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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 139
Gots: 504 | FT: 40
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:
Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

23% Velvet Merkin
22.5% Stickee Monkee
20.3% Double Double Barrel Ale
10.8% Parabola
8.1% PNC
5.4% Helldorado
5.4% Bravo
4.5% Wookey Jack
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black opaque body from the side (you can see through from the top) with 1 finger light tan head that retains.

S: Oak, Vanilla, some hops, booziness,

T: While I think this could benefit a lot from aging, its got great taste fresh. I think it's a tad bit too boozy though. I guess lots of wood, oak, vanilla, caramel malt, roasty malt, hop bitterness, and booze. I also taste some... what appears to be tonic water? Very very complex.

M: It's thin for my linking and carbonation is quite sharp.

O: It's one tasty beer. As mentioned above, slightly too boozy and thin for my liking, but it's a very complex, masterfully blended beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Clear dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is toasty and very oak forward with hints of caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, subtle chocolate, tobacco and booze. The taste mirrors the nose with tons of oak and caramel along with hints of vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, tobacco, subtle dark fruit, chocolate, maple, coconut, and booze. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, perfectly carbonated with great balance and a subtle boozey warming finish. Overall, this is a bold, complex, and flavorful beer with huge drinkability for the ABV. Another awesome beer from one of my favorite breweries! Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours into my Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine glass, a very dark brown color, with a thick, fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a nice lace. I really like the murky depths of this beer. Holding it up to the light, nothing shines through at all.

This beer boasts a lot of aroma. I smell vanilla, chocolate, oak, light bourbon, figs, and tobacco. Wow, this aroma is intense. So much going on, but not overpowering or cloying at all. Just lots of different aromas.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. I get all the above, and also a nice sweet caramel flavor. Maybe just a hint of smoke also. It is pretty damn nice.

This beer is silky smooth. It has a mild carbonation, fitting the style. The 13% ABV is extremely well hidden in both the taste and the aroma. The entire time drinking it, I barely noticed just how strong it was. I get a caramel and toffee aftertaste.

With the high ABV, and the high shelf price, mixed with the limited availability, this beer might not make the best session beer. However, for just one bottle, this beer is very easy to drink.

Overall: This beer is amazing. I have been really impressed with Firestone Walker as a brewery the last few years, and I have always enjoyed their Anniversery releases. This one impresses me just as much and previous ones. Amazing beer!

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.