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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 880
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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harrymel

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in the store, decided to try it.

Pours a toasted, dark tawny with a rim and confluent etching of light tan foam. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, hints of resin, some oak, a bit of bing cherry, some vanilla and nougat. Taste is boozy up front, sweet, some bourbon, some cherries, vanilla, marzipan, bits of oak and tawny porto. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. A nice beer, a very enjoyable beer. I'm starting to think that this series is worth a try annually, but not really worth the money it demands to get into the bottle....

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:47:16 | More by harrymel
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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah number 16... I'm getting old, I remember buying number 10, and it feels like it was a couple of years ago.

Pours a pretty deep brown color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are very nice. Notes of cocoa, leather, light tabacco, coconut, and brown sugar.

Taste is boozy, with notes of roasted nuts, tabacco, and hints of brown sugar. Finish is warmth from the alcohol with sweet coconut and vanilla flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. I like this style to have a bit more body. It is smooth and well carbonated though.

Overall? Solid, but this doesn't quite measure to prior years versions. Kinda bummed that the last couple of years have just been very good instead of excellent, might be time to open my vertical and stop buying 2 bottles per year. Nice beer, but I'm not sure it's worth it's price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:15:25 | More by flexabull
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a little over a month ago, reviewing from notes.

This pours pitch black with a tan head that sticks around mostly as a thick ring, leaving spots of lace. Pretty good for the ABV.

Definitely a strong scent, with lots of chocolate, dark fruit and bourbon barrel showing through. A bit on the boozy side.

Taste...is like the beer...a crazy blend of flavor. It is quite stout-like overall as expected but quite a bit more going on underneath the surface. Big chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits, some roast, mix with a good kick of bourbon and oak. What really throws this one for a loop is the tequila barrel, which gets intense with warmth, but is somehow pretty well integrated.

All these barrels in a 13% beer makes this one a little boozy by nature, but it's not abrasive and adds to the complexity. Body is medium, leaning more towards thin than hefty, with medium carbonation as well.

These anniversary blends just keep getting crazier, the tequila barrel really added something unique here. I may buy another.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 16:09:44 | More by Chico1985
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TheSixthRing

California

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 04:07:40 | More by TheSixthRing
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A: The pour is darker than previous years - a mixture of dark mahogany and black with a nice off-white head.

S: Toasted coconut, marshmallow, slightly harsh booze, oak, caramel, some chocolate character.

T: Like in the nose, a heavy barrel character comes out straight away. Lots of vanilla, dry wood and liquor, marshmallow. The stout elements have taken over, with chocolate and mild roasted malt, but the barleywines provide a little bit of caramel and brown sugar notes. A tiny hint of hoppiness from Wookey.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is pretty tasty, but not quite on par with last year's blend. Too much stout in the blend makes the beer less complex than previous years.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:10:07 | More by Etan
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 14:23:26 | More by hooliganlife
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:19:19 | More by Vonerichs
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RaulMondesi

California

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Raul's jam - The Playground in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Wild stuff, like, the stuff that can make you listen to Ricky Martin n like it!

Smell? A bit harsh. A bit good. A bit like straight up booze.

Taste? Yeah, baby. Yeah, it potent, but those damn flavors done pop like Livin' La Vida Loca!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 07:17:40 | More by RaulMondesi
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard glass ($13).

A- Pours a dark slightly reddish brown that appears mostly opaque in the glass. About two fingers of frothy darker beige cream boardering mocha brown head that has nice retention but slowly recedes to a flat top without any head leaving some light layered lacing. Decent consistently rising carbonation.

S- Chocolate, toffee, tequila, lightly roasted malts, hints of bourbon, and some light oak. Decently aromatic, fairly complex, and a nice balance without anything dominating too much. If anything the tequila shows a little bit much in the barrels.

T- Fairly sweet mixture of chocolate, toffee, tequila that adds taste but not much of an alcohol flavor, some faint bourbon, and some oaky vanilla. Finishes with a barrel aged presence that definitely makes itself known and a cocoa aftertaste that lingers with a hint of tequila.

M- Smooth, very drinkable especially at 13%, only a slight abv burn, nice carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O- Nice barrel blend that has a slight over-powering taste but other then that it is nicely balanced taking the best elements from each of the base beers. FW 16 was very smooth and did not have a strong alcohol presence until it hit you later. It had a nice complexity and a very nice drinkability. I think I preferred 15 a little bit more, but 16 was very good and I definitely recommend trying it. I definitely recommend giving it a try, but due to the price I probably wouldn't pick up too many.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 00:26:16 | More by jaasen64
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 18:39:01 | More by tectactoe
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 03/15/13 notes.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonatioin evident.

s - Smells of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, alcohol, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Loads of coffee up front and alcohol isn't too strong; pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of coffee, alcohol, vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts, oak. More vanilla and alcohol than the nose, and less toffee. Nice but liked the nose a little better.

m - Medium to thick body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth with some light alcohol heat keeping it from being great.

o - Overall a nice strong ale with loads of coffee. Alcohol is prominent in the taste; like the other years this will probably get better with some age. Might buy 1 bottle to lay down for 1-2 years but unsure; will depend on what price I can get it at.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 20:01:29 | More by mdfb79
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thank you to DaftcaskBC for bringing this one along to our tasting last weekend. Can't go wrong with a FW anniversary beer!

