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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 874
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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vfgccp

New York

3.89/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opened Apirl 13th, 2014

A - Beautiful ruby mahogany body. Nice khaki head with low retention and lace.

S - Great integration. Coffee, caramel, plum, warm booze and oak.

T - Nice flavor profile but surprisingly light. Caramel, cola, cocoa powder, booze, and marshmallow. Feels like it could use better integration.

M - Thinner than I wanted; medium-light body with relatively low staying power.

O - In a vacuum this is a fantastic beer, but relative to the history of anniversary ales from Firestone Walker it falls short of expectations. I'm concerned that the beer didn't age well.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:47:54 | More by vfgccp
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elNopalero

Texas

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

(From my 6+ month old notes)

This is the last of the series I tried as part of a flight at an epic bottle share.

As the most recent of the flight available (at the time of tasting) I found this beer to be “young” and still developing, at least in relation to the complexity, blended smoothness, and layers of the previous iterations.

This pours a dark black with cocoa colored foaming. I get a lot on the aromas, with some tobacco, stone fruits (figs and raisins), a bit of dark cherry and bitter chocolate. There’s an underlying boozy note that complements all this but the balance seems to be in process.

Flavorwise there’s more of the same. Lots of big flavors, from dried stone fruits to dark chocolates, and a hint of wood and vanilla beans. Wet leather? Tobacco leaf? Candied Orange? Yes, yes, and yes. A terrific blend but again, I would love to revisit this with a little more age on it. Since it’s a FW anniversary beer I’m not just looking for “good,” but transcendent.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:31:57 | More by elNopalero
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.83/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 19:37:43 | More by Jeffo
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Firestone's 16th Anniversary Ale came 4th in my recent beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting. Firestone's 16th Anniversary Ale got an average rating of 4.09 from the 7 judges. Being that it was 2 years old, and a retired beer, it held up pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 23:16:12 | More by ricknelson
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scottfrie

California

4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown woody color with a finger of creamy dark tan head that faded into a faint soft collar that left a touch of soapy lace.
S: Rich and potent notes of bourbon, leather, sweet molasses, raisin, and caramel. Mild spice and faint bakers chocolate as well.
T: Follows the nose with boozy flavors (not heat) of bourbon barrel spice, caramel and sweet molasses, vanilla, slight anise, and dried wood. Finish is woody, hints of vanilla, and the aftertaste is full of bourbon, sugar and chocolate. Not much tobacco. Not much hops but the aftertaste is still pretty bitter. Kick of licorice and earthy herbal bitterness.
M: Full thick body, chewy and viscous mouthfeel, low carb, tingly mouth, decent alcohol booziness but not necessarily warm. More bitter than I remember the last couple years being.
O: Not as good as I remember the last couple years being either. This one has a great flavor but a rougher mouthfeel. Still very drinkable, but maybe needs another year in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:24:24 | More by scottfrie
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_solskei

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Wasn't sure how this Anniversary would match up with the Parabola and others aged 1+ years. It was actually delightful. I was hesitant, because the '12 Anniversary off the shelf wasn't near as good as some of the years prior, in my opinion. But... it was very good. The recipe for '13 seems a bit bolder and I'm anxious to trying that one next year this time. This one, great recipe even aged at a year. Thinned a little toward the end.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:57:50 | More by _solskei
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-medium to dark brown color with a nice light tan head and some lacing

S-caramel, toffee, dark fruit, chocolate,vanilla, bourbon, light oak

T-toasted malt, caramel, toffee, raisins, chocolate, oak, bourbon

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth, little booziness

O-great flavors, loved sipping this and even more enjoyable as it warmed

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 02:38:30 | More by MDDMD
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Re-review one year to the day later. Bomber to a snifter, given a few minutes to warm up. Happy new years!

