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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.91%

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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012)
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a very deep, muddy brown color. Settles in the glass much darker, almost black. Surprisingly, a nice finger or so of tannish head develops. It doesn't stick around for long at all, settling in as a thin, soap-like ring of foam around the glass. The difference in color between the very dark body and much lighter head is striking.

There is a ton of wood right up from in the nose. Oak, bourbon and vanilla are represented very well. Underneath the barrel notes there is a nice sweetness with some toffee and caramel leading the way. As the beer warms it seems that there are slight roasted notes but they are buried underneath the other aromas. There is definitely a touch of booze throughout that gets stronger as the beer warms.

The taste is similar to the nose but the sweet toffee and caramel notes are more dominant than the barrel character. Surprising given the amount of wood/oak/bourbon/vanilla in the nose. The toffee is really big and provides an almost sticky sweetness. There seems to be a touch of chocolate that peaks its head out as well. It wasn't in the nose but works nicely with the sweet toffee and barrel notes. The booze is present just as it was in the nose. It's definitely there but it's not too hot, even when it gets stronger as the beer warms.

Low carbonation (really low) and a big body give the beer a huge mouthfeel. At times the beer is pretty sticky but all the while, it's incredibly smooth. There is a slight burn from the alcohol but it isn't too bad.

This is a very nice beer. The sweetness and barrel notes meld together extremely well. It's definitely a big, rich, almost dessert-like beer. Like most of the Firestone Walker barrel aged and anniversary beers, this one is ready to drink as is.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 19:22:29 | More by ms11781
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A - Beautiful ruby mahogany body. Nice khaki head with low retention and lace.

S - Great integration. Coffee, caramel, plum, warm booze and oak.

T - Nice flavor profile but surprisingly light. Caramel, cola, cocoa powder, booze, and marshmallow. Feels like it could use better integration.

M - Thinner than I wanted; medium-light body with relatively low staying power.

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This is the last of the series I tried as part of a flight at an epic bottle share.

As the most recent of the flight available (at the time of tasting) I found this beer to be “young” and still developing, at least in relation to the complexity, blended smoothness, and layers of the previous iterations.

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APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, foamy, light tan head with good retention. Clear bistre brown in color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a half wisp and ring. A ring remains until the end leaving a couple dots of lacing down the glass.

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TASTE: Lots of oak, caramel and coconut flavors up front, then a boozy and oak heavy finish with light vanilla, milk chocolate, toffee sweetness and alcohol. Some bitter dark chocolate, toffee sweetness and alcohol. Some bitter dark chocolate tries to balance. Okay, but not as nice as the nose. A little boozy overall with lots of oak and sweetness.

PALATE: Slightly thinner body with medium levels of carbonation. A bit creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Some heat lingers.

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S: Rich and potent notes of bourbon, leather, sweet molasses, raisin, and caramel. Mild spice and faint bakers chocolate as well.
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