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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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935 Ratings
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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 488 | FT: 42
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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OStrungT

California

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:59:31 | More by OStrungT
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Eduk8traz

Arizona

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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tclipse

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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dapatte2

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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DrewSimm

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Maryland

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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kevgod

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

03-17-2013 04:07:21 | More by kevgod
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Minnesota

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-15-2012 07:20:12 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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dcloeren

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Impfan

Washington

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

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 and nutmeg, figs, lavender, honey, cherry cordial, raisins, dates, vanilla, toasted cocnut, and burnt caramel 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 agave 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. XVI is my hands-down favorite in the series, and is absolutely the most drinkable. Thanks, Firestone, for this mind (and palate) blowing achievement.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:55:06 | More by Impfan
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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California

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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