Appearance. Pours a deep mahogany with a think khaki head.

Smell. Bourbon and burnt sugar, fresh barrel wood, light grassy hops and chocolate. Very complex as expected from what goes into these beers.

Taste. Burnt sugar, chocolate, dark fruits, booze and wood. There's more in there but those are what jumped out at me.

Mouthfeel. On the low side of full bodied with medium low carbonation.

Overall. Complex beyond my ability to explain. Very nice. Thanks again Ian!!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:29:10 | More by Rutager
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to newbrewbb for not only sharing this, but buying me one for my cellar to boot! Served in a tulip. Pours the color of cola with ruby highlights around the base when backlit. Head is a quarter inch, loose and cream-colored and quickly disperses into a thin band around the shoulders. Great nose - malty, buttery, coconut, vanilla notes and a boozy quality. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of a pleasant cocoa presence. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for this beer in my opinion. Medium-light in body (but closer to the lighter end of the spectrum) with a carbonation that is a little too assertive and a hint of alcohol heat at the finish. Overall, a very good blend. The nose and the flavors are great; however, the mouthfeel, specifically the carbonation level, detracts slightly from the overall experience. I definitely plan on cellaring a bottle for at least a year to see how it develops with some time.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 00:48:17 | More by Jwale73
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a reddish black pour with a finger of creme colored head which had a very clean dissipation. smells of barrels.. lots of oak, sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, raisins, toffee, brown sugar. yikes, this is a STRONG beer. harsh alcohol up front, lots of bourbon, vanilla, and oak flavors. a mix of tons of sweet malt, caramel, and raisins.. very sweet, yet a bit harsh with the alcohol taste. full body with low carbonation, very smooth drink to be honest.

i was expecting to be blown away by this after reading the blend list.. and though it was really good, it's just too much barrel flavor and not enough beer taste. i know it sounds ridiculous, but this one was just a tad bit too much for my taste. still delicious, but i was expecting a more chocolatey stout-like feel/flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 01:25:44 | More by facundoCNB
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says 2012.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of bubbly surface foam. Slippery non-resilient lacing slides down the glass quickly leaving little specs behind.

S- Intensely boozy oak aroma with some sweet malt behind it. Whoo, borderline rubbing alcohol. Not very pleasant.

T- The taste is a different story. The alcohol is still there as well as the oak but there's more of a chocolaty sweetness to accompany it. Also some vanilla and caramel with the dark roasted malt smoothing every thing out and even lending some bitterness, but more like coffee bitterness rather than hops. There are some mild hop notes but they take a backseat to all the other flavors. Oak aftertaste.

M- Slightly creamy and slick with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- Super solid but the fumy aroma is a bit off-putting. Otherwise, I enjoyed how drinkable it is for such a strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:39:45 | More by Immortale25
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a near pitch black color. Very minimal tan froth that dissipated quickly.

(S)- An interesting aroma. Lots of dry oak barrel with some underlying oatmeal, raisin, and some hint at citrus and cocoa. Complex but fresh overall.

(T)- Complex. A combination of a citrus with dark fruits of raisin with the oak and bourbon caramel sweetness.

(M)- A mellow but fitting carbonation level. A nice balance that kind of jumps all over the place on the palate for me. Very dynamic, though might need a little further aging to have everything integrate into a more cohesive whole.

(O)- I like the play on flavors and aromas. A bit "fresh" for me now, but look forward to seeing what a little more time does to this in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 18:40:35 | More by sweemzander
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 20:27:36 | More by mdaschaf
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sukwonee

Washington

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black opaque body from the side (you can see through from the top) with 1 finger light tan head that retains.

S: Oak, Vanilla, some hops, booziness,

T: While I think this could benefit a lot from aging, its got great taste fresh. I think it's a tad bit too boozy though. I guess lots of wood, oak, vanilla, caramel malt, roasty malt, hop bitterness, and booze. I also taste some... what appears to be tonic water? Very very complex.

M: It's thin for my linking and carbonation is quite sharp.

O: It's one tasty beer. As mentioned above, slightly too boozy and thin for my liking, but it's a very complex, masterfully blended beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:02:13 | More by sukwonee
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet. Pours out an intense, dark chocolate brown with a quarter inch of light brown head. Very minimal lace, expected due to the 13% ABV.

Chocolate, plum, vanilla, oak, coffee and earth make up the smell. Booze creeps in as it warms, but not as much as expected.