Pours black with a half finger of mocha foam that's dissipated quickly into a frothy ring. Mild carbonation creeping up on the sides of the glass, good legging and very spotty lacing

Giving it an additional few minutes to breathe. Smells of oak, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses, bourbon, figs, coffee, cherries, chocolate, brandy, and alcohol. Everything melts into a very sweet and rich smelling dose of oak, sugar, and booze

Taste is close with the nose- upfront oak, caramel, chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla and brandy. Definitely improved over a year, still not on par with the aroma though

Feel is thick and heavy, sticky and creamy. Still drinks pretty warm despite it's age, very drinkable though

Overall journey's going great so far. Two more, I'll be sure to review them both
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Bomber to snifter. At $23 this is the most expensive bottle I've ever bought

Pours midnight black with half a finger of mocha foam that receded pretty quickly with some good lacing, no visible carbonation. Coats the glass with good viscosity like a good wine. 4

Smells of oak, banana esters, vanilla, butter scotch, coffee beans, maple syrup, chocolate, cherries, a hint of citrus, some tobacco, leather, and some alcohol. Quite a lot going on here, very complex.5

Taste follows the nose pretty well, dark oak melds with dark fruits, coffee, tobacco, with a strong kick of alcohol. 4

Mouth is full bodied and thick. Very sticky and rich.4.5

Overall this beer really needs some age. It's really good but drink a little hot for me. I have another bottle in my cellar, I'll be sure to re-review in a year or two 4

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:14:19 | More by lordofstarside
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fluid ounces (650ml) bottle purchased at Pemberton Farms, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a slightly thin, chestnut brown and was topped by a tight, creamy, bubbly, one-inch tall crop of khaki colored foam. Drippy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass. The head faded to a frothy mass that lasted much longer than I anticipated.

The aroma was rich, robust and remarkably smooth. Bourbon came through big time. Super boozy, but in a good way. Tons of toasted coconut. Quite sweet with strong raisin and brown sugar notes. Some caramel and toffee appeared as well. There was a dry, powdery yeastiness initially, but this faded with time.

The flavor profile was solid. Roasted and toasted malts came through on the front end. Loads of bourbon. Strong caramel and dark fruit notes. Raisins were most noticeable. Maple syrup was also detectible. Slightly smoky with hints of tobacco. There was an almost overwhelming boozy/bourbon presence on the finish, along with some earthy, piney, bitter hops and a bit of ashiness. All in all, the beer was quite rich and sweet on the palate, but it lacked both the smoothness and the intensity of the nose.

The beer was medium bodied for the style. A fine, zippy effervescence gave the liquid a creamy, fluffy, almost puffy quality. After each sip, the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

If my memory serves me correctly, this Firestone Walker offering was one of the more balanced of their anniversary releases. This is a fantastic beer to sip and savor on a cold winter night.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 19:16:11 | More by Damian
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged about one year, had this fresh when it came out and it seemed like it would age very nicely for about 1-2 years. Last bottle, hoping for the best.

A- Poured into two pint glasses with atremains. The beer is black like an RIS but not quite oily thick looking, probably from the blending. Head builds up to about a finger high with a frothy, bubbly texture and a light tan hue. Retention is decent and a nice ring leaves some good spots of lace.

S- Smoothed out Bourbon and oak off the top with a quality feel, not just whiskey all the way. Vanilla oak is very inviting. Beyond that is something between a Barleywine and a big Stout. Malty notes of caramel, raisin, roast cereal grains and molasses.

T- Follows the nose with the relaxed, high quality Bourbon whiskey feel but more and more layers of complex flavor open up with each sip. When I think of Barleywine I get deep caramel and nice aged raisin Old Ale flavors. When I think of RIS, I get deep roasted cereal grains, burnt coffee grounds and chocolate powder bitterness. I can even taste a tiny bit of the Wookey Jack in here, my favorite Black IPA. Fresh oak wood notes and flavorful Bourbon atop of all of this. Tiny hint of rye spice, tequila and rum raisin.

MF- Thick bodied with a nice silky, creamy overall texture. Somewhat foamy with a medium level of carbonation. Finishes with just a bit of warmth and superb whiskey lingering on the palate.

