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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 486 | 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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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-15-2012 07:20:12 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

12-15-2012 06:30:49 | More by brez8791
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Hanzo

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-15-2012 01:13:31 | More by Hanzo
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Listers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-14-2012 18:57:00 | More by Listers
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-13-2012 23:51:14 | More by enelson
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Kevlee722

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-13-2012 06:33:45 | More by Kevlee722
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Pineville, MO

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar lacing & average head retention

S: Dark fruit, a touch of booze

T: Figs, raisins, a bit of dark chocolate & then a touch of port, & a hint of boozey cakeyness up front. Bourbon elbows its way forward as this warms, some toffee, figs, black currant & cherry (boozey bing cherries). Finishes slightly dry, with rich dark fruit, a little vanilla, caramel & chocolate, just a bit of leafy hops & booze coming through

MF: Chewy, ever so slight carbonation, sticky, much warming

Pretty easy to drink despite the heft & complexity. I really nice effort, not cheap by any means, but I'd buy again if given a chance. I'm so thrilled we have Firestone Walker in the near-by Show Me state!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:42:56 | More by russpowell
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marct

Nevada

4/5  rDev -8%

12-11-2012 05:19:26 | More by marct
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Salty Pig in Boston. 10oz serving in a Boulevard glass ($13).

A- Pours a dark slightly reddish brown that appears mostly opaque in the glass. About two fingers of frothy darker beige cream boardering mocha brown head that has nice retention but slowly recedes to a flat top without any head leaving some light layered lacing. Decent consistently rising carbonation.

S- Chocolate, toffee, tequila, lightly roasted malts, hints of bourbon, and some light oak. Decently aromatic, fairly complex, and a nice balance without anything dominating too much. If anything the tequila shows a little bit much in the barrels.

T- Fairly sweet mixture of chocolate, toffee, tequila that adds taste but not much of an alcohol flavor, some faint bourbon, and some oaky vanilla. Finishes with a barrel aged presence that definitely makes itself known and a cocoa aftertaste that lingers with a hint of tequila.

M- Smooth, very drinkable especially at 13%, only a slight abv burn, nice carbonation, fairly full bodied.

O- Nice barrel blend that has a slight over-powering taste but other then that it is nicely balanced taking the best elements from each of the base beers. FW 16 was very smooth and did not have a strong alcohol presence until it hit you later. It had a nice complexity and a very nice drinkability. I think I preferred 15 a little bit more, but 16 was very good and I definitely recommend trying it. I definitely recommend giving it a try, but due to the price I probably wouldn't pick up too many.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 00:26:16 | More by jaasen64
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scottiethebody

California

4/5  rDev -8%

12-10-2012 17:47:34 | More by scottiethebody
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Goosey

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-10-2012 03:03:46 | More by Goosey
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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

4/5  rDev -8%

12-10-2012 01:52:02 | More by JamesShoemaker
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Myst

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-09-2012 23:34:51 | More by Myst
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BeerWorld

New York

4/5  rDev -8%

12-08-2012 22:53:43 | More by BeerWorld
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Rfunk

California

4/5  rDev -8%

12-08-2012 09:08:34 | More by Rfunk
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Brandywine

Washington

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

Appearance: Very dark brown poured barley a fingers worth of a khaki head. Alcohol legs just stick to the side of the glass. Tiny glints of dark red within the beer. Persistent lacing with nice big bubbles. As the beer gets lower in the glass it becomes an entirely dark crimson that looks just like a big barley wine.

Smell: Fresh bourbon, molasses, brandy, cherries, blackberries.

Taste: Really fresh bourbon, roasted notes covered in sweetness, vanilla, toffee. The barrels in this brew are screaming. The bourbon dominates but there are notes of brandy and agave syrup sweetness from the tequila. Rich milk chocolate. This is smooth as hell for 13%. Tiny bite of alcohol but it just adds dimension to the flavor. There is a dark fruit quality to the flavor, buried underneath the barrel notes, that's hard to specify.

