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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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gr0g

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Stone Double Bastard mini tumbler. Color is deep brown, almost black, with good clarity. A thin, light-khaki head of tiny bubbles forms. The aroma is as complex as you'd imagine, being a blend of eight different barrel-aged beers. There's a definite coffee component, along with lots of sticky-sweet caramel. Alcohol is noticeable too, but it's quite subdued for a 13% brew and stays below the "too powerful" threshold.

XVI is my first FW anniversary ale, and it's a wonderful mash-up of barrel-aged stout and Barleywine. Sugars are kept nicely in check, while the sticky, slightly syrupy mouthfeel of other FW barrel aged offerings such as Abacus/Sucaba and Double DBA carries over. Dark toffee with chocolate accents. Some fruit components - think rum-soaked plums. Alcohol sting on the finish.

While aging would definitely help this, it was hard to resist trying this now. Despite some alcohol heat, this is drinking nicely now and is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 20:51:46 | More by gr0g
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MikeRoni

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-26-2012 16:15:25 | More by MikeRoni
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rand

California

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 650 mL bottle to pint glass

Ahh, Firestone's blended series continues. Notes of anise, vanilla and caramel leap from the glass while the deep mahogany and rich complexion keep with expectations. Having sampled Firestone's barrel-aged, there's a certain signature profile unique to the brewery, which makes Parabola and Abacus ridiculous. Pretty much the same thing here.

Boozy notes blend with anise and chocolate. Oak and vanilla are bordered by a touch of hop crispness. The whole mouthfeel is cohesive and singularly but nuanced. Finishes long but doesn't linger.

This brew is amazing, and it shows Firestone has developed a trademark barrel-age flavor. The beer is extremely dangerous, 13% is afterthought...sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:21:48 | More by rand
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flexabull

California

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah number 16... I'm getting old, I remember buying number 10, and it feels like it was a couple of years ago.

Pours a pretty deep brown color with a pretty nice off white head.

Aromas are very nice. Notes of cocoa, leather, light tabacco, coconut, and brown sugar.

Taste is boozy, with notes of roasted nuts, tabacco, and hints of brown sugar. Finish is warmth from the alcohol with sweet coconut and vanilla flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side. I like this style to have a bit more body. It is smooth and well carbonated though.

Overall? Solid, but this doesn't quite measure to prior years versions. Kinda bummed that the last couple of years have just been very good instead of excellent, might be time to open my vertical and stop buying 2 bottles per year. Nice beer, but I'm not sure it's worth it's price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 04:15:25 | More by flexabull
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effyeaAB

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-26-2012 00:13:18 | More by effyeaAB
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-25-2012 05:29:49 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Treebs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FW tulip.

A: Pours a solid black color with some dark ruby highlights around the edges. A light khaki head forms on the pour and recedes slowly to a thick ring. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Some chocolate and caramel malt notes. A little roast and a touch of oak. As it warms up there are definitive spirit/bourbon notes on the back end.

T: Light bourbon-like flavors up front that give way to some milk chocolate and a little bit of coffee bean. Some salted caramel sweetness with a touch of roast. Slightly oaky as well with just a hint of piney hops and a little bit of booze. A little bit of brown sugar sweetness comes out as well.

M: Medium to heavy bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation level.

O: This was definitely stout like in flavor profile, but there are bits and pieces of some of the other blended beers that remind you it's still a blend. This might be the best fresh Anniversary ale that I've had from FW.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 13:45:53 | More by Treebs
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spoony

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A-The brew is ebony in color with little flecks of ruby color in the light. A soft pour produced no head and only a thin ring of dark tan foam.

S-A barrel-heavy blend of chocolate, bourbon, and brown sugar. Lots of booze here, which gives the brew a sort of hot nose, but it isn't off-putting.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely. Booze is upfront and immediately noticeable, but it carries a nice mixture of milky chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and brown sugar. Also a little dark fruit.

M-Sweet, heavy bodied feel, but not terribly syrupy (too much alcohol for that, I think). Carbonation is mild and fine.

O-I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. It was hot and boozy, but the alcohol kept things from being too cloying, and the flavors layered nicely. I never felt like the booze or barrel characters overpowered things. I will be curious to see how a some time in the cellar changes the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 02:13:06 | More by spoony
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-24-2012 01:32:19 | More by cnbrown313
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jdhasse

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-23-2012 20:50:27 | More by jdhasse
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-23-2012 13:50:18 | More by ejimhof
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MichaelBigbone

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is one heavy, rich, thick brew.

The complexity is almost too overpowering and intimidating.
Don't let it discourage you, as it is a great taster!

I rated this as a high 4, mainly because of the taste. The smell is very complex and it was great to really revisit this important tasting aspect several times during the sampling...
The nose delivered a significant promise...a promise of what was to come, I could pick up the hops, and the malts at this step. Caramel, tobaccos, spices, and fruits. However, the taste was very much overwhelmed with caramel malt...very much defined by stout. Chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, sherry sweetness is very much present. I lost the promises of the hops delivering citrus and tang, although the hoppy freshness could be tasted in the background.

Color was dark chocolates, with a very dark tan head that laces into a small ring once settled. Let it sit for a few minutes, while you smell

Don't get me wrong, I very much enjoyed this beer. Only to be enjoyed from a tulip glass or wine glass to concentrate the flavor, but make sure you let it reach just below room temp to fully enjoy the full bodied richness.

Prost! Congrats on this years anniversary!

//mts

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 08:41:27 | More by MichaelBigbone
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: black body beer with 1 full finger of creamy tan colored head that drops down to a thin cap and eventually a ring.

Smell: Very sweet nose. Oak, bourbon, and vanilla; lots of huge barrel notes.

Taste: Barrel forward beer. Vanilla, bourbon, a rootbeer / cola like flavor. Chocolate with spicy and warming booze. Lot of complexity and intense sweet flavors coming from this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer thats close to a full bodied beer. Low end of moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth barrel aged beer with a little booze kick that works well in this beer.

Overall: This is another enjoyable anniversary blend by FSW. It is reminiscent of FSW 13. This blend drank fresh is actually one of the better anniversary blends that I have drank right out of the gates.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 07:35:42 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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aflies

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-23-2012 05:25:55 | More by aflies
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

12-23-2012 02:37:40 | More by thegerm87
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Mreyes69

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-23-2012 02:28:43 | More by Mreyes69
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

12-22-2012 23:54:57 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8%

12-22-2012 23:50:20 | More by djrn2
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PatrickGossett


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-22-2012 22:15:54 | More by PatrickGossett
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Runs4Beer

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-22-2012 03:53:47 | More by Runs4Beer
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Ozurr

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-21-2012 21:12:14 | More by Ozurr
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AlexM

California

4/5  rDev -8%

12-21-2012 20:58:26 | More by AlexM
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-21-2012 06:18:03 | More by MarkyMOD
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-21-2012 05:47:51 | More by ShemRahBoo
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bh123

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-21-2012 04:27:58 | More by bh123
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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