Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 384   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 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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (6005) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2014
sweeter than id except, which hurt its points a little. Awesome barrel aging however, tons of nuances and subtle flavors. leather, molasses, oak, vanilla, cocoa, etc.. all the usual suspects.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5976) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared at tasting. Dark mahogany-brown with a small beige head, moderate retention, leaving little lacing and little legs on the glass. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, red fruits, coconut, alcohol, toasted malts, chocolatey notes, mineral notes, nuts and the list goes on... its super rich and borderline too much. Taste is sweet but not overly so. Its quite boozy and hot as well, despite being a few years old already. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily and nice mouth coathing liquorous mouthfeel. Warming and hot finish. Its another overly boozy strong beer from Firestone Walker and it feels a bit unbalanced to me (though I know they are doing tons of work to make it as balanced as possible for what it is). I cant deny that its packing a ton of flavors and I find this to be interesting as a sipper in very small quantity but its a beer I would likely never enjoy drinking a full glass of. .

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (5915) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with a trace of creamy, off-white head. Aroma is cookie and caramel malts, sweetbread, figs, dates, and floral hops. Flavor is some dry malts, vanilla sweetness, dark fruit esters, oak, booze, faint hop bitterness and light toffee; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pyrmir (5897) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle @CBC13. Deep mahogany with tan head. Nose is rich and deep with toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste is fruity and complex, roasted notes. Finish is very boozy

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5856) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (5772) - Trois-Rivires, 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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5734) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2. Sampled 5cl. The aroma is a bit weak, but putting the nose a bit more in and over the glass results in tones of raisin, grape, wine, bourbon, different fruits. Brown coloured beer with a very thin head. The taste is quite on the bourbon side, has sherry and a rather dry finish. Quite thin. It is nice to taste such a ridiculous blend, but it remains just that; a ridiculous blend. No balance, too thin. Bit a waste of all these ingredients, barrels, effort, etc. But to end positive, the aroma is quite nice. :-)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (5710) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Extrmement bien balanc malgr la complexit qui se stend dune gorge lautre. Elle possde beaucoup davoine dans le corps mais je nai pas pris de notes sur le contenu des saveurs...jy reviendrai si 2e dgustation il y a.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5561) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Draft. Pours almost opaque almost black. Tastes very sweet and raisiny, like grape nuts, molasses, toffee, dates. Medium body and carbonation. Smells like light raisins and caramel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Draft at stone. Pour is a clear deep dark reddish brown, with thin head. Bourbon, raisin, molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla, sweet dough, light brandy, and a touch of rye-like spiciness. Despite the flavors and strong barrel character, this beer is very smooth and silky. It feels like a much lower abv beer without sharp edges, which is almost a downside. Good, but there is so much barrel aged stuff out there today, its not that "special" anymore.


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