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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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988 Ratings
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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 496 | 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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Photo of xnicknj
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Tired Hands stemware

Hazy mahogany brown with dark hues. Crop of bubbled tanned head rests on top, fading into cloudy film and a few patches of lacing on the glass.

Tons of stuff happening here - toffee, burnt sugar, raisins, oak, chocolate, vanilla, oak, tequila, brandy, alcohol heat...enough already? Breathing in is a treat, as something new keeps popping up as the beer slowly warms.

Sweet and warm up front, driven by cocoa, vanilla, brandy and burnt sugar. Toffee, bread crust, big burly dark roasted malts. Plethora of liquor barrels including bourbon, brandy and tequila. Brown sugar, raisin and candied dark fruit. Soft hoppiness on the back end with strong alcohol warmth.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. A little crazy, definitely complex, and probably a little young yet. I enjoyed this but I'm looking forward to opening more bottles in a year or so.

xnicknj, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of coz
4/5  rDev -8%

coz, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of KingStephenR
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

KingStephenR, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Local Option. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, leaving behind splotchy lace. Brown body with some ruby transparency when held to the light. Impressive for a 13% barrel-aged blend.

S - Roasty, with some chocolate an coffee notes and mild oak. Fairly stout-like this year, but with some obvious English malt influences, as well as a decidedly English approach to the barrel-aging; oxidized fruits and mild vanilla in addition to dry wood.

T - The taste is similar, with a mixture of roasty stout, vanilla, molasses, dark fruits, and chocolate, with a milder barrel influence than the aroma. The tequila is thankfully understated and creeps in late, although it does assert itself more as the beer warms with a spicy faux hop herbaceous vibe to it. Booze comes out a bit as this warms, and this gets a tad heavy and fatiguing.

M - Dry, roasty, and tannin heavy, with a medium-full body, and fairly restrained carbonation. Alochol is reasonably well-concealed, making this a smooth drinker even with the grainy and oak-heavy texture.

D - I enjoyed this more than the disappointing XV, as I dug the heavier roast stout flavors and the restraint on the vanilla. This also doesn't have cloying sugary sweetness and oxidization like last year. I was a bit skeptical about the blend, but the tequila integrated better than expected. I'd be curious to try this again, but I don't anticipate it will age that well, as it's decidedly mellow to begin with. Probably too pricey for me to splurge on though, as there are beers I enjoy more at half the price. It took me a while to work through the snifter.

MasterSki, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of bigorange
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

bigorange, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black opaque body from the side (you can see through from the top) with 1 finger light tan head that retains.

S: Oak, Vanilla, some hops, booziness,

T: While I think this could benefit a lot from aging, its got great taste fresh. I think it's a tad bit too boozy though. I guess lots of wood, oak, vanilla, caramel malt, roasty malt, hop bitterness, and booze. I also taste some... what appears to be tonic water? Very very complex.

M: It's thin for my linking and carbonation is quite sharp.

O: It's one tasty beer. As mentioned above, slightly too boozy and thin for my liking, but it's a very complex, masterfully blended beer.

sukwonee, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of danipp
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

danipp, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of appetiteforparis
5/5  rDev +14.9%

appetiteforparis, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of Imacopyouidiot
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Imacopyouidiot, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of jrpapajcik
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jrpapajcik, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

mjw1200, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of kynap55
3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

kynap55, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

EyePeeAyBryan, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
3.18/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Whole Foods. Split with my dad on Christmas Eve.

Pouring a very dark brown with a thin brown head with decent retention but poor lacing, this is about on par for the course. The nose is solid. Very boozy with some caramel, cocoa, light Vietnamese coffee. Lots of oak, rather tannic with the double DBA component quite noticeable - pale English malt, mildly caramelized. Some vanilla, brandy and mild tequila notes are apparent. 


The palate is poorly integrated. In the past, the thinness of these anniversary beers hasn't bothered me, but this time, it does. Caramel, toffee, sweetened mild chocolate, mild coffee, some brandy, plenty of bourbon, some vanilla- all components that i typically enjoy -just don't mesh here. Astringent booze and oak, especially on a sweet finish, make this harsh. The brandy fruitiness is one component that does work reasonably well here, but again, at this price point, i expected more. Medium-light in body, moderately boozy and astringent, this beer is mildly carbonated and does improve with time to breathe. The finish is long, tannic and boozy with some sweetness. Decent, I think this will improve in the short term, but I don't intend to buy any more, especially at the $1/oz price point.

DefenCorps, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jhb138
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jhb138, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

VeganUndead, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of gr0g
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.

gr0g, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of MikeRoni
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

MikeRoni, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of rand
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.

rand, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of flexabull
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.

flexabull, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of effyeaAB
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

effyeaAB, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Stevie_Janowski, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of Treebs
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.

Treebs, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of spoony
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.

spoony, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

cnbrown313, Dec 24, 2012
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.