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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: 922
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 129
Gots: 486 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012)
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ibison4

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-13-2013 03:10:40 | More by ibison4
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color that let's a substantial amount of light through the edges. Compact but dense head that dissipates quickly and leaves surface swirls.

Smells much like their other anniversary ales. Heavy on the bourbon. Caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, woodsy.

It's very sweet from the onset. Butterscotch, dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak. Sticky sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I'm used to from anything FW offers out of barrels. Low on the carbonation spectrum.

It's a very good beer with robust flavor. My only knock it the lighter-than-usual mouthfeel and cloyingly sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:19:19 | More by Vonerichs
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ejyoung

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

07-12-2013 04:50:30 | More by ejyoung
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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

07-12-2013 02:29:26 | More by roodie
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Phelps

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Crazydaddyo

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Tiger33

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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baybum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8%

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Benjiehorn

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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CTJman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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HinghamRick

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

07-06-2013 14:46:28 | More by GeoffreyM
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pmoney

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

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Topher78

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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FranzBC

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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bird22

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Fahz

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

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Rogorama

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Okisailor

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.