyes komponensek összessége. Ezt annak ellenére kívánom leellenőrizni, hogy az egyes speciális összetevők bármelyikéhez szerencsém lett volna korábban. Itt ugyanis olyan főzetekről van szó, amik bár önálló formájukban kereskedelmi forgalomban is kaphatóak, a hordóérlelés súlya azonban mindegyik típusra jótékonyan nehezedik. Így alakult, hogy a kitöltött,szinte hab nélküli mélybarna ital, mely vöröses reflexeket csillant meg, szinte semmihez sem foghatóan komplex aromahalmazt robbantott fel a levegőben. A szivárványszínű detonáció lehengerlő elegyét adja a legkiválóbb bourbon-ök, tequila, dohánylevél, kakaó és marcipán parfümös aromáinak, minden további szó felesleges cicomázása lenne a parádésan egyedi, utánozhatatlan illatoknak. Testének rejtelmei szinte felfedhetetlenek, mindenesetre a telt, de nem túl szirupos textúra szédítően mély, a rengeteg felfedeznivaló talán még a rendelkezésre álló kiszerelésnél is nagyobb űrtartalomért kiált. Csípős alkoholosság árad belőle, a különféle szeszesitalok harmonikus egymásra találása izgalmakkal teli. Fűszeres, borókabogyós, dohányos, marcipános és olvasztott csokoládés hangulatok tömkelege, brit karakterrel megtámogatott szerkezet tárul elénk, mely egyébként nem feltétlenül a tonnás súlya, semmint bámulatosan komplex karaktere által vési be névjegyét a különleges sörök szeretőinek hálás emlékezetébe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tannish head, aroma is big bourbon, oak, coconut and vanilla, some plum, dark chocolate, some tart fruit into slight smoke and roast, some coffee opens in at the end. Taste is a mix of cocoa, molasses, caramelized sugars at the front into vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon comes through into big dark cherry, plum, raisin, a slight tequila note pops through with a slight heat component. As the blend went, the biggest flavors correspond with velvet merkin and stickee monkee, though the tequila from PNC comes through a bit as well. Tasty stuff, glad this was opened a couple of years old.

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