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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
96
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1,038 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 141
Gots: 499 | FT: 40
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

23% Velvet Merkin
22.5% Stickee Monkee
20.3% Double Double Barrel Ale
10.8% Parabola
8.1% PNC
5.4% Helldorado
5.4% Bravo
4.5% Wookey Jack
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Ratings: 1,038 | Reviews: 160
Reviews by cindyjeffsmith:
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: Beautiful dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is huge for a 13%'er. How'd they do that?
smell: how much doth this smell delicious and complex? Let me count the ways....16 I think. Semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit...and full disclosure, I'm plagiarizing from the FW site (which is spot on) creme brulee. As this warms, it opens up more and more.
taste: ditto dat nose. This is just wonderful.
overall: I really dug the 15 and more-so the 14 (first anniversary I had the pleasure to imbibe). The FW site outlines how this was made, and what went in - to me it tastes like the love and abilities that went into making it, just wonderful. Props FW!

More User Reviews:
Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -23.9%

Brown glass bottle with black papered over pry-off pressure cap and paper pull-tab purchased in SoCal years ago and served into an Odell stem-tulip in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, CO. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm skeptical of this brewery's beers but the current 96 rating is interesting.

Served cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. Khaki colour. Nice even smooth consistency. Nicely creamy. Retention is above average - about 2.5 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Opaque dark black. Nontransparent; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears adequately carbonated. Far from unique or special looking for the style.

AROMA: Vanilla, bourbon, and marshmallow. Neutral barrel sugars. My broken nose can't pick up anything else; all apologies.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Has a lovely bourbon tone throughout, with some nice vanilla and oak notes. Barrel sugars bleed in. Kisses of dark fruit; they blend in so well I can't isolate them. Caramel. Sticky dark fruits. Maybe a hint of raisin. Toffee. Dark malts. Marshmallow. Treacle.

On the sweeter side, but not boozy.

The oak is lovely, as is the complementary bourbon. It's surprisingly well balanced for a Firestone Walker blend, and boasts impressive complexity as well as some limited subtlety. I like it, and it has some loose cohesion, but it isn't gestalt. Well-executed and enjoyable.

Nice depth and amplitude of flavour. Above average intensity and duration of flavour.

TEXTURE: Fairly chewy. Full-bodied. Aptly thick. Smooth and wet. Has plenty of heft and weight on the palate, but while it's a sipper, it never feels overbearing or unnecessarily heavy.

Not oily, gushed, astringent, scratchy, rough, or harsh. The alcohol is present but doesn't distract. Decently carbonated.

OVERALL: She's a sipper, but she's enjoyable. A nice blend from Firestone Walker. I'm surprisingly happy I picked this up; it isn't as disappointing as most of this brewery's highly celebrated brews. I wouldn't necessarily get it again, but I do like it. Worth trying. I think this made the top 250 list upon release; that's unwarranted, but it is indeed tasty.

As good as it is, though, is all that blending and effort really necessary? Other (i.e. superior) breweries make far better strong ales with far less tinkering. Maybe Firestone Walker should hire staff capable of blending their own good beers without requiring the input of others (and the marketing opportunities associated therewith). Ultimately, it's a bit too sweet, which holds it back.

Low B-

Photo of tectactoe
4.11/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this one with us! Pours a dark-ass brown color, very nearly black with a tan head, small and unobtrusive but lasting for at least half of the pour. The smell is very commanding and powerful, hitting first with a big vanilla-bourbon combination. Oaky, sweet, and full of spicy alcohol. Right from the nose, you know that this beer means serious business. If I had to guess, it smells more powerful than 13% ABV, although 13% is still nothing to scoff at. Nice balance of sweetness and booziness overall.

Wow, the taste is as robust and strong as they come. Thick and syrupy bourbon and whiskey right out of the gate. This one definitely tastes a bit higher than 13% ABV, it's pretty hot, but still remains drinkable given it's sheer power. Sweet brown sugar, sugar coated figs and dates. Very, very boozy vanilla and lots of oak and wood flavors. Moderate amounts of cocoa and toasted caramel in the finish, although the bourbon is still the most prominent thing in this brew. Slightly on the thicker side for the body, mild carbonation.