Mouthfeel: Full with nice carbonation.

Overall: This is a rich and decadent beer. If you want a barrel blast of a strong beer don't miss it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:54:33 | More by Brandywine
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harrymel

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in the store, decided to try it.

Pours a toasted, dark tawny with a rim and confluent etching of light tan foam. Smells of bourbon, alcohol, cocoa powder, baker's chocolate, hints of resin, some oak, a bit of bing cherry, some vanilla and nougat. Taste is boozy up front, sweet, some bourbon, some cherries, vanilla, marzipan, bits of oak and tawny porto. Medium bodied with lower carb and a wet finish. A nice beer, a very enjoyable beer. I'm starting to think that this series is worth a try annually, but not really worth the money it demands to get into the bottle....

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 07:47:16 | More by harrymel
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

12-08-2012 00:27:09 | More by gleemonger
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Halcyondays

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a deep brown with a light tan head, some lace, good head retention.

S: Lots of barrel character, bourbon, sugar cane, sweet brown sugar. Reminiscent of the 11.

T: Delicious malt flavour. Vanilla, some roast, lots of barrel/whiskey notes. Very well done, the best fresh since the 12 in my opinion.

M: Full-bodied, but never feels heavy. No real alcohol burn which is impressive. Soft, guiding carbonation.

O: As I said, the best fresh since the 12, a good beer, though I was never really spellbound with this one as I was with the 11 and the 12. The bomber price is far too much, but I loved trying this on-tap at a much better price point. It'll be interesting to see where this goes, since the boozier ones seemed to age better, i.e 13.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2012 00:22:57 | More by Halcyondays
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shadytony

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-07-2012 22:10:06 | More by shadytony
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ngeunit1

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black with a bit of brown around the edges and a finger of frothy tannish head. The head fades down at a fairly quick pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and dark caramel malts, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, tequila, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, toasted coconuts, dark fruits, Brandy, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of dark caramel malts, vanilla, tequila, dark fruits, and some toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak, Bourbon, Brandy, chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar, and bit of citrus hop. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts, dark fruit, oak, vanilla, toasted coconuts, Bourbon, Brandy, Tequila, chocolate, molasses, and booze.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Amazing blend of flavors. Very complex but still has a great deal of smoothness.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 06:58:29 | More by ngeunit1
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose: Vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, booze, bourbon, oak, hints of cherry, caramel, figs, dark fruit, raisin, coffee, a hint of almond, brandy, brown sugar, burnt marshmallow, sticky molasses. You can definitely smell the barleywines (Stickee Monkee and Helldorado) and the DDBA. While there are definitely a lot of notes in there from the stouts as well. And the barrels come though amazingly (of course).

Taste: Heavy oak, strong booze, coffee, dark chocolate, tequila, vanilla, caramel, dark cherry, coconut, bourbon, caramel, raisin and a bit of brown sugar with a little hint of nuttiness. There are subtle hints of hoppiness. The tequila barrel flavors and alcohol are really powerful here. A little bit too much so. I really hope I can pick up another one and put it away for a year or so to see if those factors chill out. I think I prefer XV to this year's batch and I wish I had some more of those bad boys to sip on. This is great. but the tequila is just a bit overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 01:55:11 | More by DonDirkA
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CA_Infidel2o9


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

12-06-2012 23:07:35 | More by CA_Infidel2o9
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

12-06-2012 16:15:40 | More by AgentZero
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split and poured into FW proprietor's reserve glasses. Dark black with minimal head. Smells similar to past anniversary beers, barrel, vanilla, coconut but also a hint of strong booze. Flavor was good at first but also extremely boozy, I blame the tequila barrel aged beer even though it was a small component in the blend. My friend said "its hot as fire" which was a good description of how the alcohol overpowered this one. Sadly, this was my least favorite anniversary beer from Firestone, it wasn't bad it just wasn't as rich as previous offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 04:07:22 | More by ArrogantB
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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