Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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2.83/5 rDev -34.9%
Always been a fan of this series, so cheers for ScottO for sending one of these over!
From a bomber into a snifter
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.
SMELL: Lots of oak, with some dark chocolate, coconut, caramel and toffee. Pretty nice, though there's a lot of wood on this one. Medium strength and nice enough.
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.
OVERALL: Definitely my least favorite of the series so far. Too much oak and alcohol in the flavor and the feel is a bit too thin and light. Not special, and the blend of beers just doesn't seem to do much of anything here. As if all the individual parts have just canceled each other out and left it without an identity. Disappointing for sure, as the other years have been really nice. Anyways, thanks again ScottO for sending this one over. Always happy to see new incarnations of this series.
04-02-2014 19:37:43 | More by Jeffo
2.95/5 rDev -32.2%
I guess I'm the odd man out on this one... I was eagerly awaiting this release, the anniversary beers from FW being one of my favorite. Unfortunately I was not a fan of some of the flavors in here. It's difficult not to judge relative to previous incarnations, especially the 14, which I feel sets the bar. The component beers were well executed and the blend made sense, the sum of the parts being greater than the whole. I can't say this for 16. The beer itself is thinner with less mouthfeel - like the FG is just less. The tequila component is noticeable and doesn't complement the other pieces well. The blend has a drying property that chops the back end of the taste profile off; a decay that I think is hard won and an important contribution from the barleywines and stouts. All of the tastes that the other reviewers noted - chocolate, toffees, leather, etc. - were muted, mottled, and attenuated. The whole is less than the sum of the parts, IMO. I can only assume it was the PNC and not some degradation of the other beers, all of which I am familiar with. The PNC is only 8% and I'm surprised it had this much of an impact.
01-09-2013 13:32:34 | More by chiral3
3.18/5 rDev -26.9%
Bottle from Whole Foods. Split with my dad on Christmas Eve.
Pouring a very dark brown with a thin brown head with decent retention but poor lacing, this is about on par for the course. The nose is solid. Very boozy with some caramel, cocoa, light Vietnamese coffee. Lots of oak, rather tannic with the double DBA component quite noticeable - pale English malt, mildly caramelized. Some vanilla, brandy and mild tequila notes are apparent.
The palate is poorly integrated. In the past, the thinness of these anniversary beers hasn't bothered me, but this time, it does. Caramel, toffee, sweetened mild chocolate, mild coffee, some brandy, plenty of bourbon, some vanilla- all components that i typically enjoy -just don't mesh here. Astringent booze and oak, especially on a sweet finish, make this harsh. The brandy fruitiness is one component that does work reasonably well here, but again, at this price point, i expected more. Medium-light in body, moderately boozy and astringent, this beer is mildly carbonated and does improve with time to breathe. The finish is long, tannic and boozy with some sweetness. Decent, I think this will improve in the short term, but I don't intend to buy any more, especially at the $1/oz price point.
12-27-2012 03:04:54 | More by DefenCorps
3.23/5 rDev -25.7%
Chilled bottle into a glass. My first review from my Kindle!
A: Pours a dark brown; not totally black when held to the light. Light tan head with short retention.
S: Toffee, caramel, raisin (sherry), vanilla. I do not find the signature coconut aroma I love in FW barrel aged beers. There is a significant bourbon and oak note. Some heat. I'm a little let down already; the past anniversary beers have often had much more expressive noses. This is a bit one-dimensional.
T: Undeveloped and simplistic considering the past successes of the blending program. This is no XIII. The oatmeal stout is prominent; it lends a chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon base that some of the other flavors play off: a touch of brandy, some toffee, and a spicy bite that I assume is from the tequila. It's not bad, but it is not great. I was hoping the other components would express themselves more in the flavor, but they have been lost in the mix.
M: Medium bodied. It is not boozy, but it has a warming effect on the way down.
O: Pretty forgettable at the price point. This is outclassed by Parabola and Sucaba, which are $10 cheaper. If it were a $10 four-pack, sure...
11-23-2012 02:51:41 | More by Arbitrator
3.25/5 rDev -25.3%
22oz bottle split and poured into FW proprietor's reserve glasses. Dark black with minimal head. Smells similar to past anniversary beers, barrel, vanilla, coconut but also a hint of strong booze. Flavor was good at first but also extremely boozy, I blame the tequila barrel aged beer even though it was a small component in the blend. My friend said "its hot as fire" which was a good description of how the alcohol overpowered this one. Sadly, this was my least favorite anniversary beer from Firestone, it wasn't bad it just wasn't as rich as previous offerings.
12-06-2012 04:07:22 | More by ArrogantB
3.43/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
02-12-2013 03:33:02 | More by Alieniloquium
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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