Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.79/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This beer is an experience, one to be slowly enjoyed...sipped, savor end, and contemplated. It is dark, ruddy brown, and just slightly carbonated. A thin, slim head sits on top...quickly fading. The taste is where this beer grabs you, and truly doesn't let go. Adjectives come to mind - enveloping, layered, complex, expansive, wow. It is sweet, malty, boozy, and very oaky. Earthy, yet refined. Dark fruit, cocoa, fig, and smoke. It is hard to describe because the date changes and reveals ever more complexity with every sip. Warming and, at times, numbing. Full in body, even luxurious. The taste hangs on the tongue long after the drink. Exceptional.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2013 02:26:02 | More by Suds
4.29/5 rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A-Black/deep brown, one finger off white head with some lacing.
S-Bourbon, oak, malt, chocolate, coffee and molasses.
T-Mild bourbon, some oak, caramel, molasses, slight bitterness. Some chocolate and coffee.
M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
O-A step up from last year, price still makes it hard to justify purchasing two. However a must try at least once.
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2013 23:10:46 | More by rlee1390
4.06/5 rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on-tap at Capitol Beer and Tap Room in Sacramento, CA
Appearance - Deep, near black cordovan brown, served in a 10oz pour with a thin, light tan head. Good retention. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing with fair stick.
Smell - Strong, bourbony boozy aroma, sweet with vanilla, chocolate and faintly earthy character.
Taste - Follows the nose; bourbon booziness, while notes of vanilla and lesser of chocolate bounce around in the deep background. Sweet vanilla notes shine through brighter as the beer warms. Somewhat chaotic start turns a smooth finish. Hints of oak and moderate alcohol heat. Traces of caramel can be found well into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with slightly tingly carbonation. Heat from the alcohol forces this thing to finish bone dry.
Overall - This is one complex, boozy "mess" of a beer, and considering it's a blend of 8 different barrel-aged brews, it's right where it should be. Growing up, I was always a fan of making soda kamikazes, so I don't find it much surprising that I rather enjoyed this. Normally I'm not a fan of booze forward brews; this one's an exception.
Serving type: on-tap
03-04-2013 04:07:40 | More by TheSixthRing
4.59/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This sat on store shelves for months. Que?? After I delved into the Double Dba, I had to go back and pull the trigger on this one.
Cola perception with a head that fizzles away quickly, receding to the edges in a thin line formation. Soon that will be gone too as it comes up in temperature.
I could assimilate this all day long. Bananas fried in butter flambéed in Grand Marnier. Alcohol, light brown sugar, vanilla oaked tequila. Bourbon notes with a floral bouquet dusted with cocoa powder. A very complex libation, really, need I go on?
Taste of alcohol throughout entire sip or 'aggressive slurp'. My mind goes through a myriad of booze. Let's go...first I get the anejo tequila, shutterbox, as a camera, I get oaky bourbon, onto a delightful rye whiskey. A mellifluous sweetness with fig and dried cherry. Hoppy bitterness that is subdued in a dusty Dutch cocoa fashion. This is tremendously tremendous.
Some pucker from the cocoa and hops. Almost no carbonation at the ideal temperature.
You need to follow the manufacturers recommendation to drink this at the optimal 55F to fully enjoy the voluptuousness and intricate aromas and flavours.. Cold temp. proves to be bitter, untamed, raw and unsophisticated. The dynamics lend well to the pleasuring of the palate. This breaks down inhibitions and...tally ho.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2013 22:25:13 | More by joeseppy
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.