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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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BA SCORE
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world-class

929 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 484 | FT: 41
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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Massachusetts

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Illinois

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Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
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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incubuscience

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

04-23-2013 16:02:03 | More by incubuscience
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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

04-23-2013 01:37:34 | More by Schmuckles
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

04-22-2013 16:39:03 | More by EvoJoe
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

04-22-2013 00:43:16 | More by kennethkearns
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -8%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%

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California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay goblet. Pours out an intense, dark chocolate brown with a quarter inch of light brown head. Very minimal lace, expected due to the 13% ABV.

Chocolate, plum, vanilla, oak, coffee and earth make up the smell. Booze creeps in as it warms, but not as much as expected.

Plum, toffee, oak and booze (whiskey/brandy) combine right up front. The booze isn't that hot, but the flavor remains. Grassy hops, vanilla and chocolate touch down around the middle. Finishes with a slight coffee and citrus note. Goes down smooth for being such a big beer.

Malt driven strong ales aren't really up my style alley, but every once in a while I get a craving. This one suited my craving just fine, complex and full of flavor. I would place this above the past few Firestone Anniversary releases.

Serving type: bottle

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New York

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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +14.9%

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Arizona

4/5  rDev -8%

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Connecticut

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.