Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary AleFirestone 16 - Anniversary Ale

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Ratings: 1,003
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 135
Gots: 501 | FT: 41
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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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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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.

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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5/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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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

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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.

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Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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