Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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!

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italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle at the Triad bottle share at Foothills organized by Mike. Massive bourbon and milk chocolaty flavor. There’s a slight acidity that works. Thin body that somehow holds the robust flavor profile well.

bigguns22 (809) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2014
A very complex beer that is great wish I had more. Dark black in color with a tan head. Aroma and flavor are very much alike tons of wood,vanilla,bourbon and dark fruits.

Zymurgeist2 (2482) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrua for FW’s SF Beer Week event there. This beer is so rich, deep and complex. Full deep, dark fruit aroma and taste. Deep clear sherry like color.

AirForceHops (8186) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2014
22 oz Bottle shared by Adam. Dark brown with lasting white head. Aroma is really nice. Traces of bourbon vanilla, oak barrel, dark fruits and hints of molasses. Flavor is very nice. The complexity changes after every few sip. The stout influence is really forward. Caramelized malts, oak, some toffee light vanilla, with the body nearly all stout aspects. Texture is oily and smooth. I enjoy the master blending of this brew. I used to feel like blended beers where kind of pointless but after a few FSW blends I changed my mind. This is just tasty.

tkgeiger (2) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
Aroma: roast, chocolate, touch of bourbon, cherries Appearance: black, tan head that disipates to thin layer. Nice lacing Taste: chocolate, cherries, bourbon, oak, alcohol sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, silky texture. Dry finish Overall: Amazingly complex. In each sip, flavors layer themselves. Some come and go. Others last for minutes. Warning: if too warm this beer is heavy and hard to drink.

KyotoLefty (10949) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Almost black, bubbly head. Huge nose. Bourbon and vanilla, wood, caramel chocolate, plums and raisin. Big bourbon barrel flavors, vanilla, chocolate, lots of dried fruits, very good use of the barrels. Great balance. Hugely tasty.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jeff! Super dark, brown body that nears black towards its core, capped with a tiny tan head - small but long lasting as a thin film. Aroma is very robust; big bourbon & vanilla combo up front... Oak, brown sugar-y sweetness, spicy alcohol, almost with a rye-like quality to it. The taste is even bigger... notes of warm bourbon, maple syrup, toasty brown sugar coated figs, darks, & other various dark fruits. Back-end full of boozy vanillin & plenty of oak, tannin, & wood. Slight cocoa powder & toasted caramel coating aftertaste, also with lots of bourbon. Big, sticky body. Super big beer, here, with a large bourbon presence... Almost seems bigger than 13% ABV at times, but it remains a solid sipper throughout.

olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 3, 2014
22oz bottle pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Oak molasses figs and slight vanilla taste.

Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Always great. I enjoyed 15 a touch more but this is still to die for. It is a must have. A little lighter body than 15. (to me)

ACHops (1726) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2014
On tap @ Beer Junction for Barrel Junction. Pours watery amber brown with thin oily brown head. Aroma is boozy bourbon, earthy sticky malt. Taste is potent thin caramel malt, fig, big roast notes, port, and mild oak. Big flavor juxtaposed against thin body. Not bad, but a little disappointing. Pretty much equal measure barleywine and stout while I was expecting more stout.

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