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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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Imacopyouidiot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-28-2012 04:52:32 | More by Imacopyouidiot
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roblund

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-23-2012 21:14:18 | More by roblund
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timc100

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 02:22:57 | More by timc100
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bum732

Lesotho

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 02:46:49 | More by bum732
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TallSaint

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 03:35:07 | More by TallSaint
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vic21234

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:12:41 | More by vic21234
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rlee1390

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 23:10:46 | More by rlee1390
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Halcyondays

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 00:22:57 | More by Halcyondays
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GreesyFizeek

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 21:24:07 | More by GreesyFizeek
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dirtylou

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 22:04:49 | More by dirtylou
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John_M

Oregon

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 12:08:52 | More by John_M
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WesM63

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 04:48:05 | More by WesM63
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 21:37:10 | More by Scotchboy
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brureview

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 01:02:14 | More by brureview
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WillCarrera

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 08:14:58 | More by WillCarrera
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 16:49:41 | More by inlimbo77
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DovaliHops

California

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So stoked to drink this! Pours a very dark brown...closest to black that brown can get. Small-medium tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent is roasty and chocolatey. Light alcohol...not necessarily bourbon or whiskey though. I'm picking up some definite barrel aromas, and it's quite interesting. Different than other barrel aged beers I've had. Nice vanilla and coconut aromas, especially as it warms. Even a bit of sweet cherry scent. Taste is where the whiskey's at. Lovely bourbon flavors with other barrel notes...vanilla, oak, cherry. Lovely chocolate and vanilla. So sweet and tasty. Slight tobacco flavors. 13% is extremely well-hidden. As with all the FW Anniversary beers, very complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, slightly creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, I think I like this one more than 15. Not sure if I like it more than 14 though. Must revisit 14.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 08:55:39 | More by DovaliHops
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fairly aggressively poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker Brewing Company Proprietor's Reserve Series branded snifter.

Pours a very dark mocha brown capped by cream colored one and a half to two finger creamy head. Excellent retention, especially for a barrel-aged blended beer, some evident lacing. Big oaky aroma joined by bourbon, brandy, and jammy, red-wine accented juicy and dried dark fruit. Deliciously, ridiculously complex. Toasted oak, black cherry, raisins, dates, red wine, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, almond, hints of cashew and pecans. With every sip there's more and more. Finishes with some piney, citrusy bitterness at first that quickly relents, more pleasant oak and bourbon and brandy contributions. Full bodied, smooth, syrupy on the edges, with moderate carbonation. As usual Firestone Walker's anniversary ale is a beautiful beer. However, I'm inclined to believe this one may be among my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:36:48 | More by chanokokoro
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

THANKS, MATT!

A-Dark mahogany, chestnut body. off-white head, which sprouts well from the pour and settles nicely around the rim, leaving a subtle ring that doesn't dissolve completely.

S-First it's subtlety: toasted oak, char like lightly burnt toast, vanilla beans, mocha, molasses. After ten+ minutes, it devolves to mostly vanilla, oak, and a very prominent grain tinge; hello, tequila.

T: Off the bat: chocolate, caffe latte, leather, tobacco?, burnt ends, but after half the bottle and a drop in temperature, the flavor profile is undeniably dominated by tequila. the tequila flavor lingers like only tequila can: spreads the palate and doesn't leave. the PNC component is dominant, domineering. wow.

M: Surprisingly light for 13%. this should be thicker, fattier i guess. it's incredibly smooth-bodies for the style/percentage.

O: TEQUILA. really. so emphatic and prevalent, it takes over the last half of the bottle as it breathes. this is a unique brew with a blend i doubt will be replicated anywhere. even by FW's standards.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 03:50:07 | More by patm1986
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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Just about black with a moderately sized dark brown, somewhat persistent, head. Leaves streaks of random, messy bubbles irregularly down the glass. Very pretty. Not quite as thick in appearance as some barrel-aged stouts, but this is a gorgeous beer.

The aroma reminds me of a Milky Way candy bar: chocolate and caramel especially, with a little bit of vanilla nougat as well. There's a hint of booze, and some delicate dark fruit character--the dark fruit character emerges more and more as the beer warms. Very good, but not transcending.

