Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.66/5 rDev +7.1%
Had a free sample on tap, poured into a shot glass.
A: Dark brown, nearly black with a brown ring of head.
S: Vanilla, oak, some citrus, chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, grass and coconut in the nose. Smells like a bourbon barrel aged black ale.
T: Starts off fruity, like a citric IPA, but not bitter, followed by chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and vanilla/oak bourbon character. Delicious and quite interesting.
O: Try it if you can. It's really good. I couldn't find bottles of it anywhere. This was my first Firestone Anniversary Ale and I can't wait to try next years. Lucky I'll have Sucaba and Parabola to comfort me.
01-18-2013 20:34:47 | More by BierJager89
3.88/5 rDev -10.8%
A - Pours dark, dark burgundy that's borderline black with a thick, one fingered cream/toffee colored head, it eventually leaves a thick, frothy ring. Swirl the glass and it's semi-viscous and clings to the sides.
S - Oak, bourbon, cherries, dark fruit, chocolate, cream, and light coffee notes.
T - The first noticeable thing is the rather bold alcohol, boozy presence with lots of warming on the way down. Oak, bourbon, vanilla, leather, dark fruit, and dark chocolate bitterness finishes things out. Leaves a coating of dark chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon that lingers for awhile, the bourbon eventually dies out and leaves the chocolate and vanilla on the palate.
M - Medium body and one would expect a thicker beer judging buy the aroma, somewhat slick, and velvet smooth.
O - I always enjoy a good barrel aged beer but it's overly boozy right now which detracts from the complexity. Purchase multiple bottles, try one now, then cellar the rest, and revisit in 10-12 months to see if and how it mellows. I think this will definitely be better with some age on it and will revisit my review at that time.
01-18-2013 03:23:22 | More by jzeilinger
3.59/5 rDev -17.5%
I like Firestone. I think they have some good beers and some decent beers. I was stoked to try this anniversary after hearing that it is a blend (stoked and worried, that is); I was pleasantly surprised by the complexity and flavor, however, and would recommend this beer.
01-16-2013 00:27:33 | More by Chadhowie
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 949 ratings.