Damn, I remember liking this beer when it was fresh but this just seems like a masterpiece right now. The layers and level of flavors in this beer is unlike most other brews and follows suit with the excellent standard FW has set with its anniversary ales. Bourbon atop it all with just about every beer flavor I can think of beneath that.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 16:34:59 | More by cbutova
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev 0%
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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deschutes_fan

Idaho

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

- Pours a dark brown with a layer of lightly tanned foam, decent carbonation.

- Smell is dominated by strong bourbon barrel stout aromas.

- The taste is complex with notes from each of the components. Sweet caramel and toffee from DDBA, wonderful rich roasty malt from the parabola, and nice velvety oatmeal mouthfeel from the Merkin. All these are flavors are tied together with the strong bourbon oak barrel character throughout. Top Notch.

- Overall a fantastic beer. Drinkable, but complex. Flavors are cohesive with the common barrel flavor. I prefer straight parabola over this, but this is still a treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:16:55 | More by deschutes_fan
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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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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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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timc100

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
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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dogfishandi

New York

4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. Bottled 10/05/12 (1year of age)

A very dark cola brown color, almost appears black, with a fine creamy light beige colored head, decent head retention, nice alcohol legs.

Lots of alcohol aromas, mostly bourbon, maybe some brandy, lots of barrel qualities, vanilla, caramel sweetness and just hints of seaweed as it warms.

Boozey, but not overly so, big bourbon flavors, maybe some brandy, nice oaky vanilla barrel qualities. Some really nice sweet butterscotch with a bit of caramel.

Fairly thick body, but not overly so. Both body and carb suit this beer perfectly.

As with last years, this is all about the bourbon and the barrel. One of the best examples of a barrel aged beer. Similar to a lot of BA barleywines.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:39:30 | More by dogfishandi
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pkalix

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

some chocolate milk head but that went away quickly. very very dark brown in the glass, no lacing, just unorganized foamy bubbles on the side of the glass. smell is very beautiful. bourbon is very nice layered on top of some lighter coffee, toffee roasted malts, vanilla. taste is the same and very well-balanced, very smooth. all I can say is 'wow'. a little bitter on the sides, but this is extremely smooth and velvety. I didn't research this much before I opened it so I was intrigued when I read what Phelps wrote in his review back in July. quite a mix of some decent brew. before I even continue with this, and I think I just want to relax and enjoy this one, I will recommend you scroll down to read what Phelps wrote as that was a really nice description....
mmm, lingering chocolate and not in a novelty way. this is really an almost perfect brew. this one is truly "good to the last drop".

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:19:19 | More by pkalix
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours dark brown with 2 fingers of a light tan creamy head. Appears black in once in the glass, but when held up to light reveals hints of brown and dark ruby red.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of coconut.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee, bourbon, roasted malt, caramelized sugar, toffee, tequila, slight earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the low end of medium.

Overall: Incredibly complex beer. Each smell and sip seems to yield additional flavors and aromas. This is a beer that's worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:58:33 | More by Jonada
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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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Phelps

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 is composed of eight different beers from 226 oaken barrels. The percentages fall out like so:

- 23 percent Velvet Merkin, an awesomely-named bourbon-aged oatmeal stout
- 22.5 percent Stickee Monkee, a nearly 13-percent ABV English barleywine aged in bourbon and brandy barrels
- 20.3 percent Double Double Barrel Ale, an imperial English pale ale aged in retired barrels from the Firestone Union
- 10.8 percent Parabola, a bourbon-aged Russian imperial stout
- 8.1 percent PNC, a tequila-aged buckwheat stout brewed in collaboration with Publican National Congress
- 5.4 percent bourbon- and brandy-aged Helldorado, a blonde Barleywine
- 5.4 percent bourbon- and brandy-aged Bravo, an imperial brown ale, and
- 4.5 percent Wookey Jack, a dank and hoppy black IPA

With all that stuff in there, you might expect the flavors and aromas to get a little muddled. But here's what you can really smell: the tequila. No matter what other ingredients are included, nothing can quite mask the pungent potency of tequila. The agave liquor adds its musk to an incredible melange of cocoa, dark cherry, toasted coconut, vanilla bean and smoke. Think eating a chocolate-covered cherry in a smoky bar in Mexico.