Whoa, this one will put you on your ass if you don't look out! Very strong and very powerful, yet deceivingly sweet and drinkable at the same time. A nicely crafted brew that I'm glad I got the chance to try. I'd like to see this one with a few years on it and see if the alcohol mellows out a bit, just a touch too hot right now.

Photo of MikePags
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle given out at the anniversary release party at FW in a stone barley wine glass.

A: dark rich color with excellent head retention.

S: vanilla malt.

T: smooth and complex vanilla, whiskey, and caramel that rolls over the tongue with exceptional ease. Surprised with very little alcohol taste considering the ABV.

M: thick and rich, amazing aftertaste of vanilla

O: amazing amazing amazing

Photo of standardcherry
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A: Very dark brown/almost pitch black with a thin white head.
S: Starts of very roasty with some coffee aroma and dark chocolate. Followed by vanilla, bourbon, oak and dark fruits.
T: Not as much coffee as the nose, but there is still some roastiness in there. Tastes a lot like dark fruits (plum) mixed with chocolate and vanilla. Tastes more chocolately than the nose would suggest, almost like a chocolate doughnut. Bourbon and oak blend in very well at the end of this.
M: Medium/thick bodied with light carbonation. Works well with the style.
O: Firestone Walker does not disappoint. This beer is extremely well blended to showcase all of the elements. Dangerously drinkable.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/05/12 (1year of age)

A very dark cola brown color, almost appears black, with a fine creamy light beige colored head, decent head retention, nice alcohol legs.

Lots of alcohol aromas, mostly bourbon, maybe some brandy, lots of barrel qualities, vanilla, caramel sweetness and just hints of seaweed as it warms.

Boozey, but not overly so, big bourbon flavors, maybe some brandy, nice oaky vanilla barrel qualities. Some really nice sweet butterscotch with a bit of caramel.

Fairly thick body, but not overly so. Both body and carb suit this beer perfectly.

As with last years, this is all about the bourbon and the barrel. One of the best examples of a barrel aged beer. Similar to a lot of BA barleywines.

Photo of ehammond1
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Just about black with a moderately sized dark brown, somewhat persistent, head. Leaves streaks of random, messy bubbles irregularly down the glass. Very pretty. Not quite as thick in appearance as some barrel-aged stouts, but this is a gorgeous beer.

The aroma reminds me of a Milky Way candy bar: chocolate and caramel especially, with a little bit of vanilla nougat as well. There's a hint of booze, and some delicate dark fruit character--the dark fruit character emerges more and more as the beer warms. Very good, but not transcending.

The flavor is more complete and more complex than the aroma would suggest. Layers of chocolate, caramel, pie crust, vanilla, and mild oak combine exceptionally well. The alcohol is nicely hidden, though a complementary accent. Some mild roast, but it's not a main component of the beer's flavor. Wonderful stuff.

Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly carbonated.

Fantastic. Much better than Firestone 15, and in the same realm as previous iterations.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Reno Dave for bringing this beer (and so many others!) to the March Madness bottle share.

Poured out a black color that didn't have the thickness/viscosity normally associated with such a beer (stout). Instead, I'm already thinking this was more of a barleywine blend with some Parabola thrown in giving the beer its color. Very thin tan head in the 1/8" range.

Deep caramel inhalation occurs, comes off a bit like Melange3 in the nose. Booze hidden to the nose. Picking up bourbon and chocolate. Oak, vanilla.

Taste wise gets plenty complex, caramel, chocolate, warming alcohol sensation, more vanilla, coconut, oak, bourbon. A little bit sweet, far from overly sweet, pretty much the right amount for this guy. Liquid cracker jacks. Body isn't too heavy, seems to be a bit of the lighter body barleywine (blonde) thing going for it. Just a touch of smoke and citric hops to it as well.

