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Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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DuffMan's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9645) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, - 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 Ive had. A new top-ten for me. I love finding a beer like this. 4.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (988) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2016
Bottle as part of a Firestone Walker 14-19 vertical tasting. Much darker than the FW 15, with significantly more roasted coffee and chocolate coming through. Theres a great interplay between the caramel and vanilla sweetness of the barleywines and the chocolate and roasted malts of the stouts, before it finishes with a lot of bourbon barrel booze and oak.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty (2426) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2016 August 26, 2016 - bottle to celebrate another wedding anniversary. Brown pour with some head that faded somewhat quickly. Aroma was caramel, bourbon, roast and light hops. Taste had the roast and chocolate initially, then sweetness and finished with the bourbon and a mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4327) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2016
Style et rsum: American strong ale.
Comment: Dgustation Manseau 2016.
Portrait: Une robe brune fonce presque noire. Un nez de chocolat, de caf sur une tonne dalcool. Une bouche sche aux saveurs de chocolat et caf. Cest interminable, les saveurs restent colles au palais. Lamertume est intense.
Note: 7+/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11880) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4232) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 29, 2016
Bottle: Aroma is malt, sugar, soy sauce, dark fruits, molasse, chocolate. Dark brown to black color, brownish head. Flavor is raisins, malt, some alcohol, plums, dried fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (1000) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2016
bottle poured into a snifter..dark brown with almost no head..after 3 yrs...great aroma of bourbon,caramel,coffee,chocolate,vanilla,dark fruits..tastes of all of the former with some smokiness..after 3+ yrs..held up incredibly well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (6415) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
From a bomber shared at home. Aged to perfection. Aroma of caramel. Flavors of toffee. Smooth, smooth, smooth, Light roast finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Minderbinder (3336) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle 22oz. Pours black with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: Good stuff. A tad unidimensionnal and not really cohesive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5563) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared at tasting. Dark mahogany-brown with a small beige head, moderate retention, leaving little lacing and little legs on the glass. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, red fruits, coconut, alcohol, toasted malts, chocolatey notes, mineral notes, nuts and the list goes on... its super rich and borderline too much. Taste is sweet but not overly so. Its quite boozy and hot as well, despite being a few years old already. Full body. Soft carbonation. Oily and nice mouth coathing liquorous mouthfeel. Warming and hot finish. Its another overly boozy strong beer from Firestone Walker and it feels a bit unbalanced to me (though I know they are doing tons of work to make it as balanced as possible for what it is). I cant deny that its packing a ton of flavors and I find this to be interesting as a sipper in very small quantity but its a beer I would likely never enjoy drinking a full glass of. .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (3512) - Qubec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2016
Pours a dark brown with an offwhite head that leaves spotty lacing. Nose is of coconut, bourbon and vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, boozy/spirity with some nice chocolate flavors. Body is full, carbonation moderate and it is not too boozy at all. A pretty good extreme dessert beer.

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