And here's what you can really taste: nothing. And by nothing, I mean everything. The beers above all contribute individual elements -- Velvet Merkin's oats are noticeable; Double DBA has lent its distinct toffee character -- but each is indistinguishable from the next. Fruity brandy gives way to smoky dark chocolate which steps aside for buckwheat, vanilla and tequila before an aged-citrus finish. It's an ocean of flavor, constantly shifting and revealing new depths with each pass. The body is perfect -- velvety yet not too heavy. Carbonation gently tingles the tongue, and alcohol, which should be hard to get away from, is instead hard to find at all.

This Firestone Anniversary is the best since 13, which is saying something-- I loved that beer more than most parents love their babies. Bottles aren't cheap -- extended aging in barrels is takes up costly time and space, so prices jumped this year to more than $25 at some stores. And that's if you can even find them -- nearly every beer purveyor sold out of the boxed bombers within a few days. But many bars are set to tap kegs at special events Thanksgiving weekend, so try to get your fill on draft before it's gone.

On draft, this is much sweeter. Maple, very sweet bourbon, just a hint of tequila. Blue agave. A touch o' char. Sweeter, smoother, but perhaps less complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 21:45:14 | More by Phelps
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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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draheim

Washington

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a tulip. Pours a murky mahogany brown w/ a thin beige head that settles to a transparent film of sea foam. No lacing but it does leave some boozy, sudsy legs on the glass with a swirl.

Aroma is a rich, complex blend of toffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, dark brown sugar, molasses, and booze. Wowee zowee.

Taste, likewise, is complex and flavorful. Tons of dark sugars, bourbon, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, rum-soaked pipe tobacco, and peaty smoky char.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, rich and dessert-like. A real sipper of a beer.

Overall, what else did we expect here but another masterpiece of blending and barrel aging by Firestone Walker? These guys know exactly what they're doing and they keep getting better at it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 04:33:03 | More by draheim
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McD0uche

California

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

A look: Pours a dark brown with a nice copper head and moderate retention. Lacing isn't too prominent.

Smells complex: Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, fruits, roasted malts, and boozy.

First sip: Really tasty. Raisen bread comes to mind, with the §ucaba coming through prominently. Toffee, chocolate, oak, caramel, and vanilla.. very delicious.

On the palate: Billowy, rich, full, and smooth. Sits well and goes down easy.

The verdict: Pretty awesome. This is a cool series by FW, and they continue to amaze me with the quality of stuff they put out. I'm glad I have another one I can age for a while and compare my notes with.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:33:24 | More by McD0uche
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Dope

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 10/05/12.

A: Very dark brown pour with a large, fluffy medium brown head. Head fades at a moderate pace. Decent fluffy splotchy lacing. Good retention.

S: Lots of barrel notes. Tequila? Hmph. Some toasted coconut from the bourbon barrels as well. Lots of caramel and fig with some roasted malt just barely poking through. Maybe hints of brown sugar?

T: Definitely some tequila barrel in there. Surprisingly strong, I figured it would be mild given that it's a small part of the blend. I guess tequila isn't exactly subtle in general, however. Again with the toasted coconut and caramel. Lots of it. Sweet brown sugar, fig and maybe even marshmallow in there too. Mild chocolate and a little char. Finish is oaky with hints of tequila and toasted coconut. Lingering spirits in the aftertaste.

M: Not nearly as heavy as you'd expect 13% to be. Barrel flavors seem to cut down on the thickness. Nice.

O: Another unique anniversary beer from FW. Tequila is definitely an interesting note, not too overpowering but there's plenty of it there. Despite this being over 50% stout it doesn't have huge stout notes. It's more like a big sweet barrel-aged english barleywine with a little roasted malt characteristic in it. Not my favorite anniversary blend but still quite good.

Serving type: bottle

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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