Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.36/5 rDev +0.2%
Fairly aggressively poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker Brewing Company Proprietor's Reserve Series branded snifter.
Pours a very dark mocha brown capped by cream colored one and a half to two finger creamy head. Excellent retention, especially for a barrel-aged blended beer, some evident lacing. Big oaky aroma joined by bourbon, brandy, and jammy, red-wine accented juicy and dried dark fruit. Deliciously, ridiculously complex. Toasted oak, black cherry, raisins, dates, red wine, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, almond, hints of cashew and pecans. With every sip there's more and more. Finishes with some piney, citrusy bitterness at first that quickly relents, more pleasant oak and bourbon and brandy contributions. Full bodied, smooth, syrupy on the edges, with moderate carbonation. As usual Firestone Walker's anniversary ale is a beautiful beer. However, I'm inclined to believe this one may be among my favorites.
03-13-2013 03:36:48 | More by chanokokoro
4.26/5 rDev -2.1%
S: Sweet bourbon and oak up front, rich breadiness, just a touch of roast.
L: Very dark brown, some ruby highlights. Eggshell white head that dissipates.
T: Bourbon sweetness with some soft roastiness. Maltiness follows with some chocolate cakeness. Low bitterness yielding to some caramel and a touch of toffee. Slight nuttiness into a finish with a slight citric twang. Semi-sweet finish with some hazlenut.
M: Medium bodied, medium low carbonation. Some alcohol heat that increases as the beer warms.
Really enjoyed this, much better than the 15 but not quite as good as the 14. The stout characteristics are surprisingly mellow considering how much they make up in the blend. The citrus twang was quite interesting from the hops.
03-12-2013 02:46:49 | More by bum732
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
On tap at Max's the other day.
The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive in this one, as I pick up considerable vanilla, milk chocolate, a hint of maraschino cherry and light bourbon. The beer smells as if it will be pretty sweet/rich, which of course it is. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and I'm really picking up a lot of milk chocolate, vanilla and light bourbon. It's pretty damn tasty, no doubt, but the beer does have a bit of heat on the finish (from the 13% abv. no doubt), that mars the flavor profile somewhat. Mouthfeel is fairly full and soft, though the beer doesn't come across as heavy or tiring on the finish (which is surprising in a beer that is so rich and high in alcohol). Pretty hard to imagine ever having more than small glass of this, given the sweetness and high alcohol, but there's no doubt this is another tasty, impressive beer from FW.
03-11-2013 12:08:52 | More by John_M
4.79/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
03-09-2013 02:26:02 | More by Suds
4.29/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
03-05-2013 23:10:46 | More by rlee1390
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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