Firestone Walker 18 (XVIII Eighteenth Anniversary Ale)

RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
Final Blend:

Parabola (13% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels (38% of the final blend)
Russian Imperial Oatmeal Stout
OG=30P FG=7.5P IBU=80 Color=Black / Hopped with Magnum, Styrian Golding and Hallertau Tradition

Helldorado (11.7% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (16% of the final blend)
OG=24.8P FG=4.0P IBU=24 Color=8 / Brewed with buckwheat honey & El Dorado hops

Bravo (12.9% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (16% of the final blend)
Imperial Brown Ale
OG=26.5 FG=3.7 IBU=35 Color=32 / Hopped with German Magnum

Stickee Monkee (12.3% ABV) Aged in Bourbon and Brandy Barrels (14% of the final blend)
English Barley Wine
OGP FG=5.4P IBU=45 Color=34 / Brewed with Belgian Candi Sugar and Mexican Turbinado (Brown) sugar

Velvet Merkin (8.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon barrels (5% of the final blend)
Traditional Oatmeal Stout
OG=15+P FG=5.5 IBU=32.5 Color=Black / 15% Oats / Hopped with 100% US grown Fuggles

Hydra Cuveè (10.5% ABV) Aged in Bourbon Barrels - A Collaboration brewed with Flying Dog for Savor 2014 (4% of the final blend)
Blended Hybrid ½ hoppy dark beer (Gonzo and Wookey) and ½-blended barrel aged beer (DDBA and Bravo)
OG=24+P FG=5.5+ IBU=32.5 Color= Black

Wookey Jack (8.5% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel (3% of the final blend
American Black Ale – Black IPA
OG=17.8P FG=2.5P IBU=80 Color=45+/ Dank and Dark

Ol’ Leghorn (12.5%ABV)Aged in New American Oak - A Collaboration brewed with Three Floyds for the FWIBF (2% of the final blend)
English Barley Wine
OGP FG=5.1P IBU=45 Color=28 / 50% 1 yr. barrel aged English Barley Wine + 50% fresh dry hopped stainless produced

Double Jack (9.5% ABV) 100% Stainless Steel (2% of the final blend)
Double India Pale Ale
OG= 20P FG=2.5P IBU=100 Color=8 / Extremely hoppy triple dry hopped DIPA

The Finished Piece

As a finished beer, XVIII is a dark and complex brew full of malt and barrel derived flavors, with Parabola leading the brew into the rich darkness. The beer is unfiltered and unfined, so there will be a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. XVIII is best enjoyed poured carefully into a half filled brandy snifter or wine glass. Allow it to warm to 55F to fully enjoy the pleasing and complex aromas. As the beer sits and breathes in the glass, rich dark chocolate, toasted oak and dark fruit character is revealed, 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 ninth oak-aged blend! The journey continues and it’s just as fun and exciting now as it was back in 1996.

This beer is dedicated to Jake and the rest of the amazing Wolfe family who have supported this community, our brewery and me personally since the beginning. We love you dearly.


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Aminatchime (193) - BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2017
Donker bruine tot zwarte kleur met kleine beige schuimkraag. Geur is alcoholisch, zoete siroop, vanille, eik, likeurtoetsen en caramel. Smaak is warm alcoholisch, eik, chocolade, Carmel, noten van vanille en likeur. Zoete siroop en candy.

kraddel (9197) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle shared with friends. Big thanx to whoever took the big effort to type out the commercial description. Great info source ! Pours dark, nearly black, but still in the brown zone. No real head. Smell is intense, bourbon, bit boozy, Taste is full, tad creamy, bourbon, sweet, roasty, intense oak and bourbon notes. Very complex. medium thick body. Medium carbo. Very well made. lovely beer indeed.

BuckeyeBoy (8635) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 13, 2017
22oz bottle pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan ring of a head. Nose is huge sweet malts toffee caramel vanilla bourbon barrel notes wow. Taste is more of the big sweet malts marshmallow vanilla bourbon barrel wow. This bad boy has aged amazing.

neongolden (1860) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2017
(On tap @ CBC 2016 Yellow Session, Copenhagen) Pours nearly black with a fine cream coloured head. Nose has lots of bourbon, rich toffee, oak, vanilla extract, brewed coffee, a lot of malt complexity. On the tongue, very sweet but with a fair amount of roast to it as well, conveying the substantial stout component of the blend. There’s a reasonable amount of bitterness, toasted and burnt grain, caramel, yet more layers of vanilla and oak. In the finish, some booze, toasted bordering on burnt, a bit of an espresso like feel though it’s not coffee heavy. Bone dry aftertaste despite the rich body, and still some lingering booze. Fairly thick full body with soft carbonation. it’s good stuff, though best consumed in smaller volumes. Pretty lush but also a beast.

jsnicholas (690) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2017
(bottle 22oz ) Dark brown with brown head. Having had most of the components of this blended beer, I can say this was great. Aroma is very bourbon which I like. Strong caramel and some sweetness.

thorongil2 (3490) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2017
(Tap) hazy, bright orange brown colour with a small brown head; rich aroma of dried fruit, stewed fruit, vanilla; rich, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish

Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 19, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. CBC #11 Waniliowo-mleczne karmelki, bourbon. Małe Cuivre. Szanuję.

DocLock (11110) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Shared bottle. Pours hazy caramel colored with off-white head. Nose is oaky bourbon, hops, dark fruit. Tastes rich, with caramel, oak, tannins, bourbon, with more dark fruit and heat as it warms.

vyvvy (6777) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2017
It pours very dark brown with a beige head. The aroma has vanilla, caramel, coconut, heavy toast, nuttiness, some wine aspects and barleywine malt assertiveness. It has a fairly thick body with light carbonation. The taste is drier version of the aroma and has some dates, woodiness and pleasing amount of warming alcohol. Great.

AWISLguy (3375) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2016
650ml bottle picked up at Mackey’s in Island Lake on a fluke, and cellared for almost 2 years. Shared by all (including Graham!) at the family Christmas ... and for Austin. Very dark brown pour with a bit of a brown head. Chocolate. Big vanilla. Espresso. Caramel. Quite well blended and super tasty. Very smooooth without much actual alcohol presence. Well worth the cellar time, and excited to have been able to share. 18

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