Firestone Walker 16 (XVI Sixteenth Anniversary Ale)

 
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RATINGS: 379   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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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.

5
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!

5
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.


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