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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 968
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 130
Gots: 492 | FT: 41
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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Drank on tap out of a tulip at Woodstock’s Pizza 10/17/14. The next guy’s tulip tapped the keg. The only thing I can compare it to was a Firestone Walker XVII which I opened right away and thought was too sour and strong. XVI was mellow and delicious.

BrettonJay, Sunday at 03:31 AM
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Burt, Oct 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ZachKelly, Oct 14, 2014
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2.84/5  rDev -34.7%

uncamarky, Oct 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

lillitnn92, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bowzer4birdie, Oct 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jmtpi, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

layinbrix, Sep 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

threedaggers, Sep 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Anaxagoris, Sep 19, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev 0%

wethorseblanket, Sep 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Brewzma, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

AleHunter805, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of TequilaVoodoo
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

I have hold to this beer for almost two years, this was my very first expensive beer, I think I paid about $20 for one bottle but coming from traditional beer it was pretty expensive.
Nice thick head and deep charred caramel flavor with really nice whiskey hints, body wise it has a nice full bodied texture. Definitely an anniversary beer. Well done fi

TequilaVoodoo, Aug 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

TastyIsBeer, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Houser, Aug 26, 2014
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4.76/5  rDev +9.4%

mcrago, Aug 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

jbaker67, Aug 24, 2014
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-

kojevergas, Aug 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

northstar23, Aug 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Gotti311, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

Bottle opened on 6.26.14

Oak, bourbon, dark fruits, well balanced but bland.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

socon67, Aug 13, 2014
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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 968 ratings.