Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
We pour a brew of a deep mahogany brown, letting up a little light around the edges. It holds a one and a half finger head of light brown cream, showing decent retention. This leaves ridges of soft lacing around the glass, and eventually becomes a ring of foam around the top of the liquid. Carbonation appears medium, and no haze or sediment is noted. The aroma is wildly complex, with the first components noted being fusel alcohol, massive bourbon barreling, and roasty chocolate malts. Raisins, creamy vanillas, faint fruity esters, and warmed cinnamon plum pudding add sweetness, while earthy herbal hops, clovey phenols, cooked caramels, and raw cacao add depth, spice, and bitterness to cut. Our first impression is that we are so, so happy we opened this beer now, rather than waiting, as the oaky, woody glory is some of the most robust and flavorful we’ve ever tasted. As we sip, velvety bourbon flavoring, peppery booze, huge dark chocolate and caramel malts, spicy raw fig, lightly grilled coconut, and insanely deep oaked barrelness blend, waking the palate up quickly. We come to a peak with enhanced spicy oakiness and sweet buttery diacetyls, soured muskiness, fusel booze, char of roasted chocolate malts, and light leathers. These all continue, blending to the finish, where plum and cherry fruitiness, clove, nutmeg, cacao powder, and buttery bourbon all stick out. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booziness, nail polish remover bite, powdered chocolate malts, dusk and musk, bourbon barrels to the maximum, and chalked yeast. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. There is excellent slurp, sip, smack, and pop on each sip. The mouth is coated with thick, oily slickness, but this quickly burns away as the booze takes charge, sucking the mouth and palate into a state of chalky dryness. The abv is big and warming, and this guy is best sipped.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the utter complexity of aroma and flavoring, and the unmatched bourbon blast that you get on that sip. All 226 oak barrels used in the brewing process blend to the peak, but are beautifully apparent from the very first drop, in a robust fashion that we have yet to see in beer. The nose is rich, spicy, sweet, and deep, and all of that translates into flavoring, and then some. The bourbon is wonderful, and the finish is with massive chalkiness of powdered cacao and chocolate malts. This is one of the best beers we’ve had in a while, and we’re truly sad to see the last sips from our glasses disappear.
Serving type: bottle
03-01-2013 01:40:32 | More by TheBrewo
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4.16/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5
Apperance is dark brown, nearly opaque. Small tan head dissipated quickly. Aroma when cold is limited, mostly sour & a little bourbony sweetness. Taste-wise, after letting it rest on the palate, it's bourbony up-front. Some booze. some tangy flavors. Sweet honey. Some citrus flavors, coconut, some sourness. On the back of the tongue there's a bourbony finish, and that finish pleasantly stays with you for an hour or longer. This beer definitely shines with temperature, as would be expected (and as indicated in the accompanying literature.) Mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium. Carbonation present but somewhat lacking. When it first came out, I had this side-by-side with XV and was unimpressed by the lack of in-your-face bourbon. But separately, it stands on its own as a big tasty beer, despite being less of a syrupy bourbon-bomb than its predecessor.
Serving type: bottle
07-07-2014 04:34:16 | More by foobula
4.01/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Thank you very much for this, Jason! Dark brown, almost black color, with a small beige lacing.
Aromas of honeyed malts, coated up by gentle bourbon aromas, both warming and fervent.
Earthy, warm malts form the first impression, which turns sweeter, as coconut flavor along with a huge enjoyable bourbon and rum note become visible on the palate. Alcoholic notes get detectable, as they wash over honeyed malts. Still, the overall balance of this beer remains, due to a complex chocolate defined body, wrapped up in intriguing cocoa and mocha flavors, which get softened on the palate by a fantastic oakiness. Bourbon flavor adds a gentle, stinging complexity to the toffeeish malts of the beer. Subtle coffee bitterness, along with warm alcoholic notes shape the complex aftertaste, completed on the palate by wooden oak. Full bodied beer with a very smooth mouthfeel, fantastic balanced.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 17:29:15 | More by aleigator
4.44/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: 4.5 Very dark brown (almost black) with a half inch light tan head.
S: 4.75 There's a lot going on with this beer and you can smell different elements as the beer warms up. First, the various barleywines are present with vanilla, caramel, figs and dark fruit. Floral aromas, spice and tequila from the PNC also show up, but they're fairly mild. Coconut comes last when the beer is a room temperature.
T: 4.25 Quite sweet, but is very similar to the nose. More barleywine coming through than the stouts. It really develops as the beer warms. More fruity and coconut than on the nose and very little bitterness. Bourbon, figs, coconut, and chocolate when at room temperature.
M:4.5 It could be a little thicker, but it’s very nice for a barleywine. Silky smooth and no burn.
O: 4.5 An excellent beer and an interesting experience tasting all the beers that went into it. Based on the percentage of the component beers, the stouts could be a bit more forward to offset some of the barleywine presence, but it overall it was really great.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 22:36:30 | More by Tele
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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