Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (7502) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
On tap at The Barrelworks. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is sweet and warming with malt, oak, caramel, toffee and bourbon. Full body, soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7394) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle purchased at Vickers Liquors in RI. Brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of caramel, bourbon, chocolate, brandy and some fruit. Malty and caramelly flavor with chocolate and bourbon accents before a roasty finish. Very nice, but not quite as good as the 13.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (7239) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bottle shared at the holiday party
Appearance: Dark brown with a medium beige head and light lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, plum and vanilla
Taste: Roasted malts, vanilla and oak
Nice and smooth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (7210) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Pours dark black with thin tan head. This years feels more mellow and relaxed than the last few. Slight bourbon and vanilla. Bit of chocolate. Smooth. 13% totally hidden.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (7124) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Dark fruit, some sugar, yeast, oak and barrel aromas. Clusterf*ck of flavors, oak barrel, dark malt and other various tones.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (7106) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richards Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Drank in an 11-16 Vertical. Pours a nice darker brow nish pour, nicer haze and darkness in the middle. A frothy tannish head atop dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle coconut, vanilla, sticky caramel, some dried hops. Oak, some gentle spirit. Faint cocoa. A bit off putting. Initial is medium bodied, a bit more thin than expected. Touches of carmelized malts, toffee, and some gentle oxidation. Oak, some toffee, toast, biscuits. Middle is some dry deadened hops, vanilla, gentle spirit, toast. Some gentle fruit, toffee on the backend. Finish is oak, gentle spirit and dry bitter hops are mellow but there. A bit non-descript, the blend kinda kills what might have been special about any of these individual barrel aged beers. Meh.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2013
anaother amazing Firestone Beer, amazing rich, complex. ruby dark pour, bourbony, woody, caramel & toffee richness, wisps of maple, chocolate, vanila.....the list goes on. Allw orks together seemlessly. well done

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle: Nearly black, moderate to large frothy tannish head, nice lacing. Bourbon, oak, graham cracker, and soft vanilla on the nose. Smells like a tasty campfire treat, with liquor! Smooth bourbon, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and campfire on the tongue. This is reall silly, too easy to drink. Warming on the tongue, but not alcoholic. Fairly full bodied. Finishes with lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and graham cracker. This one is a treat. Warming, very flavorful in its barrel aging, and just a good example of what can be done. More please!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6857) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2014
Bottled @ Zeebra #2, small sample. Dark color, medium head. Aroma of grapes, raisin, vanilla. Bit bitter, vinous. Bit dry in the finish. Very complex, but not very good balanced. Finish is a bit too dry. Nice stuff, but a bit too much.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiong (6779) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2013
650ml bottle @ CBC 2013

Pours dark brown with a smooth white head. Excellent aroma of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, chocolate, cocoa, syrup and ripe fruits. Taste is smooth, complex and hoppy with loads of oaky wood, vanilla, roasty malts, syrup and molasses. Finish is hoppy and roasty with vinous notes, oaky wood, syrup, salty licorice and vanilla. Extremely well balanced but complex.


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