Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   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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SlackerMads (3445) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Dark chestnut brown with a small light brown head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma is light coffee, vanilla, chocolate, wood, rum soaked raisins, dark sugar, syrup. Taste is close to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body, sticky texture, soft + carbonation. Long warming finish with roasted dryness and dark fruits. Soft and sticky, very nice to sip on.

arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
22oz bottle split and poured into FW proprietor’s reserve glasses. Dark black with minimal head. Smells similar to past anniversary beers, barrel, vanilla, coconut but also a hint of strong booze. Flavor was good at first but also extremely boozy, I blame the tequila barrel aged beer even though it was a small component in the blend. My friend said "its hot as fire" which was a good description of how the alcohol overpowered this one. Sadly, this was my least favorite anniversary beer from Firestone, it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t as rich as previous offerings. Serving type: bottle 12-06-2012 04:07:22

kryon (3775) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
Pours dark cooper Brown with no head Aromas of dark fruits, rasisms, black malts, alkohol, chocolate, Nice rund sweet taste. Alkohol,,chocolate, hits of coffee, almost no hops but still really good.

Ktwse (5262) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Pours clear dark brown with minimal tan head. Aroma of toffee, milk chocolate, caramel malt, dried dark fruit. Taste is light boozy with distinct sweet notes, carbonation comes through, port barrel and dried fruit. Long, boozy port finish. Medium body, somewgat cremy but with initial lively carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ansalon (4085) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2013
Wonderfully complex with honey, molasses, dark fruit and caramel. Boozy notes towards the end, but not that the booze is taking over. Very well balanced!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2013
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a deep, dark, basically opaque brown with a small, wispy khaki head. The film and ring last a while. The aroma doesn’t quite pop like in other years but offers smooth chocolate, roast, and oats, bourbon, oak, tequila, vanilla, and toasted brown sugar. The flavor opens up more, with bourbon and tequila heat up front, oak, earth, vanilla, caramel, roast and oats, and dark fruits. Booze on the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Doesn’t get more complex than this series. Still, doesn’t stand out like other years.

Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle at Yespr’s - Thanks. Clear dark red/brown - white head. Raisins, bourbon, coconut, fruity, roasted, light bitterness, chocolate, toffee, wooden, coconut, high sweetness, syrup, molasses, far too sweet - some alcohol to balance it, bt not enough.

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
No bottling date on the bottle, weird, but the paper is dated October 9, 2012. I’ll assume around then.
Appearance: On the pour the body is a clear chestnut color, but once in the glass it’s opaque through all but the center showing off hues of garnet and chestnut on the edges. The tan head is short and dense, but has mediocre retention, this is to be expected though..
Aroma: The aroma is very complex in no particular order or strength: toffee, chocolate, bourbon, and oak. There’s more going on in here that I can’t put my finger on but it leans a touch sweet with the toffee and caramel being prominent until a swirl which exposes the barrel properties, perhaps some cherry, vanilla and tobacco as well. This smells wonderful.
Taste: The intro reveals powdered chocolate, vanilla, honey and toffee, sweet but not cloying. By the mid taste a touch of cherries comes in addition to the intro flavors. The finish adds some bourbon and a touch of brandy, but blend in nicely with the sweet flavors mentioned before. This is balanced nicely, very complex, and highly drinkable.
Palate: Thick and syrupy, hints of carbonation.
Overall: Wow this is fantastic. I can’t find any flaws in this at all. This was worth every penny.

zgaier (1962) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a small tan head and aroma of bourbon and wood notes. Taste has a lot of bourbon notes, with wood, vanilla, and roasted malt with a nice, bourbon finish. Delicious brew from Firestone

jjgmd (2215) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours a dark black brown color with a small head. Nose is malty and chocolate, and quite pleasant. Taste is oaky with a whiskey, malty and chocolate flavor. Taste is complex and full of flavor . Finish is rich with a lingering chocolate whiskey taste. Quaff Score 9 / 10

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