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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: 1,020
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 139
Gots: 502 | FT: 40
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:
Beer added by: AgentMunky on 11-15-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

23% Velvet Merkin
22.5% Stickee Monkee
20.3% Double Double Barrel Ale
10.8% Parabola
8.1% PNC
5.4% Helldorado
5.4% Bravo
4.5% Wookey Jack
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Photo of rand
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of effyeaAB
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of spoony
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MichaelBigbone
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

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of aflies
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of Mreyes69
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Deucedeuce to snifter; will wait on the others and update later

A - dark brown/off black; about 1/4 of an inch cream-colored head; nice retention and a little bubbly

S - dark fruit; burnt sugar; sweet bourbon; coconut; boozy; a touch of oak

T - figs; bourbon; sugar; coffee; vanilla; a touch of caramel; subdued citrus hops; cherries; wow, the tequila comes late but it comes

M - medium-to-full bodied, although somehow pleasant and not too syrupy; perfect carbonation; has that tequila bite that lingers

O - this beer is pretty crazy...the flavors are everywhere and many and develop upon consumption and a little bit of time; it's boozy for sure but somehow doesn't seem too heavy; an extremely tasting offering that will certainly get better with age.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

FW blended together 226 oak barrels and 8 different beers creating something truly complex and exceptional. XVI is 42% stout with Velvet Merkin, Parabola and “PNC” working together as three roasty toasty friends that create rich cacao, chocolate and mocha flavors together. “PNC” also introduces tequila barrels into our blend for the first time and brings some interesting south of the boarder spirit notes to the mix – a welcome twist. Helldorado, with flavors of lavender honey liqueur was again a favorite of the winemakers and made the cut adding some flowery notes. FW Double Double Barrel Ale (DDBA) continues to deliver its signature American toasted oak, English caramel toffee and light leather nuances. DDBA was also released on its own in 2012 and is now established as a solid annual brew. Stickee Monkee is fast becoming one of FW's favorite pieces with its rich maple syrup, spicy cinnamon, and ripe fig flavors which has developed into a bolder cousin of perennial blend component Bravo who carries barrel character and bourbon notes like no other. The additional twist in 2012 was the Wookey Jack, Black Rye IPA with its wily citrusy hop notes and spicy rye backbone. The finished blend is unfiltered and unfined.

Pours a deep dark garnet color with a moderately full, tan, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal drippy lace throughout. The nose is full of spice (alcohol, pepper, bourbon, tequila, rye, cinnamon), vanilla bean, molasses, almond, milk chocolate, cocoa, light maple, and faint grapefruit. The flavor is similar with less spice but still present; there is a very slight grapefruit and peach underneath everything, almonds still, dusty yeast and dry chocolate, molasses, figs, creme brulee, some toasty oak, cinnamon and pepper, and a tequila note that is was quite distinguishable. The palate is perfect with a a soft to lively carbonation, a full body, and a round, chewy, and velvety mouthfeel. The beer finishes with some coffee roast and dark chocolate adding bitterness, still cinnamon, vanilla creme brulee, molasses, but ultimately chocolate notes lingering. Overall, an excellent Anniversary brew that I'd love to have again.

Firestone 16 - Anniversary Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.