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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4.6
sebletitje (10239) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2013
Bouteille 66cl de Ibrew2or3, cheers Dave for bringing this fine gem. Brune foncé, col léger café au lait - moka avec un très beau doré au verre. Arôme est envoûtant offrant à la fois une complexité de barrique et bourbon, le tout sur des notes biscuitées, toffee et caramel. Palais est délicieux, note douce de caramel mais sans tomber dans le faux le tout mixé à des notes de barriques, doux sucre brun. Boisé très léger et une impression de toffee couplé à une certaine douceur vanillée. Franchement dur de trouver les mots tant la bière est complexe tout en restant agréable à déguster. On se retrouve entre les malts, le dessert avec des notes de grillés, et chocolaté, subtile touche torréfiée complété par un barrel-aging efficace. Dur de décrire cette expérience. Quoique portant nombres de similitudes avec les autres versions, Firestone démontre encore sa grande maîtrise des assemblages de fûts. Du tout grand art que cette bière.

4.4
onceblind (10113) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2100th rating, couldn’t ask for a better brew to do it with. Tap at Oskar Blues HMLS Firestone tap takeover. Murky dark dark brown with a small foamy beige head. Super complex aroma with rye, chocolate, coffee, raisins, caramel, lavendar, earthy toffee, and honey. Flavor is strong and boozy with some lovely raisin and chocolate tones, a bunch of lovely coffee tones, some honey, some port, and some earthy sweet & boozy toffee. Quite a bit of bourbon and oak. Just smooth and wonderful.

4.5
tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
29/IX/13 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ American BBQ and beertasting, my place - BB: n/a (2013-911) Thanks to Sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown beer, bit creamy beige head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of caramel, dried fruits, somewhat sugary, vanilla, bit of chocolate. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, vanilla, sweet impressions, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, dried fruits. Amazingly complex yet balanced beer! Aftertaste: lots of caramel, burnt caramel even, vanilla, chocolate. Liquid dessert, and I love it!

3.6
GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2013
651mL. Tepid, clearer mahogany pour. Weaker yellowish foam. Nose is seasoned tomato, sugary bourbon, black pepper, licorice hard liquor. Taste is money: cinnamon ganache, thick milk chocolate, thick salted caramel, mild spicy alcohol warming. Really rich, dense, dessert palate. Easy to love. There is a long sweetened tea flavor in the finish with a lot of Spenda/aspartame. The sweet bourbon barrel notes aren’t my thing any more. People love this and I can see why. Another good offering from what is probably the best American Strong Ale series.

4
jmgreenuk (9743) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle at GABF 2013. Poured a clear deep dark brown colour with a round off white heat and a rich consistency. The aroma is rich toffee caramel, The flavour is strong bitter with a malty toffee weak bitter creamy smooth palate. This was worth waiting for!

4.3
bb (9695) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a light tan head. Chocolate and coconut aroma with light bourbon. Chocolate and light bourbon flavor with light tequilla and light malt. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light bourbon lingers with light caramel and light other barrels.

4.3
arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thick black pour with tannish head, aroma is big bourbon, oak, coconut and vanilla, some plum, dark chocolate, some tart fruit into slight smoke and roast, some coffee opens in at the end. Taste is a mix of cocoa, molasses, caramelized sugars at the front into vanilla, oak, coconut, bourbon comes through into big dark cherry, plum, raisin, a slight tequila note pops through with a slight heat component. As the blend went, the biggest flavors correspond with velvet merkin and stickee monkee, though the tequila from PNC comes through a bit as well. Tasty stuff, glad this was opened a couple of years old.

3.7
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
22oz bottle, shared by DanielCoor. Very dark brown, near black reddish clear color. Minimal khaki head. Few loose dots of lace. Great cookie dough, brownie batter, vanilla aromas. Great, rich bourbon barrel character. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Bigger body. Head fades to virtually nothing. Moderate sweet taste, some light burn in the finish, light bitter. A bit boozy, but a solid American strong ale. Prefer this to 14 by quite a bit, though it’s not nearly as good as 15 in my experience.

4
douglas88 (9513) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from the Foothill State Store. I had a sample of this a few months ago at Mikey’s party, but I resisted rating it. See, I have some limits:) Pours a deep mahogany color with a small greyish head. A deep nose of berries and massive bourbon. The flavor throughout is huge almost defining bourbon barrel, some vanilla, berries, heat, burnt caramel, light fruity hops. Obviously complex. Mixes together well.

4
gyllenbock (9328) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Sample at CBC 2013, Saturday. Clear dakr brown with a medium head. On the sweet side with dried fruit, toffee, bourbon, malt, some vanilla, oak and light spices. Also some light notes of alcohol.


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