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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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957 Ratings
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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 492 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

roblund, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of timc100
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours like a barleywine/stout blend - dark brown, beige/ruby - with a minimal off-white big-bouble head. Very oaky aroma - vanilla, toasted coconut, toffee, wood - almost has a oak tannin sourness. Chocolate and cocoa powder, cherry comes through with light brandy booziness. Incredibly smooth full body - coats the mouth and is not syrupy at all - with only subtle alcohol warming. The taste is dominated by barrel and chocolate - cocoa, toasted coconut, toasted oak, oaky vanilla. There are spirit notes and warming in the back of the mouth - bourbon caramel, brandy apple-skin sweetness.

This is a very complex beer in both it's composition and execution. All those barrels blended together create a very unique oakiness. All this being said, I wanted to like it more than I actually did.

timc100, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

S: Sweet bourbon and oak up front, rich breadiness, just a touch of roast.

L: Very dark brown, some ruby highlights. Eggshell white head that dissipates.

T: Bourbon sweetness with some soft roastiness. Maltiness follows with some chocolate cakeness. Low bitterness yielding to some caramel and a touch of toffee. Slight nuttiness into a finish with a slight citric twang. Semi-sweet finish with some hazlenut.

M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. Some alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.

Really enjoyed this, much better than the 15 but not quite as good as the 14. The stout characteristics are surprisingly mellow considering how much they make up in the blend. The citrus twang was quite interesting from the hops.

bum732, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of TallSaint
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A: Pours near-opaque, dark ruby with half a finger of head.

S: The nose is incredible with bourbon notes dominating but vanilla, coffee, and chocolate are also present. The nose is quite heady, booze is present and noticeable.

T: Upfront bourbon sweetness presents. In the mid-palate vanilla mixes with slight toffee and biscuit. In the back it is malty sweet then hot with a touch of fruity tequila.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and well carbonated providing a nice balance to the boisterous flavors that are present.

At 13% ABv it is very warming in the back and makes no attempt to conceal its alcohol content but this is not a bad thing as I found it quite balancing. This here is all about the barrels. It is an excellently blended beer that provides a complex look at the influence of a barrel and the beers which constitute it. The influences of the barrels are presented linearly down the palate in expert fashion. A big, big beer that it is very complex and is a great example of fantastic barrel aging.

TallSaint, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of vic21234
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Cooled in the fridge for only 20 minutes or so from room temperature before tasting.

A- Pours a very dark red/ maroon color leaning on the verge of a light-black color. A small amount of an off-white colored head quickly fades. Lots of lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- First off I smell booze, which is expected in all of FW's barrel-aged offerings. Next I get slight hints of caramel and toffee. Not much else here. The alcohol is heavy in aroma.

T- A tasty beer, but drinks hot. Starts off smooth with hints of caramel, toffee and chocolatey malts. Dark fruits and raisins come into play in the back of the taste. The alcohol then kicks in with a nice warming feeling. The aftertaste from the alcohol tastes slightly different then other barrel-aged beers I've had, maybe this is hints of the tequila barrels?

M- Heavy, medium carbonation, hot.

I have now had both XV and XVI. I prefer this one over XV. Drinks hot, and becomes even better as it warms. A nice one to cellar away to see what kind of changes happen too.

vic21234, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Black/deep brown, one finger off white head with some lacing.

S-Bourbon, oak, malt, chocolate, coffee and molasses.

T-Mild bourbon, some oak, caramel, molasses, slight bitterness. Some chocolate and coffee.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-A step up from last year, price still makes it hard to justify purchasing two. However a must try at least once.

rlee1390, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep brown with a light tan head, some lace, good head retention.

S: Lots of barrel character, bourbon, sugar cane, sweet brown sugar. Reminiscent of the 11.

T: Delicious malt flavour. Vanilla, some roast, lots of barrel/whiskey notes. Very well done, the best fresh since the 12 in my opinion.

M: Full-bodied, but never feels heavy. No real alcohol burn which is impressive. Soft, guiding carbonation.

O: As I said, the best fresh since the 12, a good beer, though I was never really spellbound with this one as I was with the 11 and the 12. The bomber price is far too much, but I loved trying this on-tap at a much better price point. It'll be interesting to see where this goes, since the boozier ones seemed to age better, i.e 13.

Halcyondays, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Owl House in Rochester, NY. Holdover from their Father's Day Firestone Walker Brunch. Served into a small tulip.

Pours a murky light brown. Decent sized head. Not much carbonation visible.

Smells like brown sugar, booze, malt, and some dark fruits.

Tastes intense, if slightly over-bearing. The booze is strong, and very present, keeping the flavors from ultimately melding together. The flavors are great- so much caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and maple syrup. The booze is too evident, though. Probably needs some time to mellow out via aging.

