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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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932 Ratings
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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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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

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

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a very dark brown almost black wtoh a deep almost redish around the timwhn held to the light... About half a finger of head after a gentle pour, recedes quickly to a film... Some nice spots of lacing.

S: boozy, very wet boozyness, a blend of burbon and brandy, great barrel aromas . Deffinate notes of vanilla and toasty coconut, along with a touch of oak, mochay chocolate and darkfruit, a bit of caramel and dark cherry in there as well, very nice and complex nose.

T: alot of boozy wetness from the barrells just like in the nose, I deffiantly pick up on the tequila barrells in the flavor of this blend. As well as some citrusy notes, which I am assuming is the Wookey jack hops. I get deep caramel and cheery up front, along with chocolate, then the booze and barrel character really kicks in, and a bit of the tequila and tropical citrus fruit notes on the end. A very interesting very comes blend.. Great notes of mocha, chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, coconut... I could go on and on.

M: medium to heavy body with low carbonation, nutty on the finish, which there was a touch more creamyness to the mouthfeel, but overall It works great for this blend.

O: another great barrel aged blend from fireatone walker that really displays an amazing amount of barrel character and flavor. Their anniversary blends always knock my socks of, and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 02:23:46 | More by PeterIngemi
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Auracom

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Elmwood Binny's, split with Dan. 11 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on December 5th, 2012.

A - Certainly darker than FW 15. Thick, black coffee-coloring with a very light khaki head. 2 fingers reduced down to a ring of foam. Okay lacing, moderate legs.

S - Figs, raisins, dark chocolate, and peppercorns highlight the initial nose. I pull a blend of brandy and whiskey barrel sharpness, more as a note of soaked mahogany. Slightly nutty, milk chocolate-covered almond.

T - Front end I pull the soft notes from Merkin and Wookey Jack, slight espresso bitterness and roasted peanuts. Mid palate absolutely explodes. All of the barrel elements from the three different spirits show up in small form or another. Rich bourbon sweetness, spices, wood, coconut, plentiful dark fruits, etc. I sense the tequila ever-so-slightly at the backend, just before the aftertaste of dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Fair amount of warming from the booze. Medium body, with below-moderate carbonation. Smooth but not at Parabola-levels.

D - The aroma is inviting enough but doesn't fully impress. Front palate on the drink seems to be a complex set-up for a really nice blend at the middle and transition into the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 22:15:15 | More by Auracom
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

12-04-2012 11:30:49 | More by Reagan1984
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JaysusJr

Illinois

1/5  rDev -77%

12-04-2012 02:22:28 | More by JaysusJr
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Guyute

California

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark, thick, and a bit of deep reddishness.

S: Sugary, molasses, oak

T: !!! Wow, incredible. So much going on. Bourbon, oak, tannins, dark chocolate-cherry brownies.

M: No complaints

Overall: This was a surprise for me. I was at the tasting room and ordered one not knowing what to expect. The moment I took the first sip I knew it was very special. Came in a tiny 6 oz. snifter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 03:34:40 | More by Guyute
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to DocJitsu & SalukiAlum for answering my sad & pathetic call for the most current Firestone Anniversary beer. If there was one brewery I could bring to the shelves & bars of Minnesota...22 oz. bottle split with my wife. I'll sneak a whole bomber for myself when she's not looking, later.

Pour is darker than I recall the last beauties, red to the tune of matte night. I pick my nose, then put it in the beer, & it's fairly quiet. Very sweet, vanilla, barrel. Oh goody.

Firestone Walker XVI is a fucking work of art straight out of the gate. Holy crap ass-monkey, I'm not even sure where to begin. A listing of tastes isn't going to begin to describe the orgy going on around my gums. Sweet caramel & toffee, big boozy bite in the ass, plunk of vanilla, enough bourbon to make me loopy, & a slight under-berry of tequila...which I wouldn't have been able to I.D. without the label, but knowing it's there, it lends great cleavage to the taste. Rich to the point of Bailey's Cheesecake. I could drink this coming out of a garden hose.

Brilliant. This is a beer for the ages & possibly the best Anniversary beer fresh. Rich, decadent, just pure happiness. Close to perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 04:20:40 | More by maximum12
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

12-02-2012 03:33:47 | More by Hugonaut13
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dalahodson

California

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

Ok there is Carmel, chocolate, bourbon, and tequila flavors. The color in the glass is like a stout, very dark, the smell is very complex. The first taste is smooth, like a stout, sweet yet bold. You can taste the different sugars used in the brew, like the Mexican brown sugar Turbinado. The brewer blended quit a batch of there other brew's to get this complex taste, all barrel aged in bourbon, tequila, and brandy. At 13 0/0 there is no alcohol after taste .You can taste the buckwheat, and the rye in the grains the brewer used. This is an above average anniversary brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2012 04:51:33 | More by dalahodson
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TicoCali

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

12-01-2012 03:01:19 | More by TicoCali
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rudy0908

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8%

12-01-2012 00:46:20 | More by rudy0908
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RaulMondesi

California

4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Raul's jam - The Playground in Downtown Santa Ana, CA.

