Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -5.7%
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!
11-30-2012 07:17:40 | More by RaulMondesi
4.33/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-29-2012 21:37:10 | More by Scotchboy
4/5 rDev -8%
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.
11-29-2012 21:32:55 | More by Gobzilla
4.08/5 rDev -6.2%
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.
11-29-2012 05:10:07 | More by Etan
4.53/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
11-28-2012 03:10:39 | More by Zorro
3.63/5 rDev -16.6%
Served in an Illinois State shaker pint glass.
Now that the tacos and whatnot have been consumed, howzabout a digestif? This stuff pours a deep ruby-black-brown topped by a finger of dark khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, whiskey, dry oak, toasted caramel, a hint of coffee, light dark greens, and a kiss of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger contingent of green, leafy hops. Interestingly, though all components return, they don't express themselves as harmoniously as before, instead opting to individually spiking up against each other at various points. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid blend, one that's generally enjoyable, but one that also suffers from a lack of refinement. Perhaps a bit of age would do this beer well, but as things stand now, it's good but not great.
11-25-2012 19:20:23 | More by TMoney2591
4.03/5 rDev -7.4%
Appearance is burgundy with a thin lingering white head. Leaves behind splotchy lacing. Nose is sweet with maple, vanilla, and a moderate amount of oak. Taste is well balance with maple, vanilla, minimal chocolate, a little bit of booze at the end. Mouthfeel is heavy with medium carbonation. Overall, not as tasty as 15, a little spendy, worth a try.
11-25-2012 03:45:46 | More by homebrew311
4.28/5 rDev -1.6%
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Cooled in the fridge for only 20 minutes or so from room temperature before tasting.
A- Pours a very dark red/ maroon color leaning on the verge of a light-black color. A small amount of an off-white colored head quickly fades. Lots of lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.
S- First off I smell booze, which is expected in all of FW's barrel-aged offerings. Next I get slight hints of caramel and toffee. Not much else here. The alcohol is heavy in aroma.
T- A tasty beer, but drinks hot. Starts off smooth with hints of caramel, toffee and chocolatey malts. Dark fruits and raisins come into play in the back of the taste. The alcohol then kicks in with a nice warming feeling. The aftertaste from the alcohol tastes slightly different then other barrel-aged beers I've had, maybe this is hints of the tequila barrels?
M- Heavy, medium carbonation, hot.
I have now had both XV and XVI. I prefer this one over XV. Drinks hot, and becomes even better as it warms. A nice one to cellar away to see what kind of changes happen too.
11-24-2012 01:12:41 | More by vic21234
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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