The flavor is more complete and more complex than the aroma would suggest. Layers of chocolate, caramel, pie crust, vanilla, and mild oak combine exceptionally well. The alcohol is nicely hidden, though a complementary accent. Some mild roast, but it's not a main component of the beer's flavor. Wonderful stuff.

Near full in body with moderate carbonation. Surprisingly carbonated.

Fantastic. Much better than Firestone 15, and in the same realm as previous iterations.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 03:03:21 | More by ehammond1
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Pineville, MO

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, a touch of booze

T: Figs, raisins, a bit of dark chocolate & then a touch of port, & a hint of boozey cakeyness up front. Bourbon elbows its way forward as this warms, some toffee, figs, black currant & cherry (boozey bing cherries). Finishes slightly dry, with rich dark fruit, a little vanilla, caramel & chocolate, just a bit of leafy hops & booze coming through

MF: Chewy, ever so slight carbonation, sticky, much warming

Pretty easy to drink despite the heft & complexity. I really nice effort, not cheap by any means, but I'd buy again if given a chance. I'm so thrilled we have Firestone Walker in the near-by Show Me state!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:42:56 | More by russpowell
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark mix of black, brown and red, decent cap of khaki froth, gone quickly but decent lacing. Lots goin on in the scent, leads with vanilla and coconut, quick turn to booze - smooth bourbon and some more astringent notes, damp wood and earth, mocha coffee and chocolate, dank piney and citrus hops, light toasted caramel. Needless to say, the taste has a lot going on. First impression wasn how approachable it was fresh, despite the large presence of burbon, tequila and more, smooth and flavorful without being overbearing. Definitely want to age one now. Medium to heavy on the palate, a touch more smoothness would be welcomed for such a heavy beer. Overall, one of the top anniversary blends and a welcome one along side the fantastic Parabola and Succaba.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 16:05:08 | More by rfgetz
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Bomber bottle purchased very recently at a store for $20.00. Chilled and poured into my Kate the Great tulip.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown in color with very low carbonation. A very aggressive pour yields some light brown head that settles and slowly recedes.

Aroma: Chocolate cake, caramel, and marshmallow sweetness. There is some bourbon, oak, light vanilla and a touch of spice from the tequila. Definitely more stout heavy than the last blend but the barleywine gives off plenty of backing sweetness.

Taste: Like the aroma, tons of chocolate cake, marshmallow and caramel. The residual sweetness is very nice and mellows out the alcohol. Some bourbon, oak and even a touch of tequila as well add some depth. Some nice balance as well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Not undercarbonated at all. About average carbonation for the style.

Overall, I really enjoyed this blend. The stout quality really comes through and contributes some nice chocolate and caramel with some bourbon backing. Really mellow for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 02:38:09 | More by Gosox8787
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deucedeuce to snifter; will wait on the others and update later

A - dark brown/off black; about 1/4 of an inch cream-colored head; nice retention and a little bubbly

S - dark fruit; burnt sugar; sweet bourbon; coconut; boozy; a touch of oak

T - figs; bourbon; sugar; coffee; vanilla; a touch of caramel; subdued citrus hops; cherries; wow, the tequila comes late but it comes

M - medium-to-full bodied, although somehow pleasant and not too syrupy; perfect carbonation; has that tequila bite that lingers

O - this beer is pretty crazy...the flavors are everywhere and many and develop upon consumption and a little bit of time; it's boozy for sure but somehow doesn't seem too heavy; an extremely tasting offering that will certainly get better with age.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:12:09 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to CBS Snifter.

A - Poured dark brown and settled almost black - completely opaque with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Massively complex nose. Vanilla, bourbon, brandy and oak all come though initially as the various barrels really shine up front. Toffee, dark caramel, cocoa, roast and a hint of tequila in the background.

T - Pretty heavy barrel flavours up front - bourbon, oak, brandy, vanilla and tequila. The tequila is not dominant but is definitely more prominent than the nose indicated. Cocoa, caramel, toffee and roast are all here too.

M - Medium body, creamy. Somewhat sticky at times. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 18:39:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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