Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 378   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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4.4
daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Dark pour. So much in the aroma. Oak, bourbon, raisins, tequila, toffee. Flavor is rich, sweet, boozy, raisins, barrels, charred oak. Nice again from FW!

4.5
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick dark black, with some brown through the bottom of the tulip glass. The head is khaki, smallish, and lacy. Nose is figgy and raisins, oaky bourbon, dark malt, cacao, nuts. Very complex woody spirity nose. Tastes rich, very woody, oaky, bourbony, with notes of cacao, pruney and blackberries, cacao, Brazil nut, vanilla. It is amazing how many flavor and aroma notes come through in this. FInishes complex, with well hidden alcohol, but the density lets you know that this beer isn’t for lightweights. This one is great.

4.5
77ships (10770) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2017
Big thanks to this one Kraddel! Bomber sampled. Black, tanned head on the sides. Nose is light oxidation, dusty cellar followed by mocha, chocolate, oak vanilla sweet, mellow balanced. Light oxidation upfront, dusty but otherwise, mellowed out creamy bourbon, vanilla oak, mocha, lightly boozy, coffee, more silky & slick than you would expect, chocolate cake, maple faint, caramel, vanilla oak sweet,... Shame about the light oxidation but otherwise really superb beer as expected.

3.9
cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit III. Pours a black appearance with a bubbly, light brown head. Kind of spicy tequila, sweet bourbon, chocolate, toffee, graham cracker, vanilla wafer aroma. Dark chocolate, toffee, s’mores, marshmallows, sweet bourbon, spirit flavor. Incredibly unique. While the boozy notes are noticeable from the barrels, they do create a very cool, unique flavor.

3.8
alexsdad06 (10639) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small ecru colored soapy head. The aroma had caramel, wood, dark fruits, brown sugar, booze, vanilla and sine hops. The flavor is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, wood, some sweet ripe dark fruits, alcohol with a dry finish. Not quite as ready to drink as XV.

4.2
KyotoLefty (10599) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle. Almost black, bubbly head. Huge nose. Bourbon and vanilla, wood, caramel chocolate, plums and raisin. Big bourbon barrel flavors, vanilla, chocolate, lots of dried fruits, very good use of the barrels. Great balance. Hugely tasty.

3.7
DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 Re-rate : RBAG 2014 vertical tasting. This was far less complex, thinner, and hotter than when I had it fresh. Almost a completely different brew. 3.7 Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Dark lustrous near-black in the dim light of the pub, dense brown head that sits still on its throne. The nose is sweet and dark, and portends a richness that raises my hopes high. Toasted coconut floods the palate, vanilla, chocolate, roasted marshmallow, dark fruits, especially dark cherries and fig paste, reach the senses later, after my mouth is finished marvelling at the wonderful sweetness. Subtle spiciness. Luscious. Silky and velvety. It ranks as one of the most complex and deliciously interesting beers I’ve had. A new top-ten for me. I love finding a beer like this. 4.5

3.9
marcus (10560) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours dark brown with a disappearing tan head and a bourbon and treacle aroma. There is a satisfying dark molasses flavor with a carbonated oak finish and a warming alcohol trail. Very complex and tasty.

3.9
phaleslu (10547) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2013
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a deep, dark, basically opaque brown with a small, wispy khaki head. The film and ring last a while. The aroma doesn’t quite pop like in other years but offers smooth chocolate, roast, and oats, bourbon, oak, tequila, vanilla, and toasted brown sugar. The flavor opens up more, with bourbon and tequila heat up front, oak, earth, vanilla, caramel, roast and oats, and dark fruits. Booze on the finish. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, rich, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Doesn’t get more complex than this series. Still, doesn’t stand out like other years.

4.4
olio (10463) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
Sample @ CBC’13.
Pours clear dark copper color with a small head. Aroma of mild hops, dark ripe fruits, some caramel malts and toffee. Mild wooden and vanilla notes appear on the background. Very refined aroma altogether. Flavor has some sweet ripe fruits, caramel malts, subtle toffee notes and wooden wine notes. Nice mouth-drying effect with a somewhat sticky and tangy finish. Excellent.
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