Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   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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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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (15012) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ WWT III. Huge thanks to MrHangover!! Bonus points for the music! Very dark brown to black colored beer with a small light brown head. Aroma of malts, clearly barrel aged, some alcohol, wood. Taste malts, roasted malts, dark malts, wood, alcohol, some bitter. Full body, perfect carbonation. Very very nice beer indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (14737) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark with a medium dark tan head. Aroma of mixed dark fruit, wine, treacle and possibly some oak. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, treacle, bourbon/vanilla, oak, red wine and so very much more. The heat is noticeable but not bothersome. I think the rye is detectable. Its very tasty stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (14218) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Bombe poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of bourbon, carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light vanilla and light oak. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak, bourbon, light fruittiness and light carmel with a smooth lingering oak finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ferris (14134) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Milder nose than the rest, light sugars and raisin. Dark amber with a rich beige head. A little hot and dark, almost burnt caramel. Finish is bit hot and long.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (14100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bottle. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, toasted malt and dark bourbon wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer but not now great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (13780) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 12, 2013
[5/4/13] Draught at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013. Dark brown with a beige head. Alcoholic aroma with malt, vanilla, dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Sweet and malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon and an alcoholic finish. Full-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (13742) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle at CBC. Frothy off-white good mostly deminishing head. Dark amber colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Long moderate bitter fnish. Wonderfull creamy palate. Fantastic beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (13736) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bruce. It pours dirty dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is rich, dried fruits, toffee, vanilla, jammy, oily wood and roasty brown sugar. The taste is rich, roasty, wood, leather, vanilla, boozy, toffee, bourbon, earth, varnish and dried fruits, with a smooth, toffee finish. Fullish body and fine carbonation. Great balance and very enjoyable. Nice depth.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (13480) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2014
On tap at Backcountry Pizza. Pours a dark brown with medium creamy beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, oak. Thick mouthfeel with sweet roast, vanilla, light booze, silky finish. Yes


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