Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

RATINGS: 384   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 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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Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2012 Very deep copper/brown pour with the usual nice head retention and nice lacing. Very different from last year’s offering, this version is definitely reflective of a higher stout percentage. It’s roastier and considerably drier on the palate with a very firm, tight flavor profile. The bourbon is there, but it’s more subtle, and more brandy comes through, as well.Baker’s chocolate,(a touch of) cinnamon, ginger,nutmeg, cherry cordial, figs, raisins, dates, vanilla, lavender, honey, burnt caramel, and toasted coconut are evident, as well as plum, breadfruit, kumquat, and a subtle citric quality. I also pick up an eccentric green tea characteristic, and even some melon. There are also esters of pears in brandy that I think must come from the tequila barrel aged buckwheat stout., and it is accompanied by a subtle smokiness, along with those wonderful leather and tobacco notes. As a bonus, there is less heat present than I’ve noticed in a newly released bottle in this series. XVI is my hands-down favorite in the series, and is absolutely the most drinkable. Thanks, Firestone, for this mind (and palate) blowing achievement.

dave_wakeman (6) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2013 does not count
This is seriously one of the best beers I have ever had. It is so different and unique. If you see it, get it. Unreal!

tkgeiger (2) - - FEB 13, 2014 does not count
Aroma: roast, chocolate, touch of bourbon, cherries Appearance: black, tan head that disipates to thin layer. Nice lacing Taste: chocolate, cherries, bourbon, oak, alcohol sweetness. Thick mouthfeel, silky texture. Dry finish Overall: Amazingly complex. In each sip, flavors layer themselves. Some come and go. Others last for minutes. Warning: if too warm this beer is heavy and hard to drink.

anderson01 (356) - Spirit Lake, Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Black in color with a frothy, tan head. Constallation lacing. Nutty aroma. Hint if alcohol in the aroma that tickles the nose. There is a hint of vanilla and Caramel that pop out in the smell as it breathes. Creamy texture that coats the mouth. Medium-bodied beer. Lively carbonation. The finish is long and leaves a sweetness on the lips long after the drink. It taste like fresh peanut butter fudge. Heavy sweet taste. You know the feeling u get when u feel guilty for eating sweets on the holidays that is what it is making me feel. This beer is literally putting a smile on my face. Probably the best beer I have ever had. Love it love it love it.

poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bomber. Rating #1200. Pours almost opaque dark dark brown with a medium collapsinng beige head. Aroma consists of decadent caramel, oak, top o’ the line artisinal chocolate caramel candies, coconut, vanilla, light booze, dark fruit--holy shit, how do they get beer to smell this awesome? Taste is just as good and holds the same notes; it’s mostly sweet, never cloying, with a lightly bitter anise-tinged finish. FW continues to blow me away with these Anniversary beers. Softly carbonated with a velvety mouthfeel and full body. If it weren’t for the somewhat mediocre appearance, this is a perfect beer in every way. I’m thinking it tops XIV, which I’ve long considered the best beer I’d ever tried, but I’d have to compare them vertically to really tell. This is my new #1. Awesome, brewing at its absolute apex.

Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
(Bottle) Pours deep reddish brown to black with a pale brown head. The aroma IS malt and barrel heaven - perfect roast, deep but clean caramel, soft but complex barrel notes, soft underlying alcohol and soft resinous/floral hops. Undertones of port wine, liquorice, dark/grainy bread and creamy dark toffee. The flavour is near medium sweet, near medium bitter and tiny acidic with tones of fat malt, fat (but balanced) oak and a perfect hop profile. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, velvety and fiery numbing with a soft ´carbonation. Dark fudge, liquorice, soft oach, fat malt and smooth hops on the finish. Full bodied.

kimjongill (207) - - DEC 18, 2012
Aroma of wet oak and various liquors. Almost black appearance with off-white head. Tastes fantastic - all the barrels and beers come to the forefront for a great moment, but die off without an unpleasant finish. Mouthfeel is just right.

BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Lucky bottle found at Tucson Total Wine to celebrate Ella’s arrival with Moose. I’ve got XI-XV at home but here’s where I’m starting the series. I hope they are all this good. Absolutely amazing that a beer this big can be this drinkable. Tons of: brown sugar, molasses, coffee, vanilla, bourbon and roasted malt. ABV is well hidden and this beer is in no way hot right now. Reminds me of the first time I tried LA Angel’s Share. Beautifully made.

Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2013
22 oz. bottle- Pours almost black with some light coming in when held up to the light, the head is small and white reducing to a collar. The aroma is velvety chocolate, caramel and toffee, wood is there also, mellow and in check bourbon and maybe tequila. The taste is, wow, so smooth, creamy and delicious, I get chocolate, wood, oats, moderately nutty, bourbon, the spiciness I assume comes from the rye, hops are there, balanced perfectly with everything else. Body is medium full, carbonation is medium. I absolutely loved this beer, way better than last years, not sure if it is better than XIV, but this is a masterpiece in brewing. Half an hour into the beer, unfortunately it is almost gone, I realize this is almost a perfect beer, the appearance is the only flaw, why give it a 19 in overall, reluctance to give it a perfect score out of some thought that there is always a better beer somewhere? Screw that, a perfect 20 it is, I can’t imagine a beer tasting better or getting more enjoyment from any drink, it deserves it!

Braudog (6716) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark like a midnight sky without starts, covered with a firm fluffy blanket of light tan foam. The aroma is an amazing invitation, rife with muscular whiskey and raisin. This drinks with a wonderfully warming alcohol burn, running over with an amazingly lurid blend of amazing flavors -- a bit of molasses, honey, cocoa, oak ... This is a masterpiece. (#4989, 4/16/2013)

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