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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 139
Gots: 503 | 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:
Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

23% Velvet Merkin
22.5% Stickee Monkee
20.3% Double Double Barrel Ale
10.8% Parabola
8.1% PNC
5.4% Helldorado
5.4% Bravo
4.5% Wookey Jack
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Photo of TallSaint
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A: Pours near-opaque, dark ruby with half a finger of head.

S: The nose is incredible with bourbon notes dominating but vanilla, coffee, and chocolate are also present. The nose is quite heady, booze is present and noticeable.

T: Upfront bourbon sweetness presents. In the mid-palate vanilla mixes with slight toffee and biscuit. In the back it is malty sweet then hot with a touch of fruity tequila.

M: Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and well carbonated providing a nice balance to the boisterous flavors that are present.

At 13% ABv it is very warming in the back and makes no attempt to conceal its alcohol content but this is not a bad thing as I found it quite balancing. This here is all about the barrels. It is an excellently blended beer that provides a complex look at the influence of a barrel and the beers which constitute it. The influences of the barrels are presented linearly down the palate in expert fashion. A big, big beer that it is very complex and is a great example of fantastic barrel aging.

Photo of Agold
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark coffee brown with no head to speak of. Leaves thick legs on the glass.

S - Lots of whiskey, tobacco, leather, and smoke. Smells a lot like the 15th.

T - Lots of whiskey and barrel wood. Lots of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. Lot's more chocolate than I remember.

M - A little lighter than I expected and no carbonation. A little booze on the tongue.

O - Not as good as last years but still another amazing brew from Firestone. A little too close to the 15 though.

Photo of AntLeatherface
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of bluesplit63
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas dinner 2012

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of vanilla and oak. Some dark chocolate notes, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malts, vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee and a touch of bitter hops. Fairly boozy, too.

M - It was smooth and clean finish. A medium to full bodied brew.

O - This is fantastic. Firestone Walker's anniversary beers have all been great.

Photo of tbone1384
4.56/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mmmmbeer
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Vivs85
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ijaap
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of SteveRod
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Domeshot14
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of emyers
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Apprearance: Dark brown with a thin off-white head dissipating after seconds to a thin lacing.

Smell: There's a lot going on here. Bourbon is the first thing I notice, followed by figs and some cherry. Very strong dark fruit presence. Apple brandy. Rich toffee and cocoa powder, which strengthens as the beer warms. Some very slight citrus hop notes. There's just a hint of tequila - it's subtle but definitely there.

Taste: Equally as complex as the aroma. Love the bourbon/brandy combo going on. Nice carmelized sugar/creme brulee flavor. Cocoa and more dark fruit, which isn't as strong as in the aroma. It's just a bit "busy" with all of the flavors going on, but when all is said and done they meld pretty well. The alcohol is not particularly hidden and really comes out in the finish (I feel like the tequila amplifies this). I think this could be truly spectacular with some age if the flavors meld a bit more and the alcohol harshness dies a bit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very smooth. Appropriately low carbonation. Coats the palate nicely as it goes down.

Overall: This beer is a great experience to drink. It's pretty fun to pick out all of the various flavors going on. Definitely ranks up there with the most complex beers I've had. A little too hot fresh, and honestly I feel like the tequila holds it back a bit (but then I'm not a fan of tequila). Still, I'd love to taste this after a couple years.

Photo of Whimpers
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of yamar68
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to hugonaut13 for this gem:

Dark, swampy brown body with edges of coffee clarity. A large gauge finger of khaki carbonation fades to a thick collar within a few minutes... oily alcohol legs coat the glass along with some thin bits of lacing.

Mmmm... bourbon... roasted nutty malt notes soaked in caramel and boozy toffee, vanilla sweetness with the charred wood character, the alcohol presents itself with a touch of brown sugar, molasses... big and bad... nice.

Yup. Oaky bourbon, breakfast flavors... oatmeal and chocolate, even a touch of coffee maybe, caramel cake, more of that sweet bourbon, toffee and liquor... the complexity demonstrated here is on par with Melange 3. Wonderfully dynamic stuff.

Very grateful to have had the chance to try this one out - can't wait to crack the 15, thanks Tom!

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RichH55
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Omer4176
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of wyatt13
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of JALIEN
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.