Unfortunately, this beer costs over $20 a bottle, so it gets weighed down in terms of value. Is it damn good? Yes. Damn expensive? Somewhat. Spoil yourself once in awhile, but I won't exactly be chasing this one down all over town. Would recommend to those who can afford.

Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into my Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine glass, a very dark brown color, with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace. I really like the murky depths of this beer. Holding it up to the light, nothing shines through at all.

This beer boasts a lot of aroma. I smell vanilla, chocolate, oak, light bourbon, figs, and tobacco. Wow, this aroma is intense. So much going on, but not overpowering or cloying at all. Just lots of different aromas.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. I get all the above, and also a nice sweet caramel flavor. Maybe just a hint of smoke also. It is pretty damn nice.

This beer is silky smooth. It has a mild carbonation, fitting the style. The 13% ABV is extremely well hidden in both the taste and the aroma. The entire time drinking it, I barely noticed just how strong it was. I get a caramel and toffee aftertaste.

With the high ABV, and the high shelf price, mixed with the limited availability, this beer might not make the best session beer. However, for just one bottle, this beer is very easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is amazing. I have been really impressed with Firestone Walker as a brewery the last few years, and I have always enjoyed their Anniversery releases. This one impresses me just as much and previous ones. Amazing beer!

Photo of CloudStrife
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8 pour into a mini nonic glass.

A: Pours a dark brownish black that lets light through about 1/4 of an inch. A small khaki head that dissolves to a film.

S: Aroma of barrel aging, bourbon, oak and vanilla. Big malt bill on this one.

T: Such a balanced barrel flavor. The mix of beers really blends together nicely. Tequila does come through and provides a touch of burn. A stoutish barley wine with a focus on barrel aging.

M: Medium to full body with a creamy mouthfeel. Touch of a burn from the barrels. Certainly a sipper but one to be enjoyed.

Overall such a great blend. Very impressive and does justice to a great brewery's anniversary.

Photo of timc100
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a barleywine/stout blend - dark brown, beige/ruby - with a minimal off-white big-bouble head. Very oaky aroma - vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, wood - almost has a oak tannin sourness. Chocolate and cocoa powder, cherry comes through with light brandy booziness. Incredibly smooth full body - coats the mouth and is not syrupy at all - with only subtle alcohol warming. The taste is dominated by barrel and chocolate - cocoa, toasted coconut, toasted oak, oaky vanilla. There are spirit notes and warming in the back of the mouth - bourbon caramel, brandy apple-skin sweetness.

This is a very complex beer in both it's composition and execution. All those barrels blended together create a very unique oakiness. All this being said, I wanted to like it more than I actually did. 4.25


4/2015 revisited.

Very well rounded, distinctive firestone coconut and oak. Aroma of a coconut chocolate macaroon. Very little booze, incredibly smooth, lots of oak barrel. From what I remember there is less of a dichotomy of barleywine and stout, age has brought everything together more.

Photo of McD0uche
4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

A look: Pours a dark brown with a nice copper head and moderate retention. Lacing isn't too prominent.

Smells complex: Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, fruits, roasted malts, and boozy.

First sip: Really tasty. Raisen bread comes to mind, with the §ucaba coming through prominently. Toffee, chocolate, oak, caramel, and vanilla.. very delicious.

On the palate: Billowy, rich, full, and smooth. Sits well and goes down easy.

The verdict: Pretty awesome. This is a cool series by FW, and they continue to amaze me with the quality of stuff they put out. I'm glad I have another one I can age for a while and compare my notes with.

Photo of joeseppy
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This sat on store shelves for months. Que?? After I delved into the Double Dba, I had to go back and pull the trigger on this one.

Cola perception with a head that fizzles away quickly, receding to the edges in a thin line formation. Soon that will be gone too as it comes up in temperature.

I could assimilate this all day long. Bananas fried in butter flambéed in Grand Marnier. Alcohol, light brown sugar, vanilla oaked tequila. Bourbon notes with a floral bouquet dusted with cocoa powder. A very complex libation, really, need I go on?

