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 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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HenrikSoegaard (14101) - 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.

4
Drake (13654) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a clear dark red-brown color with a thin tan head. Decent head retention. Big sweet malty aroma with notes of roast, vanilla, booze and coffee. The taste is roasted malts, toffee, anise, berries, spice, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied, lingering bitterness. Nice beer.

3.9
Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2013
Dark brown with a tiny off-white head. Rich malty aroma with toffee, biscuit and dried fruit. Sweet and rich malty flavour dominated by toffee. A touch of oak and tannins leaves a balancing, drying finish

4
BeerandBlues2 (13214) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours nearly opaque black with a medium, frothy beige head, medium to short retention with light to spare lacing. Aroma is a wonderful marriage of dark malts, roasted and chocolate with earthy and spicy coffee notes, prunes, plums, and raisins, figs, oak, bourbon, brown sugar and caramel, spicy and floral hops with peppery alcohol notes. Flavor is dark and bittersweet malts, dark dried fruits, medium hops and bitterness, warming and drying bourbon, oak notes and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation. This beer warms nicely and is one to sip and contemplate for a while.

4.2
Stuu666 (13123) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is woody, taste is sweet rich chocolate, vanilla.

4.2
Dogbrick (12936) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2016
Sample at Kurtkeller 023: Firestone Walker-tastic 01 on 06/18/2016. This beer pours brown-black with a medium beige head that recedes steadily to a film. Patchy lacing on the glass. Oaky aroma with malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Full-bodied with flavors of oaky vanilla, charred malt, coffee, chocolate and bourbon. The finish is oaky and boozy with a bourbon and chocolate malt aftertaste. Good beer all around.

4
kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle sampled at CBC 2013. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, vanilla, fudge, ripe fruit, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

4.2
crossovert (12667) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Only got a 6 oz pour which really ahd to be like 4 the bar was just stiffing us. Didn’t get ot revel in its complexity but it defintely struck me as being similiar ot the 15.

3.9
thewolf (12535) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle @ CBC 2013.
Pours clear dark brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma is sweet, plums, chocolate, caramel, toasted, port, oak, vinious. Low carbonation, lovely oily and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour has luscious chocolate, nuts, port, caramel, vinious, plums, toffee. Very mellow and smooth.

4.1
hopdog (12451) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2013
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a black color with a small sized head. Wood, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, roast, and coffee. Medium alcohol burn in the finish.


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