Low carbonation, medium, creamy mouthfeel. Really nice, one of the best parts.

A pretty damn good beer that could be vastly improved by aging. With a few years on it- this beer would be near perfect.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, oversized snifter

Nice garnet-mahogany body, light creamy head with minimal retention. An interesting blend, and quite different than previous anniversary releases. Obviously, FW nails the barrel aging component. They are second to none in that category. Waves of brandy, bourbon, and wood but not as overpowering as in the past. I really get the barleywine and double DBA coming through strong - lots of tropical hops buried beneath layers of chocolate, malt, and rich decadence.

dirtylou, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this one, as I pick up considerable vanilla, milk chocolate, a hint of maraschino cherry and light bourbon. The beer smells as if it will be pretty sweet/rich, which of course it is. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I'm really picking up a lot of milk chocolate, vanilla and light bourbon. It's pretty damn tasty, no doubt, but the beer does have a bit of heat on the finish (from the 13% abv. no doubt), that mars the flavor profile somewhat. Mouthfeel is fairly full and soft, though the beer doesn't come across as heavy or tiring on the finish (which is surprising in a beer that is so rich and high in alcohol). Pretty hard to imagine ever having more than small glass of this, given the sweetness and high alcohol, but there's no doubt this is another tasty, impressive beer from FW.

John_M, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small 1 finger light mocha head. Tons of lacing and moderate amounts of retention.

S: Smells of massive amounts of bourbon, brandy and dark malts. Hints of vanilla, chocolate and toffee.

T: Fairly spot on the nose. Just a massive meld of delicious beer.

M: Medium to full body and medium to lower carbonation.

O: Overall, outstanding beer. Very complex and evolves as it warms.

WesM63, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FW XVI, on-tap @ Bier:Thirty in Bound Crossing, 10oz served in a snifter...

A: Dark, nearly opaque brown with a creamy tan head and pretty good lacing for a big beer...

S: Liquid macaroon...seriously great aromas of toasted coconut and almond, lots of vanilla...oak and sweet alcohol too, without being overly boozy...chocolate...dark caramel, dates and figs and other hints of DDBA and Sticky Monkey...further suggestions of spirits, bourbon, whiskey are all mellow but present.

T: Follows the nose, there is a good amount of sweetness here; vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate...again, the booze is in check...there is a touch of citrusy hop character as well, more sweetness from the notes of spirits, bourbon. Rich and delectable.

MF: Fuller bodied, creamy mouthfeel, lower carbonation levels and sensations of sticky, viscous alcohol are left behind.

O: I'm going to say this one is not as good (IMO) as XIV but its still quite nice right out of the chute. Alcohol is really manageable for a young 13% strong ale, and the barrels and beers are, as always, blended beautifully.

Scotchboy, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of brureview
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellared for about a year.

Poured a deep opaque chocolate color with a 1F head in a tulip.

The aroma is very sweet milk chocolate. Unlike other chocolate aromas in beers- layered and nuanced.

The mouth feel is moderately carbonated. With warming, the beer will take on more of an alcoholic finish.

The taste is similar to the aroma- mostly chocolate and subtly layered. There is some Bourbon, but not as strong as I anticipated.

As the beer warms up, the chocolate dissipates, and the alcoholic Bourbon finish is more dominant.

Overall, a wonderful beer. Subtly complex aroma and taste.

brureview, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a super-dark brown, nearly black, with a thin layer of khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Very sweet, rich, decadent aroma. Lots of dark fruit, vanilla and caramel sweetness as well as loads of dark chocolate and some roasted grain and mild oak.

T- Similar to the aroma, but with a more noticeable chocolate fudge and fruity sweetness. The chocolate, fruit, caramel and vanilla are all delicious and in nice proportion to each other. There are also roasted grain and char flavors and oak, booziness is noticeable but mild and sweet.

M- Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth, creamy texture with a dry finish.

O- A delicious beer, I enjoyed this much, much more than last year's version. It's a bit pricey, but is quite tasty and worth picking up at least a bottle of.

WillCarrera, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz, November '12 (I think was release date)
Tired Hands glass

A: Pours medium brown color with reddish hues. You can see some color through the edges. Collar of light tan head. Definitely getting some alcohol feet on this 13% brew. Not a lot of lacing due to lack of head.

S: Booze on nose. Caramel. Toffee. Vanilla and oak for sure. Malty sweetness. Definitely smells like a barrel aged brew. So much going on.

T: Although it smelled hot, it drinks fairly well. You get that booze that you smelled on the back end. Throat warmth. Lots of sweet malts here. Getting notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, leather, etc. All what you'd expect with some of the blend brews. Really need to dig into another one of these down the road and let it open up even more with warmth. Epic stuff.

M: Full bodied. But easy drinking.

inlimbo77, Feb 22, 2013
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.