Taste of alcohol throughout entire sip or 'aggressive slurp'. My mind goes through a myriad of booze. Let's go...first I get the anejo tequila, shutterbox, as a camera, I get oaky bourbon, onto a delightful rye whiskey. A mellifluous sweetness with fig and dried cherry. Hoppy bitterness that is subdued in a dusty Dutch cocoa fashion. This is tremendously tremendous.

Some pucker from the cocoa and hops. Almost no carbonation at the ideal temperature.

You need to follow the manufacturers recommendation to drink this at the optimal 55F to fully enjoy the voluptuousness and intricate aromas and flavours.. Cold temp. proves to be bitter, untamed, raw and unsophisticated. The dynamics lend well to the pleasuring of the palate. This breaks down inhibitions and...tally ho.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours a dark brown, practically black body with a surprisingly light tan colored head on top, about one finger in height. Pretty good retention and lacing for such a big beer.

S: Quite roasty with some coffee/mocha and chocolate. A little bit of dark fruit and oak at the end.

T: The dark fruit comes out more in the flavor profile as raisins and plum mixed with chocolate and a bit less coffee. Some brown sugar and a bit of molasses with light oak and vanilla.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. The alcohol came out a little bit, more so as it warmed.

O: It was nice, but I didn't love it. Certainly not worth the price tag attached to it, for me at least.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Capitol Beer and Tap Room in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - Deep, near black cordovan brown, served in a 10oz pour with a thin, light tan head. Good retention. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Strong, bourbony boozy aroma, sweet with vanilla, chocolate and faintly earthy character.

Taste - Follows the nose; bourbon booziness, while notes of vanilla and lesser of chocolate bounce around in the deep background. Sweet vanilla notes shine through brighter as the beer warms. Somewhat chaotic start turns a smooth finish. Hints of oak and moderate alcohol heat. Traces of caramel can be found well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with slightly tingly carbonation. Heat from the alcohol forces this thing to finish bone dry.

Overall - This is one complex, boozy "mess" of a beer, and considering it's a blend of 8 different barrel-aged brews, it's right where it should be. Growing up, I was always a fan of making soda kamikazes, so I don't find it much surprising that I rather enjoyed this. Normally I'm not a fan of booze forward brews; this one's an exception.

Photo of tdm168
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this gem!

A - black with a thin, brown head that has great retention

S - bourbon, raisins, prunes, sweet malt

T - chocolate, roasty, candy sugar, raisins, prunes, figs, bourbon, warming alcohol

M - full bodied, warm, well carbonated

This was an awesome beer! I don't how these creative geniuses pulled it off, but mixing all these different beers together works superbly. In both the nose and the flavor I get a lot of the English Barleywine characteristics such as the dark fruit and sugary malts. I also get some faint roasted malts notes that come through. The malt also offered some nice chocolate notes as well. The bourbon played nice and lent some balance to the whole mash-up. I am so glad my friend shared this one with me!!!!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fine cream colored head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, dark, almost opaque brown. Lacing is thick, patchy and stringy with good stick. Thin, oily legs too. Great looking beer for the style.

Nose is nutty, brown sugar, molasses, and sweet booziness. Some notes of fresh green raisin too. Decently aromatic but nothing that really stands out here.

Opens brown sugar, molasses, prunes, raisin, and other dark fruit. Astringent hop bitterness floats in the background in the middle but its suppressed nicely by the big malt body. Chocolate, cocoa, and fudge towards the end with some brown sugar and mellow sappy hop bitterness. Nutty and sweet finish with a sugary aftertaste. Good complexity. A real nice flavor profile.

Medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and slick in the mouth and goes down warm with just a bit of heat. Messy finish with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. I can barely taste the ABVs in this one. This is how you do it!

At about 8-12 months, all of the FW anniversary blends have been incredible. XVI is no exception. Great complexity of flavor and an excellent feel make this one that should definitely not be missed. Have it soon though, these beers are phenomenal now but they tend to fall of quickly.

Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, oversized snifter

Nice garnet-mahogany body, light creamy head with minimal retention. An interesting blend, and quite different than previous anniversary releases. Obviously, FW nails the barrel aging component. They are second to none in that category. Waves of brandy, bourbon, and wood but not as overpowering as in the past. I really get the barleywine and double DBA coming through strong - lots of tropical hops buried beneath layers of chocolate, malt, and rich decadence.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours a cola brown, cloudy, dark, creamy head

rich vanilla and sweet bourbon. candied fruit and molasses

similar to nose, very smooth vanilla and oak bourbon. sweet candy and molasses with a touch of chocolate.

mild to moderate carbonation, a lot of burn on the gums and lips. the heat really reminds you this is 13% and barrel aged.

smooth, good stuff. a great evening sipper.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown caramel with a small khaki head. Settles quickly. Just a stray wisp on the surface.

Smell - Lots of barrel, but nondescript. A lot of different alcohols mixing here. Caramel and some darker malts.

Taste - Much more rich caramel than the nose and a more direct Bourbon barrel. Vanilla and bitter oak. Chalky and bitter finish. Mix of flavors that is impossible to discern.

Mouthfeel - Doesn't taste like 13%, but it had all sorts of other pitfalls. Rough bitter finished and a very odd flavor I can't pick out.

Overall - There's something there I can't pick out. Unpleasant in the back. Chalky is he best way to describe it.

Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Pineville, MO

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, a touch of booze

T: Figs, raisins, a bit of dark chocolate & then a touch of port, & a hint of boozey cakeyness up front. Bourbon elbows its way forward as this warms, some toffee, figs, black currant & cherry (boozey bing cherries). Finishes slightly dry, with rich dark fruit, a little vanilla, caramel & chocolate, just a bit of leafy hops & booze coming through

MF: Chewy, ever so slight carbonation, sticky, much warming

Pretty easy to drink despite the heft & complexity. I really nice effort, not cheap by any means, but I'd buy again if given a chance. I'm so thrilled we have Firestone Walker in the near-by Show Me state!

Photo of DonDirkA
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, booze, bourbon, oak, hints of cherry, caramel, figs, dark fruit, raisin, coffee, a hint of almond, brandy, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, sticky molasses. You can definitely smell the barleywines (Stickee Monkee and Helldorado) and the DDBA. While there are definitely a lot of notes in there from the stouts as well. And the barrels come though amazingly (of course).

Taste: Heavy oak, strong booze, coffee, dark chocolate, tequila, vanilla, caramel, dark cherry, coconut, bourbon, caramel, raisin and a bit of brown sugar with a little hint of nuttiness. There are subtle hints of hoppiness. The tequila barrel flavors and alcohol are really powerful here. A little bit too much so. I really hope I can pick up another one and put it away for a year or so to see if those factors chill out. I think I prefer XV to this year's batch and I wish I had some more of those bad boys to sip on. This is great. but the tequila is just a bit overwhelming.

Photo of ricknelson
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone's 16th Anniversary Ale came 4th in my recent beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting. Firestone's 16th Anniversary Ale got an average rating of 4.09 from the 7 judges. Being that it was 2 years old, and a retired beer, it held up pretty well.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color that let's a substantial amount of light through the edges. Compact but dense head that dissipates quickly and leaves surface swirls.

Smells much like their other anniversary ales. Heavy on the bourbon. Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, woodsy.

It's very sweet from the onset. Butterscotch, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak. Sticky sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'm used to from anything FW offers out of barrels. Low on the carbonation spectrum.

It's a very good beer with robust flavor. My only knock it the lighter-than-usual mouthfeel and cloyingly sweet finish.

Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Sweet bourbon and oak up front, rich breadiness, just a touch of roast.

L: Very dark brown, some ruby highlights. Eggshell white head that dissipates.

T: Bourbon sweetness with some soft roastiness. Maltiness follows with some chocolate cakeness. Low bitterness yielding to some caramel and a touch of toffee. Slight nuttiness into a finish with a slight citric twang. Semi-sweet finish with some hazlenut.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. Some alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.

Really enjoyed this, much better than the 15 but not quite as good as the 14. The stout characteristics are surprisingly mellow considering how much they make up in the blend. The citrus twang was quite interesting from the hops.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.