Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
Thanks to MaxStout for sharing this one at jmgrub's birthday tasting.
Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy biege head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a sugary flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but probably my least favorite of the Anniversary beers thus far.
02-26-2013 02:14:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.63/5 rDev -16.6%
Served in an Illinois State shaker pint glass.
Now that the tacos and whatnot have been consumed, howzabout a digestif? This stuff pours a deep ruby-black-brown topped by a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, whiskey, dry oak, toasted caramel, a hint of coffee, light dark greens, and a kiss of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of green, leafy hops. Interestingly, though all components return, they don't express themselves as harmoniously as before, instead opting to individually spiking up against each other at various points. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid blend, one that's generally enjoyable, but one that also suffers from a lack of refinement. Perhaps a bit of age would do this beer well, but as things stand now, it's good but not great.
11-25-2012 19:20:23 | More by TMoney2591
4.25/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured into a mini nonic pint, compact thin cap of tan foam, arcs of lacing in the glass. Lasting skim across the surface, breaks after a few sips.
Toffee and plantains in caramel sauce. Slight hint of booze.
Chocolate and caramel, toffee, vanilla sweetness up front. Dry barrel tannins in the aftertaste. Full bodied though easily drinkable. Very smooth and a little viscous. Overall it's well blended and easily drinkable now... not going to improve with cellaring, so drink em if ya got em.
02-25-2013 00:31:44 | More by emerge077
4.23/5 rDev -2.8%
Christmas dinner 2012
A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of vanilla and oak. Some dark chocolate notes, too.
T - It tasted of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and a touch of bitter hops. Fairly boozy, too.
M - It was smooth and clean finish. A medium to full bodied brew.
O - This is fantastic. Firestone Walker's anniversary beers have all been great.
01-05-2013 22:16:16 | More by zeff80
4.38/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
12-13-2012 03:42:56 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
On-tap at Local Option. Served in a snifter.
A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. Brown body with some ruby transparency when held to the light. Impressive for a 13% barrel-aged blend.
S - Roasty, with some chocolate an coffee notes and mild oak. Fairly stout-like this year, but with some obvious English malt influences, as well as a decidedly English approach to the barrel-aging; oxidized fruits and mild vanilla in addition to dry wood.
T - The taste is similar, with a mixture of roasty stout, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, and chocolate, with a milder barrel influence than the aroma. The tequila is thankfully understated and creeps in late, although it does assert itself more as the beer warms with a spicy faux hop herbaceous vibe to it. Booze comes out a bit as this warms, and this gets a tad heavy and fatiguing.
M - Dry, roasty, and tannin heavy, with a medium-full body, and fairly restrained carbonation. Alochol is reasonably well-concealed, making this a smooth drinker even with the grainy and oak-heavy texture.
D - I enjoyed this more than the disappointing XV, as I dug the heavier roast stout flavors and the restraint on the vanilla. This also doesn't have cloying sugary sweetness and oxidization like last year. I was a bit skeptical about the blend, but the tequila integrated better than expected. I'd be curious to try this again, but I don't anticipate it will age that well, as it's decidedly mellow to begin with. Probably too pricey for me to splurge on though, as there are beers I enjoy more at half the price. It took me a while to work through the snifter.
12-30-2012 03:43:03 | More by MasterSki
4.43/5 rDev +1.8%
this is just sensational stuff. came in a box for 19 bucks with a two sided r page of notes about the blending process. wow, this defines craft to me, maybe a little over the top by some standards, but you have to be impressed by this level of attention to detail. the beer pours dark and a tad silty into a wine glass. its glowing red and brown and caramel and black all at once, with a quarter inch of tan bubbles that dont go anywhere and are easily reinvigorated with a gentle swirl of the glass. the nose is real intense, tons of booze and wood, dead giveaway for a blended beer. lots of stout it seems like here, big roasty malt profile behind all that bourbon, some definite rye too from the wookie jack. flavor is more hoppy than expected, and the small portion of tequilla barrel aged brew comes right up to the top of the flavor spectrum here. it almost starts and ends like a shot of nice tequilla. so much complexity here, oak, chocolate, heavy handed american hop varieties. just a wonderful glass of beer, with alcohol strength just radiating throughout. the feel is taken over by the booze. if you hold it it your mouth for a few seconds, its akin to licking a 9volt battery, caustic and electric. not to say thats a bad thing, because it works here, almost necessary to cut through the layers of flavor and bring a man back to earth. full body obviously, but not undrinkable in feel, just in strength for me at least. great bottle to share with other beer enthusiasts. its stuff like this that cements firestone walker near the top of the brewing hierarchy in my mind. not a hair out of place. this is a series i wait for every year, and it just keeps getting better. do not miss it.
12-31-2012 21:47:05 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
03-21-2013 20:01:29 | More by mdfb79
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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