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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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Ratings: 930
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 130
Gots: 483 | 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 leodarko


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-25-2012 23:55:45 | More by leodarko
Photo of TMoney2591


3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 19:20:23 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Trio2shine


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-25-2012 03:51:36 | More by Trio2shine
Photo of homebrew311


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 03:45:46 | More by homebrew311
Photo of aliveguy17


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-24-2012 22:50:43 | More by aliveguy17
Photo of vic21234


4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:12:41 | More by vic21234
Photo of roblund


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-23-2012 21:14:18 | More by roblund
Photo of Cody66

3/5  rDev -31%

11-23-2012 06:15:56 | More by Cody66
Photo of OneBeertoRTA


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to kick off Thanksgiving with one of these fresh bombers. Big fan of this annual release, much like their other seasonal lineups.

Appearance- pours a dark maroon/blackish color. I always salivate when the liquid looks this way, most beers this color are usually polarizing.

Smell - Really couldn't smell much of anything. I normally have a good sense of smell but couldn't pick up anything of note.

Taste- At 13.0% ABV I was expecting to taste some heat but there was virtually zero. Insanely drinkable and incredible mouthfeel. Mild bourbon and chocolate, big oak and wood and a mild sweetness throughout.

Overall- This is pretty much everything I want in the style. So compex yet tastes so simple and enjoyable in every aspect. I wish this was in 12oz bottles and available year round. I picked up 6 so far and down to 4 after today. Good thing I started early and I should be able to find some more and park in the cellar for annual tastings.

Another great release by FW.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:54:52 | More by OneBeertoRTA
Photo of Arbitrator


3.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. My first review from my Kindle!

A: Pours a dark brown; not totally black when held to the light. Light tan head with short retention.

S: Toffee, caramel, raisin (sherry), vanilla. I do not find the signature coconut aroma I love in FW barrel aged beers. There is a significant bourbon and oak note. Some heat. I'm a little let down already; the past anniversary beers have often had much more expressive noses. This is a bit one-dimensional.

T: Undeveloped and simplistic considering the past successes of the blending program. This is no XIII. The oatmeal stout is prominent; it lends a chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon base that some of the other flavors play off: a touch of brandy, some toffee, and a spicy bite that I assume is from the tequila. It's not bad, but it is not great. I was hoping the other components would express themselves more in the flavor, but they have been lost in the mix.

M: Medium bodied. It is not boozy, but it has a warming effect on the way down.

O: Pretty forgettable at the price point. This is outclassed by Parabola and Sucaba, which are $10 cheaper. If it were a $10 four-pack, sure...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:51:41 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of JonBarley


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-22-2012 18:34:37 | More by JonBarley
Photo of kawilliams81


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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours a dark brown (near black if not lit well) with a half finger tan head. Very small bubbles and blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- big chocolate is noticeable right away, toffee, bourbon, leather.

T- sweet toffee, caramel, bourbon, more booze (almost get a tequila character from the booziness, not sure if its from the PNC?), some dark chocolate is also in the mix.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Nice smooth, thick feel with good amount of booziness but not hot more of a warming feel.

O- this is good as always from FW, but my least favorite since XIV. Hopefully this will age well with a year or two on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:22:48 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of abeerdude


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-21-2012 17:32:39 | More by abeerdude
Photo of Devi0us


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-21-2012 12:46:47 | More by Devi0us
Photo of OlieIPA


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

A: Almost entirely black with hues of brown when held to light. Head is seldom, but present at first pour.

S: Nose is a mixture of robust aromas with a touch of complexity; belgian and dark chocolate followed by hints of caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is subtle, but present.

T: Reminds me a of mixture between a barrel aged barleywine and american strong ale (i.e. An aged Sierra Nevada Life-and-Limb). Lots of caramel and brown sugar that is backed up by a strong chocolate malt base. Alcohol is hiden very well.

M: Normally these types of beers you have to sort of chew through...and his one lives up to it's predecessors. Nice creamy feel with a non-overly dry finish.

O: Like my buddy said, it's seems the even years (with the exception of Firestone Eleven) bring out the best of this series. This versions supplies both complexity and rush of bold flavors. In addition, this beer is both ready to drink and cellar for two to three years if wanted/needed.

A must try beer! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:24:11 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of Harvey98


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-19-2012 23:30:17 | More by Harvey98
Photo of FosterJM


3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1620th Review on BA
Bottle to FW snifter

2012 release
Purchased for $22.99 at Party house, Chino Hills

App- Out of the bottle this had a ton of browns and deep reds behind it. When held to the light it had a really good and deep center. Fairly dense all the way around with a little bit of a lighter edge. I was very suprised to see no cling or lace. Ring of 1/8" tan bubbles.

