Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

RATINGS: 379   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 crme 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle at Yesprs - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2013
No bottling date on the bottle, weird, but the paper is dated October 9, 2012. Ill assume around then.
Appearance: On the pour the body is a clear chestnut color, but once in the glass its 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. Theres more going on in here that I cant 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 cant find any flaws in this at all. This was worth every penny.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1922) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (2052) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3581) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Roasted malt and bourbon aromas with hints of citrus and tequila. Roasted malt and sweet caramel flavors with bourbon, vanilla and some citrus. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Craig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mcfa0779 (57) - SLC, Utah, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Pours dark brown with very little head. Not much on the nose, coffee and chocolate. Taste is layered with chocolate, licorice, bourbon, coconut, very complex. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft at House of 1000 beers in New Ken. Just fabulous. Pours black, rimming white head. Notes of bourbon, chocolate, roast and boozy alcohol. thick, velvety mouthfeel. Just awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
wchesser (1979) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2016 Dark slightly thin brown. Nose of toffee, dark malt, and dark chocolate. Think I should have let this warm up more. Bitter hops, dark chocolate, some sweeter dried fruits, and hot finish. Long lingering slightly vegetal greenness, maybe from the tequila component? Have a couple bottles aging and will revisit in a few years. >>rerate-now ~4 years old. Heat is totally integrated, no vegetal aspects. Just a rich very well integrated and complex barrel aged old ale. Bumping up from a 3.9. Great with a proper English Christmas pudding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 28, 2013
Botella. Nice deep amber colour, off-white head. Quite sweet caramel toasty malty vanilla like aroma, some bourbon too, alcohol. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour: toasty caramel malty dark fruity bourbon. Sweet caramel malty some bourbon bit in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Firestone has done it again. Every anniversary brew FW releases is a home run, and the amount of skill and effort put forth not only from the brewery, but from neighboring businesses and whine makers is second to none. Pours a dark radiant brown color with a nice dense head that fades into a sticky ring around the glass. The aroma is very reminiscent of XV which had a toffee like sweetness with a little bit of bourbon vanilla and oak nuances behind it. The taste is delightful and definitely gets more complex as it warms. Every sip is layered with flavours that range from butterscotch with a choclitiness to it down to leathery bourbon oak taste. The palate is a little on the sweet side but i feel it benefits the drinker being that youll consume it more slowly; and trust me you dont want this one to end. Fantastic brew, if I wasnt a broke college kid Id age a couple. Cheers.

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