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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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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 492 | 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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4.58/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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

lordofstarside, Jan 01, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Damian, Dec 26, 2013
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.