Wild stuff, like, the stuff that can make you listen to Ricky Martin n like it!

Smell? A bit harsh. A bit good. A bit like straight up booze.

Taste? Yeah, baby. Yeah, it potent, but those damn flavors done pop like Livin' La Vida Loca!

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 07:17:40 | More by RaulMondesi
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Jwren5

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2012 00:57:41 | More by Jwren5
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jplopez21

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-30-2012 00:39:37 | More by jplopez21
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Pelican5

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2012 22:51:51 | More by Pelican5
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FW XVI, on-tap @ Bier:Thirty in Bound Crossing, 10oz served in a snifter...

A: Dark, nearly opaque brown with a creamy tan head and pretty good lacing for a big beer...

S: Liquid macaroon...seriously great aromas of toasted coconut and almond, lots of vanilla...oak and sweet alcohol too, without being overly boozy...chocolate...dark caramel, dates and figs and other hints of DDBA and Sticky Monkey...further suggestions of spirits, bourbon, whiskey are all mellow but present.

T: Follows the nose, there is a good amount of sweetness here; vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate...again, the booze is in check...there is a touch of citrusy hop character as well, more sweetness from the notes of spirits, bourbon. Rich and delectable.

MF: Fuller bodied, creamy mouthfeel, lower carbonation levels and sensations of sticky, viscous alcohol are left behind.

O: I'm going to say this one is not as good (IMO) as XIV but its still quite nice right out of the chute. Alcohol is really manageable for a young 13% strong ale, and the barrels and beers are, as always, blended beautifully.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2012 21:37:10 | More by Scotchboy
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Gobzilla

California

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with brown reddish highlights and a half finger of head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots going on in the aroma but some of the components I was able to sniff out were caramel, toffee, sweetness all around, a little bourbon heat, some brown sugar hints of wood and mild dark fruit notes.

T: the taste was also very sweet like the nose indicated consisting of lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, plenty of toffee, some dark fruit such as raisins and dates. Good bourbon barrel character with signs of tequila qualities but with maple syrup flavor and a touch of wood.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a dark fruity, woody, boozy and very sweet finish.

O: honestly not a big fan of XVI maybe needs a little time to develop but still love my XIV all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 21:32:55 | More by Gobzilla
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yoitsarch

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-29-2012 20:49:05 | More by yoitsarch
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2012 20:17:37 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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Grant35

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-29-2012 17:22:05 | More by Grant35
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A: The pour is darker than previous years - a mixture of dark mahogany and black with a nice off-white head.

S: Toasted coconut, marshmallow, slightly harsh booze, oak, caramel, some chocolate character.

T: Like in the nose, a heavy barrel character comes out straight away. Lots of vanilla, dry wood and liquor, marshmallow. The stout elements have taken over, with chocolate and mild roasted malt, but the barleywines provide a little bit of caramel and brown sugar notes. A tiny hint of hoppiness from Wookey.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This is pretty tasty, but not quite on par with last year's blend. Too much stout in the blend makes the beer less complex than previous years.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:10:07 | More by Etan
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BigE90

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-28-2012 23:53:43 | More by BigE90
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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-28-2012 15:43:25 | More by mhaugo
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Zorro

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deeply brown colored ale with a small brown colored head. Amazing it can form a head at this alcohol level.

Smells the moment you pop it open of fig, brown sugar and whiskey. Strong vanilla aroma.

Whiskey, coconut, licorice, chocolate, and cherry are all quite strong. This is an intensely aromatic ale and the best thing I have smelled all year.

Starts out sweet, a strong flavor of chocolate, vanilla and coconut in the mouth with a lingering vanilla and caramel candy after taste. Intensely flavorful, this seems to be much more finished than last years version. Little bit of oak and butter are present. Bourbon is present but pleasantly so, this isn't a beer that tries to hide its strength, it boldly lets you know it is strong. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a damn tasty beer. No reason to age this one, it is ready now.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 03:10:39 | More by Zorro
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mfield14

Colorado

4/5  rDev -8%

11-28-2012 01:09:05 | More by mfield14
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MinorThreat

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-27-2012 20:21:33 | More by MinorThreat
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 932 ratings.