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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 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rasmus40 (18104) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2013
CBC. Hazy dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish. 040513

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17579) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle split at Bruces pad, thanks once again to the host with the mose for this dubblup, the cucumbers were in fine fettle this evening of 04/11/14. Dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering that soon collapses. Nose is bitter roast, booze, dark fruits, dates, spice, chocolate, dark toffee imbibe. Taste comprises treacle toffee, coconut shavings, liqourice, spice, booze tunes. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
saxo (17057) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Sample @ CBC. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are caramel, fruits, bourbon, vanilla, wood, malt and hops. Yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16590) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks. Its a dark brown beer, with a beige head. Alcohol, caramel, dried fruits and sweetness on the nose. Sweet on the palate, warming and full bodied. Nice carbonation level. Lots of dried fruits and caramel in the flavor. Some bitterness. Lasting finish. Overall, too warming, but certainly nice. 130809

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (16240) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
[email protected] Dark opaque ruby color, steady beige head. Vanilla dominates the aroma, maybe some dark fruits too. Medium to full-bodied. Very mellow, covers alcohol completely. Sweetish, vanilla. Very complex and pleasant. I like really much of these anniversary brews.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (16111) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Dark brown in color with a small khaki head. Intense vanilla, bourbon, and wood notes. Sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits such as raisins and dates, and a bit of alcohol, caramel, and toffee. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable on the palate. Lots of milk chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Theres a good amount of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Some dark fruit sweetness, a bit of cocoa, and a mild roasted malt.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chrisv10 (15768) - DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle @ CBC. Dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon and wood. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, oak, wood, vanilla, bourbon, medium sweet and toasted.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15684) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013. Pours cloudy amber with a small head. Sugar, oak, roast and chocolate. Smooth and vinous. Sipper.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (15258) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle picked up by Jay for me. Thanks Jay! Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of rich chocolate, oak, vanilla cream, creme brulee, caramel toffee, honey, mocha and light florals. Also minor notes of rye, flaked oats, sticky caramel candy and tequila and brandy barrels. Well balanced. Great complexity. Finishes with a hint of warming brandy alcohol and bright tequila citrus. Another homerun in the Firestone Walker anniversary series and probably the most complex offering to date.

3.6
   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.


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