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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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934 Ratings
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Ratings: 934
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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Leftofthedial

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-26-2013 23:11:12 | More by Leftofthedial
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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 +5.5%
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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gmendez1122

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -31%

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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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kk73

Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

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California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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twelveinches

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-12-2013 06:49:30 | More by twelveinches
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adamdarcy

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Zimm

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -8%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev -8%

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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.