Plum, toffee, oak and booze (whiskey/brandy) combine right up front. The booze isn't that hot, but the flavor remains. Grassy hops, vanilla and chocolate touch down around the middle. Finishes with a slight coffee and citrus note. Goes down smooth for being such a big beer.

Malt driven strong ales aren't really up my style alley, but every once in a while I get a craving. This one suited my craving just fine, complex and full of flavor. I would place this above the past few Firestone Anniversary releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:31:01 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Auracom

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Elmwood Binny's, split with Dan. 11 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on December 5th, 2012.

A - Certainly darker than FW 15. Thick, black coffee-coloring with a very light khaki head. 2 fingers reduced down to a ring of foam. Okay lacing, moderate legs.

S - Figs, raisins, dark chocolate, and peppercorns highlight the initial nose. I pull a blend of brandy and whiskey barrel sharpness, more as a note of soaked mahogany. Slightly nutty, milk chocolate-covered almond.

T - Front end I pull the soft notes from Merkin and Wookey Jack, slight espresso bitterness and roasted peanuts. Mid palate absolutely explodes. All of the barrel elements from the three different spirits show up in small form or another. Rich bourbon sweetness, spices, wood, coconut, plentiful dark fruits, etc. I sense the tequila ever-so-slightly at the backend, just before the aftertaste of dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Fair amount of warming from the booze. Medium body, with below-moderate carbonation. Smooth but not at Parabola-levels.

D - The aroma is inviting enough but doesn't fully impress. Front palate on the drink seems to be a complex set-up for a really nice blend at the middle and transition into the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 22:15:15 | More by Auracom
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottler from LetsPour.com. No bottling date but it's only a couple months old. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours dark brown, near black with garnet highlights around the edges and a half finger burnt cream head. The head fades quickly and leaves small wisps of lace.

Smells of vanilla, oak, toffee, currants and burnt caramel.

Taste is a hot, yet smooth blend of oak, bourbon, dates, toffee, currants, vanilla, medium roast coffee, cocoa, leather, licorice/ anise, brandied dates, tobacco, charred pine and plenty of booze. It's plenty hot but goes down incredibly smooth for a 13% brew. My description can't possibly do this justice. It has layer upon layer of flavor.

Creamy medium full feel with average carbonation. Long, complex finish with bourbon, dark fruits and more booze.

One of the most conplex beers that I've tried. So many different flavors going on here. It's got a good bit of booze for sure but it still goes down easy. I'd love to have another to age but no regrets for drinking this one now.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 02:47:14 | More by ThickNStout
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.21/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 16:51:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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AgentMunky

California

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flute at City Beer Store.

A: Pitch-dark with a ruby hue. Light off white head.

S: Huge. Fruity malts. Trace hops. Dry bitterness; chocolate. Intense alcoholic esters. Raisins.

T: A barrel-aged malt bomb. Bourbon, figs, black tea, molasses, cartelized brown sugar, herbal-spicy hops(?). There is some roasted bitterness, but it seems to be dry by virtue of its ABV as much as anything else. A touch of rum-infused chocolate right at the end.

M: Thick and sticky, then dry. Nice.

O: A decadent, Brobdingnagian beer. A sipper that is almost too rich to finish, but very rewarding. Still, not particularly interesting. Solid, tasty, and recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 05:23:46 | More by AgentMunky
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spoony

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A-The brew is ebony in color with little flecks of ruby color in the light. A soft pour produced no head and only a thin ring of dark tan foam.

S-A barrel-heavy blend of chocolate, bourbon, and brown sugar. Lots of booze here, which gives the brew a sort of hot nose, but it isn't off-putting.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. Booze is upfront and immediately noticeable, but it carries a nice mixture of milky chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar. Also a little dark fruit.

M-Sweet, heavy bodied feel, but not terribly syrupy (too much alcohol for that, I think). Carbonation is mild and fine.

O-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It was hot and boozy, but the alcohol kept things from being too cloying, and the flavors layered nicely. I never felt like the booze or barrel characters overpowered things. I will be curious to see how a some time in the cellar changes the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:13:06 | More by spoony
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Tired Hands stemware

Hazy mahogany brown with dark hues. Crop of bubbled tanned head rests on top, fading into cloudy film and a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Tons of stuff happening here - toffee, burnt sugar, raisins, oak, chocolate, vanilla, oak, tequila, brandy, alcohol heat...enough already? Breathing in is a treat, as something new keeps popping up as the beer slowly warms.

Sweet and warm up front, driven by cocoa, vanilla, brandy and burnt sugar. Toffee, bread crust, big burly dark roasted malts. Plethora of liquor barrels including bourbon, brandy and tequila. Brown sugar, raisin and candied dark fruit. Soft hoppiness on the back end with strong alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A little crazy, definitely complex, and probably a little young yet. I enjoyed this but I'm looking forward to opening more bottles in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 20:28:01 | More by xnicknj
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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