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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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!

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Whatup14 (1741) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2016
Bouteille 650ml, bottle share. Couleur brune foncée trouble, anneau de mousse beige. Arôme de malt torréfié, café, alcool. Goût de malt torréfié, café, caramel. Carbonatation moyenne-faible, corps moyen.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (8060) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
pours unclear dark brown with a small light beige cap offering some retention and lacing. roasted powdery chocolate, burnt toffee, obvious bourbon, spicy red fruitiness, some sweetness - maple syrup; tasty nuts. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily; sweet and woodsy-bourbon-spicy finish. tasty.. and scattered.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5267) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Robe brune, malts bruns, café, fruits, malts collants, alcool chocolaté, traces de noix de coco, boisée vert, rien de si cohésif, pas de véritable point de rencontre mais sans défaut, correctement exécuté, bien bon mais pas si extraordinaire. Bien content tout de même d’avoir eu la chance de croiser ce truc.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5657) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Deep red black pour with white head. Aroma is really rich, nice toasty notes, super fruity, boozy, cherries. Taste is rich, roasty, a bit mineral, fruity, boozy finish. Palate is full bodied, hot, with good carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3110) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2016
22 oz boxed bottle poured at Brouwers. Going through some old notes now. This is probably the most interesting beer series to me at the moment. Cool to get the opportunity to try a bunch all in a short amount of time. Pours black with almost no head. This one expressed more age than the others in my opinion. Soft cocoa aroma with a rich malt flavor. Soft herbal, chocolate, biting finish. Overall on the sweet side. Very nice beer here, but a little less memorable than the rest.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeuroPliny (245) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 29, 2016
Poured from a 750cc bottle shared with ML. Pours dark brown. Small quickly fading tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavour is bourbon up front with sweet malts, toffee, and molasses nicely balanced by a hoppy finish. Awesome barrel-aged blend!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bleeng (1668) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle. Black pour. Little head. Malty chocolate nose. Mellow flavors that grow through the drink. Super smooth. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sebilinz (1914) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Brown body with tan head. Aroma is nice fruity with malts and some barrels. Taste is nearly the same but with more fruits. Aftertaste is nice. Nice one

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saeglopur (1822) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
650 ml bottle shared by Sebilinz, thanks!
Dark brown body, with a small, creamy, beige head.
Aroma of barrel, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, coconut, some dark fruits.
Taste follows this, with additional dried fruits, cocoa, booze.
Full, creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes smooth, roasty, dry, with coffee, cocoa, wood, dark fruits, some liquorice.

Really tasty. Big, complex and smooth for the ABV. Maybe a bit boozy, but a really comfortable sipper. Overall not among my favourite beers from this brewery, but another very enjoyable one.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (2469) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
0,75l bottle shared by Sebilinz at Linz RB Tasting, big thanks. BB 31.03.2018. black color, small coffee-colored head. smells spices, wood, coconut, chocolate, coffee, molasses, very nice smell, especially after it warms up. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes malty sweet, chocolate, coffee, spices, wood, very nice slick coconut notes. finishes with some sweetness, notes of chocolate, spices and wood. very nice beer.


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