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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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ehammond1


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a bit of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a fairly quick pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, tequila, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, toasted coconuts, dark fruits, Brandy, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, vanilla, tequila, dark fruits, and some toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak, Bourbon, Brandy, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and bit of citrus hop. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, toasted coconuts, Bourbon, Brandy, Tequila, chocolate, molasses, and booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Amazing blend of flavors. Very complex but still has a great deal of smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 06:58:29 | More by ngeunit1
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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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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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homebrew311

Illinois

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

Appearance is burgundy with a thin lingering white head. Leaves behind splotchy lacing. Nose is sweet with maple, vanilla, and a moderate amount of oak. Taste is well balance with maple, vanilla, minimal chocolate, a little bit of booze at the end. Mouthfeel is heavy with medium carbonation. Overall, not as tasty as 15, a little spendy, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:45:46 | More by homebrew311
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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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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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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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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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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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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle thanks to buzze40, 22oz into some tulips.

Deep brown, with a mocha head. Good lace and a little bit of retention. Nose has moderate bourbon, leather, oak and vanilla. Hella complex. Palate has more vanilla, oak, coconut, general whiskey barrel notes and chocolate. Again, complexity exceeds my descriptors. Medium full body, and exceptionally smooth palate. Ideal carbonation right out the bottle as well. Brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 20:20:15 | More by liamt07
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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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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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Arbitrator

California

3.23/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. My first review from my Kindle!

A: Pours a dark brown; not totally black when held to the light. Light tan head with short retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, raisin (sherry), vanilla. I do not find the signature coconut aroma I love in FW barrel aged beers. There is a significant bourbon and oak note. Some heat. I'm a little let down already; the past anniversary beers have often had much more expressive noses. This is a bit one-dimensional.

T: Undeveloped and simplistic considering the past successes of the blending program. This is no XIII. The oatmeal stout is prominent; it lends a chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon base that some of the other flavors play off: a touch of brandy, some toffee, and a spicy bite that I assume is from the tequila. It's not bad, but it is not great. I was hoping the other components would express themselves more in the flavor, but they have been lost in the mix.

M: Medium bodied. It is not boozy, but it has a warming effect on the way down.

O: Pretty forgettable at the price point. This is outclassed by Parabola and Sucaba, which are $10 cheaper. If it were a $10 four-pack, sure...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:51:41 | More by Arbitrator
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: This was just a degree shy of being pitch black. It poured with the thin, khaki colored fizzy head.

s: Absolutely dominated by whiskey and naked oak aromas. There were hints of vanilla, roaty malts, grassy hops, and caramel; but they were quite mild when compared to the bordering on harsh barrel notes.

t: Up front I tasted a boozy, too heavily hopped big stout. I could find some roastiness, caramel, and maybe a hint of fruit, but the surprisingly strong grassy hop note wad distracting. There was nice, strong whiskey flavor towards the middle that was quickly brushed aside by woody, bitter astringency.

m: Thin or silky depending on your overall level of enjoyment I suppose.

o: I liked this more than my review suggests, but overall I am disappointed. I'm very glad that I shared this one. 22 ounces would have been kind of a chore. The pale ales in the blend came through too strongly in my opinion, making this drink almost like a wateted down or diluted stout. The barrel notes were good, but more vanilla would have been welcome. The underlying beer came across as a kind of random hodgepodge of beer. I've never tried any of the beers in this blend, but my suspicion is that a lot of great beers were sacrificed to make a slightly above average one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 21:32:30 | More by DIM
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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

05-20-2013 03:43:43 | More by Dope
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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
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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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arizcards

Arizona

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late November for $22.99.

Beer poured a dark brown with a decent tan head upon the initial pour.

Nose is lovely, vanilla and bourbon with some dark fruits.

Taste is crazy good, vanilla and bourbon, dark fruits, some hints of chocolate blended artfully together to form a delightfully aged bourbon barleywine stout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall a superb beer that is masterfully crafted. For the abv it is only slightly warming and not cloying. Glad i could experience this gem. I hope i can snag a bottle of the 17th anniversary!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:23:52 | More by arizcards
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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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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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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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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Firestone Walker Sixteen (XVI)
Poured into a snifter from the tap at iTap (Soulard). Poured during their Nightmare Before Christmas Event.

Copied from notes.

Pours a dark, dark brown almost black with a light creame colored head. The head is short and slightly dense but recedes fairly quickly. Leaves some sticky lacing. (4.0)

Intense bourbon aroma starts things off. Licorice and some cinnamon present form the wood and there are some intense caramel notes. The booze in this brew is definitely hard to miss. It is very intense and hot. (4.0)

The flavor follows the nose. Caramel and toffee sweetness starts thing off while an intense rush of boozy heat comes in quick. Sort of overtakes the sweetness. There are some vanilla notes in there, as well as some slight chocolate roast present. The flavors are intense and work well together but the brew is very hot. Mouthfeel is oily and viscous. Finishes dry but with somewhat of a sticky caramel note. (4.0) (4.5)

Overall, this brew is good. I’ve had better of their Anniversary blends. Very hot. Flavors are delicious and sweet with caramel and nice cinnamon notes but the heat overtakes them somewhat. Also, this version doesn't seem as well blended as the others. (3.5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 22:54:24 | More by JoEBoBpr
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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

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