Smell- A lot going on. When I started reading the letter in the box, I can see why this was so complex. Overall after it warms from the 53F I opened it at, I pick up oak, char, malts, whispy booze with some oatmeal and a bit of the tequilla, balanced out by a subtle bitter and a dark chocolate aroma. Alot went into this blend, but just not doing it for me.

Taste- Well I was super excited for this bottle. Although it's not as good as 13-15. This was a bit grainy with a interesting booze mix. All of the barrel characters bring a little bit of something to the party. It's fairly woody, grainy and even some of the prickly tequilla comes out. Heavy malts with oak and earty char. A balance of the chocolate and oatmeal is there with Merkin being most of the final blend though.

Mouth- It was a fairly creamy body with tinges of the prickliness of the body with a bit of chocolate, oatmeal and oaky char. The carbonation was medium but just was better than the body.

Drink- I would say this is probably my least favorite of the anniversary blends. I will also say I didnt have (10-12) This one and the blend just didnt do it for me. I will probably try to find another bottle to sit on but not expecting miracles from it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 16:38:42 | More by FosterJM
Photo of rbrefbeerman


4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

11-18-2012 17:51:15 | More by rbrefbeerman
Photo of denver10


4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a brown head, that quickly recedes. A pretty crazy and complex aroma offering more going on that I think I am capable of deciphering. I am getting some caramel,butterscotch, a hint of some raisin, vanilla, and a little roastiness. As it warms the bourbon barrel shows itself a little. Flavor is just as complex. Sweet and rich; where the barrel which was missing in the aroma (at least before it wartmed) it totally shines through in the flavor, some caramel, butterscotch,honey, raisin, chocolate, vanilla, and sugar. A thick medium, creamy muthfeel. Overall, yeah, this beer is pretty great. Worth every penny it costs, I just wish I could afford another one because I want more.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 02:57:18 | More by denver10
Photo of Rizalini


4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours an extremely dark cola brown, with 1 finger of light brown head. Head fades rather quickly leaving very sparse lacing.

S - Complex aroma ranging from rich chocolatey/cocoa to sweet and fruity. As it breathes and warms, the bourbon becomes very evident.

T/M - Wow, very well integrated. The flavor starts off rich and chocolatey, evolves into a barleywine, booze, and finishes off lingering cocoa/bourbon. Thick/creamy mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

O - Another amazing anniversary beer from Firestone. It is drinking a little hot right now, but not as strong as I would expect for being 13%. Delicious, and way too easy to drink for being this strong. Can't wait to revisit this in a year or so. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 02:47:20 | More by Rizalini
Photo of Impfan


5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very deep copper/brown pour with the usual nice head retention and nice lacing. Very different from last year’s offering, this version is definitely reflective of a higher stout percentage. It’s roastier and considerably drier on the palate with a very firm, tight flavor profile. The bourbon is there, but it’s more subtle, and more brandy comes through, as well. Baker's chocolate, a touch of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, figs, lavender, honey, cherry cordial, raisins, dates, vanilla, toasted cocnut, and burnt caramel are evident, as well as plum, breadfruit, kumquat, and a subtle citric quality. I also pick up an eccentric green tea characteristic, and even some melon. There are also esters of agave in brandy that I think must come from the tequila barrel aged buckwheat stout., and it is accompanied by a subtle smokiness, along with those wonderful leather and tobacco notes. XVI is my hands-down favorite in the series, and is absolutely the most drinkable. Thanks, Firestone, for this mind (and palate) blowing achievement.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 21:55:06 | More by Impfan
Photo of mjl21


3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

11-17-2012 17:48:04 | More by mjl21
Photo of DovaliHops


4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So stoked to drink this! Pours a very dark brown...closest to black that brown can get. Small-medium tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent is roasty and chocolatey. Light alcohol...not necessarily bourbon or whiskey though. I'm picking up some definite barrel aromas, and it's quite interesting. Different than other barrel aged beers I've had. Nice vanilla and coconut aromas, especially as it warms. Even a bit of sweet cherry scent. Taste is where the whiskey's at. Lovely bourbon flavors with other barrel notes...vanilla, oak, cherry. Lovely chocolate and vanilla. So sweet and tasty. Slight tobacco flavors. 13% is extremely well-hidden. As with all the FW Anniversary beers, very complex. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, rich, slightly creamy, and smooth. Drinkability is high for such a big beer. Overall, I think I like this one more than 15. Not sure if I like it more than 14 though. Must revisit 14.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 08:55:39 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Pinche_Oso


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-17-2012 06:59:33 | More by Pinche_Oso
Photo of 2GOOFY


4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

11-17-2012 03:13:08 | More by 2GOOFY
Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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